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June 30, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Sean White can’t hold the fort as Mariners lose 8-5

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The Mariners walked a tightrope all game long, yet kept on overcoming every obstacle put in their path. Unfortunately, when Sean White gives up four straight hits — two of them doubles — and three runs to open the bottom of the eighth, you know your goose is cooked.
Especially with Mariano Rivera coming in to pitch the ninth. So, an 8-5 loss for a Mariners team that gave the Yankees all they could handle in this game. I’ll tell you what, the M’s went toe-to-toe with these guys before the middle relievers finally buckled. But this was a real heavyweight fight tonight in the Big Apple.
The Mariners have nothing to be ashamed of.
But what they can’t do is let this snowball into something worse tomorrow night. They didn’t lose any ground to the first-place Angels, beaten by Texas. If they come out tomorrow with the same fight in them, and a pitcher who can walk a few guys less than Brandon Morrow did tonight, they might find themselves in quite a series if the fielders can handle balls hit their way.
This was a fun ballgame towatch tonight, any way you look at it. The result wasn;t there for Mariners fans, but they certainly were not outclassed in any way.

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