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July 7, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Mariners-Orioles game thread, 7/7

9:33 p.m. Amid what has quickly become a Baltimore blowout, here’s some bright news for Mariners fans: High Desert’s James McOwen hit a single in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to an amazing 44 games. He is almost two-thirds of the way toward the minor-league record of 69.
9:03 p.m.: You don’t see that every day: Franklin Gutierrez misplays a fly ball to center, which ends up a two-run double triple for Luke Scott. It’s 5-3 Orioles, and Shawn Kelley is coming in.
8:48 p.m.: In the that-just-happened department: the Orioles just intentionally walked Franklin Gutierrez.
8:27 p.m. That is likely all for Bedard, who is at 72 pitches. Chris Jakubauskus is in the bullpen warming up.
8:15 p.m. Jeremy Guthrie, who never looked right and had a fastball topping out around 88, is out of the game after 2 1/3 innings. Mark Hendrickson is now in what appears will be a bullpen game.
7:52: Impressive three-strikeout inning for Bedard. He is now at 45 pitches and likely has just a couple innings left. The bullpen, after a night off Monday, will bear much of the burden in this one.
7:45 p.m. On June 21, Franklin Gutierrez was hitting just .252. In the 13+ games since, Gutierrez is 25-54 with three home runs and eight RBIs, after that 422-foot no-doubt home run to left that put the Mariners ahead 3-2.
7:30 p.m. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley was just ejected during the break, likely arguing that a third Oriole runner should have scored on Franklin Gutierrez’s throwing error on Scott’s single.
Trembley seemed to have a legitimate case, as Reimold seemed to have already rounded second when the ball was coming in. The ball hit the mound and went into the stands, and it appeared at first that third-plate umpire Brian Runge pointed Reimold home. But home-plate umpire Tom Hallion kept the runners at second and third, and that run never came home.
7:29 p.m. Erik Bedard was almost out of the jam. But instead, the Mariners are in a big jam tonight. Had Bedard been able to get rookie Nolan Reimold out with runners on first and second, he would have left the first under 20 pitches. Instead, he walked Reimold and then allowed a two-run single to Luke Scott on an 0-2 count.
Considering Bedard is on a pitch count of about 75 or 80, this may be a short outing in his return to the starting lineup. He is already at 28.
Bedard did make made Ty Wigginton and Aubrey Huff look foolish on strikeout pitches. But he could not get the final strike on Reimold and that lengthened the inning.
After several delays, Erik Bedard will finally start today, his first start since June 7. What was supposed to be a minor shoulder issue ended up as a month-long issue, though the Mariners went 15-10 in his absence.
Baltimore will pitch Jeremy Guthrie, who you might remember threw a complete game four-hitter against the Mariners last year. Amont the Mariners who have faced him several times, Jose Lopez has the best track record: 7-for-18, 2 home runs, three RBIs.



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