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July 8, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Wakamatsu keeping the faith

The Mariners have had some tough losses this season — the back-to-back last at-bat defeats in Texas come readily to mind.
Hard to imagine a worse one than this, though, blowing a three-run lead largely due to self-inflicted wounds in the ninth inning.
But Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu was resolute afterward that this one won’t break his team.
“These guys have done an awful lot this year,” he said. “We’ve went through touch stretches this year and the point is we are going to stay strong and stay together and get back on the horse. We’ve got Felix (Hernandez) going tomorrow, We talk about belief systems and we have to maintain that.”
Closer David Aardsma said he was “over pitching” trying to do too much in the ninth inning, when he blew his second save opportunity of the season allowing five runs on four hits though just three earned thanks to two errors by Jose Lopez, who quickly went from hero to goat after having earlier played a role in all three Seattle runs with a two-run homer in the first and a double and a run scored in the eighth.
Wakamatsu said he could see from the start that Aardsma was just a little off his game.
“Today was one of those games where the momentum just got away from him,” Wakamatsu said.
As for Lopez, he said he was in too big a hurry to turn two on the critical error on a potential double-play grounder that would have gone a long way toward ending the game.
“All my life I want to make sure I get the first one,” he said. “But I do too much on that one. I want to make a quick throw to second base and you see what happened.”
Lopez then made a throwing error on another grounder that allowed the fifth run of the inning and said it was simply a bad throw.
There was no panic in Wakamatsu, who defended Lopez saying “he’s done a good job for us.”
The Mariners are assured of being 4.5 games behind either the Rangers or Angels, depending on which team wins tonight, their largest deficit since June 19. It’s not inconceivable fans will look back at these two games lost to the Orioles in the last 18 hours as a turning point of the season, especially if things get away in the series coming up with the Rangers.
But as noted earlier, there was nothing but a stiff upper lip from Wakamatsu.
“Now is a time we are going to have to regroup a little bit,” he said. “But I believe in these guys.”

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