Still a 4-2 game, heading to the bottom of the seventh. Brandon Morrow turned in a serviceable five innings — nothing more. But the real story of the game is that the Mariners have just two hits since the second inning, both by Ken Griffey Jr.
Contenders need to do more. Nuff said. Scott Feldman is the latest righthanded starter to own the Mariners.
7:55 p.m.: This game turned around in a hurry as Brandon Morrow continues to give up the home run ball. That’s five in his last eight innings after Michael Young tagged him for a three-run homer to right field in the third to put Texas on top 4-2. Morrow was falling behind continuously in the inning, walking three batters. Seattle had better find some offense in a hurry because Morrow isn’t fooling the fastball-hitting Rangers tonight. Chris Jakubauskas was warming up as the inning ended.
7:38 p.m.: Texas cut Seattle’s lead to 2-1 in the second inning when Hank Blalock took Brandon Morrow over the wall in right center. The home run came on a 1-0 pitch, Morrow and the Mariners can’t rest on their laurels. They have to keep bringing it to the Rangers like they did in the first inning because this offense will usually score more than a run or two.
7:28 p.m.: Seattle has a 2-0 lead after an inning of play as Ichiro led off with a single to center, followed by an RBI double to left center by Russell Branyan. The Mariners had a chance for more as Branyan made it to third with one out. But Ken Griffey Jr. grounded a ball to drawn-in second baseman Ian Kinsler, who fired a strike to home plate to nab Branyan by a country mile. The inning looked about to fizzle from there, until a pop fly by Franklin Gutierrez was allowed to drop in front of a couple of Rangers in foul territory. Gutierrez then doubled to right center and Griffey — looking less like a thouroughbred than an old mare — came panting around the bases to score.
Several players, including Jose Lopez and Carlos Silva, began fanning Griffey with towels in a mock gesture as he returned to the dugout gasping.
We’ve given you our takes on the whole Yuniesky Betancourt saga. Let’s take a look at how the rest of America views it.
Rob Neyer at ESPN actually likes the Royals. Just not the deal.
“Now they’ve committed to who-knows-how-many years of a shortstop with a .302 on-base percentage who can’t play defense.”
Neyer’s ESPN colleague Keith Law isn’t impressed at all with what the Royals got. Law says KC topped the questionable Mike Jacobs deal “with an even worse one, trading for Yuniesky Betancourt, who might very well be the worst everyday player in the majors, and actually giving up something of value in Danny Cortes, a hard-throwing pitching prospect with command and makeup issues, and Derrick Saito, who projects at least as a lefty specialist if the Mariners choose to push him up the ladder.”
Here’s a rip job on the KC Star’s online site/
Here’s the Lone Star Ball blog for Texas Rangers fans, saying the deal makes no sense for the Royals.
“The only thing that would make this funnier is if Betancourt were hurt. Oh, wait…”
Here’s R.J. Anderson over at FanGraphs.com, saying the Royals still need a shortstop.