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July 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Tigers, July 23

UPDATE 11:46 A/M. (END OF FIFTH): It’s an official game. Washburn has breezed through five with a two-hit shutout. The sky is blue now, but the amateur weathermen in the press box say a storm is brewin’.
UPDATE 11:43 A.M. (MIDDLE OF FIFTH): The Mariners had a chance to get another run with men on first and third, two outs, but last night’s hero, Russ Branyan, struck out.
UPDATE 11:30 A.M. (BOTTOM OF FOURTH): Washburn is rolling along. His string of flyball outs ended with a strikeout of Marcus Thames looking,followed by a ground out and another strikeout. He has a one-hitter through four. Will the one run stand up? It didn’t for Detroit last night. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 11:16 A.M. (BOTTOM OF THIRD): That’s nine out of nine flyball outs for Washburn through three scoreless innings. 1-0 Mariners.
From the Mariners’ Jeff Evans:
With his hit today, Ichiro has still not gone hitless in consecutive games since Aug. 13-15, 2008. That is a stretch of 128 games. Here is a look at the longest streaks since 1954 (provided by SABR guru Trent McCotter):
142: David Eckstein, STL NL, 8/22/2005-8/5/2006.
133: Ron LeFlore, DET AL, 6/16/1978-5/22/1979.
129: Al Oliver, TEX AL, 8/15/1980-9/7/1981.
128: Glenn Beckert, CHI NL, 4/7/1971-9/1/1971.
128: Ichiro Suzuki, SEA AL, 8/16/2008-current
Yeah, I never would have guessed Eckstein, either.
UPDATE 11:00 A.M. (BOTTOM OF SECOND): Six out of six flyball outs for Washburn. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 10:52 A.M. (TOP OF SECOND): Ouch! Ryan Langerhans took a fastball off the right wrist. He was obviously in great pain, and trainer Rick Griffin went out to tend to him, but he stayed in the game. Langerhans took off on the next pitch, Rob Johnson hit a scorching liner up the middle — and second baseman Placido Polanco speared it and tagged out Langerhans for the double play. Double ouch.
UPDATE 10:41 A.M. (MIDDLE OF FIRST): That was a clutch two-out double by Mike Sweeney to bring in Ichiro from second. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 10:31 A.M.: Ignore the note below about back-to-back hitless games by Ichiro. He led off with an infield single and took second on a wild throw.
I’m happy for my colleague, Ryan Divish, who has a 7:30 p.m. flight to Seattle and has been sweating out the weather. I’m not flying until tomorrow morning, so I’m cool, calm and collected.
Lots of scouts at the game today to watch both the Mariners and Tigers. A Phillies’ scout is here, presumably to evaluate Jarrod Washburn.
The Mariners are 9-3 in rubber games to decide who wins a three-game series. One thing to watch: Ichiro didn’t get a hit yesterday. He hasn’t gone hitless in two consecutive games yet this season. In fact, he hasn’t done so since Aug. 13-15 last year (there was an off day on Aug. 14); it’s been 127 games since he had two hitless in a row. Impressive.
Bonus Felix note from Jeff Evans of the Mariners:
Felix Hernandez recorded his 50th win last night. According to research by Stats, Inc, he is the 15th-fastest in terms of age to reach 50 career wins:
Youngest to 50 Wins, since 1919
Born 50th Win Age
Bob Feller 11/03/1918 08/27/1939 20 years, 297 days
Dwight Gooden 11/16/1964 06/29/1986 21 years, 225 days
Bert Blyleven 04/06/1951 06/08/1973 22 years, 63 days
Milt Pappas 05/11/1939 08/27/1961 22 years, 108 days
Mike McCormick 09/29/1938 07/29/1961 22 years, 303 days
Larry Dierker 09/22/1946 08/17/1969 22 years, 329 days
Gary Nolan 05/27/1948 04/27/1971 22 years, 335 days
Don Drysdale 07/23/1936 09/09/1959 23 years, 48 days
Hal Newhouser 05/20/1921 07/30/1944 23 years, 71 days
Bret Saberhagen 04/11/1964 06/27/1987 23 years, 77 days
Denny McLain 03/29/1944 06/19/1967 23 years, 82 days
Frank Tanana 07/03/1953 09/26/1976 23 years, 85 days
Wes Ferrell 02/02/1908 04/29/1931 23 years, 86 days
Catfish Hunter 04/08/1946 07/12/1969 23 years, 95 days
Felix Hernandez 04/08/1986 07/22/2009 23 years, 105 days
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Mike Sweeney DH
Wladimir Balentien LF
Ryan Langerhans CF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Hannahan 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Jarrod Washburn LHP (7-6, 2.87)
Curtis Granderson CF
Placido Polanco 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Marcus Thames DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Ryan Raburn LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Dusty Ryan C
Adam Everett SS
Luke French LHP (1-0, 1.89



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