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July 27, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Blue Jays, July 27

UPDATE 9:28 P.M.: Here’s some good news, Mariner fans. Joe Mauer went 0-for-4 tonight, and his average dropped from .363 to .358. Ichiro has three hits, and his average is up from .359 to .363 to take over the AL batting lead.
Other than that, another rotten night for the Mariners.
UPDATE 8:54 P.M.:One more hit, one more run, and here comes Sean White. Can’t believe anyone saw this coming after Hernandez got two quick outs in the sixth. Since then, a single, walk, and four more singles, for four runs, with Felix leaving runners on the corners.
UPDATE 8:50 P.M.: And now the Jays lead 5-4 on Barajas’s single. I’m not used to seeing the vulnerable side of Felix. And now 6-4 on Joe Inglett’s single. All with two outs, mind you.
UPDATE 8:48 P.M.: Well, Felix couldn’t hold that lead after getting two quick outs. A single, walk and single by Alex Rios, and we’re all tied up, 4-4. This is definitely not the ultra-sharp Hernandez we’ve been used to seeing.
UPDATE 8:39 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIFTH): Felix Hernandez finally gets a lead to work with, as the Mariners push across two, with Michael Saunders’ bunt single getting it all started. Franklin Gutierrez chips in an RBI single to tied it, and then Chris Shelton singles home a run with two outs to put the M’s up 4-3. Shelton is 2-for-3 with two RBI. It might be hard to keep him out of the lineup as the right-handed DH.
UPDATE 8:22 P.M.: The Mariners most effective defensive play tonight is the apparent wild pitch that Rob Johnson turns into a putout. It’s 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
UPDATE 8:16 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FOURTH): The Mariners tie it up, 2-2, on Rob Johnson’s RBI single, scoring Ken Griffey Jr. But they lost a chance for a big inning when Chris Woodward, with one out and two aboard, hit a scorching liner that third baseman Scott Rolen caught with a leap, and doubled Jack Hannahan off second. If that ball gets by Rolen, it’s one run, maybe two, and just one out. 2-2. And, once again, I couldn’t even get this posted before the Jays score, this time on Rod Barajas’s homer to left, a line shot. Didn’t look like a bad pitch, either. Make that 3-2, Toronto.
UPDATE 7:50 P.M. (TOP OF THIRD): Some nifty pitching by Hernandez to work out of a jam partly caused by his own wide throw to second on a double-play ball. The error went to Cedeno, but it could easily have gone to Felix. But Johnson nailed Adam Lind straying too far off first on a ball that got away from him, and Hernandez struck out Rolen to get out of the inning. Hernandez seems to be getting sharper as the game progresses.
UPDATE 7:26 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIRST): M’s get the run back on Chris Sheltons’ ground out. With this lineup, that might be a typical run-scoring gambit. And Lyle Overbay, from Centralia, just crushed a homer of Hernandez, so it’s 2-1 Jays. Lots of “Let’s Go, Blue Jays” chants tonight.
UPDATE 7:18 P.M.: Hernandez did a pretty good job of working out of a first-and-third, no-out jam, giving up just one run. The play that killed him was Aaron Hill’s perfectly executed hit and run single to right on a 1-2 pitch. If second baseman Chris Woodward isn’t moving over to cover second, it’s a double-play ball.
UPDATE 7:09 P.M.: Game time temperature is 83 degrees (28 celsius, for Toronto fans). Because they keep a stat on everything, I know that does not rank in the top 10 for hottest games at Safeco Field. Here’s the list, courtesy of Jeff Evans of the Mariners:
Rank High Temp Opponent Date
1 93 BOS 7/23/2006
2 92 ANA 7/24/2004
3 92 DET 7/30/2003
4 90 BOS 7/21/2006
5 90 DET 7/29/2003
6 89 CWS 8/10/2001
7 89 ANA 6/27/2000
8 89 ANA 6/28/2000
9 88 TOR 7/24/2006
10 88 TEX 7/23/2002
Will this by Roy Halladay’s last night in a Blue Jays uniform? Will this be Jarrod Washburn’s last night in a Mariners uniform? Sorry, I don’t have the answers. I’ll just watch the game and see how one of the weirdest Mariner lineups in recent memory does.
Lots of reports out there that the GIants have acquired Indians first baseman Ryan Garko for LHP Scott Barnes and a player to be named (not Tim Lincecum, I feel safe in speculating). There goes the Russ Branyan to the Giants rumor. UPDATE: The official press release from the Giants just arrived, and it’s Garko for Barnes straight up. No mention of a PTBNL. He’s rated the Giants’ 9th-best prospect by Baseball America.
Marco Scutaro SS
Aaron Hill 2B
Adam Lind DH
Scott Rolen 3B
Vernon Wells CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Alex Rios RF
Rod Barajas C
Joe Inglett LF
Ricky Romero LHP
Ichiro RF
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Chris Shelton 1B
Jack Hannahan 3B
Rob Johnson C
Chris Woodward 2B
Michael Saunders LF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Felix Hernandez RHP

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