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July 31, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers: 07/31 game thread

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And we’re back underway after a two-hour, 18-minute delay. Sean White takes over from Miguel Batista on the hill, walks a batter, then ends the seventh inning. Mariners still trail 5-3.
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Back to our discussion with Ian Snell earlier, I asked him about some of the widely-reported difficulties he had in Pittsburgh and whether he thinks Seattle will give him a fresh start to his career.
“I was happy,” he said of getting the call about the deal. “I just wanted to hang up the phone and call everybody.”
Snell was 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in late June when he asked the Pirates to demote him to Class AAA. He later held an impromptu press conference in which he lashed out at reporters and bloggers and said the overall negative attitude of playing in Pittsburgh was impacting his results.
Later, he admitted to battling depression and having thoughts of suicide.
“I didn’t like the fact I was getting a finger pointed at me for a 2-8 record,” he said on Friday. “When a manager doesn’t want to back you up, that’s hard to take and that’s why I did what I did. It’s a team game and you can’t just point a finger at one guy. That’s one of the reasons I was battling depression because my manager wouldn’t back me up.”
Snell said he loved the AAA environment and didn’t want to leave, even if it meant going back to the majors with the Pirates. He struck out 17 hitters in seven innings his first start with the AAA Indianapolis team.
Now, he says he’s happy with what he’s seen with the Mariners so far, even if it’s only been one day. He’ll start on Sunday in place of the traded Jarrod Washburn.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said of meeting his new teammates, including Jack Wilson and Chris Shelton, who he’s played with before. “Those guys are a lot of fun to be around. It reminded me of our AAA team.”
Snell, as we mentioned in a previous post, has family in Tacoma, as aunt, uncle and some cousins.
“I’ve always liked Seattle,” he said.
Sounds like he could benefit from the switch.

6:57 p.m.: It’s absolutely pouring rain here right now and the game has been halted in the bottom of the seventh, with the Mariners trailing 5-3. Seattle got a run back in the sixth, but that’s it.
Don’t know that they’ll wait this one out. It is torrential right now.
6:21 p.m.: For those hoping that some 1995 lightning will strike twice, I can tell you there’sa ton of flashes going off in the cloud-ridden sky. We might not get this game completely in. The Mariners trail 5-2 in the sixth inning after Jason Vargas yielded home runs to Taylor Teagarten and Marlon Byrd in a four-run fifth by the home side.
Working the count is apparently not gong to be an issue for the Mariners tonight as the innings breeze quickly by.
5:47 p.m.: Texas got a run back in the second inning, loading the bases with one out off Jason Vargas. Taylor Teagarten then delivered a long sacrifice fly to left, but Vargas escaped further damage. Still 2-1 for the M’s, heading to hte bottom of the third.
5:11 p.m.: The trade deadline has passed and Russell Branyan and the Mariners now move forward. Seattle just took a 2-0 lead after Branyan, back after a four-day absence, drew a two out walk. Jose Lopez then slugged the ball over the left field wall on the first pitch he saw.
Jason Vargas gave up a leadoff infield hit in the bottom of the inning, but erased it on a 5-4-3 double-play and a strikeout.
The lineups:
Seattle Mariners (53-49)
Ichiro, RF
Gutierrez, CF
Branyan, 1B
Lopez, 2B
Griffey, DH
Johjima, C
Wilson, SS
Hannahan, 3B
Saunders, LF
Vargas, LHP
Texas Rangers (57-43)
Omar Vizquel 2B
Michael Young 3B
Marlon Byrd LF
Nelson Cruz RF
Hank Blalock 1B
Andruw Jones DH
Josh Hamilton CF
Taylor Teagarten C
Elivs Andrus SS
Vicente Padilla RHP



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