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August 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, Aug. 15

10:09 p.m.: Mariners lose, 5-2. They left 10 on base and struck out 11 times. Not a good combo.
9:46 p.m.: Lots of squandered opportunities by the Mariners tonight. If they lose, they fall 10 1/2 behind the Angels — their largest deficit of the season.
9:12 p.m. (BOTTOM OF SIXTH): Yes, that 3-2 pitch to Langerhans looked low, but C.B. Bucknor rung him up as the M’s squandered a bases-loaded, one-out situation. 4-2 Yankees.
8:52 p.m. (BOTTOM OF SIXTH): All things considered, not a bad outing by French, who made it through six without giving up an earned run. Yes, he could have overcome the defensive lapse in the second, but he pitched well before and after that. 4-2 Yankees.
8:38 p.m. (BOTTOM OF FIFTH): I’m not sure what just happened — poof, this thread was gone in my computer. Hopefully, it’s back. French has settled down nicely, retiring six in a row, including a strikeout of Rodriguez that was quite popular. As usual, fans are letting loose fake money when A-Rod is up — at least I thought it was fake. One of the dollar bills floated into the press box, and it was real. it had a label on it advertising a business — a pretty good marketing ploy.
8:12 p.m. (MIDDLE OF FOURTH): That was a tremendous catch by Ichiro to start the fourth, snaring Jose Molina’s drive on the run with a little leap. If that ball gets by him, with Molina’s speed, he might have had a…single. French has looked shaky today, but he hasn’t given up an earned run through four innings. 4-1 Yankees.
8:03 p.m. (BOTTOM OF THIRD): The Mariners have scored just five runs in their last four games. This seemed to be one game they could get untracked, what with Sergio Mitre and his 7.04 ERA on the mound, but so far they’ve managed just one unearned run, which has been trumped by the Yankees’ four unearned runs. 4-1 Yankees.
7:42 p.m. (MIDDLE OF SECOND): Four unearned runs by the Yankees after some confusion between Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro on a fly to right-center by Melky Cabrera results in the ball glancing off Gutierrez’s glove. Ichiro was also racing over to the ball, and got close enough to distract Gutierrez. Ugly play. Luke French wasn’t able to overcome it, giving up an RBI single to Jose Molina, a sac fly to Derek Jeter, and a two-run homer to Nick Swisher. 4-1 Yankees.
7:19 P.M. (MIDDLE OF FIRST): Not surprisingly, the near full house at Safeco let A-Rod have it, but I’ve heard far worse in his eight seasons of coming back here. There was some fake money fluttering down, but, again, I thought it was fairly subdued, in comparison to, say, 2001. French got two quick outs, then walked Teixeira and A-Rod, and went to 3-2 on Posada before getting him on a fly to deep center.,
Alex Rodriguez returns to the Yankees lineup. Michael Saunders was scratched by the Mariners because of a jammed right shoulder.
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jerry Hairston Jr. LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C
Sergio Metre RHP (1-1, 7.04)
Ichiro RF
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Russell Branyan 1B
Jack Hannahan 3B
Rob Johnson C
Josh Wilson SS
Ryan Langerhans LF
LHP Luke French (2-2, 4.31)



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