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August 16, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Mariners vs. Yankees game thread, 8/16

End 7: If that’s it for Fister, and it appears that’s the case, those were seven quality innings. He allowed eight hits, but only two — the Swisher home run and Eric Hinske’s single — were hit hard. Add that to no walks, and he’s made a compelling opening argument to stay in the rotation.
End 6: I think they completed an entire hole over at Hazeltine in the time it took for Jose Lopez’s 12-pitch at-bat, but he fainlly went down with runners at the corners and two out. Before Lopez, Branyan struck out when a fly ball likely would have scored Josh Wilson. Mariners batters are 0-for-3 with a runner on third and one out.
End 5: Here’s the stats so far for the bottom four of the M’s order (not one hitting over .250 this season): 4-for-9, one walk, two runs, a double and an RBI. They have made it possible for the M’s to take a 4-3 lead after five.
End 4: Another missed opportunity with a runner on third and one out. This time, no one bails out Ryan Langerhans and the Mariners still trail 3-2.
Middle 4: Nick Swisher hit that home run to center about as hard as a home run can be hit. It was really the first hard-hit ball against Fister all day, and it came on a 3-0 count. 3-2 Yankees.
End 3: Give credit to Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez for bailing out Ichiro, who who had runners at the corners with one out and hit a soft liner to third. But Branyan walked and Lopez — who now has 70 RBI — hit a two-run double down the left-field line. But for Ichiro, that’s a position where an All-Star needs to make a run happen, especially when the bottom of the order comes through the way it did.
Middle 3: Very much a tough-luck run against Fister there, with a bunt single and then a looper from Jeter — hit No. 2,674 — that gets stuck along the wall on the right-field side long enough for Ramiro Pena to score from first. 1-0 Yankees.
Middle 2: Not much more you can say about Doug Fister’s first eight innings as a major-league starter than this: eight innings, two hits, not a single run. We’ll see how he does the second time around that formidable Yankees lineup.
Bottom 1: Six pitches. That’s how long it took Joba Chamberlain to take down the top three in the Mariners’ order.
Top 1: Derek’s Jeter’s leadoff single gave him 2,673 hits as a shortstop, tying Luis Aparicio for most all time.

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