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August 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers: 08/19 game thread

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Seattle leads 3-1 as we head to the bottom of the eighth and Mark Lowe is out there to start the inning. Getting back on the horse so to speak. Hope he brought a rifle with him. Nah, just kidding. Though he is facing the top of the order. Watch the first few pitches and we should get an indication of where things are headed.
Don’t forget to read our interview with Jack Zduriencik in the prior post about his trade today for Milwaukee Brewers third baseman/outfielder Bill Hall. A report in says the Brewers will pick up $7.15 million of the $8.5 million in 2009 salary owed to Hall. That jives with what I’ve been told: that the M’s barely had to pay anything in this deal.

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5:48 p.m.: Detroit is on the board, with Carlos Guillen taking Ian Snell deep to right on a full-count pitch in the sixth. So, it’s now a 3-1 game, the M’s still in the lead. Snell is done after 5 2/3 innings. Sean White came on and got the final out of the sixth. A better result for Snell once he started pitching-to-contact, though the three walks he issued helped run his pitch count up to 98. Still a bit too high. But one run given up to the Tigers through nearly six innings is a result the M’s — and Snell — will gladly take.
5:16 p.m.: This one has to rate as a bit of a surprise so far, with the Mariners up 3-0 on the Tigers, having just scored three quick ones in the fifth inning. Few would have picked the Mariners as victors in an Ian SnellJustin Verlander duel, but Seattle is holding its own tonight.
Michael Saunders singled with two out in the fifth, stole second and then scored on a bloop single by Josh Wilson. Ichiro then knocked Verlander’s next pitch over the right field wall.
Snell has recovered nicely from that high pitch count in the first inning-plus. Snell even survived a Russell Branyan miss on what should have been a double-play in the fourth. Jose Lopez made a nice backhanded-flip of the ball to shortstop Wilson, whose throw on to first was a bit wide, but somehow missed Branyan’s glove — which was right there. Not a pretty looking end to what should have been a 4-6-3 double-play.
An ensuing single put two on, but Snell got a 5-4-3 double-play to end the threat, with Branyan catching the ball this time.
4:40 p.m.: Ian Snell was in some big-time trouble in the second inning, having run his pitch count all the way up to 30 with a leadoff walk on Magglio Ordonez. But then, as if he’d flipped a switch, Snell got the Tigers to — gently — put the ball in-play and needed just eight more pitches to escape the inning. That’s a bit more palatable than the 50 pitches through two frames he seemed certain to be headed for.
So, it’s still scoreless. The Mariners opened the third with a Kenji Johjima single after Justin Verlander had retired six in a row.
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4:10 p.m.: As for tonight’s game, Justin Verlander fanned the first two hitters he faced, then got a popout.



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