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August 21, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Seattle Mariners at Cleveland Indians: 08/21 game thread

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Seattle still leads 7-2 as we head to the bottom of the sixth. I was starting to worry Luke French might not make it through the requisite five innings and qualify for the decision. But he got a double-play grounder from Jhonny Peralta with two on to end the fifth after an RBI single by Shin Soo Choo. French is back out there to start the sixth, his pitch count at 83. We told you the bullpen was a little shorthanded tonight.
Josh Wilson continues to terrorize with his bat, clubbing a double to right center in the top of the sixth. Wilson obviously feels invincible because he tried take three bases on the play and was thrown out rather easily at third. But still, the M’s are having a field day with Cleveland pitching so far. Might be time for Wyatt Toregas to bring down the long arm of the law on these guys before things get out of hand.

5:29 p.m.: Russell Branyan has this little thing he does in the dugout and lately he’s been doing it every time the Mariners score a run. He stomps on a cardboard cup and makes a really loud explosive noise in doing it. So, we heard cups popping throughout the fourth inning as the Mariners scored four runs to take a 7-1 lead. We can hear the cups up in the pressbox, so if you listen carefully on your TV or radio, you might make it out as well.
Anyhow, noted power fiend Josh Wilson (photo above may not be an exact likeness) got the carnage started in that inning with his third home run in eight days. That matched his previous career highlight. What’s going on? Did we mix up our Wilsons, or something? Anyhow, Ichiro then doubled to end a terrible night by David Huff, who threw 84 pitches in 3 1/3 innings while yielding 10 baserunners and six runs. Yep, these Indians are rebuilding the right way.
In came Tomo Ohka, who looks just as bad as I remember him from his heyday with the Montreal Expos. Ohka gave up a single to Franklin Gutierrez, bringing home Ichiro, then a line drive, two-run blast to left by Jose Lopez on the next pitch. Somebody pull the fire alarm!
5:09 p.m.: Any of you folks still awake? Not seeing many comments tonight. Can’t be having that much fun at 5 p.m., even if it is Friday. Getting dressed-up to go see Greg Nickels in his new job as a stand-up comic? I hear he’s playing The Showbox SODO. They’ll take anyone there. Hey, ever hear the one about the snowstorm, the salt and the little fishes? Yeah, me too.
Seattle now leads 3-1 in a game being thrown by an Indians pitcher, David Huff, who won’t be out there much longer if he keeps this up. Huff has walked four guys and yielded four hits in three innings. Gave up an RBI single to Mike Sweeney and then Bill Hall collected his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to right.
Luke French finally stopped nibbling around and had a 1-2-3 third inning, giving his team another quickj shot at padding their offensive stats against Huff.
4:51 p.m.: Bill Hall hesitated a bit on that line drive to left by Andy Marte (man, Marte’s giving Hall a rough go of it tonight) and allowed the ball to drop in front of him for a single that tied this game up at 1-1 after two innings. Lousy game thus far, due largely to the starting pitchers. If either team had an offense that could finish the job, somebody would be up 5-1 by now.
I’m not all that impressed with Luke French. Spotted that lead, he went out and walked the leadoff batter, Jhonny Peralta, then gave up a single to some dude named Wyatt Toregas (what the heck is a Wyatt Toregas? Sounds like he should be playing deputy to Russell Branyan’s sherriff in some bad western).
Anyhow, Hall then allowed Marte’s single to fall in front of him, and bounce off his chest (ouch!). He’s now got some frontal tattoos to go with the one across his back.
4:40 p.m.: Didn’t take Bill Hall very long to ingratiate himself to Seattle fans, driving home Mike Sweeney from second base with a single to left field in his first Mariners at-bat in the second inning. The M’s lead 1-0, but the thing is, it could have been a lot worse. Indians starter David Huff walked three guys, gave up the single and also a scorching line drive in the inning before he’d gotten a single out.
But the line drive was caught by first baseman Andy Marte, who stepped on his bag to double-off Hall. Huff then escaped the inning on a Josh Wilson popup. So, a lot of baserunners, only a little damage. But at least the new guy got his first hit out of the way.
4:08 p.m.: The Mariners need a good start out of Luke French tonight, given the shorthanded state of the bullpen. Don’t forget, the team doesn’t have Chris Jakubauskas or Garrett Olson available for long duty tonight, though Miguel Batista is still there.
Seattle just went 1-2-3 on three flyball outs in the first inning against lefty David Huff.
The lineups:
MARINERS (62-59)
RF Ichiro
CF Franklin Gutierrez
2B Jose Lopez
DH Mike Sweeney
1B Russell Branyan
LF Bill Hall
3B Jack Hannahan
C Rob Johnson
SS Josh Wilson
LHP Luke French
INDIANS (52-68)
CF Grady Sizemore
2B Jamey Carroll
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Shin Soo Choo
3B Jhonny Peralta
DH Kelly Shoppach
LF Matt Laporta
C Wyatt Toregas
1B Andy Marte
LHP David Huff



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