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August 29, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners: 08/29 game thread

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Ian Snell was getting rocked after the first inning tonight. But he was fortunate that most of the balls wound up in gloves of outfielders nearly 400 feet away, or infielders with a tolerance for line drives. But one liner in particular, by Mitch Maier, had his unlucky number attached to it. Snell took it off the wrist and went down in a heap. He stayed in the game, but only to get the final two outs so he could qualify for the easy win. He was up 7-2 at the time, so the m’s let him do it.
Miguel Batista is now out to start the sixth. Snell is done after 68 pitches. He likely gets the win but this was not a good outing by him.
Now, on to more important stuff. We’ve got a Facebook drive going tonight and you’re running out of time to lend a helping hand to those who need it most. Essentially, the folks who set up the microscopic link atop this blog that no one can see. We’re bailing them out tonight and only you can help. As a treat, if you sign up now, on the giant, highly-visible link below, you can join the many others, like John LeMaster and Kyle Needham and Joseph Crowell, watching Erik Bedard throw a complete game shutout for the M’s against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica. No kidding. Don’t delay. Act now!
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8:41 p.m.: Just when you thought it was safe to go see 500 Days of Summer or something, the Royals got a two-run homer from John Buck in the second inning and have been hitting some scorchers off Ian Snell ever since. The Mariners, in pre-2009 fashion, proceeded to let Gil Meche get through the second and third innings on only 22 pitches combined after he’d thrown 39 in the first. But Jack Hannahan, another of the Babe Ruths in this lineup, just took Gil Meche deep to right in the fourth, then Joe Mauer…oops, I meant, Rob Johnson, hit a two-run blast to left to make it a 7-2 laugher…I mean, contest.
Hannahan saved Snell’s hide in the third by snaring a screaming drive at first base and stepping on his bag to double-off a runner and end the inning.
8:12 p.m.: So, as I was saying, this whole business of spending $100 million on a 25-man roster is ridiculous. You can apparently shell out about $5 million on your starting nine, give or take a few mil, and make Gil Meche look like…well, like you all remember him from Seattle days. Seriously, even the outs are going 350 feet on a line. That’s three doubles, five hits and four runs in the first inning for a 4-0 lead. Nice little 39-pitch effort by Meche. Only thing that saved a fourth double and more runs was a superb catch in left by David DeJesus, robbing Bill Hall.
Josh “Hack” Wilson keyed the inning with a single that followed a Franklin Gutierrez single. Some reservists would hit into a double play in that situation. But not our “Hack” a.k.a. The Paperboy, who special-delivered yet another single. Mike Sweeney — our version of the Yuni Bomber vs. the M’s — continued to destroy his former club with a two-run double. Jack Hannahan and the other Wilson also doubled runs home.
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Because this Wilson thing is working out so well, here’s another one the M’s can add to the lineup. Maybe at second base?
Know what we need here in the Dog Days (and nights) of August? A real, serious Facebook drive. I know most of you can barely see the microscopic link posted atop this blog, so here’s a serious one for you down below. And while you’re at it, no shopping excursion through the blogosphere would be complete without becoming one of our fast-growing army of Twitter followers. Let’s get some sign-ons tonight so we can get a real serious group going. Sort of like a telethon without the charity. I’ll keep blogging if you sign on.
Alright, so far we’ve got James and Ahren added to our hundreds of followers…thanks for the kind words, James. Kenneth, Tim and Brett just signed up as well! Carol, Rocky and Zach too. Let’s keep those pledges coming in…our operators are standing by! As a special treat, if you sign in now, you’ll get to see Erik Bedard throw a complete-game shutout. I’m not joking, click on and see it…for a limited time only. Paul, Logan and Justin now know what it looks like to see Bedard throw a complete-game shutout. And so can you.
7:08 p.m.: An interesting Mariners lineup, missing just about any regular who can hit consistently other than Jose Lopez, takes on a Royals team that can’t pitch, catch, or throw with any regularity. Ought to be a real hoot.
They introduced members of the old Seattle Pilots pre-game, with former pitcher, author and politician Jim Bouton throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. I know, it ain’t Deborah Norville, but they’re both in the “tell” business, I guess. From the looks of things, Bouton’s got the velocity of Doug Fister, with less accuracy.

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