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September 5, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics: 09/05 game thread

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And that’s our ballgame as Miguel Batista gets rocked for four more runs…and counting here in the eighth. He’s given up three doubles and three singles and Oakland leads 9-3. Tell you what, though, the Mariners have yet to score since that three-run outburst in the second inning.
We’ve seen that in all three games of this series thus far, where an early flurry is followed by several innings of goose eggs. It finally caught up to the M’s because they were in this game until this half-inning.


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7:31 p.m.: Wow, did Luke French ever come off the rails. French is done after 3 2/3 innings, having yielded a fifth run to trail 5-3. Remember, the Mariners were ahead 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third.
It’s now the top of the fifth. Jason Vargas came on and got the final out of the fourth.
But for French, a big step back tonight. He gave up a one-out single in the fourth that was erased with a caught stealing. Then, with two out and none on, he walked Daric Barton, gave up a bloop single to Cliff Pennington that put runners at the corners, then another single to Adam Kennedy that brought the run home.
French just could not finish what he started. He was not hitting his spots, as evidenced by the earlier Pennington homer that came on a pitch that could not have been more down the middle of the plate. French walked three and had no strikeouts. He did have a wild-pitch. All told, a 73-pitch stinker against a pretty bad team. You can’t sugarcoat this one.
7:07 p.m.: Luke French sure came undone in a hurry, giving up a four-spot in the third inning to fall behind 4-3. French walked Daric Barton, then left a 2-1 pitch right up in the wheelhouse of Cliff Pennington that was drilled — and I mean, drilled — over the left field wall for a two-run homer.
Adam Kennedy then doubled to left field, Rajai Davis singled to right to put runners at the corners and then Kurt Suzuki hit a ball to the warning track in center. Kennedy tagged up and scored easily to tie it. But Davis also managed to advance to second on the throw by Franklin Gutierrez. I thought Josh Wilson was a little slow to apply the tag, but Davis is a quick one.
Davis then stole third base and wound up scoring when a hard smash by Scott Hairston deflected off a drawn-in Josh Wilson. Jack Wilson picked it up and threw to first for the out. But it was still scored as a rare 4-6-3 RBI groundout, putting Oakland ahead.
6:38 p.m.: Oakland starter Brett Anderson turned his ankle on a play in the first inning and looked really shaky in the second, yielding a leadoff homer to Mike Sweeney, then walking Adrian Beltre and giving up a one-out single to Jack Wilson. Beltre and Wilson then pulled off a double steal. Josh Wilson walked and Rob Johnson delivered a two-run single to center that makes it 3-0.
Seattle could have added more after an infield hit by Ichiro loaded the bases with one out. But Franklin Gutierrez grounded into a double play. Ichiro is now three hits away from 2,000 for his career.
8:08 p.m.: Seattle is already a season-high eight games over .500 and tries to make it nine tonight. But this is the biggest pitching test they’ll face this series. Brett Anderson looks like the real deal.
Speaking of guys with knee problems, a theme with Ken Griffey Jr. all week, Jose Guillen is being shut down for the season in Kansas City because of his injury.
The lineups:
MARINERS (72-64)
RF Ichiro
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Jose Lopez
DH Mike Sweeney
3B Adrian Beltre
LF Bill Hall
SS Jack Wilson
2B Josh Wilson
C Rob Johnson
LHP Luke French
ATHLETICS (59-76)
3B Adam Kennedy
CF Rajai Davis
C Kurt Suzuki
LF Scott Hairston
DH Nomar Garciaparra
2B Mark Ellis
RF Jack Cust
1B Daric Barton
SS Cliff Pennington
LHP Brett Anderson

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