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September 16, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Mariners-White Sox 9-16 game thread

First pitch, 7:10, temperature 64 degrees, roof closed, small crowd, and the smell of food making it’s way up to the press box. Mmmmm….pizza, or something baked.
Top 1: 1-2-3 down in order. Konerko is late running out to first base. Funny how I can look around the press box and see Facebook friends. Geoff is one, too.
Bot 1: First pitch from Floyd is hit into the gap in left-center, looks like they had Ichi played too far to the other side and he makes second easily. That’s 30 doubles for him.
Jose Lopez, with whom I was impressed that he took note of the fact that I now cover soccer and has wondered where I have been when I talked to him before the game, doubles with one out to right field, and Ichiro scores.
My favorite at-bat music: Adrian Beltre’s merengue tune, don’t know the name of the song but it’s danceable for sure.
Nothing soft about the balls the M’s have hit thus far.
Beltre inside outs one to right, Lopez scores, Jermaine Dye throws out Beltre trying to stretch it into a double. 2-0 Mariners end first.
Little Earth Wind and Fire for ya between innings here at the Safe….
Top 2 –Diving catch by Langerhans robs Konerko of a hit. With that .206 average, he’s gotta make plays like that on defense if he is going to be a factor in that audition for LF next season.
WIth 2 on and 2 out, the 6-4-3 DP for Seattle hit into by Carlos Quentin, out of the inning.
Bot 2 — Floyd left that pitch up, and Johjima hits it high and deep to the gap in L-C. Cruises in with a double, the M’s are swingin’ it right now.
-Carp moves Joh over. Now it’s Langerhans with the deep fly ball to center, plenty long enough to drive in the speed-challenged Johjima, and it’s 3-0 M’s.
Top 3– good peg by Joh to throw out Alex Rios stealing. Rios signed with Chicago the last time I worked a game.
Bot 3 – after ichiro walks, DJ Carrasco warming up in the Chicago pen….
Franklin Gutierrez’s favorite pregame meal is a ham and cheese sandwich. I kid you not. And I hope the big screen isn’t kidding me and the fans.
Top 4 — four hits for the Sox off RRS, as you folks call him, I like it. But the pitch count is still under 50 and he looks strong.
Bot 4 — Carrasco now in for the Sox….ahhh the pace of baseball. So nice. Just cranked out my Sounders FC story while blogging. Multi-tasking!
Line of Floyd: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. 42 pitches. This is a dude with a 2.47 home ERA, 5.36 on the road coming in. Floyd left the game with a sore left hip, it’s been announced.
Carp with a mighty swing and it is high, it is far….no I have to stop with the John Sterling call, it’s long gone into the right field seats. FIRST career ML HR for Carp. And I was here.
Top 5 — good job by Ichiro, who can’t make a sliding catch on Quentin’s blooper, to recover and throw to first to get Quentin in a rundown and he is tagged out.
Bot 5 — hard grounder with tough hop by Lopez eats up Beckham, scored an error. Man that’s a tough one for me. It took a nasty hop. Once I was listening to a Cubs game on XM and a bad-hop grounder was scored an error against a Cub. Ron Santo, the color man, says out loud, “You gotta be kidding me, c’mon!” And the play by play man says “That will be changed.” Then I guess you hear the official scorer in the background saying, “No it won’t!”
Time out for a Beltre merengue break, esta toda en las caderas. It’s all in the hips when you do the merengue. It’s like an aerobic walk almost. But I’m no instructor….
I’ve been writing the game story. Still hoping to hear some Ozzy. “All aboard, hahahahaha….”
Top 7 — The scoreboard photo of Alexei Ramirez makes him look like Will Smith. Ramirez just walked, hmmm….and now a hard line drive base hit for Dye, and now someone is getting loose in the Mariner pen.
It’s Miguel Batista.
A big crowd of 16,596 tonight. Quentin hits it deep to right, Ichiro makes catch in front of the wall and Ramirez takes third. One out.
Loved what Johjima did there on the nubber in front of the plate by Rios. Gets out of the crouch, fields it, looks at the runner a third to hold him throws out Rios. FUNDAMENTALS, kids. Learn them!
Then RRS fans Nix swinging to end the threat, if he is done, what a night for the Aussie.
Let’s sing it together, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame…”
Top 8 – Does anyone think that RRS likes Men at Work’s “Down Under,” which is what is being played as he wars up for the inning?
Gutierrez runs down the fly ball ball off Podsednik’s bat, big play. I can hear Dave Sims rolling the R’s.
0-2 pitch to Gordon Beckham lands in the Sox bullpen. It’s 4-1 and the Sox are scorching balls now. RRS gets the ground ball out, this is probably his last batter of the night coming up. It’s A.J. Pierzynski.
A busted bat grounder and that’s the end of the inning. The broken half of the bat went farther than the ball.
Bot 8 — Aardsma warming up in the M’s pen….
Top 9 — Aardsma is in…the rock music is blaring, I like the Olde English script used to write his name on the scoreboard.
Aardsma gets them in order….Jimi Hendrix time…later everyone, thanks for joining me tonight. Always fun.
-Jose

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