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October 2, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners: 10/02 game thread

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We’re all tied up again in the eighth after Andruw Jones hit a leadoff double against Mark Lowe and then Michael Young drove in pinch runner Esteban German with a two-out single. Game story officially ruined. Now have to start writing a new one. At least this gives Ken Griffey Jr. a shot at the game-winning homer. He’s due up this inning. Jose Lopez could use another RBI as well.
In case you missed our photo of the day in the previous post:
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Just got back from down on the field, where I presented our local BBWAA awards. Ichiro was selected Most Valuable Player, Felix Hernandez was the Most Valuable Pitcher and Sean White the Unsung Hero.
Jose Lopez was given the Heart and Hustle Award by the players association.
As I wrote this morning, it was a tough choice between Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez, who also got his share of votes. But in the end, I think Ichiro does the award plenty of justice.
Hernandez was the near unanimous choice he should have been, though David Aardsma did get a touch of support. But in a year like Hernandez is having, it was a pretty easy choice.
Plenty of players got votes for the Unsung Hero nod, which we let the coaching staff pick. Who better than to see what goes on behind the scenes? And really, the bullpen has not been the same since White left. He was often the bridge to Aardsma and the team’s go-to guy with runners on base.
Glad to see the players association picked Lopez, who has not lost focus or stopped working in spite of many challenges he faced off the field.
Our BBWAA chapter is becoming one of the largest and most diverse in the country. We have members living in Washington and Oregon. Our chapter is comprised of U.S. writers as well as many from Japan. We have online internet writers as well as traditional newspaper reporters. The voter turnout was large and it was thorough. And in the end, I think it was representative of what we saw on the field in 2009.

8:48 p.m.: Josh Wilson doubled to lead off the fifth inning and Jose Lopez — needing plenty of RBI this weekend to reach 100 — notched No. 94 with a single to right field. That ended the night of Brandon McCarthy on 76 pitches after only 4 2/3 frames. Ian Snell begins the sixth inning pushing 90 pitches, which is why Miguel Batista is now warming up. Hey, this could be Batista’s final appearance in a Mariners uniform. Just saying.
8:27 p.m.: Wow, the Mariners sure figured out Brandon McCarthy in a hurry in that fourth inning, scoring three runs to tie it 3-3. Franklin Gutierrez led things off with a double. followed by a Jose Lopez infield single and then a one-out single by Adrian Beltre that brought the first Seattle run home. Mike Carp then singled to center to bring two more tuns in.
Carp then somehow got himself thrown out at second on a 6-4 fielder’s choice from deep in the hole. He looked to be safe on the replays. I can’t believe the play was even that close. Carp runs like a DH.
7:59 p.m.: Ian Snell is fortunate to only be down 3-0 after the Rangers scored again in the top of the third. After the first two hitters reached base, Marlon Byrd for some reason decided to bunt. He’s the clean-up hitter, for crying out loud! Unless you’re facing Felix Hernandez or Zack Greinke, you don’t bunt in that situation when you’re the cleanup guy, have a lead and have two on with no out and a pitcher struggling to throw quality strikes.
Unless Byrd, who is fast, was bunting for a hit, but still…
After Byrd gave up a valuable out, Ian Kinsler singled to bring the third run home. But then Chris Davis grounded into a double play and Snell — thanks to the gift out from Byrd — was out of the inning. Snell has to do a lot better than this tonight or this game will get out of hand very shortly.
7:38 p.m.: Texas draws first blood and leads 2-0 after two innings of play. Ian Snell allowed a single in the first inning, then in the second, he yielded a one-out walk and a ground-ruled double to right center by Andruw Jones. Taylor Teagarten got one run in with a groundout to third, then a single to center by Omar Vizquel — age 63 and counting — brought the second marker in.



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