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David Aardsma and Josh Fields can be seen leaving field in the photo above after an 8-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants this afternoon. The game took nearly four hours to play and saw the Mariners rally from a 7-3 deficit with two in the sixth and two more in the ninth.
But then minor leaguer Kenn Kasparek walked the first three guys he faced in the 10th, before Anthony Vasquez came on and yielded a Jesus Guzman bloop single that decided the contest.
Some positives to take out of this contest for Seattle included the baserunning we saw in the first inning, when the M’s jumped on Tim Lincecum for three runs. We saw Milton Bradley break for second to draw the second baseman to his bag and Jose Lopez hit it in the vacated spot for a single that drove in Chone Figgins.
“Look who it was, Jose Lopez again,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said moments ago down on the field. “The impact of Figgy and some of the guys in there. Milton, he was trying to steal on that one, ended up stopping and the ball went through. So, yeah, that’s exactly what we’re talking about. It was pretty good overall.”
Bradley went to third on that play. He’d apparently planned to steal second, but stopped en route because Lincecum was quicker to the plate that he’d been. Still, it was enough to draw the second baseman over.
Lopez didn’t get any balls hit his way the first four innings at third base. But Lopez finally got a chance and made the most of it. Later, her said he’s looking forward to more opportunities to field at his new position.
“I want it hard,” he said of ground balls. “Get my eyes ready, my feet, my chest.”
Lopez admitted to some pre-game jitters.
“It was like my first day in the big leagues,” he said. “Nervous. Nervous.”