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March 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM

San Francisco Giants at Mariners: March 3 game thread

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Seattle just scored two in the ninth to tie it up 7-7. We’ll play one more inning here today.
Mike Carp got the rally going and then a double by Michael Saunders put runners at second and third with one out. Dustin Ackley grounded out to the left side to bring Carp home and then, with two out, Jack Hannahan chopped an infield single that the second baseman made a throw on far too late.
The Mariners had been down 7-3 at one point, but scored two in the sixth inning. The highlight was big, burly Brad Nelson drawing a walk and then scoring all the way from first base on a double by Matt Tuiasosopo. Nelson showed the motor. It was like a motor on a B-52 bomber, but a motor nonetheless. We’ve already seen big Bengie Molina leg out a double for the Giants today. You know what kind of a race that would look like, don’t you? See below.

Here’s some audio of Ken Griffey Jr. walking into the visitors clubhouse while Tim Lincecum was in the middle of giving interviews about his one-inning performance here today.
“Lincecum, what’s up,” Griffey said, poking through the crowd. “I just wanted to say hi.”
Lincecum was quite starstruck. Hear it in this clip I’ve prepared for you.
See Lincecum’s reaction immediately afterwards in the video below.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget Geoff Baker Live! tonight at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Here’s the video of last night’s show.


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1:37 p.m.: Milton Bradley had a play on a flyball to left with two on in the fourth inning. But Bradley could not make the catch and the ball got by him for a two-run double by Kevin Frandsen that highlighted a three-run frame by the Giants. All three runs were charged to Chris Seddon.
Bradley might have lost the ball in the sun and could have been charged with an error on a borderline play.
So, it’s now a 7-3 game after four innings.
1:35 p.m.: Seattle trails 4-3 after three innings of play, as the Giants scored a run in the top of the third off of Chris Seddon. San Francisco had a pair of singles in the inning, the second of which, by Nate Schierholtz, brought home the speedy Aaron Rowand.
Just got up from the visitors clubhouse, where Tim Lincecum, after spending a good 10 minutes signing autographs along a fence behind the stands, had a thrill. Lincecum was talking with reporters when Ken Griffey Jr. popped inside the clubhouse, went over and introduced himself to the NL Cy Young winner. Lincecum seemed startstuck afterwards and told us all how he’d admired Griffey, Randy Johnson and other Mariners while growing up in the Seattle area.
By the way, thanks to all of you, I managed a last-minute upset of Mike Salk in the ESPN 710 Brock and Salk show Media Bracket. Power of the internet rules again. Thank you all. Now, it’s on to Round II where I take on the great Steve Kelley. I can’t tell you any good baby seal stories about him because we work together. But here is where you can cast your vote. Might be tough for some of you to pick between us, especially the angrier types. But give it a try.
12:34 p.m.: Seattle just unveiled its 2010 offense and if this keeps up, there won’t be much reason for any trepidation about it. We’re tied 3-3 after an inning as the M’s went to town on reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, using walks, hits, running and plain old luck to generate the runs needed.
Ichiro reached base when first baseman Aubrey Huff dropped a throw on a routine grounder. I though the throw by third baseman Ryan Rohlinger should have gotten the error, but Huff has the loust defensive rep and got charged with the E3. Chone Figgins then drew a walk, as did Milton Bradley.

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hit a drive to right field that had the crowd up but was caught. Ichiro trotted home easily from third and Figgins alertly advanced — as every runner should in that situation. Then came the inning’s key play. Jose Lopez was at the plate when Bradley started running as if taking off for second. Bradley seemed to stop as if the run was a bluff, but it was enough to get second baseman Kevin Fransden to head to his bag. Guess where Lopez hit the ball next? Yep, right where Fransden had been standing. Instead of an inning-ending double-play, the ball went through the vacated hole for a single to cut the Giants lead to 3-2.
Bradley alertly headed from first to third on the play and soon came trotting home on a Casey Kotchman single to right.
There were runners at the corners with one out when Eric Byrnes battled Lincecum in what seemed like a 100-pitch at-bat. Don’t have the count on it yet. Byrnes eventually struck out and Adam Moore flied out to right to end the inning.
But a good opening offensive display by the Mariners.
12:19 p.m.: Doug Fister just got rocked in the first inning, getting hit hard and often. The Mariners trail 3-0 after Fister served up a line drive single to center by Aaron Rowand. Two pitches later, Fred Lewis laced a ball into right field corner for a triple that opened the scoring.
Fister came back with a called strikeout on Nate Schierholtz, a lefty, but then saw Aubrey Huff take him deep to right center on the first pitch for a two-run blast.
12:00 p.m.: Here we go, Doug Fister versus Tim Lincecum. Cy Young dream matchup. Lincecum arrived at the stadium weating a dark “hoodie” sweatshirt over his head. Not much of a disguise. Fister arrived, well, looking like Fister.
No Brandon Morrow around to torment today.
We’ll get our first look at Ichiro and Chone Figgins and see if they can get on against a guy who’s already won two NL Cy Young Awards.

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