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July 19, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Chicago White Sox at Mariners: July 19, 2010 game thread

An error by second baseman Chone Figgins led to an unearned Chicago run in the seventh and a 4-1 lead for the visitors. That’s a big run right there in a game like this. Jamey Wright had replaced David Pauley to start the seventh and yielded a single to center by Gordon Beckham. The error, with Figgins muffing a grounder, put runners at the corners and then a groundout by Omar Vizquel scored the run.
In defense of Figgins, it was Juan Pierre who hit the grounder and he gets up the line in a big hurry. Still, not looking good for Seattle tonight.
Another injury to worry about, this time Russell Branyan, who left the game with back spasms. Yeah, I know. Anytime you hear “Branyan” and “back” in the same breath, it’s a big concern. I don’t think the M’s were planning to trade him. They’d just like to, you know, avoid losing 115 games this year, so they’d like somebody who can hit the ball beyond the infield.
But the big news tonight concerns the Detroit Tigers, who just lost third baseman Brandon Inge to a broken hand for four-to-six weeks. Third baseman? Say, the M’s have one of those who will earn $5 million next year and probably be too expensive to keep around. Jose Lopez. You may have heard of him.
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The Tigers are already rumored to be interested in taking Jack Wilson’s contract off Seattle’s hands. How about making it a larger deal?
Lopez pulls everything to left field and that would be a good fit at Comerica Park. Maybe the M’s could get a bidding war going between the Tigers and Philles?
Bidding war? Lopez? Same sentence?
And you thought you’d seen and read everything!

8:35 p.m.: Well, the M’s weren’t so lucky in the fifth inning and now trail 3-1. Omar Vizquel drew a one-out walk and Alex Rios followed with his 16th homer of the season — a no–doubter to left field.
As so often happens, that outburst came after the M’s had left the bases full in the fourth inning. With two out, singles by Milton Bradley and Justin Smoak and a walk to Rob Johnson loaded ’em up. But Jack Wilson swung at the first pitch and grounded into a 1-4-6 fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Seattle is being outhit 8-3.
8:17 p.m.: We’re all tied up 1-1 after the White Sox scored a run in the third inning and might have gotten more with a little luck after hitting the ball very hard off David Pauley. Chicago had three more hits in the inning and scored on a sac fly when Alex Rios drove one to the warning track in center. The inning ended with two on when Mark Kotsay hit another ball to the warning track in center. In Chicago, both of those might have been out.
Seattle saw a leadoff walk by Jack Wilson got for naught when he was caught stealing on a close play that brought manager Don Wakamatsu out to argue. Ichiro then reached on an error when shortstop Alexei Ramirez couldn’t get the ball out of his glove to make a throw. Chone Figgins walked to put two on, but Russell Branyan grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Pauley got through the fourth inning with just one hit allowed and survived a passed ball by Rob Johnson that moved the runner up into scoring position with two out.
So, on to the bottom of the fourth. M’s are being outhit 7-1 and are fortunate to still be tied.
7:43 p.m.: Very quick second inning for both teams. David Pauley caught Andruw Jones looking at strike three, then got a quick flyout and a groundout.
In the bottom of the inning, Milton Bradley, Justin Smoak and Rob Johnson all went down swinging against Daniel Hudson. That’s 4 K by the M’s so far, but they still lead 1-0.
7:31 p.m.: So, the Mariners lead 1-0 after an inning of play, thanks to a walk drawn by Chone Figgins and then a double to left center by Russell Branyan. Yeah, the M’s missed Branyan’s bat during that series in Anaheim. It’s one of the reasons I just don’t see Branyan getting dealt by the deadline. The M’s need him too much to avoid being outclassed on a nightly basis.
Also, they gave up two prospects to get him. What would they get in return? Two more prospects? Seems like a waste of time. We’ll see.
Big first inning defensively for Milton Bradley. First, he made a sliding catch down the left field line, colliding briefly with shortstop Jack Wilson in the process. Wilson went somersaulting over the prone Bradley, but both were OK.
Then, after three straight singles with one out, Bradley came up throwing when Omar Vizquel tried to score from second on a base-hit that nicked off Wilson’s glove. The throw from left field made it to home plate without a bounce and catcher Rob Johnson applied the tag on Vizquel’s arm when he tried to slide around Johnson and missed the plate with the rest of his body.
So, three hits but no damage done.
6:45 p.m.: David Pauley makes his second start for the Mariners tonight. Looked good for most of his first outing the day of the Cliff Lee trade, then ran out of gas a bit and saw his bullpen torch the rest.

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