The Mariners just gave an “update” on Erik Bedard. He’s had his MRI and is now conferring with Dr. Lewis Yocum and team medical director Edward Khalfayan about what to do next. This is exactly what Don Wakamatsu told us three hours ago, so there is no real news. As for what the MRI found, your guess is as good as mine because the Mariners aren’t saying.
And Milton Bradley, obviously distracted by Dave Sims Hat Club Night and some of the spankin’ fedoras in the crowd, gets doubled off first base to end the seventh inning on…a pop fly to the shortstop? Oy, vey! Time for the mercy rule, folks. Even if it’s still only a 3-0 game.
Still just an infield single and a bunch of walks for Seattle’s “offense”.
M’s starter Fister is trying to get his game back on track yet again here on Dave Sims Hat Club Night at Safeco Field. Thought I’d do something I never do in support of my collegue and a guy who I respect. That is, wear a hat. When you have my hair and a Size 16 bowling ball head, it’s tough to find the right thing to cover your dome with. In my case, it isn’t much of a dome. More of a dome with a big sasquatch on top.
Get a look now, because this won’t last. Haven’t worn a hat of any kind since I stopped playing football back in 1989.
Oh yeah, the Mariners. Right, uh…sure. They bat second every inning.
Photo Credit: Larry LaRue/TNT
8:31 p.m.: The good news is, the Mariners look so bad tonight that there’s little risk of me having to keep wearing this hat as some type of good luck charm.
It’s 3-0 for the White Sox in the sixth inning and could easily be about 5-0 or 6-0. Chone Figgins looks great in the field tonight, but at the plate, he’s as bad as everyone else. Chicago is out-hitting the M’s by a 7-1 count,the only hit being an infield single by Casey Kotchman that the shortstop double-clutched on. Seattle has done absolutely nothing offensively since the Figgins double-play grounder in the third.
Chicago bashed Doug Fister around in the fifth inning, getting a single by Alexei Ramirez, an RBI double from Juan Pierre and then a long single by Omar Vizquel lined over the head of a surprised-looking Ichiro. That put runners at the corners, since the ball was hit so hard that Vizquel didn’t have time to round first and Pierre did an unusually poor job of reading the ball from second.
The White Sox scored when Alex Rios singled to left. But the visitors might have had more had Vizquel made it to second originally. In any event, the M’s have four innings to find some life.
8:07 p.m.: We’re four innings into this one and the White Sox have a 1-0 lead. Chicago opened the scoring in the fourth when Alex Rios drew a walk, Paul Konerko doubled over the head of Franklin Gutierrez and Mark Kotsay drove in the run on a groundout. Chone Figgins made a nice, diving stop of Kotsay’s ball, saving a hit and potentially more damage.
It was Figgins who killed a third-inning rally with two on and one out, grounding into a double-play.
LF Juan Pierre
3B Omar Vizquel
CF Alex Rios
1B Paul Konerko
DH Mark Kotsay
RF Andruw Jones
C A.J. Piersynski
SS Alexei Ramirez
2B Gordon Beckham
RHP Doug Fister
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Jose Lopez
LF Milton Bradley
DH Casey Kotchman
1B Justin Smoak
C Josh Bard
SS Jack Wilson
LHP John Danks