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July 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Boston Red Sox at Mariners: July 23, 2010 game thread

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Bill Hall just went deep for the second time in two nights, a solo homer to left off Jason Vargas to give Boston a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning,
Still no definitive word on the Wakamatsu-Figgins Battle Royale, but it should make for an interesting post-game session.
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They gave out these 2010 Seattle Mariners baseball trading cards at last night’s game, sponsored by Seattle City Light.
We’ve recieved some decks of 28 cards here in the pressbox. I asked if I could exchange mine for a month’s free electricity and they said no.
So far, I’ve gotten a pretty good hand in my deck of 25.
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8:57 p.m.: So, there appears to have been a fight/shoving match of some kind with Chone Figgins in the middle of it. Jose Lopez was in there too with what appeared to be Russell Branyan, Jack Wilson and…well, let’s just say half the dugout was in there trying to break it up.
Don’t want to speculate, but we know Figgins didn’t look good on that errant throw by Michael Saunders and we know Figgins is no longer in the game. Looks like Don Wakamatsu might have pulled him from the game, setting off a negative reaction. Again, we don’t know that for sure, nor do we know why Lopez was in the middle of things.
Jason Vargas is pitching a terrific game, escaping a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth. Vargas has nothing going himself stuff-wise, other than the fact he’s pitching his butt off with soap opera-like turmoil going on all around him.
Just another night of As the Mariners Turn.
Still a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth.
8:52 p.m.: Boston just took a page out of the Mariners offensive handbook in the fifth inning, getting a runner to third with none out and then failing to score. Mike Cameron hit a double to left, then took third when a Michael Saunders throw bounced wide of second. Chone Figgins was standing on his bad to take the throw and didn’t make a move to try to stop the errant toss.
Figgins has now been pulled from the game in the bottom of the inning as Josh Wilson comes up to pinch-hit for him. There appeared to be a commotion of some kind in the dugout between innings but we don’t have a direct sight line into it. We’ll try to find out more, like if Figgins is hurt or something.
Jason Vargas did a great job of escaping the jam, getting popouts from Bill Hall and Kevin Cash and a groundout by Marco Scutaro.
8:15 p.m.: Boston just tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, with a two-out single by Kevin Youkilis and then a double to the gap in left center by Adrian Beltre. The former Mariner entered tonight batting .336.
Seattle could have used Beltre in the bottom of the third, but instead had to settle for his third base replacement. Jose Lopez came up with the bases loaded and one out and…popped out to the infield again. Justin Smoak grounded out to end the inning.
7:39 p.m.: Six up and six down for Jason Vargas, who has a 1-0 lead as we head to the bottom of the second inning. Ichiro led off with an infield single, stole second, then scored as Jose Lopez lashed a ground-rule double just fair over the third base bag. A fan reached out and grabbed the ball and was quickly ejected from the ballpark.
Michael Saunders and Rob Johnson are back in the lineup tonight. We’ll see whether the Mariners can start scoring some runs before their final at-bat. More than the one they already have, anyway.

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