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July 28, 2010 at 8:08 PM

White Sox 6, Mariners 5: Rare early outburst by Seattle goes for naught

We talked this morning about how the Mariners had scored only six runs combined by the eighth innings of their last six games. Well, tonight, they had five runs by the second inning. Including a home run by Chone Figgins. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, Jason Vargas, that’s what.
He didn’t have it from the get-go tonight and his mounting innings totals have to be a concern. Vargas is now at 126 2/3 innings — only 16 frames shy of his combined totals last year in the big leagues and Class AAA.
Vargas did throw 191 2/3 innings for the Marlins and three minor league teams in 2005. But only 78 of those innings were in the majors.
There is a big difference in the stress level an arm goes through getting big leaguers out compared to minor leaguers. You can’t coast by at this level. Every pitch has to count, as Vargas found out tonight. He didn’t have Safeco Field to help him on two of the three homers he allowed.
His stuff wasn’t that great against the Red Sox last week, but he gutted through it. This time, his arm looked tired. The White Sox were pounding the ball and his pitches were stuck in the 87 mph range and looked flat.
Would have been nice to see the M’s do something after the second inning. They didn’t and they lost — again.

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