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July 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Mariners at Chicago White Sox: July 29, 2010 game thread

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Garrett Olson threw some BP in the seventh inning and saw Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin blast some long distance homers into the left field stands to make it a 9-5 game, the M’s en route to a fourth straight loss here.
Konerko has now gone deep in seven of 10 games against the M’s this season.
David Aardsma is throwing in the Seattle bullpen. Guess Don Wakamatsu read this morning’s blog post.


7:21 p.m.: Ichiro just ended the scoreless innings streak of J.J. Putz with his third double of the night, coming in the seventh inning of a game the Mariners are now trailing 7-5. Putz had reeled off 27 straight scoreless innings in 27 outings — a franchise record — until old buddy Ichiro got hold of one and sent it to the gap in left center.
Jack Wilson had been on first base with a one-out single and turned on the jets. Ichiro then stole third on a walk to Chone Figgins and came scampering home on a Putz wild pitch.
The three doubles by Ichiro ties a Seattle franchise mark. It’s the 23rd time it’s been done by a Seattle player and only the second time Ichiro has done it.
Chris Seddon had given up a pair of runs in the sixth, one of them on the second homer of the night by Ramon Castro. It’s the first two-homer game for Castro in eight years.
6:25 p.m.: Now, a solo homer by Ramon Castro off Chris Seddon in the fourth makes it a 5-2 game, the White Sox in the lead. You almost wish they had a mercy rule for these types of games instead of making everyone watch the final five or six innings.
I mean, we all know the M’s won’t score again. We all know they’re going to send a bunch of AAAA fodder up there on the mound to try to get them through this. Maybe you could give teams four white towels per year that they can throw in at their discretion? No, I guess that wouldn’t work for the paying fans, especially on the road where they want to see blood. This crowd can smell it tonight.
6:07 p.m.: Well, so much for that. Chicago scored four runs off David Pauley in the third to take a 4-2 lead. The key to the inning was, after the first two batters reached on singles, Pauley walking Gordon Beckham to load the bases with none out. Pauley was ahead in the count and had Beckham swinging late, but couldn’t put him away.
Juan Pierre then laced a double the opposite way to left to score a pair of runs and tie it up.
Omar Vizquel then lofted a ball down the right field line. Ichiro had a bead on it, then slowed up and let it drop. The single scored another run to put Chicago ahead and left runners at the corners with none out.
Pauley then got a huge double-play grounder from Alex Rios. The run scored, but there were now two outs.
But Pauley then walked Paul Konerko and yielded a single to Carlos Quentin.
Don Wakamatsu made his move at that point, yanking Pauley in favor of Chris Seddon. It was still just a two-run game and Pauley was missing on too many pitches and had veteran Mark Kotsay coming up. That’s a guy you can’t fall behind and make mistakes on or he’ll kill you with a long ball.
Seddon came on and got the groundout to avoid further damage. But yeah, Pauley couldn’t hack this lineup. Getting him out early was the right call and now, the M’s still have a chance in this game. A slim chance, given it’s the M’s, but that’s better than no chance had Kotsay gotten hold of one.
6:00 p.m.: So, it’s now 2-0 for the Mariners as we head to the bottom of the third. Ichiro once again led off an inning with a double, in the third, and this time Chone Figgins got the bunt down. For a base hit, up the third base line.
So, runners at the corners, none out and Figgins takes off for second. But a pitch out is called and Figgins hits the brakes as the throw goes to second and scampers back to first base just in time. On the very next pitch, he takes off again and yet another pitch-out is called. This time, the Chisox finally execute a rundown play properly and nab him.
It looked like another blown chance might be forthcoming but Casey Kotchman delivered his second RBI of the night with a lineout to left. Ichiro tagged and scored.
5:22 p.m.: You’ve got to like what David Pauley has done so far this season, but I’ve got a bad feeling about tonight. These White Sox hitters have been real good of late and I’m worried about the Rios-Konerko-Quentin trio. Not as hot out tonight as last night. But Pauley had better keep those pitches down and change speeds or it’ll be another long night.
Pauley has an early 1-0 lead to work with, though, as Ichiro led off the game with a double down the right field line. Chone Figgins then popped out on a bunt attempt, but Casey Kotchman delievered a double to left center to open the scoring off Freddy Garcia.
The White Sox countered with an Omar Vizquel single in the bottom of the first, but Alex Rios grounded into a 6-4-3 double-play.
Both Garcia and Kotchman could have something in common in a few days. I’ll let you figure out what that is.

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