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August 4, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Doug Fister feels fine physically, says bad pitches doing him in

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We spoke to Doug Fister after this one and he insists he feels great physically, even though he no longer goes seven or eight innings like he used to. Don Wakamatsu said the radar gun also showed Fister consistently up, meaning arm strength is not the issue.
What is?
Wakamatsu says “poor pitch selection” and location in a handful of key moments.
And Fister agrees. “I felt good, but it was just a lack of execution of pitches and it came back to bite me,” he said.
There was the wild-pitch that scored the first Texas run of the fifth inning. But mainly, the 1-2 pitch to David Murphy that got golfed into the seats soon after.
Very quickly, a 5-2 lead had become a 7-5 deficit.
The fielding was great in that fifth inning, as Franklin Gutierrez saved a two-run homer with a grab at the wall on Vladimir Guerrero. Then, Chone Figgins saved another run with a diving stop of an Elvis Andrus grounder that went for an infield hit but could not get the runner home from second.
But the fielding was not as great in the seventh.


The failure of three players to catch a popout near the visitors’ dugout extended the inning and let Michael Young eventually hit a grand slam.
Mariners catcher Adam Moore said he didn’t pick the ball up right away.
“Right off the bat, I didn’t see it,” Moore said. “I saw (Jose) Lopez taking a few steps that way and that’s how I recognized it.”
Lopez wasn’t exactly sprinting for the ball as it rang off the dugout railing and out of play.
Moore and Garrett Olson converged, but not in time.
The night had begun far happier for Moore and the Mariners. Moore hit a two-run homer in the third to help chase C.J. Wilson after he’d thrown 85 pitches by the end of that frame.
“It felt real good,” he said. “I watched a lot of video today on Wilson. I saw that cutter thrown a lot when he was behind in counts. I was able to get it and drive it out of the park.”
Moore said he wasn’t any more relaxed tonight compared to his three-strikeout, hitless performance last night.
“I was relaxed last night,” he said. “I just wasn’t picking up the ball the way I know I can. It was just one of those nights last night and I knew I just had to come back and back it up tonight.”
So, there you go. At least Moore watched some video, learned something and put it to use in a game. That’s a step forward.
For the rest of this team, they can’t compete with the Rangers when balls start to leave the yard. One team has a ton of power, the other doesn’t.
And a good big man beats a good little man every time.

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