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September 4, 2010 at 10:32 PM

A few quick post-game thoughts

This game, a 4-2 Seattle loss, was a reprise of so many others by the Mariners this season. The M’s motto, with apologies to Shakespeare, should be, “Our kingdom for a clutch hit!”
They stranded runners at third base in the sixth and seventh, but the real punch to the gut was in the eighth. Russ Branyan homered to pull them within two, 4-2, and the M’s went on to put runners on second and third with one out. In other words, a single probably would have tied the game. Even a sac fly would have given them a fighting chance in the ninth. But Michael Saunders struck out, and so did Matt Tuiasosopo. They went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, and another chance had slipped away.


Daren Brown’s post-game comments could easily have been uttered dozens of times by his predecessor, Don Wakamatsu. And, in fact, they were, in slightly different language:
“We put ourselves in position in the eighth inning to tie the game. But we didn’t get the hit that we needed. That pretty much sums up the game. I keep talking about putting ourselves in situations to score and that somebody will come up with a hit.
“We had nine hits, that’s a positive. It’s just a matter of getting those hits with guys in scoring position and guys on base.”
Well, yeah. And when you’re last in the major leagues in virtually every offensive category, chances are it’s not going to happen a lot of the time. And it hasn’t. And I don’t have much else to say about this game.

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