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September 7, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Mariners at Oakland Athletics: Sept. 7, 2010 game thread

We’re told that Franklin Gutierrez left tonight’s game because he was hyperventilating. He was checked out by a doctor and is said to be doing fine.
Doug Fister got into more trouble in the fifth and it cost him two runs. Seattle still leads, 6-2, after a two-run single by Kurt Suzuki put Oakland on the scoreboard.
The inning began with a walk to Cliff Pennington and a single by Rajai Davis. After a foul popout, Suzuki singled and Jack Cust walked on Fister’s 88th pitch to put two on with one out. It was only at that point that manager Daren Brown got Garrett Olson up in the bullpen. But Olson wasn’t needed, with Fister getting a flyout to center by Mark Ellis and then a ball to the base of the left field fence hit by Jeff Larish.
Brown is breathing a sigh of relief after that one, no doubt. The M’s have won the game of inches tonight and that ball was a few feet away from making this a 6-5 game as Olson tried to get warmed up.
I’d say we’ve seen the last of Fister tonight. Also, the last of Dallas Braden, as Jerry Blevins has come on to replace him.

8:17 p.m.: Three innings done here and the Mariners lead 6-0, with Adam Moore taking Dallas Braden deep in the top of the third.
If Braden’s not careful, he’ll get demoted to Class AAA tomorrow.
Franklin Gutierrez came out of the game in the third and has been replaced in center by Michael Saunders. No word yet on why.
Big inning coming up for Doug Fister, who’s at 59 pitches through three shaky-looking innings. More trouble here and he could be done. This one isn’t over yet.
7:47 p.m.: Baseball is a game of inches at times and the Mariners benefitted from that in the second inning, taking a 5-0 lead on plays that could have gone either way. The four-run inning also snaps Seattle’s streak of 11 straight games scoring three runs or fewer.
Strike up the band!
Actually, just about everything that could go right did for Seattle in that inning.
With a runner on first, Jose Lopez hit a grounder to the left side that could have been a double play ball if hit a couple of feet to the left. Instead, it went on through for a single.
Then, Casey Kotchman hit a slicing liner to the left field corner that Jeff Larish got his glove on but could not squeeze. One run scored on what was ruled a single — Lopez had initially stopped — and then both runners advanced one base on a throwing error by shortstop Cliff Pennington.
Adam Moore then hit a sacrifice fly to make it
Matt Tuiasosopo then hit the equivalent of a swinging bunt, a slow hopper up the third base line that went for an infield hit.
Ichiro then blooped one down the left field line to score another run on a single that made it a 3-0 game. Chone Figgins followed with an RBI single that dropped just in front of the center fielder and then Russell Branyan blooped a ball over the first baseman’s outstretched glove for another RBI single.
The seven hits in one inning by the Mariners is a season high.
From Jeff Evans of Mariners PR fame: the last time the M’s scored five runs in an inning was back on Aug. 14 in Cleveland. The Mariners also went 6-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the inning. The have not had six hits with RISP in an entire game since going 8-for-14 on May 21 against San Diego.
7:02 p.m.: Mariners need to score four or more tonight, or they equal a 22-year-old club record for futility that pre-dates Randy Johnson’s arrival by one season. How’s that for context?
Doug Fister takes the mound tonight, facing perfect gamer Dallas Braden.

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