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October 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM

QUOTES ADDED: Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, Oct. 1 (and BBWAA chapter award winners)

Not really much to say about this one at all. Here’s Daren Brown on Luke French, who was touched for eight runs in four innings, including two homers by Daric Barton.
“Tough night, obviously, for Frenchy. His command was not as good as it has been. He was up in the zone, behind in the count, a little bit of everything, and he paid for it.”
French finishes his season with 200 innings between Seattle and Tacoma, the most of his career by 30 innings. He wound up 5-7 with a 4.83 ERA for the Mariners in 16 appearances (14 starts).
“I thought he made big strides, taking away tonight,” Brown said. “This was not a reflection of what he’s done. He got a lot of good experience. Hopefully, he’ll take it to spring training and be in the mix to show us he should be here all the time.”
French said, “Really, it wasn’t my night, you know? Obviously, they hit balls hard. That’s all I can say — it was not my night. It was not a fun way to end the season. I’ll learn from it, move on, have a good offseason and get ready for next year.”
The Mariners get shut out for the 15th time this year and lose 9-0. That’s 99 losses, with two to go.
OAKLAND SIXTH:This is turning into the Daric Barton Show. He laced a run-scoring double, giving him six ribbies for the night. It’s 9-0 A’s.
OAKLAND FIFTH:Chris Seddon replaces French and gets a 1-2-3 inning, with the help of a nice jumping catch of a liner by third baseman Matt Mangini. 8-0 A’s.
OAKLAND FOURTH:The A’s bang out three more hits to tack on an eighth run, with Mark Ellis getting the RBI single. Daric Barton,who had homered twice, took a couple of mighty hacks but struck out. Luke French is still around, against all odds. 8-0 A’s.
SEATTLE THIRD:The Mariners get two on with one out on singles by Michael Saunders and Josh Wilson, but Ichiro and Figgins can’t advance them. 7-0 A’s.
OAKLAND SECOND:Well, the A’s broke it open with six runs, capped by Daric Barton’s grand slam off French. Barton now has two homers and five RBI — and it’s the second inning. 7-0 A’s.
SEATTLE FIRST:Ichiro starts off with a walk, but Chone Figgins hits into a force out, then gets picked off first by Trevor Cahill. 1-0 A’s
OAKLAND FIRST: Daric Barton touches Luke French for a one-out home run to right, giving the A’s a 1-0 lead.
Our own Geoff Baker, proprietor of this blog and chairman of the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, just bestowed our chapter’s annual awards in a pre-game ceremony at home plate. The Most Valuable Player is — and this will shock you — Ichiro; the Most Valuable Pitcher is — and this will stun you — Felix Hernandez; and the unsung hero is — and this might actually involve some suspense — Jason Vargas.
Also, Franklin Gutierrez received the Mariners’ “Heart and Hustle” Award from the Major League Players Association.

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