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October 2, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Oakland Athletics at Mariners: Oct. 2, 2010 game thread

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Seattle is trying to make a game of it, scoring once in the sixth inning after Justin Smoak doubled, took third on a groundout, then came home when Greg Halman ripped one off the glove of pitcher Brett Anderson.
Then, Josh Wilson led off the seventh with a double down the left field line. But Ichiro grounded out to third without advancing the runner, Chone Figgins lined out softly to second base and then Franklin Gutierrez took one right down the middle for a called third strike.
In other words, a whole lotta nothin’ that inning. Still 4-2 for the A’s. We should get to see Dan Cortes pitch the eighth.

8:09 p.m.: So, we’re in the fifth inning and Chris Carter (who used to catch passes from Daunte Culpepper and also invented The X-Files, I think) just unloaded a two-run bomb to left field to make it 4-1 for the A’s. Third home run given up by David Pauley tonight. Man, that Carter guy is one busy dude. Maybe he can lace up some skates and produce a hat-trick, too?
Hey, whaddya know? The M’s actually scored in the fourth inning to cut Oakland’s lead to 2-1 (at the time). Only the second run scored by the M’s since midway through the final game of the Texas series. Yeah, it was just an unearned run, but they’ll take it. They benefitted from — what else? — a passed ball.
We in the pressbox like to joke about how it’s never really an M’s rally until there’s a wild pitch or passed ball involved. Hmmm, I guess it’s not really a joke if it happens to be true, right? Joke’s on us.
Anyhow, Franklin Gutierrez singled, took second on the passed ball, then scored on a double to left by Justin Smoak that Carter dove for and missed.
7:53 p.m.: Well, David Pauley had a perfect game going with two out in the fifth. But then, he fell behind to Mark Ellis and watched him rocket a line drive over the left field wall. Then, Pauley fell behind Jack Cust and watched him “homer” to left center.
I put “homer” in quotes because Cust’s ball was going to hit the top of the wall and likely would have bounced back on to the field of play. But left fielder Michael Saunders leaped for it, missed, and had the ball strike his glove as it caromed off the wall. The ball bounced backwards and over the wall for another home run.
Make it 2-0 for the A’s, outscoring the M’s 19-1 on this homestand.
7:05 p.m.: David Pauley is all that stands in the way between the Mariners and another 100-loss season. Do the 100 losses really matter? Yes, they do. It’s an historical barometer of sorts and, given how miserable this season has truly been for all involved — including folks no longer here — I think a well-deserved number. A 99-loss season just doesn’t do it justice.
Hey, look, I don’t know anybody covering this team who wants it to go out and lose. Covering a winner is a lot more fun and a lot easier on everybody involved. But the time to worry about that was back in April and May, when stuff still mattered. Now? It’s all cosmetic. And too much has gone on this year to cover it all up.
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If this team is ever going to learn from its mistakes and move forward, those mistakes have to be emphasized. We thought a new era had dawned two years ago. Turns out, that was premature. We’ll see what this team does from here. But really, the onus is now on the team to show something is going to be different. The M’s have used up just about all the “trust” they ever really should have felt entitled to.

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