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March 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM

San Diego Padres at Mariners: March 20, 2011 game thread

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That’s the kind of defense the M’s need to see from Ryan Langerhans if he wants to make this team. Langerhans, playing center today, raced to the right center gap and made an outstretched, over-the-shoulder catch of a line drive by Aaron Cunningham. There was a runner on first already, so that likely save Josh Lueke a run against.
Langerhans has shown his bat all spring. Now, he just flashed the glove. I’d say he’s got the lead in the race to be the team’s fourth outfielder. One question could be how well he plays first base, since the team wants all backups to be versatile in both the infield and outfield.
Brendan Ryan tripled to right center to open the seventh and later came around to score, so it’s now 4-1 for the M’s heading to the bottom of the eighth. Jamey Wright, another guy on the verge of making the team, tossed two scoreless frames after taking over from Erik Bedard.


2:26 p.m.: Pretty good fifth inning for Milton Bradley, who just gave the M’s a 3-1 lead by chopping a two-run single through the left side of the infield. Sort of a sleepy rally by the M’s there, with Brendan Ryan getting hit by a pitch and then, with two out, Ichiro singling to keep the inning alive. Chone Figgins drew a walk to load the bases and then Bradley delivered the single just beyond the reach of both the shortstop and third baseman.
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Erik Bedard is done after five innings. He threw 62 pitches and 44 of them went for strikes. A good day. Jamey Wright now on the mound.
2:16 p.m.: The Padres started getting to Erik Bedard in the fifth inning, but an alert play by Milton Bradley in left field kept the Padres off the scoreboard. Chris Denorfia opened the inning with a double to the wall in left center, but a hustling Bradley was able to get the throw back in quickly enough to shortstop Jack Wilson, who threw Denorfia out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
The play was big because Cameron Maybin singled to center right after that and then former M’s catcher Guillermo Quiroz singled through the open hole on the right side of the infield on a hit-and-run play.
But Bedard got out of it from there on a lineout and a strikeout of Wil Venable.
So, three hits for the Padres that inning — including a double — but zero runs. We’re still tied 1-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth.
2:01 p.m.: That’s four innings in the books already and Erik Bedard and the Mariners are tied with the Padres 1-1. Bedard has given up just two hits, one of them a home run in the second inning by Brad Hawpe.
Bedard then gave up a one-out single in the fourth inning to Orlando Hudson, but erased that on a 4-6-3 double-play.
Jack Cust continues to swing a hot bat, driving home Chone Figgins from second in the first inning with a single to right.
Bedard is using his fielders well today. He’s gotten a pair of double plays and the majority of his outs on grounders.
11:13 a.m.: Erik Bedard takes the mound today against Seattle’s arch-rivals from California. (Insert snickers here).
M’s will take a look at Ryan Langerhans in center field today. Langerhans has to continue to demonstrate his versatility as he tries to make the club, yet again, from a non-roster position.
The lineups:
PADRES
DH Wil Venable
SS Jason Bartlett
2B Orlando Hudson
3B Jorge Cantu
1B Brad Hawpe
RF Chris Denorfia
CF Cameron Maybin
C Guillermo Quiroz
LF Aaron Cunningham
LHP Wade LeBlanc
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Jack Cust
CF Ryan Langerhans
1B Adam Kennedy
SS Jack Wilson
2B Brendan Ryan
C Chris Gimenez
LHP Erik Bedard

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