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March 25, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Los Angeles Dodgers at Mariners: March 25, 2011 game thread

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Plenty of quick outs by both sides have sent this game speeding right along to the point where we’re now in the bottom of the seventh. The score hasn’t changed since the third inning, however, with the M’s leading the Dodgers 6-0.
Erik Bedard cruised through 5 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits, whike striking out four and walking a pair. He threw 85 pitches, so he’s just about ready to start the season.
Bedard will likely be slotted fourth in the rotation and pitch in Texas some 10 days from now.


8:11 p.m.: We’ve seen the pace pick up a tad over the past half hour and are now through three innings, the M’s leading it 6-0. Matt Tuiasosopo just hit his first homer of the spring in the third, a two-run cannon shot to left that had no-doubt written all over it from the crack of the bat.
Adam Kennedy has been all over the place defensively tonight, making a superb play ranging to his left in the shallow outfield for a ball and then throwing out catcher Rod Barajas in the second.
Barajas appeared safe by a good three feet, but perhaps the ump was trying to speed things up after that paint-drying first inning tossed by Dodgers starter John Ely. In any event, Kennedy pushed things a bit too far in the third and was thrown out by right fielder Gabe Kapler after trying to go first-to-third on a bloop hit by Michael Saunders.
Milton Bradley was also thrown out trying to steal second to end the second inning. And Kapler ended the third with a racing catch in right center on a Josh Wilson liner. If not for all the throw-outs and caught line drives, Ely might still be through only an inning and a third. Poor effort from him tonight.
Erik Bedard has been money. He’s very efficiently retired eight in a row since Kennedy made the big fielding play in the first inning.
7:37 p.m.: Dodgers pitcher John Ely is trying to nail down the final rotation spot on his team tonight, but isn’t going about it in all that great a way. First off, this game might not officially end until tomorrow morning if Ely keeps taking this long between pitches. One pressbox wag timed him at 23 seconds from one to the next.
Ely also trails the Mariners 4-0 after a first inning in which he yielded a scorching line drive by Ichiro that was caught by the first baseman, then a Chone Figgins single and two walks to load the bases. Miguel Olivo then nearly undressed Ely in traditional Charlie Brown fashion with a line drive single past the mound and up the middle on an 0-2 pitch.
Two runs scored on that hit and then Michael Saunders blooped another single off the center fielder’s glove to load ’em up again. Matt Tuiasosopo brought a third run in by ripping a ball off the third baseman’s glove.
Josh Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to center for another run and then the inning mercifully ended on a Josh Bard strikeout. Veteran move by Bard there.
So, roughly 32 minutes after the game began, we’re finally through the first inning. Just what you want in a spring training night game. Ely should be cut on principle alone.
7:16 p.m.: Adam Kennedy saved Erik Bedard from a run in the first inning. Bedard struck out the first batter, Rafael Furcal, but then allowed singles to Ivan De Jesus and Juan Uribe. Matt Kemp then looked about to bounce an RBI single up the middle until Kennedy — starting at second base tonight — made a diving stop to his right to keep the ball in the infield. Kennedy then had the presence of mind to touch second base with the ball and get the force out on De Jesus.
Marcus Thames flew out to center to end the inning.
6:48 p.m.: Part II of today’s split squad action sees Erik Bedard taking the mound. For once, Bedard won’t be the prime focus. That’s because you’ve got Miguel Olivo behind the plate in this one. Olivo will be there on Opening Day a week from tonight in Oakland as long as he suffers no setbacks between now and then.
It’s a beautiful night here at Peoria Stadium. Decided to stroll the concourse area about a half hour ago and who do I run into? The lawyer who got me my Green Card. Seattle resident Richard Rawson. He and his wife, who I’ve also met before, decided to take in their one and only game during their annual visit here. Talk about timing my stroll. The first one I’ve taken here pre-game all spring.
Rawson pulled off a near-miracle in getting me the Green Card in the classification that he did. It wasn’t easy. The guy mentioned in this linked New York Times story is trying for the same thing in the exact same classification and fighting a high profile court battle after he got turned down. My ordeal was a two-year one, involving a mountain of paperwork and Rawson literally changed my life by making a convincing enough case. So, he deserves a mention and a thank you here. You don’t hear me mention “great” and “lawyers” in the same sentence very often, but Rawson is both.
And yes, it’s his fault that you’re all still stuck with me.
The lineups:
DODGERS
SS Rafael Furcal
2B Ivan DeJesus
3B Juan Uribe
CF Matt Kemp
LF Marcus Thames
RF Gabe Kapler
C Rod Barajas
1B Jerry Sands
RHP John Ely
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
2B Adam Kennedy
C Miguel Olivo
Cf Michael Saunders
1B Matt Tuiasosopo
SS Josh Wilson
DH Josh Bard
LHP Erik Bedard

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