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April 30, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Mariners at Boston Red Sox: April 30, 2011 game thread

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Not sure how the M’s are doing it, but they still lead 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth with the Red Sox growing increasingly desperate in their bid to score. Aaron Laffey seemed to have the curtain coming down on him in the seventh when the Red Sox put runners at second and third with two out and David Ortiz up.
The M’s elected to pitch to Ortiz rather than put the go-ahead run at first base, with lefty J.D. Drew on deck. Ortiz ripped a long foul ball to left on the first pitch, then, with the count 2-2, flied out just in front of the warning track in left.
Tight-collar time for sure. Laffey is now back out there in the eighth. Hold on to your caps, folks.
In case you missed the news, the Red Sox have scratched Clay Buchholz as tomorrow’s starter because of illness. Tim Wakefield will take his place. Just how long has the knuckleballer been in the game? Well, put it this way. Mariners manager Eric Wedge caught him with the Red Sox when Wakefield, now 44, first came over from Pittsburgh in 1995.
In other news, David Aardsma lasted only 2/3 of an inning with Class AAA Tacoma last night. Wedge said Aardsma came out of the game because of a pitch count limit, but also largely due to the cold weather.
“It was like 25 degrees,” he said. “He didn’t have any co-operation with the weather.”
Aardsma’s velocity is down, but Wedge said it isn’t a concern.
“He’s just got to pitch a little bit more,” Wedge said. “It’s like spring training for him.”
Aardsma’s hip feels fine. The team will bring Aardsma up to Seattle early next week to take a look at him and make sure everything is OK and progressing. After that, Wedge says he’ll probably “need a little more work” in AAA.


6:04 p.m.: Jack Wilson just hit a sacrifice fly to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Jack Cust and Michael Saunders led off with singles, were sacrificed ahead by Brendan Ryan and then Wilson delivered the flyball to center.
Doug Fister and the M’s got a big-time “make up” call from second base umpire Gerry Davis in the fifth inning to get to the sixth clinging to a 1-0 lead. Fister was all kinds of done in that inning with the bases loaded, none out, Adrian Gonzalez up and his pitch count at 86.
Suddenly, his pitch count was at 87 and there were two out and runners at the corners. How did that happen? Gonzalez lined out to second baseman Wilson, who flipped to Ryan covering second. Davis ruled that the throw beat Jacoby Ellsbury back to the bag, but replays did not confirm that. in fact, the replays and my naked eye clearly showed Ellsbury back in plenty of time.
So, maybe all that yelling at the umps back in the third inning when Milton Bradley got ejected actually paid off. In any event, Fister got Kevin Youkillis to foul out behind first base and is out of the inning.
5:07 p.m.: Seattle has a 1-0 lead after an eventful top of the third inning marked by some questionable umpiring and the ejection of Milton Bradley. On the good news side, Bradley delivered an RBI double to snap an 0-for-22 slump.
But he was standing on second, with Chone Figgins on third, when Miguel Olivo chopped a ball to Kevin Youkillis. Youk tried to catch Figgins off the bag by pump faking a bit too often, then made a late throw to first that was beaten to the bag by Olivo. But first base ump Todd Tichenor called Olivo out.
M’s manager Eric Wedge came out to argue, said his piece and then left the field. But Bradley apparently had some choice words for Tichenor from over at second base. That’s when second base ump Gerry Davis (the crew chief tonight) threw Bradley out of the game.
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Wedge came out to get Bradley when he wouldn’t stop yapping at the ump. Fist ejection of the season for the M’s. Ryan Langerhans now in left field.
Doug Fister got a 12-pitch second inning he badly needed and is now at 43 pitches after two frames.
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4:38 p.m.: Well, that may have been a case of Doug Fister winning the battle but losing the war. Fister is out of the first inning with no runs allowed, but needed 31 pitches to get there. He walked leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury on four pitches, then after a fielder’s choice, allowed a single to Adrian Gonzalez and a second walk to Kevin Youkillis to bring up David Ortiz.
Fister fell behind 2-1 in the count to Ortiz, but then uncorked a huge 83 mph changeup that got the big man to swing and miss. Fister then came back with an 87 mph slider and again, Ortiz swung and missed for a big strikeout.
J.D. Drew battled the count full, fouling off numerous pitches, before flying out to center.
So, we’re still scoreless.
The M’s got Ichiro to third with one out in their half of the first. But Milton Bradley took a called third strike and Miguel Olivo grounded out.
4:04 p.m.: Doug Fister takes the mound for the Mariners, trying to make it five wins in a row on this road trip.

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