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June 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Justin Verlander shuts down Mariners

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The way Justin Verlander pitched tonight, it wouldn’t have mattered who the Mariners sent out there.
Justin Smoak has looked way too tired in recent weeks to have repeated his exploits of late-April against one of the game’s premier pitchers. Miguel Olivo has been Seattle’s best hitter the past week and went down swinging three times against Verlander tonight.
Jose Valverde rang Olivo up a fourth time in the ninth for the Golden Sombrero.
Seattle takes a 4-1 loss. Doug Fister pitched a whale of a game, battling to keep his team in it for the full eight innings on just 87 pitches.


But the offense struck out 10 times versus Verlander and 11 on the night and never really had a chance. The only M’s run came on a wild-pitch, which tells you all you need to know.
You won’t get much analysis off this one game. The M’s had it handed to them by a great pitcher, plain and simple. Jack Cust wouldn’t have made a difference. Chone Figgins certainly would not have.
Ichiro again looked lost. He’s 1-for-16 on the trip. If you’re going to sit him, tomorrow wouldn’t hurt.
Nice to see Mike Carp work that two-out walk in the ninth off Valverde. You can’t give up and Carp sure didn’t there after getting down two strikes.

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