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June 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Nationals, June 22: Mariners lose, 2-1

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Another very frustrating loss for Seattle as two unearned runs off Bedard hold up for a 2-1 Washington victory.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Not a good inning for the Mariners two, thre and four hitters against Tyler Clippard: strikeout by Ryan and popups by Smoak and Olivo. 2-1 Nationals.
NATIONALS SEVENTH: Aaron Laffey just saved himself much physical pain by snaring Desmond’s line drive up the middle to strand Jayson Werth at first. M’s have six outs to play with. 2-1 Nationals.
MARINERS SIXTH: Hard to fathom how the Mariners didn’t score in that inning, but they didn’t. Ichiro led off with an infield single off Lannan’s foot. Ryan hit a long blast to left that was caught on the warning track, with Ichiro dashing back to first. The throw to first from shortstop Desmond got past Mike Morse for a two-base error, with Ichiro getting to third. But on a hard drive by Smoak that went off 3B Zimmerman’s glove, Ichiro was caught in a rundown and tagged out. Olivo singled Smoak to second but Gutierrez grounded out. 2-1 Nationals.
MARINERS FIFTH: Lannan rolled through the inning. He’s 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA over his last five starts. 2-1 Nationals.
NATIONALS FOURTH: The Nats go right back ahead with their second unearned run, by virtue of a throwing error by catcher Miguel Olivo that allowed Espinosa to get to third with one out. Bedard struck out Ramos and had two strikes on Hairston, but he hit a grounder that Ryan field in the hole and threw barely too late. I’d have liked to see Figgins try to cut that ball off and make the play rather than leaving it to Ryan deep in the hole. 2-1 Nationals.
MARINERS FOURTH: The M’s got two quick outs, but Justin Smoak delivered a double to the left-field corner for their first out, and Miguel Olivo singled him home to tie the game. Gutierrez reached on Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error, but Greg Halman grounded out. 1-1.
NATIONALS THIRD: Bedard looks awfully good. Another 1-2-3 innings (aided by a nice Ichiro catch on a Werth drive), with his fifth strikeout. But can the M’s get him any runs? 1-0 Nationals.
MARINERS THIRD: No hits for the Mariners through three. Figgins, already having a rough day, struck out. 1-0 Nationals.
NATIONALS SECOND: Bedard isn’t taking any chances. He struck out the side (two on called third strikes) and has fanned four in a row. 1-0 Nationals.
MARINERS SECOND: In contrast to Figgins botching a hard grounder the previous inning, Nationals Gold Glover Ryan Zimmerman makes a great short-hop stop to start an inning-ending double play. Miguel Olivo had reached on a wild pitch after striking out. 1-0 Nationals.
NATIONALS FIRST: Bedard needed three pitches to get two outs, but then he ran into trouble. Ryan Zimmerman walked on a 3-2 pitch; Chone Figgins booted a hard grounder by Mike Morse for an error; and Danny Espinosa singled to center to drive in Zimmerman with an unearned run. Bedard struck out Wilson Ramos, last night’s hero, looking. 1-0 Nationals.
MARINERS FIRST: Lannan barely worked up a sweat in retiring the M’s in order, and in this muggy weather, that’s saying something. Ichiro popped up a bunt, Ryan popped out, and Smoak hit a liner right at the shortstop. 0-0.
The Mariners will try to put last night’s debacle behind them as Erik Bedard, who has won four straight decisions, takes the mound. Bedard is an interleague stud: In 16 career interleague starts, he is 8-1, and his 1.79 ERA is lowest of any pitcher with at least 100 innings, ahead of Mariano Rivera (1.89), Matt Cain (2.76), Felix Hernandez (2.78) and David Wells (2.79).
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(Former Mariners manager John McLaren, now the Nationals’ bench coach, holds court before the game).

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