That might be it for the Mariners. The Braves have a lockdown bullpen in the eighth and ninth and Franklin Gutierrez just squandered a two-on, one-out situation by grounding into a 6-4-3 double-play. Time to see Greg Halman in center again, methinks.
Nate McLouth saved the inning for Atlanta with a sliding catch in left center on a Miguel Olivo drive with a runner on and none out. Really changed the complexion of the inning.
Guess what, though? The M’s need to go out and get some bats.
9:09 p.m.: Here we go again. The look on Erik Bedard’s face said it all as a two-run blast by Freddie Freeman disappeared over the wall in center field in the seventh to give the Atlanta Braves a 3-1 lead.
Lot of Braves fans here tonight.
Bedard’s look said “No way we score four tonight.”
Yeah, I’m not a mind reader. He might have been wondering what time his favorite breakfast joint opens in the morning. I have no idea. His face just looked like that’s what he was thinking. Sue me.
It’s what I’m thinking, so there.
George Sherrill follows Bedard out to the mound for the Braves as we begin the bottom of the seventh. How ironic.
For those in outer space since January 2008, Sherrill was one of the five Mariners players and prospects traded to Baltimore for Bedard.
8:51 p.m.: Chone Figgins didn’t do himself any favors in the fifth inning after a leadoff double by Mike Carp and a groundout to the right side that advanced him to third base.
Figging came up next and popped out foul to third base, drawing some of the harshest boos he’s ever received at Safeco Field in the process. It’s getting real ugly with Figgins.
Ichiro then went down swinging for the second time tonight, so we’re still tied 1-1 after the wasted opportunity. Nice to see Carp get a double. It’s his first extra-base hit since his first game with the club three weeks ago in Chicago.
8:28 p.m.: Adam Kennedy just showed he can handle the DH role, clubbing a solo homer in the fourth inning to tie the game up 1-1. Kennedy worked the count to 3-1 and then unloaded into the right field seats.
The Mariners still have not strung together hits in any inning the way manager Eric Wedge has been calling for. You’ve got to wonder whether the current group will be able to do what needs to be done without any outside help.
7:24 p.m.: Jason Heyward bats leadoff for the Braves for the first time in his career tonight. Ichiro is still batting leadoff for the Mariners.
Erik Bedard takes the mound as his team tries to figure out how to score more than a run or two.
Bedard’s team will have to do at least that much as a two-out solo homer to right center by Brian McCann in the top of the first inning has given Atlanta a 1-0 lead.