And a six-pitch eighth inning seen by Seattle’s hitters, who have managed two singles and a walk today to trail 2-0. Barring a last-inning comeback, they’re about to waste another 7+ inning quality start. Hey, at least all you sellers out there will be one more step closer to bringing coveted prospects in for Erik Bedard, Jack Cust, Jack Wilson, Adam Kennedy et al. at the trade deadline.
2013 or bust!
Or, was it…2014?
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2:29 p.m.: Seattle got a leadoff single from Adam Kennedy in the seventh — only the second hit of the game for the M’s — but then Justin Smoak flied out, Dustin Ackley popped out and Carlos Peguero struck out for the third time today. Peguero did hit another one of those long drives foul to right field prior to whiffing.
But, you know, horseshoes and hand grenades.
M’s still trail 2-0. I count six infield popouts versus A’s starter Guillermo Moscoco today.
2:04 p.m.: So, was that the ballgame? The Mariners gave up another run in the fifth to trail 2-0 after the inning began with Brendan Ryan throwing a ball away at first base. That sent Cliff Pennington to second and then a subsequent one-out balk by Jason Vargas moved the runner up to third.
Vargas got a groundout by Jemile Weeks on a fantastic play by Ryan with Chone Figgins cutting in front of him. Great scoop at first base by Justin Smoak.
But then Vargas allowed a two-out single by Scott Sizemore (killing him today) for the run.
Seattle survived an error by Chone Figgins in the inning as well. The Mariners have just one single through five.
1:39 p.m.: Here we go again. We just got through the fourth inning and the Mariners still trail 1-0. They’ve mustered just a Dustin Ackley single to this point.
Jason Vargas has allowed just a single since the first inning while retiring his last six in a row.
1:30 p.m.: Two innings in and the Mariners trail 1-0 after a Scott Sizemore homer to left in the first inning off of Jason Vargas. Could have been worse as the A’s put two on with one out, but Vargas rallied with a strikeout, then saw Carlos Peguero make a sliding, awkward catch of a hard liner to left by Conor Jackson to end the threat.
Dustin Ackley singled in the second inning, but Peguero struck out and Franklin Gutierrez grounded out.
Vargas just got through a 1-2-3 second inning.
12:34 p.m.: Don’t have to tell you how important sweeping this series would be for the Mariners. Do that and then they can split in Anaheim and still have a 5-2 road trip heading into the All-Star break. That kind of run probably would keep them within 2 1/2 games of the division lead.
Lose today and that task gets a whole lot tougher. For whatever reason, the Mariners don’t tend to play their best ball on the road against the Angels.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) DH
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
3 Josh Bard (S) C
9 Chone Figgins (S) 3B
38 Jason Vargas LHP
19 Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
29 Scott Sizemore 3B
4 Coco Crisp CF
55 Hideki Matsui (L) DH
22 Chris Carter 1B
28 Conor Jackson LF
12 David DeJesus (L) RF
8 Kurt Suzuki C
2 Cliff Pennington (S) SS
52 Guillermo Moscoso RHP