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July 6, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Mariners fail to show up on offense and lose shot at series sweep

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Tough to win a game when you notch only two singles and a walk. Even if your starter throws a complete game while allowing only two runs.
Jason Vargas can ask Doug Fister all about that one.
Yup, it was another typical day of Mariners baseball, with the offense squandering a quality start by a pitcher. That’s nothing new. To even register on the sympathy meter, a Seattle starter has to at least throw eight innings and give up two or fewer. And Vargas did just that.
His only mistake was a home run allowed to the second batter he faced and then to commit a balk in the fifth inning prior to a two-out, RBI single.
I could simply call on the front office to bring in a bat. The owls will again be out going “Who? Who? Who?”
All of the above, would be my answer.


Anybody at all. You have a guy hitting .190 or so and striking out every third at-bat as your starting left fielder.
A 35-year-old vet who’s supposed to be a backup infielder and an error-prone Mendoza type sharing time at third base.
Who could upgrade this offense? You kidding me?
That six-pitch eighth inning was a treat. At least the eight-pitch ninth came against a bona fide closer.
Can’t remember seeing so many infield popups in key situations either.
Yeah, you can call it prudent strategy to wait until after that opening series against the Rangers in the second half. Even more prudent strategy to wait until after ensuing trips to Toronto and Boston, right?
Hey, it’s always prudent to wait. If you don’t risk anything, you have nothing to lose.
Yep, real prudent.
It’s also a self-fulfilling prophecy.
No team can win scoring two runs per game. If the team doesn’t bring in alternatives quickly, it might not survive the Texas series.
Heck, it might not survive this next series in Anaheim.

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