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July 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Mariners suffer four-game sweep, head to All-Star Break in full “sell” mode

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Felix Hernandez did what Felix Hernandez does. Seven innings of two-run ball against a Los Angeles Angels squad that seems to finally have its offense in gear.
But you can’t win if you can’t score. Yes, I’ve written that before, I think.
Well, the Angels found a way to score in the eighth inning as Alberto Callaspo doubled to right center with two out off David Pauley to bring in a pair of runs.
The M’s? They scored two in the first inning. None the last eight innings. They lose 4-2.
Dan Haren came within one out of a complete game before being pulled on 113 pitches. The crowd booed when Mike Scioscia took him out. Geez, they have high standards in some places, don’t they?
Don’t worry. Scioscia has his team firmly poised for a second-half run. He can handle a tough, demanding crowd. All he has to do is win.


As for the M’s, hey, it’s really all about next year now anyway, right? Feel better? Well, OK, maybe not. But what can you do? Not much now, unfortunately.
There are still another 2 1/2 months to go in this season and the M’s are going to have to figure this offense thing out if they don’t want this year to wind up the way everybody thought it might when April began.
That being 90+ losses.
Seattle heads to the break at 43-48.
In case you were wondering, that’s an 85-loss pace. But that’s with the buffer provided by a two-month run at contention. Now that the contending is done and some trades for the future seem destined to happen, the hitters can’t keep this two and three-run per game output going.
The pitching will likely slow a bit down the stretch and all of those wins will turn to close losses like today’s unless this offense is upgraded — either all on its own or with help from management.
If not, expect a lot more of what you just saw.
This pitching has been great and these guys found ways to win for quite a long time. But it’s been quite apparent that this team needed an offensive influx from someplace. So far, that hasn’t come.
Seattle is now 7 1/2 games out.
If this was Wall Street, you’d be yelling “Sell! Sell! Sell!”
Actually, you’d have been yelling it last night. Don’t worry. The team now has three more weeks to do exactly that.
The rest of the team that will be sticking around? They clearly need this break.

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