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July 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM

UPDATED WITH POST-GAME QUOTES: Mariners lose 16th in a row with little suspense

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There was some “garbage time” in this one after the Mariners were down 9-1 in the seventh inning, having mustered only three hits to that point.
But even though they scored a pair and got some runners on, then hit a deep fly ball to left that had some folks in the stands nervous…let’s be honest. This baby was done after the fourth inning.
Seattle loses 10-3 and drops No. 16 in a row. That ties the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers for the eighth longest streak in baseball history (seventh-longest if you go 1900 and later) and leaves them one away from the 1962 New York Mets at 17 in a row.
“It’s just a helluva thing we’re going through now,” M’s manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve got to just keep showing up and do different things and try different things to try to get back on-track.”

Wedge spoke to his players post-game, but this was more of a “chin up” kind of talk. He told them not to let their spirtis get down and to get away from baseball for a few hours tomorrow prior to the game.
Truth is, this one wasn’t close. And yeah, that call by first base ump Bob Davidson didn’t help matters in the fourth, but let’s not get carried away.
The M’s did themselves in with the error by Adam Kennedy and another by Dustin Ackley that frame and Jason Vargas didn’t help matters by giving up hits left and right.
Vargas has a 9.69 ERA his last three outings and isn’t helping any trade value he might have built up.
Ichiro looked shaky in right field on that Derek Jeter triple in the eighth.
Other than a few hits late, the M’s were never in this thing.
“We gave them a few extra outs and with an offense like that it makes it tough on a pitching staff,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy seemed at a loss for words several times when asked to explain what’s going on with the team right now. Finally, he offered up: “You don’t like to say it but it’s true. When things are going your way, you get the bounces. When they’re not, you don’t. A couple of calls at first should have went our way but went the other way. Just things like that. You’ve got to keep playing.”
Wedge felt Vargas still had some of the command issues that have plagued him in recent starts. Vargas said he caught too much plate on that two-run homer in the first by Mark Teixeria on a fastball that was supposed to be inside.
Then, in the fourth inning, he just couldn’t stop the bleeding. Vargas insisted that Andruw Jones was out on that call that Davidson blew. But he knows he didn’t help matters by continuing to fan the flames of the inning.
Vargas said the at-bats put up by the Yankees were tough. He said having to play Toronto, Boston and the Yankees back-to-back-to-back with the team already in a slump has compounded the misery.
“We knew it was going to be tough, especially the way it was going,” he said. “We’ve got three good offensive ballclubs to play against and when things just aren’t going right, it’s tough to turn things around when teams are going to give you those kind of at-bats for nine innings, nine days in a row. We’ve done well as a pitching staff all year and we’ve got to…get back to putting those zeros up on the board because we’re not really keeping our team in the game right now.”



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