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July 26, 2011 at 8:45 PM

UPDATED: Mariners get one hit, strike out 18 times in loss No. 17 in a row

Just a quick glance down the history meter shows the Mariners are now 17th all-time on the list of AL and NL losing streaks since 1890 after a 4-1 defeat tonight. That was their 17th loss in a row.
The M’s can move into a tie for 13th place all-time with a bunch of teams if they lose tomorrow.
Seattle struck out 18 times in this one and recorded only one hit. The 18 Ks are a Yankees single-game high for a nine-inning game.
C.C. Sabathia had a perfect game going until Brendan Ryan spoiled it one out into the seventh inning with a clean single. After two rain delays appeared to slow Sabathia down, he walked the bases loaded in the eighth and was replaced by David Robertson.
The Mariners were fortunate to get their lone run, coming when third baseman Eric Chavez bobbled an inning-ending double-play grounder by Chone Figgins and had to settle for just one out.
But that was it.
“When they get the lead late in the game, eighth and ninth inning, it’s pretty tough to come back,” Ryan said.
The turning point in that eighth inning came when the first batter Robertson faced, Adam Kennedy, worked the count to 3-1 and appeared to have a walk to force home a run on a pitch that appeared several inches off the outside corner.
But Davidson, who blew two plays at first base on Monday — one involving Kennedy — called the pitch a strike. Kennedy was clearly unhappy and wound up striking out.
Could things have gone differently with a walk? Yes, indeed. But the M’s aren’t getting many breaks during this streak. They were fortunate to get even the one run when Chavez bobbled the double-play chance.
“That’s really tough,” Ryan said of the Kennedy at-bat and non-strike call. “A.K.’s been huge for us in those situations and I can’t be as colorful as I’d like to be because I don’t want to get in trouble. But he tried to battle.”


Still, the same old story. No late runs for Seattle tonight. This was a close game all the way. Every pitcher in there was throwing each pitch with a purpose, rather than trying to simply get hitters to put the ball in-play. Big difference.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge has, of course, seen C.C. Sabathia a lot when he was coming up with the Cleveland Indians. and yes, Wedge said this was some of the best he’s ever seen from Sabathia.
“But we did have a few pitches to hit tonight that we missed and that’s sort of been the story of our season offensively,” Wedge said. “When you’re facing good pitching like that, you may get one good pitch to hit per at-bat. And you can’t miss it.”
WORST LOSING STREAKS OF ALL-TIME (AL AND NL SINCE 1890)
24 — Cleveland (NL), 1899
23 — Philadelphia (NL), 1961
23 — Pittsburgh (NL), 1890
21 — x-Baltimore (AL), 1988
20 — Boston (AL), 1906
20 — Philadelphia (AL), 1916
20 — Philadelphia (AL), 1943
20 — Montreal (NL), 1969
19 — Kansas City (AL), 2005
19 — Detroit (AL), 1975
19 — Boston (NL), 1906
19 — Cincinnati (NL), 1914
18 — Philadelphia (AL), 1920
18 — Washington (AL), 1948
18 — Washington (AL), 1959
18 — St. Louis (NL), 1897
17 — Boston (AL), 1926
17 — New York (NL), 1962
17 — Atlanta (NL), 1977
17– SEATTLE (AL), 2011

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