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August 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Mariners win a bizarre game, 4-2, with a little bit of luck

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POST-GAME NOTE: Justin Smoak bruised his left thumb (the one with the blisters on it) fielding a ground ball early in the game and could not swing properly later. He’s listed as day-to-day after X-Rays proved negative. Smoak told me he hopes to just miss tomorrow afternoon.
Let’s see, there was the “infield triple” by Brendan Ryan in which he embarrassed the Oakland Athletics by swiping two extra bags after safely reaching first on a ground ball. Then, the Ichiro impersonator interfering with that Dustin Ackley triple.
And then, when it got real serious, the M’s caught a big-time break when Kurt Suzuki struck out on a Jeff Gray pitch that hit him in the eighth. Did I mention that the bases were loaded with one out at the time?
Just the usual 4-2 win for the Mariners tonight.
Suzuki usually crushes the M’s in those situations. So, yeah, big-time break. Nice defensive play in left prior to that by Casper Wells, who cut a ball off from getting to the left-center gap and held Ryan Sweeney to a single.
Hideki Matsui was already on first and isn’t real fast, but that ball Sweeney hit was just soft enough that it would have taken time to get to had it gotten by Wells. You never know. Might have saved a run.


Anyhow, the Mariners finally won two in a row. First time since the last time they played the A’s. Watching this Oakland club, there’s a reason for that. They aren’t very good. Good teams don’t strike out on a bases loaded pitch that hits them.
They also don’t allow a guy to take third on an infield hit without an error of any kind involved.
This was a strange game. But the M’s will take it.
Now, we have to find out why in the world Kyle Seager pinch-hit for Justin Smoak. I have no idea, but I’m sure we’re about to find out.

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