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August 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Michael Pineda good, but John Danks even better in handing Mariners a 3-0 loss

Michael Pineda was as good as he’s looked in a while tonight, holding the White Sox to a pair of runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked just one. Had all three pitches — fastball, slider, changeup — working well. Threw only 101 pitches and could have gone seven innings if the M’s weren’t protecting his arm.
But when John Danks ties his career high with 10 strikeouts and allows just three hits over nine innings, what can you do?
It’s a 3-0 loss for the Mariners.
“You see why he’s had so much success,” Kyle Seager, who had one of the three Seattle hits, said of Danks. “He’s a tough guy to pick up. He had good stuff and he locates it very well.”


Mariners manager Eric Wedge said it was as good as he’s seen Danks pitch and he witnessed the southpaw in action many times while managing Cleveland in the AL Central.
The only real problem for Danks was in the sixth when, with two on and one out, he caught Franklin Gutierrez staring at a third strike at the knees. Danks retired Dustin Ackley after that and the game was pretty much done.
Chance Ruffin gave up a solo homer in the eighth to Alejando De Aza.
“He just had a feel for it,” Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan said of Danks. “I think of Guti, those balls he was spotting right at the knees, he was spotting them so well it’s hard not to call them strikes.”
Ryan also liked what he saw from Pineda. Liked the way he worked his fastball inside and out on hitters, kept his breaking stuff low and had good “running sink” on some inside fastballs.
Pineda said he’d gone into the game looking to work his fastballs on both sides of the plate. Looking to keep his sliders down and to work lefties with his changeup as well.
He felt he’d done everything he set out to do.
“I know it’s a long season,” he said. “But I’ve been working hard every day so I can finish strong in the last month. I want to finish the season stronger. I feel strong now.”
Pineda has tried four times to notch win No. 10 and come away empty each time. But if he keeps pitching like this, he’ll get it. Nothing he could do about Danks tonight. This was one of those games where you tip your cap and move on.
Last night’s game wasn’t one of those. But this time, the pitching was legit and simply overwhelming. Larry Bernandez would have been proud of both guys.

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