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September 2, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Mariners lack quality on the mound and at the plate, get walloped 9-2

For those of you watching football, you didn’t miss a whole lot. Jason Vargas threw too many early pitches once again and needed 115 to get through five.
The M’s went on to lose 9-2, with 19 of the final 20 batters being set down by Oakland pitching.
Justin Smoak notched his second single of the game in the ninth after the A’s had retired 17 straight.
We got to see Shawn Kelley and Cesar Jimenez pitch the first big league games of their comeback attempts.


Kelley allowed just a walk in pitching through the sixth. Jimenez had more trouble, giving up a walk, two singles and a wild pitch and a run before recording his first out on a strikeout.
The M’s took him out from there, but the very next pitch thrown by Jeff Gray was belted out of the park by Cliff Pennington for three more runs — two charged to Jimenez.
Like I said, you didn’t miss much.
Vargas pitched poorly after being spotted a 2-0 lead.
And the M’s, after jumping on Guillermo Moscoso quickly, called it a night after that. Moscoso retired the final 13 batters he faced. Hopefully, it won’t take another 16 consecutive losses this time for the M’s to figure something out, unlike the last time they were owned by Moscoso. We’ll see.

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