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September 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Mariners boot too many balls around, don’t show up on offense until it’s too late

We’ll try to find out more, obviously, about that Franklin Gutierrez injury. But he was in clear pain and clutching his side as he was led off the field and as we’ve mentioned, any time you injure one of those side muscles, it’s rarely a short-term deal.
So, you’d have to think Michael Saunders, Greg Halman or both guys will be called up in time for tomorrow’s game in Anaheim. I’d go with both, since Casper Wells probably won’t be 100 percent for a bit after getting drilled on the elbow and leaving today’s game.
The M’s go down 8-5 here, getting swept by a team they’ve owned all year.
The offense finally did show up the last few innings, but it was a bit too late.
Miguel Olivo had a rough game, dropping that Trayvon Robinson throw and letting those wild pitches get by him at costly times.
Robinson was in the thick of things all day for a guy who probably expected to be sitting the bench.


He had that double off the right field wall and scored two runs while also playing both left field and then center after Gutierrez’s injury.
His throw home that Olivo dropped left plenty to be desired, though it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought when I first saw the replay. He got it in the general vicinity and Olivo has to make the play.
And Robinson’s dive and miss on that two-run triple was obviously huge, though, as I wrote earlier, we can all understand why he left his feet to try to save the run — even though his team wound up yielding three in the moments that ensued.
Some sloppy fielding all around by both teams today and the pitching wasn’t any better on either side. In the end, the better team won.
That hasn’t been the M’s for a while. They’ve now lost 8 of 10 and 12 of 17. They’ve got Anthony Vasquez going against the Angels in Anaheim tomorrow, so the last thing they needed was two starting outfielders to go down when they could be chasing a lot of long and deeply hit balls in 24 hours.
But at least they’re going to get a few more looks at some guys.
Let’s hope the Gutierrez injury isn’t serious. He really wanted to finish the season strong.

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