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May 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Mariners lose fifth in a row in less-than-inspiring fashion

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There was just something about this game. No matter how close it may have been on the scoreboard, with the teams tied in the sixth inning, you just felt like the Mariners were on their way to losing it.
Sure enough, after Kevin Millwood bowed out five innings in with his pitch count at 93, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer off Steve Delabar and the M’s were on their way to a 4-2 loss and their fifth defeat in a row.
The M’s just weren’t much of a threat offensively all night.
They made it interesting in the eighth, but only because Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry made a poor decision to dive for a Brendan Ryan single with a runner on first. Instead of runners on first and second, the ball got by Gentry and went all the way to the wall.
The run scored easily and Ryan tried to add a second with an inside the park homer. Ryan beat the play, but catcher Mike Napoli blocked the plate and tagged him out.
Do I fault Ryan? No. I realize there was nobody out. But I also realize these are the Mariners. The way they were playing, they needed a play like that to wake them up. Ryan made it in time, too, just got beaten by a good catcher.
Some will say you never make the first out of an inning at third base or home plate. I know all about that, but, I dunno. I just think the way the M’s are going, had Ryan held at third, he’d just as likely have been stranded there.
It’s not like he ripped the triple to the gap or anything. It was a single turned into something bigger because of a dumb play by the center fielder with a three-run lead. In cases like that, I think you try to take full advantage of the gift and to heck with being conservative.
But that’s just me.
Anyhow, the M’s were otherwise owned by Matt Harrison over eight innings and it wasn’t particularly close.

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