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May 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Jason Vargas tries to stop the damage in Texas

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Just in case you missed it earlier, here is my Talkin’ Baseball segment from this morning on Sports Radio KJR’s Mitch in the Morning show in Seattle, with host Mitch Levy.
Wow, did not see that one coming. The Mariners batted around in the eighth inning, scoring six runs to go up 10-3.
Seattle had seven batters reach base before the first out was even recorded, and that was a sacrifice fly to shallow center by Ichiro.
Kyle Seager opened the inning with a double off Alexei Ogando, his third hit of the night. Justin Smoak and John Jaso followed with singles to end Ogando’s night and bring home a run. Then, Mike Adams came on and yielded a single to Michael Saunders to load the bases.
Brendan Ryan then hit a grounder to Elvis Andrus, who bobbled the ball for an error that brought another run home. Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp added RBI singles after that. Mark Lowe came on to pitch and Ichiro hit the sac fly for the inning’s first out.
Jesus Montero grounded out but then a wild pitch by Lowe brought another run in.
The six runs tied for the M’s season high and matched the most allowed by Texas this season.
7:00 p.m.: Josh Hamilton clobbered the first pitch Jason Vargas threw him over the center field wall for a two-run homer in the sixth inning. That makes it 4-3, the M’s still on top. But now, the ninth inning looms large. Who will close? I’m thinking it’s Tom Wilhelmsen. The M’s have to get to the ninth inning first.
6:29 p.m.: Former Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre did his onetime team a favor in the fifth inning, throwing a ball away at first base for an error that gave Seattle two runs. The Mariners had loaded the bases with two out on a Brendan Ryan double, a walk, a double steal and then an intentional walk to Ichiro.
Jesus Montero then hit a grounder to Beltre’s right. Beltre apparently forgot it was Montero running up the line and hirried his throw far more than he had to.
Seattle leads 4-1. Rangers starter Scott Feldman — who risks becoming known as the only pitcher the M’s can beat in May — left the game with two out in the fifth.


5:33 p.m.: John Jaso just gave the Mariners a much-needed shot in the arm, hitting a two-run homer off Scott Feldman in the second inning to make it 2-1 for Seattle. Kyle Seager lined a one-out single and then, after a fielder’s choice by Justin Smoak, Jaso stepped in and pounded a pitch over the center field wall.
5:22 p.m.: Jason Vargas has had his moments in this ballpark. The Mariners will need another of them here tonight as they try to halt this losing streak at five games.
A tough haul ahead for the Mariners. This chance tonight against Scott Feldman may be their best for the forseeable future.
Vargas already trails 1-0 after a first inning in which he gave up an Elvis Andrus double to the right field corner with one out. Andrus was able to take third on a wild pitch in the dirt that rolled away from John Jaso, who had absolutely no idea where the ball was.
Josh Hamilton then grounded out to first base, scoring the run.

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