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June 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Did the Mariners win? That’s a clown question, bro

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Plain and simple, you can’t win if you can’t score. Let’s amend that one a bit to: you can’t win almost 99 percent of the time if you don’t score until the eighth inning of a game when your opponent is up by four or more runs.
The Mariners lost 4-2 to the San Francisco Giants, but truth is, they were cooked when they managed only two hits the first seven innings. They werre down 4-0 before finally getting to Ryan Vogelsong in the eighth inning, loading the bases with none out before finally pushing some runs across on grounders by Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez.
Truth be told (sorry, I have to), they were fortunate to score any runs at all as Ichiro’s chopper went right back to reliever Javier Lopez at the mound. If Lopez snags the ball, it’s at least a force out at home and likely a 1-2-3 double-play because the ball was hit hard and Ichiro barely had time to get out of the box.
But the ball deflected off Lopez’s glove. Deflected so hard, in fact, that it went right to shortstop Joaquin Arias, who got a force out at second as the run scored. The run on Gutierrez’s grounder came after Pablo Sandoval bobbled it at third base and had to throw to first for the second out of the inning. Had he fielded it cleanly, he had the lead runner hung up between third and home.
That kind of night.


Jason Vargas did what he had to in order to keep it close until that Melky Cabrera homer in the eighth turned a 2-0 game into a 4-0 game. But the M’s can’t keep waiting until the seventh, eighth and ninth to generate anything. Not if their opponent scores first. Remember, it took a no-hitter for the M’s to get their only win of the homestand.
Anyhow, at 10-19 the m’s now have the worst home winning percentage (.345) in the majors. Back at it tomorrow against Tim Lincecum, who may represent Seattle’s best chance of winning again before next week’s trip to Arizona.

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