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June 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Mariners open final series this homestand looking to show they can score at Safeco Field

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We’re midway through the seventh inning, with the Mariners still trailing 2-0 and having notched exactly two hits. Come to think of it, it’s the same situation they were in last night after 6 1/2 frames, except they were down by a half-dozen at the time. So, hats off to Jason Vargas.
Seattle hasn’t has a hit since the third inning and Ryan Vogelsong has retired nine in a row since walking a pair to begin the fourth. He opes the seventh at 86 pitches.
8:22 p.m.: Make it 2-0 for the Giants as a leadoff walk to Angel Pagan came back to haunt Jason Vargas in the fourth inning. Brandon Belt hit a one-out double down the right field line that sent Pagan to third base.
Pagan then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Joaquin Arias.

Who would you rather have as your team’s ace?


7:45 p.m.: The Mariners trail 1-0 after two innings of play. Buster Posey took Jason Vargas deep to left on the eighth pitch of an at-bat in the second. The changeup was centered right down the middle, so Posey just had to tee it up like a golf swing and did. Upper deck shot.
Jesus Montero doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, but then, for the second time in three games, got doubled off on a line drive to the outfield. No excuse for that. Michael Saunders hit it pretty good to center and Montero is so slow he probably wanted a running start to try and score. But with none out, you don’t have to score from second on a hit. You have to be careful and make sure you don’t go too far so you won’t be doubled-off. No excuse for that. None at all.
I know these are supposed to be teaching moments for young players, but he should have had his two nights ago.
6:55 p.m.: When you’re trying to score runs in a pitcher’s park, the San Francisco Giants probably aren’t the opponent of choice. But the Mariners just had three cracks at the San Diego Padres and couldn’t do anything with those, so this is the fate they set themselves up for.
Jason Vargas goes tonight against Ryan Vogelsong, a great comeback story and one of the better ERA guys in the National League. In fact, tomorrow’s opponent, Tim Lincecum, might be Seattle’s best pitching draw this homestand.
It’s a little warmer at the ballpark tonight, so that might help the ice cold M’s bats. Then again, the roof is also open and that’s rarely seen as a good thing when it comes to flyballs carrying.

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