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June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Mariners still not quite sure what happened this series in a ballpark that’s polar opposite of their own

Anyone wondering what Safeco Field might look like if they moved the fences in, say, 40 feet, got their answer here the past three days. Today’s 14-10 loss by the Mariners, coupled with their 12-9 win last night makes you truly appreciate how well Wade Miley pitched for Arizona in the series opener.
But oh yeah, the ball flies out of Chase Field.
Jason Vargas wasn’t using that as an excuse for giving up five home runs.
“Regardless of the park, I pitched up in the strike zone way too much,” he said. “The bullpen really could have used some time and you just feel like you let them down.”
It’s becoming a theme for Vargas. As I mentioned earlier, 20 home runs allowed in 16 outings is far too many for any pitcher, let along one the Mariners might have been hoping for some trade offers on. Those balls are flying out off him at an alarming rate.
“I gave them some opportunities and they didn’t miss any of them,” Vargas said. “I think I’ve said it the last few starts, but an adjustment has to be made. I know I’ve said it before but you can’t keep going out there and…give up home runs like that.”
So, we’ll have to watch Vargas in his next start.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge wants to chalk this week up to one of those bizarre baseball experiences that all teams encounter from time to time. The video game scores here won’t teach us much about the Mariners — except that they can hit in a bandbox.
“The offense was again encouraging,” Wedge said. “The fight was encouraging. Being down that much and still fighting back, still playing, still hustling. But they (Diamondbacks) were just really squaring up the ball against us.”
Kyle Seager had yet another home run along with a double and a single.
Casper Wells added a pair and is now 11-for-21 since returning from Class AAA. Yes, he has to play more.
Ichiro had a single, finishing 1-for-5.
Wedge kept Vargas out there because he wanted to spare his bullpen. There is an off-day tomorrow and the M’s should be OK for the weekend, but Wedge didn’t want the entire bullpen gassed by overusing relievers in a game that was done by the fifth inning.
No matter what pitchers threw, it seemed to get crushed. Shawn Kelley didn’t want to use the park as an excuse. He said he feels hitters do get more confidence playing in a so-called “pitcher’s park” which makes it more key to execute.
Kelley didn’t do that today, giving up an RBI double and single after coming on to replace Vargas in the fifth.
“Today was one of those days where you felt that even if you made a pretty good pitch or a borderline pitch, they were able to get a bat on it,” he said.
And the Mariners just couldn’t come up with the perfectly-executed stuff they needed.
So, it’s on to Petco Park in San Diego — a place much more forgiving on pitchers.



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