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June 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Mariners find another way to lose: this time botching a two-hitter

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PHOTO CAPTION: Ichiro goes down swinging in the bottom of the ninth to end today’s game.
Just when you thought the Mariners offense couldn’t stoop any lower in terms of making things tough on their own pitching staff, I submit today’s performance as Exhibit A on how this team is constantly finding new and creative ways to accomplish the same non-result.
Today, it was the Mariners pitchers holding the Oakland Athletics to just two hits over nine innings. But both of those cleared the fences and when your team scores just once all day, that means a 2-1 loss.
So, let’s see, there was Erasmo Ramirez striking out 10 and taking a 1-0 loss on Monday.
Then, Jason Vargas striking out 10 and getting a no-decision last night before the M’s finally notched a 3-2 win on a day their staff struck out 14.
Today, the M’s allowed just one hit after Kevin Millwood re-injured his groin in the third inning.
But no matter.
Seattle’s last chance came in the ninth when third baseman Brandon Inge showed why Tigers fans grew to hate him over the years — booting a routine grounder by Justin Smoak.


But Dustin Ackley flied out to left for the second out.
The A’s then tried to help the M’s again as Grant Balfour hit Brendan Ryan with his first pitch, putting two on for Ichiro.
But the leadoff man went down swinging to to end the game.
Seattle’s only run today came courtesy of a John Jaso homer. The only other hit really worth writing about was a Kyle Seager ground-rule double to right that might have been held to a single had a fan not reached out and grabbed the ball before it could hit the short retaining wall down the right field line.
Mariners back to 5 1/2 games behind Oakland in last place in the AL West.

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