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July 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Mariners and new-look lineup try to avoid same old look

It’s an offensive explosion for the Mariners here tonight as Kyle Seager cleared the bases with a three-run double to right-center off Jerry Blevins in the fifth to make it a 7-1 game. I’ve never been a big Blevins fan and it seems the M’s are always beating the stuffing out of him, but maybe that’s just me. Anyhow, the A’s pulled starter Jarrod Parker with two out in the fifth and his pitch count at 94 with two men on.
Blevins came on and walked the bases full, then yielded the double before notching the final out. But the damage was done big-time.
Last time the M’s scored seven runs in a game? June 20 in Arizona.
8:14 p.m.: Casper Wells took a full-count offering from Jarrod Parker over the left field wall to make it 4-1 for the Mariners after four innings of play. Wells was down 1-2 in the count at one point, but fought back in the kind of at-bat manager Eric Wedge wants to see more of from his team.
What Carlos “Pegasus” Peguero offered after that, going down swinging for the second time tonight on a dirt-scraping pitch, was not an example of a good AB. Peguero had best get things figured out because he’s simply striking out too easily and often.
But Jason Vargas is getting things done, albeit while giving up some hard and well-hit balls. The M’s haven’t scored four runs since last Tuesday.
7:45 p.m.: Seattle scored twice more in the second and leads 3-1 after two innings. A leadoff single by Casper Wells was followed by a ground-rule double to right by Justin Smoak that put two on. Just the fifth double all season for Smoak.
Brendan Ryan then doubled down the left field line to bring two home. Ryan took off a bit early in an attempted steal of third and was easily thrown out by pitcher Jarrod Parker. Dustin Ackley struck out after that on a pitch in the dirt and looks like he’ll probably be joining Smoak in Class AAA next week.
No. The double changed nothing.
Ryan had quite an inning. In the bottom of the frame, he went about as deep in the left field grass as any shortstop possibly can on a ball hit in the hole and somehow threw out Jonny Gomes with a bullet to first base. Beautiful play.

7:26 p.m.: Just like last night, the Mariners opened the scoring in the first inning. Also like last night they saw an A’s outfielder misplay a line drive single into a two-base error. Last night it was Yoenis Cespedes botching a Carlos Peguero single and letting him get a triple in the ninth. Tonight, it was center fielder Coco Crisp messing up a John Jaso single with Michael Saunders on first base.
The official scorer wasn’t as kind to Jaso as he was to Peguero. Jaso gets the single and then a two-base error on Crisp allows the run to score. No RBI.
The lead didn’t last long because Jason Vargas allowed his 23rd home run of the season in the bottom of the inning. Josh Reddick hit it well beyond the right field wall for his 20th homer of the season. Yeah, Reddick looks like a pretty nice trade pickup by Billy Beane. And yeah, the A’s are developing their own youthful core while the Mariners try to figure out what they’re doing.
We’re tied 1-1.
7:08 p.m.: Jason Vargas is on the mound tonight and the one thing you have to know about him is that he does OK when not giving up home runs by the truckload. He leads the majors with 22 allowed and can’t give any up tonight because…well, because his team doesn’t score.
I spoke to Carlos Peguero pre-game and told him ex-Mariner and current MLB Network host Harrold Reynolds referred to him as “Pegasus” the mythical flying horse last night when watching Peguero run the bases.
Peguero told me one of his Class AAA teammates began calling him that a couple of weeks ago as well.
He says he doesn’t really like the nickname. Doesn’t like being compared to a horse, it seems.

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