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July 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Ichiro gets one third the hits the rest of his former Mariners team had in latest loss

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Ichiro stepped up in his first at-bat for a team other than the Mariners and lined a single to center field. That one hit wound up being a third of the three-hit game put together by the Mariners in going down to a 4-1 defeat.
The game itself looked close on the scoreboard throughout, but you just got the sense by about the middle innings that there was no way Seattle was going to come back agaist a Yankees team that’s pretty darned good. You could get away with this stuff against the Rays because they don’t hit very well.
But the Yankees do hit well — it’s why Ichiro was batting eighth tonight and not at the top of the order — and piled up 11 of them en route to scoring four runs. The Rays needed 14 innings to score four against the M’s on Friday and then couldn’t do it again the rest of the series. The Yankees score four when Kevin Millwood was doing all he could to minimize the dame all night and actually accomplished what he set out to do.
Bottom line: you aren’t going to beat the Yankees very often scoring fewer than three runs unless Feix Hernandez is on the mound. You certainly aren’t going to do it scoring one run, unless Felix Hernandez is on the mound.
Guess who is on the mound tomorrow? Yup.
But other than that, the woes we witnessed at Tampa Bay continued here tonight.


In some ways, had we not seen this same offense all weekend, you could almost forgive the Ms for what happened tonight. All of this Ichiro stuff had to be a huge distraction for them today and you can overlook games like this on days like this.
But we’re starting to see too many of these days in a row.
Justin Smoak went hitless once again.
Dustin Ackley did, too, though he also walked and scored Seattle’s lone run.
Mike Carp will be called up at some point after the game, either tonight or tomorrow.
So, stay tuned. The same team can’t keep doing the same thing.

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