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August 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Wedge: “Just one of those days”

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The play pictured above, in which Michael Saunders lost Ichiro’s routine fly in the sun, is indicative of how things just went awry for the Mariners today in their 6-2 loss to the Yankees. Ichiro, by the way, has now hit safely in all 12 games since he joined the Yankees — and has one hit in each of them.
The Mariners were sloppy all around today, which they couldn’t afford to be with Brendan Ryan and Mike Carp both out of the game. Those absences came into play, too. Dustin Ackley had to move to first, and he made an error that led to a run. Munenori Kawasaki played shortstop, and just missed grabbing two liners over his head that resulted in a pair of singles and three RBIs. Would Ryan have caught them? We’ll never know, but he’s listed as 6-2, compared to 5-11 for Kawakaki. Those three inches might have made the difference.
The Mariners could obviously have used the bat of Carp, one of their hottest hitters (.351/.390/.514) in 11 games since coming back up. They had just five hits, and three of them were in the first inning. That rally was thwarted when Jesus Montero ran through third-base coach Jeff Datz’s stop sign and was thrown out at the plate.
“It was one of those days,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We kind of labored through that game there.”

They labored on the mound, where starter Hisashi Iwakuma was not nearly as sharp as he been last time out in setting a rookie strikeout record with 13 in a win over Toronto. Iwakuma gave up seven hits, walked two and hit a batter in five innings, giving up four runs.
And they labored in the field, committing one vital error that led to an unearned run, and making a couple of other sloppy mistakes that led indirectly to runs.
“These guys have been really good defensively,” Wedge said. “It was just one of those days where there were a couple of plays that we didn’t make.”
Saunders believes the Mariners won’t let this game, or the series loss in New York, derail their hot streak.
“This team, just the attitude in the clubhouse, it feels like it’s completely different,” he said. “We knew coming into New York they play really tough at home. We were talking about it. We were in all these games.
“It would have been obviously nice to take the series. But we did manage to take one off them. We’ve got to feed off that and go into Baltimore and put these losses behind us. We know we’ve continued to play good baseball for a good long stretch. We’re feeding off each other, there’s a good energy, and we’re playing great baseball right now.”
Not so much on Sunday, however. Here’s what Montero said about his ill-fated decision to go home in the first.
“I just didn’t see Datzy,” Montero said. “I told him, ‘Hey, I apologize. I didn’t see you.’ I don’t know, I might have fell right there (if he had tried to stop).”
The only other Mariners hits came in the fifth, when Montero singled home Saunders, who had doubled. In the three games in New York, the Mariners hit .171 (16-for-94).
“I didn’t feel we were giving away at-bats,” Wedge said. “We still need to get better with our pitch selection. We had some hard outs, but I’d still like to see us doing a better job with out pitch selection.”
They open a three-game series in Baltimore on Monday. Pitching matchups are Jason Vargas vs. Chris Tillman on Monday, Blake Beavan vs. Zach Britton on Tuesday, and Kevin Millwood vs. Tommy Hunter on Wednesday.

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