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September 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Mariners try to add to Bobby Valentine’s woes

That one big fourth inning by the Mariners has sucked the life out of the Red Sox. Seattle leads it 4-1 midway through the seventh inning and it sounds like Red Sox Nation has been reduced to Red Sox County, or maybe Red Sox Main Street inside Safeco Field because the only noise being made is for the home team — which is generally how it’s supposed to go, but rarely does when Boston comes to town.
Highlights of this game? Well, Jason Vargas hasn’t given up a home run and has pitched relatively well. Miguel Olivo has a pair of hits. Kind of a yawner, but the Mariners will take it as opposed to another one-run game. Can’t remember the last time a Red Sox team rolled over and died like this but they haven’t even made Vargas sweat a trickle since the four-run outburst.
Bobby Valentine might be having a late lunch/early dinner with his owner and GM to go along with that earlier breakfast. This will be the seventh loss in a row for Boston unless the Mariners pull a total collapse over the final two innings.

2:24 p.m.: We just saw why the job of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine appears to be hanging by a thread. The Mariners scored four runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead and had some help in doing it.
An infield single, hit batsman and another single by John Jaso tied the game up. Then, a single by Justin Smoak put Seattle in the lead.
Eric Thames then hit a shallow flyball to center for an out. Jaso bluffed going home from third on the play and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury responded by making a terrible throw to the plate that bounced away from catcher Ryan Lavarnway to bring in another run.
Carlos Peguero then bouned a ball to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who didn’t seem sure what he wanted to do, looked at second and bobbled the ball in his hands. Did he bobble it because he was startled to see the runner, Miguel Olivo, (who actually runs pretty quick) was practically on the bag before the throw? The best chance for an out looked to be at first base. Going to second was a risky play. But who knows, maybe Iglesias just bobbled a routine grounder? In any event, by the time Iglesias regained control of the ball, his throw to first was too late to get Peguero, leaving everyone safe as another run scored.
Yeah, Valentine might not make it through this series. Not if his owner and GM are actually watching the game. Maybe they were in-line to buy Garlic Fries and missed it.
1:45 p.m.: Two innings in and the Mariners trail 1-0 after a two-out, ground-rule double in the first by Dustin Pedroia — his 1,000th career hit — and an RBI single to right field by Cody Ross.
The last time the Red Sox had a lead? Last Tuesday. Today is Monday. Yes, they really have been that bad.
12:55 p.m.: These have been tough days for Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who now has his team’s owner, John Henry, and GM Ben Cherrington in the house to see this game. They are concerned over Boston’s six-game losing streak and the ongoing Valentine soap opera accompanying it.
Henry insists Valentine will serve out his term for at least the remainder of this season. But who knows? A Mariners sweep here and things could get mighty interesting in Red Sox Nation.



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