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Mariners manager Eric Wedge has defended his often-inexperienced teams for two-plus seasons now. But with another yawn-inducing effort today, aside from Raul Ibanez hitting his 19th home run, Wedge looks like he’s just about had it.
“We’ve got to hit,’’ Wedge said. “It’s time to hit. You’re not going to win games unless you hit. They got the two-out hit and we didn’t. Game over.’’
The time to hit was probably a month ago when the Mariners stopped doing it. Wedge said he knows the team has had injuries, but enough is enough.
“We’ve got guys up here that should be doing better,’’ Wedge said. “Raul’s been fantastic. I mean, right-handers, left-handers, big hits, playing every day. He’s a shining example of what you want a big leaguer to be.
“But we’ve got other guys that need to be doing better, both young and old. We need to be more consistent with it. You can’t come to the ballpark and try to win games like this every single day. It’s just too damned hard. And that’s what we see time and time again.’’
Wedge added: “I’m tired of even talking aout approach or mechnics, or this, that and the other. You’ve got to hit. We can break it down ten times and then break it down ten times again. And we’ve been doing that for 2 1/2 years. There were reasons the first year and reasons last year.
“This year, we’ve had a couple of injuries, outside of that, there are no reasons. And the injuries are big, don’t get me wrong. But you can’t use them as excuses. You’ve got to go out and hit. If you’re playing, you’re here, you’ve got to hit.
“Otherwise, you’re not going to win ballgames.”
And the Mariners have not been doing that either.