Game 79, Rangers at Mariners

DMZ · July 2, 2005 at 3:06 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Wow, we blew that. A 1:05 start and I was on the bike.

Adrian Beltre has two home runs as I type this, and now I’m torn — even with the Seattle to Portland looming, I’d have loved to have seen that instead of wandering around in ill weather.

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47 Responses to “Game 79, Rangers at Mariners”

  1. aaron c. on July 2nd, 2005 3:10 pm

    Ya’ know, I’ve been waiting two hours to say this…

    Isn’t it enough that we have to put up with Dave Henderson on FSN? We have to endure him on national broadcasts now, too?

    Yuck.

  2. Tom on July 2nd, 2005 3:10 pm

    Classic performance by Piniero. I guess this is the sort of thing that we have come to expect from him, which is pretty sad since he had so much talent when he came up.

    Great to see good things coming from Beltre, though, and good to see the Mariners take a few walks from Texas’ rookie starter. One of the walks was by Ibanez, who continues to amaze me. I completely thought that he would tank when he was signed by the Mariners, but for about $4 million per year, I’d say he’s been earning his money.

  3. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 3:11 pm

    Maybe Beltre is starting to come around!

  4. Tom on July 2nd, 2005 3:12 pm

    I forgot to add that you missed it when Rizzs was describing CJ Wilson’s pitch repetoire and he said that the rookie throws a “slurve”. Hold off on the booze before the game, will ya Rick?!?

  5. John IV on July 2nd, 2005 3:15 pm

    Mildly amusing to hear Hendu(h) agreeing at the beginning of the broadcast that the M’s were just plain ‘bad’ as a team; when viewing all their last place offensive categories onscreen.

    Been watching with SAP turned on so we get the crowd noise etc. but no announcers. Wish I would have been aware of that all season, heh.

  6. aaron c. on July 2nd, 2005 3:15 pm

    Wow, Henderson is an idiot.

    OPS is not OBP+BA. You’d think a professional color analyst would know that.

  7. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 3:18 pm

    Tom, I don’t get it.

  8. chris d. on July 2nd, 2005 3:19 pm

    Does anyone know if Pinero’s velocity has remained low ? I would imagine that is why he is being pounded so much this year. He use to be in the 93-94 range and since his injury not above 89- I think.

  9. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 3:19 pm
  10. dw on July 2nd, 2005 3:19 pm

    #4 – Uh, the slurve is a pitch.

    For that, I sentence you to watch Scooter explaining the slurve using Ludovico’s Method.

  11. Tom on July 2nd, 2005 3:20 pm

    He was trying to say slider and curve at the same time.

  12. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 3:21 pm

    Which would be a slurve, check the link.

  13. Tom on July 2nd, 2005 3:21 pm

    Ah, thanks. I never heard of such a thing.

  14. pensive on July 2nd, 2005 3:23 pm

    Beltre hit the first one the other way (right field)
    Once he is comfortable with that he will be dangerous.

    The announcers are actually worse than the home lineup. Henderson actually has had something negative to say about each player and the team in general. Not that it may be deserved but why not say the same things on FSN?

    Telephoning Salute now to ask if specials are still in effect.

  15. dw on July 2nd, 2005 3:24 pm

    Watching Hendu is yet another reason why the mute button was invented.

    Of course, the two INNINGS of Kenny Rogers discussion went beyond beating a dead horse and into the beating the dead bacteria that feed on carrion.

  16. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 3:31 pm

    Tom – no problem, not to many pitchers throw the slurve anyway.

  17. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 3:48 pm

    First multi-homer game for Beltre as a Mariner… hmmm. Seems to me that Sexson got that out of the way on his first game as a Mariner. It’s about time.

  18. paul on July 2nd, 2005 4:04 pm

    DMZ –

    STP. One day or two?

  19. JMB on July 2nd, 2005 4:04 pm

    MLB.tv doesn’t show this game as having the grey “blackout” icon. And yet I’m blacked out. Bastards.

    jason

  20. paul on July 2nd, 2005 4:08 pm

    I believe that’s Fox and not MLB (although they’re one and the same as far as broadcasting goes…) that’s the bastard – Fox has a Saturday exclusive window, I think.

  21. Tobin on July 2nd, 2005 4:10 pm

    What is the injury delay for?

  22. Kulich on July 2nd, 2005 4:10 pm

    Does JJ Putz give up the game winning homer in every game he pitches that’s tight? Is that in his contract somewhere? When we trot him out there down 15 runs he’s Cy Young material, but put him in a clutch situation and he likes to blow it. That’s not usually what your set up guy is supposed to do, from what I understand about the position. Put Nelson there, where he belongs… please?

  23. JMB on July 2nd, 2005 4:14 pm

    Yeah, you’re right Paul. I was expected it to be blacked out, to be honest, then got my hopes up when the icon was missing. That’s what I get, I guess.

    jason

  24. paul on July 2nd, 2005 4:15 pm

    Optimism and big corporate interests rarely meet up these days. πŸ™‚

  25. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 4:16 pm

    They won’t bunt, will they?

  26. JMB on July 2nd, 2005 4:17 pm

    Ah… the bunt.

    jason

  27. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 4:18 pm

    Stupid

  28. M's Fan in Brazil on July 2nd, 2005 4:19 pm

    Why do you pinch hit just to bunt?

  29. JMB on July 2nd, 2005 4:20 pm

    They’ll walk Ichiro?

    jason

  30. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 4:21 pm

    Earlier, Hendu says that the reason they bunted was to avoid a doubleplay and allow Ichiro to hit. Sheesh.

  31. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 4:22 pm

    COME ON RANDY!!!!

  32. dw on July 2nd, 2005 4:24 pm

    Arrgh.

  33. JMB on July 2nd, 2005 4:24 pm

    D’oh.

    jason

  34. J.R. on July 2nd, 2005 4:24 pm

    crap.

  35. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 4:25 pm

    Waste of an out in the 9th inning. It’s like Hargrove wanted to lose.

  36. dw on July 2nd, 2005 4:26 pm

    Hey Kevin Kennedy — if Tim Redding and Darrell May are prospects, then what’s that make Julio Franco, mid-career?

  37. dw on July 2nd, 2005 4:29 pm

    Bunting was the right decision. You’re only playing for one run and you need to take away the DP.

    Why they walked Ichiro is another question. Knowing he’s more likely to get an infield hit, why not just pitch to him and try for the DP?

  38. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 4:34 pm

    I contend that when you play against Texas and their explosive offense, that playing for a tie in the 9th is the wrong thing to do. Better to use all 3 outs productively to try to score two and prevent Texas from putting their offense up to the plate again.

  39. LB on July 2nd, 2005 4:36 pm

    Why no Eddie to pitch the top of the 9th? Saving him for the 11th again?

  40. JPWood on July 2nd, 2005 4:39 pm

    The top 3 in the order go 6 for 11 with a 2B and 2 HRs and 3 BBs. The rest of the lineup goes 0 for 20 with 2 BBs.
    You can’t win games doing that.
    But one good thought: that may be the last time we see WFB start at short.

  41. Rusty on July 2nd, 2005 4:39 pm

    Ha ha! I think you’re right LB. I think they’ll rename him Every Eleventh Eddie from hereon in.

  42. Mountainman Ernie on July 2nd, 2005 6:18 pm

    Hay Mister Bill,

    Time for changes, start with Price. Why is JJ stll around? He’s just another Bobby A. Time to clean the whole house.

    Ernie

  43. deleted for aesthetic reasons on July 2nd, 2005 11:00 pm

    Hendu is alright in my books. People don’t listen to sportscasters for what they say anyway unless they are brilliant or something. Look at how many people liked newscasters like Dan Rather all those years. Ol Hendu did alright, he’s one of the good ol boys in my book.

  44. deleted for aesthetic reasons on July 2nd, 2005 11:17 pm

    The proven formula to winning over Americans is baffle them with B.S. baby! Look at how man people liked Bill Clinton. πŸ™‚

  45. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2005 11:29 pm

    I contend that when you play against Texas and their explosive offense, that playing for a tie in the 9th is the wrong thing to do. Better to use all 3 outs productively to try to score two and prevent Texas from putting their offense up to the plate again.

    What idiotic logic. If you don’t tie it, the game is over. If you don’t even try to extend the game, you’re just hoping for miracles. By actually trying to get something done, Hargrove was doing the right thing. Give yourself a chance to win the ballgame. If Texas wins in the 10th, oh farkin’ well. At least you didn’t sit back on your laurels when nothing got done anyway.

    Playing the “what if” game isn’t my style, but you have no clue how the game turns out one way or another. Playing for the 1 run was the best idea in the situation. Try to tie up the ball game and see what happens from there.

    Maybe if you’re the Texas Rangers, Boston Redsox, or Yankees can you sit back and say “eh, we’ll score two in the 9th and win”, but with this ballclub? Good lord.

  46. Paul on July 3rd, 2005 12:26 pm
  47. deleted for aesthetic reasons on July 3rd, 2005 12:44 pm

    #45 You gotta remember there is no such thing as a productive out.