Game 89, Tigers at Mariners

DMZ · July 9, 2006 at 12:05 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

LHP Nate Robertson v RHP Gil Meche. 1:05.

Meche makes the last start before the All-Star Break and, according to Hargrove, will start the first one after it. He’s an ace! An ace!

Today’s anti-LHP lineup for you:
RF-L Ichiro!
3B-R Beltre
2b-R Lopez
LF-L Ibanez
1B-R Sexson
DH-R Perez (no, really! Everett tempter tantrum scheduled to follow the game!)
CF-R Bloomquist the Ignitor
C-R Rivera
SS-R Betancourt


226 Responses to “Game 89, Tigers at Mariners”

  1. msb on July 9th, 2006 9:01 pm

    #196– because at that point in time Leyland hadn’t decided he wanted to manage again. Any time someone asked, he said no. The M’s fired Melvin, hired Hargrove and it was after that that Leyland says that he decided he was interested in managing, but just the Phillies, as they were close to home. He called them, went in for an interview, a lot of folks thought he was a lock, and then the job went to Manuel. He went home until old friend Dombrowski called him about the Detroit opening, and hired him almost on the spot– you may recall it was one of those hires that had eyebrows raised due to the minimal nod to mandated minority interviews…

  2. Jim Thomsen on July 9th, 2006 9:32 pm

    #172: Didn’t the authors here lift the “Snelling” ban after his callup last year?

  3. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 9:37 pm

    So I got bored here and I tried loading this site in NCSA Mosaic. Check out what came up

  4. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 9:38 pm

    And now I demand browser compatibility.

  5. Typical Idiot Fan on July 9th, 2006 9:49 pm

    Travis Chick’s first start as a Mariner (AA San Antonio):

    5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 BB(!), 4 SO, 4 grondball outs, 8 flyball outs, and one wild pitch.

    The game saw the Missions give up 12 walks. Chick had half. Kahn had one, the usually good control having Craig James gave up 4 free passes in 3 IP, and Jason Mackintosh had the last one.

    The Midland RockHounds pitchers walked 5 too, so I’m guessing that the umpire might have had a tight strike zone.

  6. Jim Thomsen on July 9th, 2006 9:59 pm

    From the Los Angeles Times tonight:

    LOS ANGELES — Nothing against Roy Oswalt and Chris Capuano, late additions to the National League All-Star pitching staff, but how about carving out a spot for Aaron Sele?

    It’s no more far-fetched than the soft-throwing 36-year-old trotting to the mound for the sixth inning Sunday after staggering through the fifth and briskly retiring the side, striking out two to bring his total to seven.

    Perhaps most impressive about Sele’s six-inning, one-run performance that led to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium was that it was no different than numerous other outings he has made since coming up from triple A the first week of May.

    As for the All-Star Game, Sele would just as soon pass. He’s got three days on a lake near Seattle planned. He’s going to teach his kids to water ski, and he’ll throw a pole into the water and reflect on a 6-2 record and 2.91 ERA that includes a 6-0 mark at Dodger Stadium.

    He says he won’t dwell on what lays ahead, even though his track record warrants concern.

    Sele has left the life in his arm at the lake during the All-Star break the last three years, posting a 5-13 record with a 6.67 ERA. Will this year be different?

    “I can’t explain it,” he said, shrugging. “When my pitches are down in the strike zone, I have success. When they aren’t, I don’t.

  7. Dave on July 9th, 2006 10:01 pm

    Aaron Sele’s ERA: 3.05
    Aaron Sele’s xFIP: 5.09

    Think he’s in for another second half collapse? Yea, me too.

  8. msb on July 9th, 2006 10:04 pm

    ah, but you have to like his attitude towards life, esp. if he isn’t on your roster anymore…

    Dave, is it pronounced Balen-tin or Bal-ent-ien?

  9. Jim Thomsen on July 9th, 2006 10:13 pm

    More Aaron Sele Kool-Aid consumption, from The Associated Press:

    LOS ANGELES — After spending the first month of the season in the minor leagues, Aaron Sele has given the Los Angeles Dodgers’ shaky starting rotation quite a boost.

    Fact is, the 36-year-old right-hander has been unbeatable at home.

    Sele worked six strong innings, Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 21 games, and the Dodgers beat All-Star Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Sunday.

    Sele (6-2) allowed four hits and one run while walking two and striking out a season-high seven before being relieved by Brad Penny to start the seventh. Sele is 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium this season.

    “This guy throws strikes,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “He changes speeds and throws strikes. That’s the No. 1 ingredient to winning baseball.”

    Sele, who went 6-12 for the Seattle Mariners last season, has no explanation for his remarkable success at home.

    “I like pitching with this team behind me,” he said. “Teams usually put the ball in play against me. The guys play great defense.”

    As Little pointed out, Sele is anything but overpowering. His fastball rarely rises above 85 mph, and most of his strikeouts come on off-speed pitches.

    Sele has had a much tougher time on the road, going 0-2 with a 4.71 ERA in four starts.

  10. msb on July 9th, 2006 10:15 pm

    how’s his run support? usually a good indicator of Sele Success….

  11. Dave on July 9th, 2006 10:18 pm

    Dave, is it pronounced Balen-tin or Bal-ent-ien?

    I say Bal-en-tien. I’ve never spoken to him, so I may be totally off base. Everyone I know says Bal-en-tien, though.

  12. msb on July 9th, 2006 10:19 pm

    well, that’s what I thought, but the ESPN guys kept saying it as Balen-tin…

  13. dw on July 9th, 2006 10:28 pm

    And now I demand browser compatibility.

    Did you ever have a computer when Mosaic came out (1994)? Did you even know what one was?

  14. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 10:41 pm

    Yes, I did. I had a 1990 NEC Ready 486 desktop. I had Windows 3.1, and my mother was in computers at the time, and had to use t he internet and email, and we acquired NCSA Mosaic. I remember this very well.

    I’ve been a computer geek since I was little and I would play around on my Dad’s 1986 Toshiba “Laptop” complete with 286 processor, and I learned all the ins and outs of the original Lotus 1-2-3 at the age of about 2.

  15. Jim Thomsen on July 9th, 2006 10:44 pm

    As a kidlet in the early 1970s, I had a Fisher-Price “My First Computer and E-Z-Bake Oven” ….

  16. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 10:45 pm

    I was taught BASIC Plus 2 as a second language from the time I was born, and learned to write simple programs at the age of 3.

  17. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 10:47 pm

    My mother intended to teach me all about computers so I’d be wealthy and successful. Then she realized they were developing quickly, she had another kid, and 2 years later she was out of the programming business. Today she knows nothing about computers.

  18. Jim Thomsen on July 9th, 2006 10:54 pm

    Do you speak basic BASIC, COBOL and FORTRAN?

    (Are those still used?)

  19. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 11:00 pm

    Yes, I know COBOL and FORTRAN, but I was never educated in the original BASIC, because my Mom didn’t think it would be necessary in a few years.

    They are not still used as far as I know, except for advanced derivatives of BASIC only extremely loosely based on the original language.

  20. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 11:02 pm

    Microsoft’s langauge VB.NET is the only modern BASIC successor.

  21. dw on July 9th, 2006 11:04 pm

    Heh. My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20. I got it in 1982 for my 10th birthday.

    I built my first web page at the end of 1994.

  22. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 11:10 pm

    Your family must have been rich, dw.

    All of our computers were always company computers, from MCLC of Columbus OH, which is now out of business. I have early memories of a modem in my room.

  23. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 11:22 pm

    And then we had our own company computers from Executive Office Place which my parents founded in 1986 and sold in 1990, under the name Malcor, and I am, after digging back to find evidence that my parents actually existed and the name Malcor actually existed is when the legal Malcor (a combination of Malloy & Corcoran) group got sued in 2000. Idiots.

  24. David J. Corcoran I on July 9th, 2006 11:32 pm

    wow. The VIC-20 was under US$300. My bad.

  25. MKT on July 9th, 2006 11:46 pm

    #219 Yes, I know COBOL and FORTRAN, but I was never educated in the original BASIC, because my Mom didn’t think it would be necessary in a few years.

    They are not still used as far as I know, except for advanced derivatives of BASIC only extremely loosely based on the original language.

    I have a friend who does COBOL programming for an insurance company in Seattle; some companies have so much legacy code in place that it’s easier to just keep adding new capabilities and interfaces to COBOL than to try to junk the COBOL code and start anew.

    Fortran is still being used by at least some scientists; a physics prof that I know wrote a program to simulate the motion of plasma particles using Fortran, and a friend a few years ago did his master’s thesis research using a simulation of fault lines and earthquakes, using Fortran.

    I’m not claiming that these people are at the forefront technologically, but the places that they work for are not backwater boondocks either (Safeco and USC, e.g.)

  26. darrylzero on July 10th, 2006 8:30 am

    RE: 208, 211…I know this is late and maybe no one will read it, but, the nice thing about Spanish is that there are actually rules for this. So, if it is a Spanish name, it’s pronounced Ba-LEN-tien. No syllables in Spanish begin with a vowel, and without an accent mark, you always emphasize the second to last syllable. Oh, and ien, ian, and ion are all considered one syllable in Spanish, go figure.

    On the other hand, Curaçao isn’t an all Spanish-speaking country by any means. According to Wikipedia, “The languages widely spoken on Curaçao are Papiamento, Dutch, Spanish and English.” Now, Balentien obviously isn’t a Dutch name or English, so it’s either Spanish or Papiamento, which is a hybrid of Portuguese, Dutch, English, and Spanish. Anyway, I think it’s Ba-LEN-tien, but if it’s a Papiamento name, all bets are off–though that could be right anyway.

    One other great tidbit from the Wikipedia article on Curaçao:

    “The end of slavery caused economic hardships, causing many Curaçao people to emigrate to other islands, such as to Cuba to work in sugarcane plantations.”

    I’m sure this is a basically accurate statement, but would it kill people to say something like “the end of slavery dispersed economic hardship to the whole population,” or something? I’m not asking for them to say it democratized economic hardship, but…

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