Game 105, Mariners at Orioles

DMZ · July 31, 2006 at 3:25 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Game 1: Can the M’s beat the Orioles?
Game 2: Can the site hold up?

4:05, FSN.

RF-L Ichiro!
2B-R Lopez
3B-R Beltre
LF-L Ibanez
1B-R Sexson
DH-R Perez
C-R Johjima
SS-R Betancourt
CF-R Jones

Pitching, Gil “The New and Improved” Meche

For Baltimore:
2B Roberts
LF-L Fahey
3B-R Mora
SS-R Tejada
DH-L Gibbons
1B-R Conine
CF-L Patterson
C-R Hernandez
RF-L Markakis

and pitching, Adam Loewen.


244 Responses to “Game 105, Mariners at Orioles”

  1. IdahoInvader on July 31st, 2006 6:47 pm


    Excellent point about “Everett Syndrom.” LOL

    Its not that Mateo can’t throw a scoreless inning. Many times he actually does. Its like with Everett, he doesn’t know when to quit. With a bunch of lefties coming up he lets Mateo pitch to one, instead of being grateful he got a good inning…and sure enough…GOOD BYE BASEBALL, and THEN Sherrill comes in. Since Sherrill was apparently just one “mistake” from coming in, why not put him in to face Markadis too?

    Grover just doesn’t believe in a short enough leash. He seems more of a “close the barn door when the horse is out” type of manager.

  2. Hooligan on July 31st, 2006 6:48 pm

    And two outings ago? Already deleted it off of my tivo, but I noticed it last week and then a couple days back he pounded the strike zone with fastball, fastball, fastball. I was clenching my teeth waiting for either a splitter or a home run, and neither came. I’m not going crazy…am I?

  3. msb on July 31st, 2006 6:48 pm

    ahhhh. wander away to check on the Aged P., and 4 happy runs are added.

  4. Rick L on July 31st, 2006 6:49 pm

    What a night at the plate for Lopez and Betancourt. (God, that sounds like Rizzs). With the latter, we knew he looked like Omar Vizquel in his prime defensively, but who would have thought he would hit over .300?

  5. terry on July 31st, 2006 6:49 pm

    #200: here’s a haiku:

    Mateo needs this
    two or three good out pitches
    and he’ll be useful

  6. John in L.A. on July 31st, 2006 6:50 pm

    First installment of a running commentary on our DH production post-Carl…

    .250 .368 .438

  7. lmpike on July 31st, 2006 6:50 pm

    The Sexson/Johjima power explosion has rendered me docile and unemotional to Beltre’s strikeout.

  8. Rick L on July 31st, 2006 6:51 pm

    206. Beats the hell out of Carl.

  9. terry on July 31st, 2006 6:52 pm

    if we knew meche would only go five being spelled by Mateo with beltre and ichiro going a combined 0 for 8, would we predict the Ms would be up 5?

  10. msb on July 31st, 2006 6:52 pm

    also nice to turn the tv back on & see Benuardo chatting…

  11. Rick L on July 31st, 2006 6:52 pm

    Hargrove puts Fruto in so Putz has a chance at a save.

  12. IdahoInvader on July 31st, 2006 6:53 pm

    For some reason, this team just seems to hit relievers way better than starters lately. Just like in Cleveland on Sunday. Maybe were just better late in the game.

    FWIW, with a five run differential is the time I’d rather see Mateo work out his kinks and face lefties (if he must). But it worked out alright as Sherrill/Lowe are money as always. Hard to believe Sherrill wasn’t even “allowed” to pitch in the majors for a majority of last year.

  13. IdahoInvader on July 31st, 2006 6:56 pm


    Crazy like a fox!

    Your 2nd sentence in post 124 makes you sound darn near prophetic

  14. LB on July 31st, 2006 6:56 pm

    For some reason, this team just seems to hit relievers way better than starters lately. Just like in Cleveland on Sunday. Maybe were just better late in the game.

    Or the pitchers are worse.

    Everybody in the league fattens their stats on the soft underbelly of middle relief.

    There’s a reason the Bostons and New Yorks of the world build their lineups with patient hitters who boost the pitch count, make the pitchers throw hittable strikes, and get the starter out of the game early.

  15. msb on July 31st, 2006 6:57 pm

    ah, an ice cold towel.

    from a DC friend tonight, who didn’t really appreciate the ‘hot enough for you’ question … “temps for mid-week are pegged at 104 with a heat index of 110-111, maybe highter since we might also get a thunderstorm or two.”

  16. Death On A Pale Horse on July 31st, 2006 6:58 pm

    The thing that’s annoying me, even though he kinda got away with it, is that Hargrove left Broussard on the bench when a righty was pitching to Perez – clearly, he’s just not going to use his platoon properly, except (maybe) in the 8th and 9th. Admittedly, we’re currently stuck with Dobbs instead of Snelling if they bring in a lefty, but I’m pretty sure that’s not why he’s not doing it.

  17. LB on July 31st, 2006 6:59 pm

    Truism: Leadoff walks always come around to score. Sigh.

  18. DKCecil on July 31st, 2006 6:59 pm

    211: You are proving prophetic!

  19. JeffS on July 31st, 2006 7:04 pm

    A great win. I think this team has a chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. uglybitch on July 31st, 2006 7:05 pm

    As a matter of fact, he DOES hit that ball a country mile! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. uglybitch on July 31st, 2006 7:07 pm

    Oh well, so much for positive thinking ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sac fly instead, oh well… no more save situation, Fruity or no Fruity!

  22. Hooligan on July 31st, 2006 7:08 pm

    Poster 220 has self-image issues. We should all be encouraging to her(him?).

  23. Rick L on July 31st, 2006 7:11 pm

    Hargrove: Damn it, we need to get a save for Putz and we’ve already used Mateo.
    Chavez: We could always go to Woods in the ninth.
    Hargrove: Genius!

  24. msb on July 31st, 2006 7:12 pm

    Nick Markakis always makes me think of the radio comedian Parkyakarkas, aka Harry Einstein, the father of one Albert Einstein, who changed his name to Albert Brooks when he went into show business….

    your official useless fact of the day.

  25. dw on July 31st, 2006 7:12 pm

    Fernando Tatis: Like Ron Hassey, will live on forever as a pub quiz question.

  26. IdahoInvader on July 31st, 2006 7:14 pm

    Woods seems to really be improving as the year goes on. Maybe he’s someone we could use in middle innings when they’re multiple lefties up and its too early for Gorgeous George. (Or in other words, as an alternative for Mateo in the 5th or 6th).

  27. dlupham on July 31st, 2006 7:14 pm

    I admit it, I like the Corona seaside commercials. No dialog!!

  28. thehiddentrack on July 31st, 2006 7:19 pm

    Lopez looks alot more focused the last couple of games and that double play at the end of the game was great.

  29. apunetid on July 31st, 2006 7:22 pm

    The Twins are beating the Rangers 15-1. Unless the Rangers suddenly become the 2001 Indians, I think it’s safe to say that by the end of the day we’ll be in third place.

  30. ivan on July 31st, 2006 7:32 pm

    Nice four-pitch inning by Jake Woods. I hope Fat Fruto was watching that.

  31. Jon Wells on July 31st, 2006 7:41 pm

    193 JeffS said “Hey guys, who are we rooting for in the Aรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs – Angles series?”

    I’m undecided which team to root for, but I am hoping for
    some key injuries on each side…

  32. cougs129 on July 31st, 2006 7:50 pm

    im rooting for the angels because we can’t beat the A’s

  33. VaBeachMarinersFan on July 31st, 2006 7:52 pm

    Back from the game. So freakin hot and muggy. At least the lukewarm expensive beer helped quell a bit of the heat, or make me numb enough not to notice. A few observations:

    1. Watching Perez leg out his double was like watching old Edgar leg one out. Perez is ssslllloooowwww.

    2. Joh looked good behind the plate. Somewhere in there (3rd inning??? I think) Meche barked at him a bit. Don’t know what about. Anybody know why?

  34. JeffS on July 31st, 2006 7:55 pm

    Good call, 232.

  35. VaBeachMarinersFan on July 31st, 2006 8:05 pm

    re: 232

    You should also root for all the Angels/A’s games to go deep into extra innings…wear the pitchers down.

  36. DMZ on July 31st, 2006 8:09 pm

    I wanted to watch the A’s/Angels game, but the Angels broadcast crew is so grating I couldn’t take it. And I’ve built up a pretty heavy immunity from all these years of watching M’s games.

  37. chris white on July 31st, 2006 8:15 pm

    Are the mariners for real? I think they finish 10 back of anaheim.

  38. thehiddentrack on July 31st, 2006 8:23 pm

    Yes, because the Angels are so much better.

  39. Lauren, token chick on July 31st, 2006 8:32 pm

    As far as A’s-Angles, I’m rooting for a complete 180. Ba dump.

    Clearly rooting for the Angels, for the reason cited above, and also due to the simple fact that the A’s are further ahead of us right now.

    Game summary haiku:

    New late-game power
    Unexpected but welcome
    Like Hendu struck dumb.

  40. bnem on July 31st, 2006 8:36 pm

    Congrats on keeping the server up. Your hard work paid off for today.

  41. msb on July 31st, 2006 9:40 pm

    I love BBTN– when discussing what Texas did today, we learn that apparently the rest of the AL West “sleptwalked” up to the trading deadline…

  42. msb on July 31st, 2006 10:08 pm

    ah me, and accidently tuning in the end of the KJR postgame/evening show with Sandmeyer, who thinks that Sexson is more than fulfilling his contract, but man, Beltre, they have just got to cut the ties with him, lose that contract, lose him, he’s never going to come around, he isn’t worth what they are paying him, it is time to say goodbye, especially as the Mariners are obviously willing to move him & his salary if they were dealing with the Padres like that well-known baseball figure Hacksaw Hamilton told him almost got done.


  43. colm on July 31st, 2006 10:39 pm

    10 back of those Angels? You are crazeeee

  44. Karen on August 1st, 2006 11:14 am

    #241. I love BBTN, too — NOT! Actually, when they discussed Texas’ moves, they segued right in to how it was a “3 team race” and how competitive the A’s and Angels will be going down the stretch and how Vlad Guerrero will have to pick it up for his team.

    No mention of that other team, now in 3rd place and lurking only 3.5 games out of first place.

    And in their “Web Gems” they featured Grady Sizemore, mentioning only at the last that “oh, the Mariners won that game 10-5” without any Mariners highlights.

    ESPN and BBTN in particular have degraded into a slick-paged ad-filled magazine of a sportsnetwork…sorta like ESPN:The Magazine, come to think of it.

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