Game 151, Mariners at Rangers

Dave · September 19, 2006 at 4:13 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Washburn vs Volquez, 5:05 pm.

Edinson Volquez has made six major league starts. See if you can spot which one is not like the others:

5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 K
7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 3 K
3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 K
4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 2 K
1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 HR, 3 BB, 1 K
5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K

The American League has lit Edinson Volquez up like a Christmas tree. He’s a good prospect who isn’t major league ready, and major league hitters have been punishing him for his lack of command.

Except the Mariners. They faced him a month ago and he shut them out.

The M’s offensive approach sucks. Let’s see if they’ve learned anything.


181 Responses to “Game 151, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. joser on September 19th, 2006 8:57 pm

    Yeah, even if that’s the only AB Jones gets this month it’ll send him off into the offseason on a good note. Knowing you can hit in a high-pressure situation is pretty invaluable; knowing that your manager is willing to give you that shot counts for something too.

  2. argh on September 19th, 2006 8:57 pm

    My main memory of Jones this year was that easy, gliding run to the ball once he got used to being out there — ala Mike Cameron. If he can hit some, I’m gonna like him I think.

  3. dw on September 19th, 2006 9:11 pm

    True story: I was playing with Google’s SMS service (which, sadly, I’d only learned about yesterday at An Event Apart). I punched in “seattle mariners” to see what would happen. I was expecting to see a loss, but WTF? They’re winning in the tenth?? Huh.

    So, yeah, if you text “seattle mariners” to 46645 you will get the score of the most recent M’s game and info on the next scheduled game.

  4. Vidya on September 19th, 2006 9:13 pm

    Not to mention Adam got the pie-in-the-face rookie post game interview tradition. Great to get that at his age!

  5. okdan on September 19th, 2006 9:21 pm

    Off topic to DW real quick: how was An Event Apart? I really REALLY wanted to go, but didn’t have the extra scratch for admission… Missed my chance to see Zeldman.

  6. shaunmc on September 19th, 2006 9:43 pm

    If you want to blame me HITSTRAVAGANZA tonight, davepaisley, then you must also thank me for Washburn leaving the game early. To be fair.

  7. matt2500 on September 19th, 2006 9:57 pm

    Per the post-game show on KOMO, looks like Washburn has a torn calf muscle, and will miss his last start of the year.

  8. zzack on September 19th, 2006 9:59 pm

    Good win obviously, nice to have something to cheer about, but…

    We outhit them 18-9 and it takes a 9th inning, 2-out comeback to win the thing.

    Rangers with 4 hr’s and a double in their 9 hits, we had two doubles and a homer in our 18. We also had 5 walks to their 3!

    This seems to be a recurring theme. I can’t watch the games, so what’s the bigger reason for our inability to turn hits into runs: lack of clutch hitting or lack of extra base hits?

  9. msb on September 19th, 2006 10:22 pm

    Washburn said he thought first he’d popped his achilles, from the sudden stab of pain… greatly relieved it was the calf muscle.

    speaking of Adam Jones, great note in the PI about his new custom-made silk suit 🙂

    OF Adam Jones turned heads as the team dressed after the game for a plane trip to Texas, donning a bright red silk shirt and matching pants. Johjima was alarmed it might be the day rookies are traditionally made to dress in some sort of embarrassing outfit. “I thought today was costume day when I saw that,” the rookie from Japan said. “Then I saw my suit was still here and I was relieved.”

  10. msb on September 19th, 2006 10:25 pm

    sudden thought– if the Phillies make the playoffs, there could be a Dodger/Phillies playoff game featuring a Moyer/Maddux Slop Fest

  11. dw on September 19th, 2006 10:28 pm

    Off topic to DW real quick: how was An Event Apart?

    It was great fun. Meyer and Zeldman are as engaging as you can imagine them. Zeldman’s a really nice guy — we swapped stories of our two-year-olds. I took a lot away from it, and I’m still unpacking it all.

  12. AK4Sea on September 19th, 2006 11:19 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, meet your 2007 starting CFer, Willie Bloomquist! This 5-6 night is SURELY indicative of his real level of talent!

  13. colm on September 20th, 2006 12:02 am

    on the earlier subject of an inefficient offense:
    Earlier tonight Cleveland scored a massive 3 runs on the back of 13 hits (and 5 walks) against Oakland. The A’s managed to score 7 runs on only 6 hits (and of course 7 walks).

  14. apunetid on September 20th, 2006 12:24 am

    Is it just me, or was the M’s-Rangers game completely omitted from the Fastcast?

  15. LB on September 20th, 2006 2:21 am

    #63: I have thought about the high-bidding strategy mentioned in #40. You could bid a high amount, then offer DM peanuts, he refuses, but you keep him away from another team.

    That strategy works for exactly one year. After that, he comes to MLB as a free agent and signs with the Yankees or the Red Sox.

  16. msb on September 20th, 2006 9:35 am

    oh, thank goodness we have Steve Kelley to set us straight– don’t believe the hype, the Mariners aren’t improved!!!!

  17. Red Apple on September 20th, 2006 9:43 am

    “Bring back Lou,” says Kelley. Ugh, that makes my eyes roll back so far it gives me a splitting headache. Do they pay that guy?

  18. Red Apple on September 20th, 2006 9:45 am

    WFB goes 5-6. Now Grover will make sure he gets into the lineup every day for the rest of the year. Just great.

  19. Bender on September 20th, 2006 10:26 am

    Also, according to KJR the big hero of the game was WFB!

  20. Paul B on September 20th, 2006 10:28 am

    Not only did Kelley say to bring back Lou, he also said that Joey Cora should be the manager.

    I agree with the sentiment that the M’s have lots of problems (hitting and starting pitching, plus an idiot manager primarily), but the details in the article were all typical Kelley blatherings.

  21. msb on September 20th, 2006 10:43 am

    bring Cora back because his resume lists that he is the 3B coach for the White Sox, has managed Advanced Rookie Kingsport and Class A Savannah, and La Guaira in Venezuela last year, and was also the Caguas GM from 1999-2001 … and not because he is ‘a favorite son’

  22. mln on September 20th, 2006 10:43 am

    Willie Bloomquist gets 5 hits in a game! OH. MY. GOD.


  23. RaoulDuke37 on September 20th, 2006 11:24 am

    “Imagine a news conference next month announcing the return of Lou Piniella to manage the club.” ~ Steve Kelley

    No thanks.

  24. msb on September 20th, 2006 11:26 am

    “Imagine I am writing my spring training column about Jr right now.”

  25. Bender on September 20th, 2006 11:39 am

    “Imagine Seattle with good sports reporters and responsible media and an educated fanbase.”

    That’s about as likely as Lou and Jr comming back and doing anything positive.

  26. joser on September 20th, 2006 12:00 pm

    “Bring back Lou,” says Kelley. Ugh, that makes my eyes roll back so far it gives me a splitting headache. Do they pay that guy?

    A better question is “Do they drug test him?”

  27. Ralph Malph on September 20th, 2006 1:11 pm

    Only in SteveKelleyland is 77 (the M’s current win pace) not better than 69. Only in SteveKelleyland would making Joey Cora manager be seen as a bold step, not a pathetic sop to sentimental fans. Only in SteveKelleyland would a team loaded with promising young talent not be seen as poised for further improvement.

    Too bad Kelley’s 2 actual valid points — Hargrove’s suckiness and the need for starting pitching — are buried in all this crap.

  28. msb on September 20th, 2006 1:42 pm

    you wouldn’t want to go visit SteveKelleyland, though.

  29. HappyMarinerFan on September 20th, 2006 2:10 pm

    A bit off topic, but wanted to pass the word:

    KOMO is doing a push for entries into their Ultimate Fan contest — you can enter at:

    The prize is pretty cool, I think anyways.
    -4 Commish box seats
    -Attend batting practice on the field
    -Authentic Jersey with your choice of number
    -Authentic cap
    -Laser engraved bat
    -a game used ball from Fan Appreciation Night
    -Featured on the big screen

    They are picking 5 finalists, and every one of the finalists gets a pair of tickets to the Fan Appreciation game – so it might be worth entering just for that.

  30. joser on September 20th, 2006 4:35 pm

    Ok, just for fun, since this is a dead thread: if you won that contest, what jersey number would you pick (and why?)

  31. joser on September 20th, 2006 4:38 pm

    Also, I just entered, and if I win (which is pretty unlikely, since I’ve never won any kind of contest/lottery, ever) but if I win I hereby pledge: I will donate the prize to USSMariner with the idea that they auction it off to the highest bidder with the proceeds going to maintain the site. Unless that’s not allowed somehow.

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