Game 54, Orioles at Mariners

DMZ · June 4, 2007 at 6:13 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

A game thread that’s on time! Early, even!

7:05. Erik Bedard, who’s been having a pretty sweet year, faces Felix.

Bedard’s numbers, especially his strikeouts, are better than you’d expect, but the interesting thing is that his HR rate is actually a little over what you’d expect – he’s seen almost 12% of his line drives go over fences, which is almost 50% over his career rate. And he’s getting fewer grounders.

I don’t have a good explanation for whether he’s doing something different – I haven’t had a chance to see him this year – but I like going into this game thinking I might see a good pitching matchup.

Interesting lineup for the M’s:
DH-L Ichiro
2B-R Lopez
RF-R Guillen
LF-L Ibanez
1B-R Sexson
C-R Johjima
SS-R Betancourt
3B-R Bloomquist
CF-R Ellison

Baltimore offers

2B-B Roberts
LF-R Payton
RF-L Markakis
SS-R Tejeda
1B-R Millar
DH-L Huff
3B-R Mora
C-R Hernandez
CF-L Patterson

Comments

422 Responses to “Game 54, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. Mr. Egaas on June 4th, 2007 6:14 pm

    Should be a fun game to watch tonight.

    M’s have a bottom third of the lineup as Betancourt, Bloomquist, and Ellison.

    Ichiro is DHing, Bloomquist at 3B with Beltre still ailing. Vidro not in the line-up.

    Two of the top AL pitchers and two boom or bust offenses. My, oh my.

  2. David* on June 4th, 2007 6:18 pm

    The M’s lineup hurts my brain.

  3. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 6:20 pm

    Can we all agree that McLaren is the MVP of the season for sitting Vidro twice in a row?

  4. Sports on a Schtick on June 4th, 2007 6:27 pm

    Screw good pitching matchups. I want the M’s to win 50-0 with Willie hitting for the cycle twice.

  5. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 6:28 pm

    The better McLaren does, the worse it makes Grover look. I hope the organization watches closely.

  6. boxc on June 4th, 2007 6:29 pm

    Ichiro DHing is kinda odd, but Ellison is a decent CF.

    We’re due for a really good Felix day, knock on wood.

  7. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 6:30 pm

    When does Beltre come back? We can’t keep sending Willie out there.

  8. Dave on June 4th, 2007 6:31 pm

    Two days of Vidro free offense? I’m in love.

  9. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 6:33 pm

    I wonder if there’s any way Hargrove can be persuaded to extend this vacation of his. For experimental purposes, you see.

  10. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 6:34 pm

    Or perhaps someone knows someone that could “convince” Grover that more time off would be in his best interest.

  11. huhwhat on June 4th, 2007 6:36 pm

    Isn’t Hargrove back today, cause it seemed like it since he asid he was inserting Weaver into the starting rotation for Saturday’s game at San Diego after the demotion of Feir?

  12. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 6:36 pm

    Hargrove is 1171-1165 .501
    McLaren is 6-2 .750

    McLaren is the obvious choice. We could be 39-14!!!

    Is that to small of a sample size to use?

  13. huhwhat on June 4th, 2007 6:36 pm

    asid = said…I got issues…

  14. boxc on June 4th, 2007 6:38 pm

    Here’s an interesting stat for Morrow:

    “Pitchers with the lowest ratio of hits to swings
    on fastballs up in the strike zone (min. 40 swings)”

    Brandon Morrow 1-for-45 2.2 percent

    I don’t know if he can keep getting away with it, but that’s pretty good. His fastball must have a lot of movement or “jump” up in the zone.

  15. Mr. Egaas on June 4th, 2007 6:39 pm

    How bad is that bottom third though? I mean, I’m a big Betancourt fan, but that’s perhaps the worst 3 hitters collectively hitting in order in an American League lineup this year. Against Bedard, that sucks. I imagine Johjima doesn’t get much of anything good to hit tonight.

  16. Dave on June 4th, 2007 6:40 pm

    Or there’s just no scouting report on him.

    It’s not a recipe for success.

  17. kenshin on June 4th, 2007 6:40 pm

    HA!

    The only reason this game thread is on time is that your mother walked down to the basement and reminded you to post it.

  18. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 6:43 pm

    17- I am guessing that it is because it is the one day we are all proud to be Mariner fans, FELIX DAY!

  19. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 6:43 pm

    I was thinking about joking “That’s not true, I live above the garage, with my own room and everything!” but then I thought “Nah, I don’t want to offer any more fuel.”

    Time to “Derek lives above the garage”-related taunts: probably under 24 hours.

  20. joser on June 4th, 2007 6:47 pm

    Well, you want to give Ichiro a rest now and then but you don’t want to lose his bat, especially against a LHP (and he’s 3 for 9 against Bedard, plus 4 BB). And you want to give Ellison some playing time and ABs too. I don’t know what the players think about McLaren generally, but the bench players must love him so far. I’d actually like to see Joh get another day off in the near future, because he’s been hit by a lot of balls lately and that fantastic squeeze bunt yesterday deserves a reward.

  21. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 6:49 pm

    Well, on the bright side, I’m sure you pay less for housing than most anyone else =)

  22. boxc on June 4th, 2007 6:51 pm

    Dave- The top five are

    “Al Reyes Devil Rays 1-for-57 1.8 percent
    Rafael Soriano Braves 1-for-56 1.8 percent
    Edgar Gonzalez Diamondbacks 1-for-50 2.0 percent
    Brandon Morrow Mariners 1-for-45 2.2 percent
    David Riske Royals 1-for-45 2.2 percent”

    I hope he can learn to keep it down, because when/if he becomes a starter and he doesn’t throw as hard, he might get hit. This is assuming a live fastball correlates with unhittability(word?), of course.

  23. huhwhat on June 4th, 2007 6:56 pm

    Listening to KJR, probably old news, but does confirm for me since I was just trying to stay in denial by possibly believing I misheard, WEAVER starting Sat vs Padres, Hargrove’s back or at least I think he’s back since he issued the statement about Weaver from Safeco.

  24. _David_ on June 4th, 2007 6:59 pm

    You moved out of the garage…is that because you finally have a car now?

  25. tait644 on June 4th, 2007 7:04 pm

    So, if we had kept Soriano, he’d be getting more swings and misses up in the zone than Morrow, AND Morrow would be in West Tenn’s starting rotation…

    Sigh…

  26. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:06 pm

    Maybe Hargrove’s plane will land on the “Lost” island.

  27. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:06 pm

    AND HoRam wouldn’t have shoulder tendinitis…

  28. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 7:06 pm

    No, I moved into the room over the garage because I needed the garage space to store my collection of 1978-1983 comic books and baseball cards.

  29. Dave on June 4th, 2007 7:08 pm

    Mother $!#!. I always forget that I’m in the Orioles blackout range. I hate MLB. Guess I won’t be watching Felix tonight. Because, after all, I could always drive myself 7 hours to Baltimore and find a place that might have the game on…

  30. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:09 pm

    Do you have the comic where the Green Goblin steals Spiderman’s costume and goes on a killing rampage? That was THE BEST!!!!

  31. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:09 pm

    29… too bad you didn’t have a friend with a Slingbox.

  32. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:11 pm

    Felix better pitch well, I’m missing a Law and Order mini-marathon for this game.

  33. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:11 pm

    Wow, three posts in a row. I’m turning into Corco!

  34. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:12 pm

    You need to learn how to spell Dave, $!#! is not even close, I think fucker is what your looking for.

  35. boxc on June 4th, 2007 7:13 pm

    Dave,

    if you don’t mind spending a couple of bucks and have a decent internet connection, buy MLB.tv for the day and find a proxy outside the Baltimore area- that way you don’t get the blackout. It’s only 2.95, I think, for the day.

  36. dw on June 4th, 2007 7:14 pm

    Leaving your fastball up is not a recipe for success.

  37. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:14 pm

    Several references to mothers so far in this thread. Maybe a record number for a non-mothers-day.

  38. Dave on June 4th, 2007 7:14 pm

    I have MLB.tv – that’s how I watch all the other games.

  39. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:16 pm

    If you can’t use MLB.tv, I do happen to, er, know someone with a Slingbox that may be willing to hook you up.

  40. dw on June 4th, 2007 7:17 pm

    Seems like they’re sitting on the high fastball.

    Ellison makes a nice play. Kinda half Ichiro, half Ibanez.

  41. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:18 pm

    Ichiro couldn’t have played that ball any better

  42. Dave on June 4th, 2007 7:18 pm

    Drop us a line at ussmariner@gmail.com, joe.

  43. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:18 pm

    Not looking good, 4 batters 3 hard hit balls. Other was a sac bunt.

  44. fishiam on June 4th, 2007 7:18 pm

    Hmmmm, I sit down to watch the game and first twso pitches I see … hard RBI single to left and then a rope to CF that Ellison makes a nice running catch on. Is the King looking eminently hittable this evening?

  45. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:18 pm

    Dave, you are missing bad Felix so far, AKA 2006 Felix.

  46. Dylan on June 4th, 2007 7:19 pm

    Jesus. STOP THROWING YOUR FASTBALL ALL THE TIME.

  47. dw on June 4th, 2007 7:20 pm

    No, he’s better than 2006 Felix. He’s just not as good as 2007 Felix.

    He’s still pitching tentatively.

  48. Dave on June 4th, 2007 7:20 pm

    Felix is always all fastballs in the first inning. Even in his first two starts of the year, he’s been all fastballs in the first inning. It’s just what he does.

  49. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:21 pm

    ICHIIIIIIIIRO

  50. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    A DH who can hit for power!

  51. apunetid on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    Ichiro!!!

  52. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    So much for the one run deficit =)

  53. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    Some mysterious person who I do not know has just emailed you, Dave.

  54. boxc on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    Dave, put in a proxy on your browser and open MLB.tv. It shouldn’t black you out.

  55. Norm Charlton Fan Club on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    There’s no more ban on Bunk Flasts right?

  56. SexsonPower on June 4th, 2007 7:22 pm

    funk blast! ichiro!

  57. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:23 pm

    Sign that guy up to play left field.

  58. timc on June 4th, 2007 7:23 pm

    Ichiro says “I could have caught that ground rule double in the 1st” and decides to make up for his absence in the field.

  59. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:23 pm

    Damn it! I have to go wash my smelly feet and miss the Ichiro homer!

  60. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 7:23 pm

    Need that good stuff from the top of the lineup with today’s bottom two.

  61. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:24 pm

    I’m guessing it’ll take 6 runs to win this tonight.

  62. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 7:25 pm

    My dish network hit an “error” during the homer…lost the signal. But I just saw the replay!

  63. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:26 pm

    Nick Markakis meet Kenny Lofton, We don’t appreciate your efforts. Ii you could please mail in the rest of the series that would be appreciated.

  64. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:26 pm

    Ibanez… looking good as ever.

  65. dw on June 4th, 2007 7:26 pm

    That’s the third or fourth great catch I’ve seen Markakis make this year. Can’t decide if he’s a great fielder or is just good at laying out.

  66. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:27 pm

    Sign her up to play left field.

  67. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:30 pm

    Is Markakis my Big Fat Greek Outfielder?

  68. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:30 pm

    The Safe is as empty as I can remember seeing it.

  69. JI on June 4th, 2007 7:30 pm

    Gee, another flyball. Could be a long night.

  70. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:30 pm

    Ellison making a case to be dropped from the 40 man.

  71. mike1997 on June 4th, 2007 7:31 pm

    Is the absence of Ichiro hurting us in CF?

  72. Dylan on June 4th, 2007 7:31 pm

    First pitch fastball gets rocked.

  73. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:31 pm

    Must have forgot what his glove was for once he ran all that way.

  74. JI on June 4th, 2007 7:32 pm

    What’s Felix’s BABIP? 1.200?

  75. JI on June 4th, 2007 7:33 pm

    Dave, I sent you a message RE: MLBtv

  76. Dylan on June 4th, 2007 7:34 pm

    The scouting report on Felix is apparently only swing at fastballs. And it’s working.

  77. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:35 pm

    But Felix has to establish his fastball.

  78. notsohaole on June 4th, 2007 7:36 pm

    Looks like Felix is throwing a lot of sliders this inning.

  79. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:36 pm

    Felix day is turning from 4th of July to Flag Day…

  80. sdlamm on June 4th, 2007 7:36 pm

    Has Felix been hangin’ with Weaver in the training room? Geesh.

  81. dw on June 4th, 2007 7:37 pm

    Yeah, I see how this game is going to go. They’re sitting on the high fastball, and he’s throwing the high fastball.

    What channel is the L&O marathon on again?

  82. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:37 pm

    71. Yes

  83. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:38 pm

    81… TNT.

    Supposedly they’re going to do a marathon of all the L&O episodes with guest stars from “The Sopranos” soon.

  84. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:38 pm

    I wonder whom else besides brian roberts uses those contacts that are supposed to make you see the ball better.

    And no, not regular contacts to improve nearsighted or farsightedness.

  85. bp in dc on June 4th, 2007 7:39 pm

    My hockey fandom is growing by the second…

  86. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:39 pm

    Weaver is starting against our Hated Division Rivals?

  87. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:39 pm

    Felix, “I-will-prove-I-can-do-what-the-8.5-million-dollar-man-can-do” Hernandez.

  88. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:39 pm

    84… maybe we can all chip in and get Ellison a pair.

  89. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 7:40 pm

    Yep, they’re just sitting fastball…somehow they have to be picking up on something he’s giving away in his delivery.

  90. Wells on June 4th, 2007 7:40 pm

    Ooooverraaaated.

  91. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:40 pm

    Dave or DMZ, do you think all these pitchers being put on the DL is for real? Or are they playing games with the 40-man?

  92. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:41 pm

    What’s wrong with going to home on that? It looked like he had time…

  93. zzyzx on June 4th, 2007 7:41 pm

    I accidentally woke up the girl an hour early, my work computer was hit with a virus, the estimate for my new roof was $2k more than I expected and now Felix is bombing. Can we start this day over?

  94. Dylan on June 4th, 2007 7:41 pm

    He obviously thought he had time to turn two.

  95. Erithtotl on June 4th, 2007 7:41 pm

    The problem seems to be he can’t throw anything else for strikes, so everyone is just sitting on the fastball.

  96. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:42 pm

    92 I agree, should have know the DP wasn’t going to happen.

  97. fishiam on June 4th, 2007 7:42 pm

    Dave, Will you update us on how this slingbox thing works out? I’ve never used it nor know anyone who has. Course … the way this is going, you might not want to witness what is going on.

  98. Erithtotl on June 4th, 2007 7:43 pm

    One could only hope for the Felix from 2006 now.

  99. JI on June 4th, 2007 7:45 pm

    2006 Felix is sooooo painful to watch.

  100. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:45 pm

    Just misjudged the time he thought he had I guess.

  101. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:45 pm

    93, did your wife take off with your pickup truck and hound-dog too?

  102. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:46 pm

    My celebratory drink near the end of the game just turned in to my get wild and yell at the Mariners during the 2nd inning though MLB.tv drink.

  103. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:46 pm

    What’s this? Willie… with a hit? Stop the presses.

  104. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:46 pm

    Willie Johjima comes through.

  105. Erithtotl on June 4th, 2007 7:47 pm

    Seriously though, I’m a remote Mariners fan, can’t watch them on TV, just on internet gamecasts. Does anyone know what is wrong with him? Has the coaching staff or the announcers or anyone come up with a convincing explanation? Is it residue from his injury or something else?

  106. Mike G. on June 4th, 2007 7:47 pm

    Oh Niehaus…

  107. TomC on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    #103 – Dave Niehaus kept calling Johjima “Willie” I love the man but I am pretty sure he is starting to lose it.

  108. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Ah, that was Kenji with the hit, not Willie. I knew it was too good to be true.

  109. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Has Willie ever hit a homer?

  110. Dylan on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Since when did Yuni and Jose decide to hit the ball the other way?

  111. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Slingbox is a pretty cool device – you hook it up to your cable box/etc. and the internet. Then you can watch TV remotely, including changing the channels, using your DVR, etc.

    Quality depends on your internet connection. I’ve tried it at work and it isn’t bad.

  112. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Willieeee??!!

  113. Swungonandbelted on June 4th, 2007 7:48 pm

    I think he has 2 career homers.

  114. TomC on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Now the real Willie has a hit.

  115. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Wow, Kenji got a great hit there, with an RBI. Good job, Kenji!

  116. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    I heart gritty slap RBI singles.

  117. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Yeah, I know, but with Ellison up here, I think you do sacrifice to have runners on second and third for Ichiro

  118. DKCecil on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Willie has 4 career HRs, 2 off of Barry Zito.

  119. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Niehaus should hire a seeing-eye person to whisper what just happened to him.

  120. apunetid on June 4th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Niehaus was on to something!

  121. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:50 pm

    Teach me for listening to Neihaus and trusting him without looking at the screen.

    As much as Willie looks like Kenji…

  122. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 7:50 pm

    Dave or DMZ, do you think all these pitchers being put on the DL is for real? Or are they playing games with the 40-man?

    Ummm.. the second one.

  123. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:51 pm

    Can we put Hargrove on the DL and call up another coach?

  124. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 7:52 pm

    Ellison has the Sheffield stance.

  125. Tak on June 4th, 2007 7:52 pm

    its time to load the bases and have Ichiro demostrate what a real DH should be doing!

  126. DKCecil on June 4th, 2007 7:53 pm

    What a ridiculous call.

  127. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 7:53 pm

    IT HIT THE GROUND! This is all Hargrove’s fault!

  128. TomC on June 4th, 2007 7:54 pm

    Ellison has a legit gripe on that call – the ball hit the dirt.

  129. DKCecil on June 4th, 2007 7:55 pm

    It’s not like he swung and missed either, that was a pretty audible foul-tip.

  130. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:55 pm

    Come on Ichiro, a bint might get you a hit, but a single gets the team a run.

  131. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 7:55 pm

    I think there are more garlic fries than people in Safeco tonight.

  132. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 7:55 pm

    I meant a bunt.

  133. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:00 pm

    Well frick.

  134. TomC on June 4th, 2007 8:01 pm

    Is it me or do the Mariners seem to be taking a lot of pitches tonight?

  135. TomC on June 4th, 2007 8:02 pm

    More than usual I mean.

  136. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:02 pm

    Ah, glorious rain. Wiping all those allergens out of the air. Hail!

  137. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:06 pm

    Tom, I was thinking the same thing. At least 3 guys got into 3-1 counts.

  138. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 8:06 pm

    Um…I think there’s always more garlic fries at safeco than people…on any given night.

  139. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:06 pm

    Oh poor Lou. I bet he doesn’t regret a thing either.

    I miss that man. Put some life into this team.

  140. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:07 pm

    Dave is starting to remind me of a friend who just yammers on and on, and you start saying “yup” and “really?” without them ever catching on.

  141. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:07 pm

    Thank god Willie wasn’t there to watch that ball whiz by.

  142. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:07 pm

    Yuni turns the drinking anger in to drinking fun!

  143. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:08 pm

    Good news: Baseball Reference now has draft data!
    Bad news: You don’t want to look at the Mariner drafts!

  144. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 8:08 pm

    can someone tell us what’s going on?

  145. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:09 pm

    Ugly pitch count, control is killing him.

  146. AuburnM on June 4th, 2007 8:09 pm

    1. I am officially worried about Felix.
    2. How do you not have Ellison sacrifice????!!!!

  147. Dylan on June 4th, 2007 8:10 pm

    Felix’s control is terrible.

  148. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:10 pm

    Ooh boy, ibanez and sexson in the same inning. I can’t contain my excitement.

    Mariners 2, Oreo’s 4. Not much to know :P

  149. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:10 pm

    Felix’s song should be Peter Gabriel’s “No Self Control.”

  150. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:14 pm

    FRIG! Lay down the bunt, ibanez.

  151. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:14 pm

    Guillen has been sick as of late, got to love that.

  152. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:17 pm

    Way to get chew on yourself Sexson…

  153. jefffrane on June 4th, 2007 8:17 pm

    Richie “Useless” Sexson

  154. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:18 pm

    If Bavasi isn’t on the phone trying to dump Sexson to the Yankees, he should be canned.

  155. Swungonandbelted on June 4th, 2007 8:19 pm

    Kenji!

  156. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 8:19 pm

    Hard to believe the Yankees would be that stupid.
    Way to swing Joh!

  157. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:20 pm

    3 to 4, Oreos! Way to go Kenji

  158. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:20 pm

    GO JOH! A Real Mariner HERO!

  159. jefffrane on June 4th, 2007 8:21 pm

    The Yankees really need a first baseman, and this one is a home run hitter. Guarannnnnnnteed.

  160. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:23 pm

    Sims sure is…. aerodynamic.

  161. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:26 pm

    The Mighty Sexson would hit those balls right out of the park and into the hands of Jeffrey Meier.

  162. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:27 pm

    Damn that B-Rob.

  163. mpriest13 on June 4th, 2007 8:27 pm

    anyone else think Ichiro would have had that one…

  164. Erithtotl on June 4th, 2007 8:27 pm

    What’s with the ground rule doubles? I seem to remember Felix giving up at least 3 of them last start.

  165. msb on June 4th, 2007 8:28 pm

    so I heard Sammy Perlozzo say they’d been kept afloat by their starting pitching and the hitting was coming around. I then had to wander off. Coming back in, was what he said true and gives us the current situation, or is it poor pitching & hitting on the Mariner side instead …

  166. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:28 pm

    148. Next inning you get Bloomquist and Ellison.

  167. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:28 pm

    Doubtful, 163, but he’d have looked cool trying.

  168. bp in dc on June 4th, 2007 8:29 pm

    163. Hmm, what clued you in? That fact that Ellison took 2 steps IN after the crack of the bat?

  169. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Oooh, red-hot Willie Bloomquist. He’s on a tear you know, he’s got a hit tonight.

  170. mpriest13 on June 4th, 2007 8:30 pm

    168…I didn’t see him take two steps in. Are you sure he did?

  171. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 8:31 pm

    Willie Bloomquist’s one-game hitting streak.

  172. msb on June 4th, 2007 8:32 pm

    #169 — maybe it’s the magic bats.

  173. fishiam on June 4th, 2007 8:32 pm

    Felix has his ERA this game down to 9.00, same as Bedard … we have a (high scoring) ballgame!

  174. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:32 pm

    I don’t know if he stepped in but he seems to be playing shallow all game long.

  175. DKCecil on June 4th, 2007 8:33 pm

    Why does Willie keep hitting?

  176. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:33 pm

    Felix got out of that inning with less than 20 pitches.

  177. bp in dc on June 4th, 2007 8:34 pm

    170. On the MASN coverage, they showed a wide-angle view of the field from behind homeplate and he definitely took at least a step or two in before realizing the ball was titted.

  178. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 8:34 pm

    My o my! another hit for Willie! Ellison on on an error!

  179. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 8:34 pm

    Go willie!

  180. mpriest13 on June 4th, 2007 8:34 pm

    What do you think the M’s could get in return from the Yankees for Sexson?

  181. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:34 pm

    But Bloomquist and Ellison do better than Ibanez and Sexson. Kind of like Feierabend and Baek doing better than Felix.

  182. JI on June 4th, 2007 8:35 pm

    sweet sweet finacial relief

  183. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:35 pm

    180. Some batting gloves left behind by the Devil Rays.

  184. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:35 pm

    Willie??? Two for two?? This is the twilight zone or something. He’s almost tripled his batting average tonight.

  185. fishiam on June 4th, 2007 8:35 pm

    8 for 18 twice through the lineup … tell me again why we are trailing this game?

  186. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 8:36 pm

    Nobody is going to give anything for a guy hitting .205 and making 14.5 mil a season and who is due as much next year.

  187. jwz on June 4th, 2007 8:36 pm

    Isn’t “ground rule double” a misnomer here, even though ESPN and the Rizzer call it that? Ground rules are unique to the ballpark. A ball bouncing over the fence defined as a double in the Baseball rulebook, not in the ground rules of any ballpark.

  188. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:36 pm

    That was Port Orchard gritty!

  189. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:37 pm

    ow, that’s gotta hurt.

  190. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 8:38 pm

    hurt? What happened?

  191. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:39 pm

    Lopez fouled one off his shin.

  192. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:41 pm

    185

    Terrible fundamental hitting. First and second NO ONE out and now its first and third TWO outs. Jose couldn’t get a simple fly ball.

    We had first and second no one out after Willie’s improbable RBI and they didn’t even bother advancing the rest of that inning.

  193. Erithtotl on June 4th, 2007 8:41 pm

    If anyone is curious, Felix’s BABIP for the season is now up to .347, 8th worst in the AL.

  194. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:42 pm

    Not a fan of the small-ball tonight it appears. We sure grover’s not back?

  195. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:43 pm

    194

    In that inning Ellison was called out on that questionable strike three, he and Ichiro both swung at what was clearly ball four that inning.

  196. msb on June 4th, 2007 8:43 pm

    oh, he’s back, did the pre-game and everything.

  197. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:43 pm

    192. Or a ground ball.

  198. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 8:44 pm

    Hargrove is back, can’t you feel the suck?

  199. Swungonandbelted on June 4th, 2007 8:44 pm

    wow, this game is just dragging along…

  200. msb on June 4th, 2007 8:44 pm

    dang this is one slooooooow game.

    hey Derek, when the Lovely Mrs Zumsteg comes over, does your mom let her visit you over the garage, or do you both have to stay in the kitchen?

  201. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:45 pm

    148. next innning you get your wish again.

  202. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:45 pm

    No, I don’t know why I felt compelled to say “that inning” twice

    Another easy chance for a run squandered. Swing from the heels and hope for the best. Not working even against a clearly subpar Bedard. Geez…nothing wrong with a sac fly from Lopez or heaven forbid, Guillen trying for a single rather than a 500 foot homer.

  203. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:45 pm

    I wondered what that noise was.

  204. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:46 pm

    As long as no runners are on, Sexson should have chance…sigh

  205. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:47 pm

    Ibanez or Sexson HAS to hit a long one… right? The averages have to uh, average out sometime. Regression to the agression?

  206. msb on June 4th, 2007 8:47 pm

    think Tejada would be doing better if he took a day off now & then?

  207. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 8:48 pm

    Okay, another thing that I really like about Sims: he totally makes fun of himself. One of my great complaints about Rizzs is that frosting of false sincerity he smears on everything, but Sims will do something like blow a promo and then pause to laugh at how ridiculous it is that he didn’t do “all aboard!” with sufficient enthusiasm.

    Now, if that whole thing is an act, well, I don’t know.

  208. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:48 pm

    On a positive note, Felix’s command is seeming to get a lot better.

  209. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:49 pm

    He’s loads better than Willie Neihaus at least.

    Back to back K’s!

  210. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:49 pm

    Awesome pitch.

  211. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:50 pm

    Looking at the A’s stats (during this tremendously exciting game) Jason Kendall is not only hitting under .200 in about 200 plate appearances, but is SLUGGING a ghastly .208 going into this game.

    How much are they paying him?

    Naturally Haren’s ERA probably went up by allowing one run in six innings.

  212. jefffrane on June 4th, 2007 8:51 pm

    Initially, I found Sim really irritating but now I appreciate his sense of humor. He does seem to be having fun and clearly doesn’t take himself very seriously.

  213. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:51 pm

    He also seems to have more movement on his fastball.

  214. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 8:51 pm

    According to the Win Shares at the Hardball Times, Not only is Vlad first in the AL, but Cabrera is second. That surprised me.

  215. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:52 pm

    Change up please.

  216. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:52 pm

    214

    Maybe they accidentally factored in Francisco Cabrera’s playoff win share by mistake.

  217. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:53 pm

    Both pitchers are throwing a lot of pitches. Both batting orders are getting a lot of hits. Should be interesting

  218. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:54 pm

    Princess Willie even throws like a girl… arg.

    I guess with two hits, that tells Hargrove that he’s turning around and should have more AB’s, huh?

  219. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:54 pm

    Gotta believe Bucky feels being mentioned in a Banner Bank commercial is the opposite of the pinnacle of his career.

    Felix gutting it out through another inning. Tonight was shaping up to be much uglier.

  220. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 8:55 pm

    Uh, no offense to the females.

  221. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 8:56 pm

    216
    They give Cabrera (the Angel) a stack of Win shares for his defense. Hmmm

  222. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:57 pm

    94 pitches for Felix through 5. That might be it for him tonight.

  223. vern on June 4th, 2007 8:58 pm

    I always thought he threw like a pumpkinhead.

  224. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 8:59 pm

    Great job by Raul working the count to get that fly that ALMOST made it to the outfield

  225. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:59 pm

    At least Raul made Bedard work.

  226. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 8:59 pm

    Swung on and belted, clear over the head of the second baseman.

  227. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:00 pm

    But Sexson nullifies Raul’s work by taking the rest of the line-up’s approach: Making an out on the first effin’ pitch

  228. msb on June 4th, 2007 9:00 pm

    #211– Kendall gets $13M this season, $5M paid by the Pirates. He tried to get them to sign him to an ’08 extension by deferring $, but it didn’t. It will be interesting to see what happens to him next year …

  229. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:00 pm

    Well, O’Flair has had some good innings. We’re not doomed yet.

  230. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:01 pm

    I hate that part of the lineup, I die inside when they come up. Richie one AB from familiar ground.

  231. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:01 pm

    228

    I doubt the left handed Rene Rivera will command too much of a raise, lol

  232. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:02 pm

    229

    Unfortunately, none of them seem like they’ve been recent

  233. prospect21 on June 4th, 2007 9:02 pm

    Tonights Trivia Question?:

    Who has the worst number 4 and 5 hitters in all of baseball?

    Dont think too much.

  234. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:03 pm

    233

    Is it the same team that has the worst pitching Sean’s?

  235. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 9:04 pm

    If he had pitched like this in the first and second innings, we would be cruising.

  236. prospect21 on June 4th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Speaking of our Sean’s, does anyone else think Sean Green looks like Tim Robbins in Bull Durham. His nickname should be Nuke.

  237. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Can’t think of their names, but I feel like I have seen them swing at awful pitches and have a slugging avg of a 12 year old. Ummm Iual Rbanez and Sichie Rexson?

  238. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:05 pm

    If you plunked Brian Roberts… it would only take one pitch, and he’d only be on first =) That’s just efficient baseball.

    Where the hell was that last pitch?!

  239. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 9:06 pm

    Send in the Seans
    There have to be Seans

  240. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 9:06 pm

    Where was that pitch? Geez.

  241. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:06 pm

    236

    Robbins could probably get more people out…right now even

  242. bp in dc on June 4th, 2007 9:06 pm

    216. Best reference all night. I shall sleep tonight with images of Sid Bream rumbling towards home.

  243. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:06 pm

    Patterson takes a page out of the M’s “We don’t take no stinkin’ walks” book

  244. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:07 pm

    This game is confusing to jump into in the 5th inning. Good to watch baseball for the first time in over 2 weeks, though.

  245. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:07 pm

    Christ on a cracker. Frick.

  246. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 9:07 pm

    That’s the fourth fly to center that Ichiro would have gotten.

  247. Swungonandbelted on June 4th, 2007 9:07 pm

    Ellison is paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaainful to watch in the field

  248. bp in dc on June 4th, 2007 9:08 pm

    I think fastballs right down the dick against Roberts is a solid strategy.

  249. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 9:08 pm

    239
    And when the Ms are at bat, perpetual anticipation is rather an unsettling thing

  250. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:09 pm

    247- Agree, wish we would put him in left every night still.

  251. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:10 pm

    Was that another Felix I don’t want out of this game argument? I hope he punches Grover in the face on to the DL one day…

  252. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 9:11 pm

    Guillen must look at Ellison and wonder why Grover puts him in for Guillen in the late innings.

  253. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:12 pm

    Fuck it. Why does the girl always win?

  254. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:12 pm

    242

    216…Thanks

    I’m no Braves fan or Pirate hater, but that’s one of my favorite non-Mariner baseball highlights ever. Amazingly close play with a slow, plodding runner and an accurate but slow throw from some LF named Barry. What an inning, game and series.

    Cabrera…such an unlikely hero at an unlikely time. 10 at bats the entire regular season. (Most didn’t realize he had a few at bats in the WS the year before though.)

    Then he just faded into obscurity

  255. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:12 pm

    Is this game so bad that they have to interview fans that caught baseballs?

    What a nut job… bashing a young girl.

  256. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:13 pm

    Cause shes a girl that has a trimmed unibrow, everyone feels bad for her.

  257. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 9:13 pm

    w o w…how many pitches did Felix have? 106? Was he on a pitch count? Is this because of his injury?

  258. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:14 pm

    If Felix was one batter away from coming out, why not let the lefty face Roberts, who’s really hurt Felix today anyway?

  259. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:15 pm

    And the game drags on.

  260. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 9:15 pm

    Funy, they’re here.

  261. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:15 pm

    254

    I don’t know why I referenced 216, as I certainly wasn’t thanking myself, lol

    NEED to get out of this one. NOT GREEN!!!!

    NOOOOOOOO

  262. prospect21 on June 4th, 2007 9:15 pm

    Look Sean Green looks like Nuke from Bull Durham. Someone please agree with me.

  263. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:16 pm

    Grover showing his late game mastery… Think I can later sue him for my liver damage?

  264. Rick L on June 4th, 2007 9:18 pm

    257. Yep

  265. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Let’s hear it for comical ineptitude by the other team.

  266. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Green getting out of it the ONLY way he possibly could…by not actually making a pitch

  267. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Ok…what just happened? I turned my head for 1 second!

  268. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:19 pm

    Thanks O’s! 262- Ehhhh, can see where you might say that but your reaching. If he shaved the facial hair it would be easier to tell.

  269. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:19 pm

    If we were smart we’d put in another pitcher right away.

    Meaning if the M’s get two runs or more, he could be the first pitcher in quite some time to win a game without even throwing a pitch.

  270. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 9:20 pm

    So if the M’s take the lead this inning and someone else comes in to pitch for the M’s next inning…can Green get the win without a single pitch?

  271. Swungonandbelted on June 4th, 2007 9:20 pm

    The “Richie Sexon Runs the Bases” instructional video strikes again.

  272. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 9:20 pm

    Some quality baseball

  273. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:21 pm

    God I hate watching baseball with my Dad drunk. He’s like me in the comment threads only twice as bad and you actually have to listen to him talk.

  274. apunetid on June 4th, 2007 9:21 pm

    Did he not indeed throw one pitch, a ball, or is Gameday making things up?

  275. JR Ewing on June 4th, 2007 9:21 pm

    he threw one pitch

  276. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:22 pm

    One out already? I didn’t take a leak for THAT long did I?

  277. Tak on June 4th, 2007 9:22 pm

    Angels winning again… sigh

  278. bp in dc on June 4th, 2007 9:22 pm

    254.

    I have the call of that sequence on my iPod. Easily the closest play at the plate in a big game – doesn’t get much bigger than Game 7 of NLCS. The worst part of that entire scene was the wasted effort by Doug Drebeck.

    Growing up in VA, I was able to finagle Frankie Cabrera’s autograph at a Richmond Braves game.

  279. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:23 pm

    There’s the bloomquist I know!

  280. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:23 pm

    Are we seriously letting Bedard look BETTER as this game goes along?

    Way to show the fire of champions

  281. msb on June 4th, 2007 9:23 pm

    this game would be much better if we had Chef Jeremy of the Mariners catering it

  282. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 9:24 pm

    Oh ok..i must have missed it.

  283. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:25 pm

    Weeee are the champions, weeee are the champions….

  284. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:25 pm

    278

    Great story! The Pirates catcher made a great tag attempt after standing casual, to try to deke Bream, not knowing Bream couldn’t possibly have gone slower.

    Drabek had a shutout through eight I think. Can’t remember if he started the ninth or not. If I had to guess, I’d say he did, before Belinda screwed the ol’ pooch.

  285. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:25 pm

    The Mariners continue to lead the league in “MUI” Most Uninspiring Innings, congrats fellas!

  286. msb on June 4th, 2007 9:26 pm

    Now, with my mental facilities
    Partially muddied
    And ready to snap,
    Now, though there are possibilities
    Still to be studied, I might as well nap.

  287. JI on June 4th, 2007 9:27 pm

    I’ve met Chef Jeremy, he’s pretty cool.

  288. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:27 pm

    This game makes me want to stop watching baseball for another 2.5 weeks.

  289. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:28 pm

    Champions of mediocre baseball anyways.

    Wow, can’t find the strike zone… who would have guessed.

  290. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:29 pm

    Does the O’s bullpen suck?

  291. Beniitec on June 4th, 2007 9:29 pm

    worst thread ever…

  292. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:30 pm

    Have you READ the threads lately?

  293. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:30 pm

    288

    Doesn’t watching Green pitch have that effect by itself? Even more mind numbing than McCall traffic? ;-)

  294. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:31 pm

    not quite the worst thread ever.
    (quick! somebody ask me about the traffic in McCall, Idaho!)

  295. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:31 pm

    Do what the rest of us do, drink, blame Grover, hate the Angels.

  296. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:32 pm

    as soon as I respond, it will be the worst thread ever.

  297. msb on June 4th, 2007 9:33 pm

    I wish I knew Chef Jeremy

  298. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:33 pm

    So, how bout that traffic in McCall, Idaho?

  299. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:33 pm

    Johji’s pitch suggestions to Green: “Throw in my direction”

  300. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:34 pm

    How many “ball four’s” did Green throw Mora?

    Is Mora bucking to become part of the M’s or something?

  301. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:35 pm

    And David, about that traffic…

    ;-)

  302. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 9:35 pm

    I knew I should have watched the L&O marathon instead.

  303. TomC on June 4th, 2007 9:36 pm

    Betancourt’s defense is looking good tonight.

  304. IMissBenDavis on June 4th, 2007 9:36 pm

    I am surprised this is still a one run game. We are lucky, not good.

  305. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:37 pm

    302

    Dang…didn’t realize that. Only one left after this one. NYPD & L & O SVU are a little better imho.

    Are we seriously gonna end on THREE effin’ runs? Maybe the O’s pen can blow another one tonight.

  306. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:37 pm

    303- Seems to be a lot better tonight than throwing way off to the home plate side of first like during the past two weeks.

    Ichiro!

  307. TomC on June 4th, 2007 9:38 pm

    304 – Napoleon famously preferred lucky generals to good ones. I prefer lucky Ms to good ones.

  308. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 9:38 pm

    307… what about plucky, gritty generals?

  309. JI on June 4th, 2007 9:39 pm

    Luck is fleeting.

  310. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:39 pm

    Apparently the M’s need a lot of practice bunting. Save for Burke.

  311. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:39 pm

    Has Lopez made a productive out today? Seems like he’s really had trouble moving runners over. Not an especially admirable trait for a # hitter.

  312. TomC on June 4th, 2007 9:40 pm

    Lopez bunts again
    Grover announces his return
    No rally for us

  313. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:40 pm

    …#2 hitter that is

  314. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:40 pm

    311- Umm its not Vidro! Be happy.

  315. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Guillen is apparently expecting something in the range of 99 mph from Walker…for no apparent reason

  316. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:42 pm

    Ibanez looks thrilled.

  317. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:42 pm

    The traffic in McCall, ID is quite mind-numbing. I can’t even understand how such a small town has such incredible traffic fluctuations and such bad infrastructure and such a lack of stoplights (the stoplights in downtown Renton would be perfect).

  318. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:43 pm

    Ibanez really showed the O’s!

    That should’ve been a dp, but they made the mistake of already having two outs.

  319. TomC on June 4th, 2007 9:44 pm

    So, does Grover use Turbo as a pinch hitter for Sexson next inning?

  320. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 9:44 pm

    Leadoff single and he dies there. Why would Ichiro want to stay?

  321. kwk on June 4th, 2007 9:45 pm

    Ibanez flat out sucks this year. Like, seriously.

  322. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:45 pm

    For the Ichirolls? I hate Ibanez, I am officially on the Adam Jones for the old slow left fielder with 1 HR bandwagon.

  323. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:46 pm

    Why you’d not want to steal in that inning is beyond me.

    At least the THIRD time where a runner on first with no outs…stays where he began when the inning ends.

  324. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:47 pm

    Uh, someone named Jason Miller for the Twins just gave up EIGHT earnies while managing to get ONE batter out before leaving. YIKES!

  325. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:48 pm

    Classic effin’ Grover:

    Put Sherrill in AFTER Patterson bats

  326. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 9:50 pm

    You mean 1 for 3 .219 Patterson? Why not let Green pitch to him?

  327. joser on June 4th, 2007 9:51 pm

    That may be the first time “perfect” and “downtown Renton” were ever used in the same sentence.

  328. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 9:52 pm

    326

    Patterson has a history of being terrible vs lefties. Green, er uh, just has a history of being terrible.

  329. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 9:52 pm

    Downtown Renton has some perfect stoplight design. Bad visibility, but cosmetically appealing.

  330. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 9:53 pm

    Quite the squeaker for the Angels tonight.

  331. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:56 pm

    I’m guessing Vlad had at least one HR.

  332. TomC on June 4th, 2007 9:58 pm

    327- Not true. Downtown Renton has long been known to be the perfect place to have your car keyed.

  333. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Wow, no HR for Vlad. 23 friggin hits. Crazy.

    GO BOSOX.

    Oh yeah, and our team, go M’s. Maybe richie will launch one *snicker*

    Launch one in the infield. asdflkjasdf

  334. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:00 pm

    And I think this is the L&O marathon. It’s long enough, and there are crimes being committed.

    In the Major League system, the Mariners are represented by two separate yet equally sucktastic groups: the pitchers who cannot get an out, and the hitters who cannot get a baserunner in to score. These are their stories.”

    Bu-bum!

  335. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 10:00 pm

    I hope Sexson gets crabs…

  336. TomC on June 4th, 2007 10:00 pm

    Johjima has to be the man now. It’s getting late.

  337. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:02 pm

    This has to be the dullest felix day. It doesn’t even seem like he pitched today.

  338. apunetid on June 4th, 2007 10:02 pm

    Is Bradford a submariner? Gameday shows his pitches coming out of the ground!

  339. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:02 pm

    334

    Best…post…tonight

  340. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:02 pm

    Fwiw, anyone remember which Mariner got the huge game tying hit vs Bradford in the 2000 ALDS?

  341. JR Ewing on June 4th, 2007 10:02 pm

    next time bsmarine makes a bad post, can i wish him/her crabs ?

  342. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:02 pm

    Willie “Inning Killer” Bloomquist.

  343. TomC on June 4th, 2007 10:03 pm

    335 – Maybe he already does. Maybe that’s the issue with his defense and strikeouts. Somebody send his some de-crabbing cream or something.

  344. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 10:04 pm

    My God! Willie!

  345. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:04 pm

    I’m surprised Garcia didn’t send YuBet home from first on that SINGLE by Willie

  346. TomC on June 4th, 2007 10:04 pm

    Wee Willie!!!! Gritty indeed.

  347. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 10:05 pm

    We pinch hit here right?

  348. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:05 pm

    Woo. Setting the pieces for another disappointing inning.

  349. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:05 pm

    337

    He didn’t. It was clearly Batista tonight

    Wasn’t it?

  350. TomC on June 4th, 2007 10:05 pm

    Broussard has to be the man now. It’s getting late.

  351. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:06 pm

    Can Gentle Ben hit lefties well enough for this to matter?

  352. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:07 pm

    Looking at the line, it might as well have been. That would mean one day closer to the next felix day though =)

  353. Tak on June 4th, 2007 10:07 pm

    oh wow, bases loaded with no outs, and Oakland couldn’t score the winning run.

  354. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:08 pm

    WHAT??? VIDRO??? COMON!

  355. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:08 pm

    353

    They managed to screw themselves in just two at bats!

  356. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 10:08 pm

    wow. what just happened. now vidro at 3rd

  357. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:09 pm

    Vlad’s line: 3 for 3, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, .258 WPA. No HRs.
    Cabrera, Guerrero, and Mathews combined: 11 for 13, 9 RBIs, 5R.
    That’s what you want from your 2,3,4 hitters….

  358. Phoenician Todd on June 4th, 2007 10:09 pm

    Wow, way to give the game away Grover

  359. DMZ on June 4th, 2007 10:09 pm

    327- Not true. Downtown Renton has long been known to be the perfect place to have your car keyed.

    I haven’t lived in Renton in some time.

  360. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:10 pm

    Please walk, please walk, please walk.

  361. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:10 pm

    Holy crap.

  362. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 10:10 pm

    Vidro is a lucky son of a bitch

  363. JI on June 4th, 2007 10:11 pm

    Why not just PH Vidro in the first place. Everyone except the dude running the team saw this coming.

    AND TIE GAME YEE HAW WOOT!!! I LUV jOSE!!!!1

  364. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:11 pm

    Yeah… that should have been fielded. Don’t pat yourself on the back Turbo.

  365. Troy J on June 4th, 2007 10:11 pm

    why didn’t vidro just initially pinch hit? what am i missing?

  366. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:11 pm

    I think this just comes down to playing a team that’s more mediocre than we are

    But we’ll take it!

  367. Phoenician Todd on June 4th, 2007 10:11 pm

    Wow, I’ll happily be wrong on that one! Professional hitting at its finest.

  368. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 10:13 pm

    Vidro solidifies his time as a Mariner for a bit longer.

  369. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:13 pm

    Alright, when are all you Vidro haters going to start to believe?

    (You know, as unsustainable as his single-hitting ways may seem, it’s entirely possible he’ll keep it up all season. And then pull the entire team down with his Everett-ish suckitude next year).

  370. TomC on June 4th, 2007 10:13 pm

    So Turbo is now a pinch hitter who has to be pinch run for. How much is he paid?

    C’mon Ichiro!

  371. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:14 pm

    Ichiro!! My heeeeero.

    HELL YEAH!

  372. IMissBenDavis on June 4th, 2007 10:14 pm

    grit

  373. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on June 4th, 2007 10:14 pm

    Hey, the dad from “Alf” is on L&O!

  374. feingarden on June 4th, 2007 10:16 pm

    See? You folks around here slag Hargrove all the time, but that Vidro bouncer that slid under the second baseman’s glove is *exactly* what he had in mind when he put him in. I’m really darn sure of it. (sarcasm ends)

  375. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:16 pm

    370

    Grover…the master of using 17 guys for one slot in a single game

  376. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:16 pm

    LOPEZ!!!!!!

  377. F-Rod on June 4th, 2007 10:16 pm

    dare I say Willie…Game ball….you gotta love that wink he gave the camarea

  378. williebfan on June 4th, 2007 10:17 pm

    Go willie b.

  379. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 10:18 pm

    Felix Day is again my favorite day!

    They should never walk to get to your #4 hitter.

  380. S1lent on June 4th, 2007 10:19 pm

    Wow, that is one hell of a two out rally. I was about ready to chalk this game up as another one that we should have won but let slip away…

    :)

  381. williebfan on June 4th, 2007 10:20 pm

    …if it wasn’t for willie b.

  382. TomC on June 4th, 2007 10:20 pm

    Who plays CF now?

  383. kwk on June 4th, 2007 10:22 pm

    Stat of the day: John Parish game WPA: -.652.
    Lowest this year for a reliever?

  384. mk on June 4th, 2007 10:24 pm

    It’s a good thing Raul grounded out there, or Dave Sims may very well have suffered a fatal RISP-induced overdose, complete with seizures and foaming of the mouth.

  385. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:24 pm

    JJ continues to impress. Boy do I miss Guardado :P

  386. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:25 pm

    Just saw Ortiz hit a screaming double over Kotsay’s head in the 10th w/ two outs, and Pedroria (sp?) is sent in a “Garcia like third base coach” move and is literally out by 20 feet.

    Tagged in the face as he was out by so much, he basically slowed down to a fast walk as the tag was applied.

  387. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:25 pm

    Willie plays CF. He’s 3 for 4, gotta keep that hot bat in the lineup just in case…

  388. David J. Corcoran I on June 4th, 2007 10:25 pm

    I hate watching games with my drunk father:

    Father: Sexson is great defensively…you have to give him that, and that’s worth 20 or 30 points of batting average.
    Me: …
    Father: But remembering that baseball book [Moneyball], defense really doesn’t mean anything
    Me: …
    Father: Therefore, Broussard should play first.
    Me: Yes!

    So he was first incorrect, and then totally missed the point of Moneyball, and then arrives at the correct conclusion. reminds me of an older version of myself.

  389. Lauren, token chick on June 4th, 2007 10:26 pm

    I thought the dad from Alf was arrested as a child molester a while ago. Maybe that’s similar to being on Law & Order.

    That two-out run last inning? Awesome.

  390. colm on June 4th, 2007 10:26 pm

    That didn’t look like a webgem, but that was a really nice put out by Yuni.

  391. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 10:26 pm

    YuNasty! Nice toss.

  392. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:28 pm

    Man, the fangraphs chart for this game is hee-larious. And Vidro gets the red bar of maximum clutchness.

  393. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

    Great last two innings… could have done without 4-7.

    Props to Princess Willie… never would have guessed. Hah! He even did his best impression of Ichi stretching in CF.

  394. enazario on June 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

    Dear God, is the Orioles bullpen depleted?

  395. Lauren, token chick on June 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

    YEAH!

  396. agingfan on June 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

    That was a heck of a win when things were looking really grim.

  397. apunetid on June 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

    M’s win!!!

  398. kenny on June 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

    Vidro is not the problem.

  399. bhsmarine on June 4th, 2007 10:30 pm

    That was nice to watch… well the last 2 innings.

  400. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:30 pm

    Bedard has to be PISSED

  401. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:32 pm

    400

    He and Guthrie must be plotting some serious wedgies in the lockeroom by now.

  402. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:33 pm

    Ok, you people forced me to look up ALF on IMDB (since I never saw the show). I’m assuming Max Wright was the father. IMDB says

    Was arrested and booked January 10, 2000 for drunken driving following a non-injury accident in Hollywood, California.

    September 2003
    Lost driving privileges in New York state for 6 months following a guilty plea to a drunken-driving charge. Wright was visiting his adult daughter upstate when he ran afoul of local authorities by running into some mailboxes and a traffic sign.

    No sign of child molesting, but hey, running over mailboxes while intoxicated is kind of the same thing, I guess…

  403. Lucky Number on June 4th, 2007 10:33 pm

    Both Turbo AND the Ignitor coming through for the M’s in one night?! I think my head may asplode.

    Now the real question: Do the M’s maintain some momentum here, or do they bungle themselves away from another easy sweep of their opponent?

  404. juneau_fan on June 4th, 2007 10:34 pm

    Must. Change. Channel.

    Ballwashing for Willie is the post-game show. Watch at your own risk.

  405. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:34 pm

    I vote bungle. But that’s because I’m such an optimist.

  406. UofMichgoMs on June 4th, 2007 10:35 pm

    Meanwhile Mark Ellis just hit for the cycle and Oakland is threatening to keep pace in the bottom of 10.

  407. Anna11 on June 4th, 2007 10:35 pm

    I love the Orioles bullpen.

  408. msb on June 4th, 2007 10:35 pm

    thank goodness for the Oriole bullpen.

  409. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:39 pm

    Muahaha, did anyone see that AA braves dude? Grenade rosenbag…. holy crap that’s good stuff.

  410. SCL on June 4th, 2007 10:40 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that was the perfect way to use Vidro?

    There are 2 outs, so there is no GIDP threat. The tying run is at 3rd and all we need is an empty single.

    And best of all, he was on the bench most of the game.

  411. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:40 pm

    402

    Fwiw, no sign (that I noticed) of ever being in a Law and Order. He was in Soul Man. An underrated funny but stupid comedy w/ C. Thomas Howell and even James Earl Jones!

  412. Anna11 on June 4th, 2007 10:43 pm

    SCL — great observation. Vidro should be converted to “that guy who comes in with 2 outs as a pinch hitter so he can’t GIDP.”
    Anybody else having a hard time posting comments on Baker’s blog? I keep getting a message in red letters saying “you are not allowed to post comments.” That’s what I get for critizing the front office’s decision to start Weaver again…

  413. colm on June 4th, 2007 10:44 pm

    I don’t think you could possibly ‘underrate’ a film as downright awful as “Soul Man”.

  414. geofftoons on June 4th, 2007 10:45 pm

    Great win!!

    All I can say, is that I hope Weaver is lit up like a christmas tree against the Padres so they DFA his ass after the game!

    Other than that game, GO M’s!!!!!

  415. Gunga on June 4th, 2007 10:50 pm

    SCL (410) – You’re so right. When I heard that Vidro was PH’ing, my first thought was… CRAP! Then I thought about it and it struck me as the perfect time for him. No DP threat, need a single to tie. Like using Willie as a pinch runner, tonight’s performance notwithstanding. They took lemon and made lemonade. That’s what lemons are for.

  416. AuburnM on June 4th, 2007 10:50 pm

    Love the win! Love being 4 over .500

    Really worried about Felix.

  417. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:50 pm

    413

    LOL

    Hey. I did include the word “stupid.” I guess that’s what happens when you describe a movie that you last saw in high school.

  418. msb on June 4th, 2007 10:54 pm

    #389– IIRC it was coke & sex with consenting adults … but it was in the Enquirer

  419. Tom on June 4th, 2007 11:15 pm

    What an 8th inning!!!! I was at the game tonight and it was really encouraging to hear a crowd of 19,000 sound like a crowd of 32,000. At least from where I was standing.

    Now if only the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of the state of California of the United States of the West Coast would lose a game every now and then. . .

  420. IMissBenDavis on June 5th, 2007 7:31 am

    Someone earlier this season commented that the AL West this year is “the NL West of a few years back”…granted, this was before Anaheim, Seattle, and Oakland all got ‘hot’ (that Seattle has been hot against basement teams is another matter). Considering that these 3 teams will likely all finish > .500, I don’t see the comparison to the NL West (of what? 2005?) where the Padres won their division despite being only .500, as legitimate.

  421. PositivePaul on June 5th, 2007 10:33 am

    Wow. 420 comments. Jeff Weaver would be proud!

    I’m sad that Dave didn’t get to see the game on MLB.TV — I was looking forward to reviewing his thoughts on Felix’s pitching during the game thread.

    Hopefully he’ll get a chance to watch the archive and throw some comments up. While I get the sense the defense didn’t help him, I also get the sense that Felix continued to be totally hittable, and hit hard. While strikeouts aren’t entirely reflective of his game, he needs a heavy dose of swinging K’s to go along with an overwhelming majority of grounders. No more of these long fly ball outs and XBHs…

  422. Paul B on June 5th, 2007 11:57 am

    Any bets on how long it will take Grover to realize that Raul is done?

    Boy, a DH and a LF each with a SLG of around .370. Hard to believe.

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