Game 129, Athletics at Mariners

DMZ · August 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Eveland versus the Bus.

Number of starts Bus has had this season as good as RRS’ last: one, maybe two (July 27th, then pick ‘em)
Number of starts Bus has had this season as good as Feirabend’s last one: nine? ten?

Comments

61 Responses to “Game 129, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 6:56 pm

    Number of reasons the Bus should be in the rotation with the other two: 0

  2. mstaples on August 23rd, 2008 7:11 pm

    Raaauuullll suuuccckks at D.

  3. SequimRealEstate on August 23rd, 2008 7:16 pm

    Keys to the game. Don’t walk anyone. So you walk someone who has not had a hit in 23 at bats.

  4. bakomariner on August 23rd, 2008 7:21 pm

    2- Number of reasons Raul should be playing D: 0
    3- Number of reasons to listen to the “keys of the game”: 0

  5. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 7:24 pm

    Number of reasons for JR & Bako to disagree today: 0

  6. bakomariner on August 23rd, 2008 7:25 pm

    Nice pitch…damn…

  7. Go Felix on August 23rd, 2008 7:36 pm

    Balentein, making the routine look difficult.

  8. bearcatsoftball on August 23rd, 2008 7:45 pm

    Slow thread tonight. Everyone must be watching the Olympic marathon instead…

  9. bakomariner on August 23rd, 2008 7:47 pm

    Not much to talk about with two REALLY bad teams.

  10. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 7:48 pm

    Balentien, making the difficult 5-4-3 dp with the runner going look routine.

  11. bakomariner on August 23rd, 2008 7:49 pm

    Miguel Cairo: 2008 Ms MVP.

  12. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the reminder bearcat. That should be more entertaining to watch tonight.

  13. Mike Snow on August 23rd, 2008 8:07 pm

    So, against the worst offense in the league, Rowland-Smith gives up a solo home run, Feierabend gives up a solo home run, and Washburn gives up… a two-run shot.

  14. Sports on a Schtick on August 23rd, 2008 8:10 pm

    The M’s are trying to officially eliminate themselves from the AL West before the weekend is over.

  15. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 8:15 pm

    What in the name of Earl Weaver is going on here ?

  16. Mike Snow on August 23rd, 2008 8:16 pm

    They need a little help from the Angels to do that, don’t they?

    It won’t be long, at any rate. I just heard Niehaus say that Batista is going back into the rotation.

  17. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 8:17 pm

    Batista to start on Monday, Dickey is currently residing in the bullpen.

  18. DMZ on August 23rd, 2008 8:22 pm

    “At one point his ERA was under three for the most part…” — Blowers

  19. pygmalion on August 23rd, 2008 8:23 pm

    Well at least the bullpen is going to be improving.

  20. Mike Snow on August 23rd, 2008 8:29 pm

    Isn’t that statement technically true for anybody with an ERA under six? The most part (more than half) of their ERA is under three – it’s the size of the other part that hurts, though.

  21. DMZ on August 23rd, 2008 8:46 pm

    GOOD JOB RYAN FRANKLIN!

  22. juneau_fan on August 23rd, 2008 8:48 pm

    I forgot about the game…is that sign of my body trying to protect itself against pain?

    Then I watched some poor sucker laboring along, only to be passed for the bronze in the marathon, and I remembered, Oh, yeah, there’s a game on!

  23. joser on August 23rd, 2008 8:48 pm

    Did anybody see the LLWS semi-final game this afternoon? It was way better than the CWS-TBR “duel of division leaders” on Fox. Hawaii was down 5-1 going into the top of the 6th (last) inning, and they managed to score some runs, load the bases, chase the starting pitcher, and ultimately rack up six runs. Then they hung on in the bottom against the heart of an order that featured a couple of 12 year-olds who are bigger than I am (highlighted by a great catch by the Hawaii shortstop, who is looked no more than 3 feet tall and has a better arm than Yuni). Just an epic comeback. Hawaii’s #9 hitter got the tying RBI with two outs and the bases loaded (he actually hit it right to the 1st baseman who smothered the ball but couldn’t find it to get the out) and the look on his face as he safely reached first made me love baseball all over again. I felt bad for the kids from Louisiana who blew the lead and lost the game, but every kid who played (or even watched) that game will always be able to say “You know what, things may look impossible right now, but there’s always a chance.”

    Then again, Hawaii goes up against Mexico for the championship tomorrow, and they’ve got a pitcher (Sauceda) the M’s should be trying to sign — he pitched a perfect game a few days ago. It’s going to be tough.

    (BTW, if you remember the “Bad News Bears,” you’ll love this: the kid who batted in the go-ahead runs is named Tanner Tokunaga.)

  24. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 8:54 pm

    Joser,

    I think you making all that up, baseball is not meant to be fun, compelling, exciting, and wildly entertaining.

  25. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:00 pm

    ah, one of those “no, duh” baseball phrases that commentators love to use –

    “he like the ball out over the plate”

  26. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:03 pm

    I saw the Mill Creek game– that Hawaii team is indeed a lot of fun to watch.

    so, was Wash really crappy, or just Wash crappy?

  27. DMZ on August 23rd, 2008 9:04 pm

    Standard-issue Washburn “good” start: 2 walks, 1 K

  28. abender20 on August 23rd, 2008 9:05 pm

    msb – liking the ball over the plate is rare. In a little known baseball fact, only people who actually like to hit enjoy balls over the plate. This excludes several Mariners, who only accept the ball over the plate as a necessary evil on the way to GIDPs.

    Also, Vlad Guerrero prefers the ball 2 feet outside where he can pull it or a Felix slider 6 inches off the dirt where he can scald it into center.

  29. abender20 on August 23rd, 2008 9:09 pm

    big bad WLAD?

  30. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 9:10 pm

    DMZ, Since it’s a slow night, can you tell me where to find the edit button (for my comments) ? Or did the button go away ?

  31. juneau_fan on August 23rd, 2008 9:17 pm

    I love the LLWS. Too bad it’s been on at the same time as the Olympics and I keep missing parts of games. So Mexico played through? Wow. And Hawaii’s looked like winners all along. They usually send such good teams and their fans are so enthusiastic. I don’t get that creepy pushing my kid with traveling teams and professional coachs vibe.

    There was one year where some Georgia team’s pitchers were being coached by a former big league pitcher (Can’t remember which one, but I recognized the name, wasn’t some washed up bull pen pine rider. All I could think was, really? Really? Is this fun?

  32. DMZ on August 23rd, 2008 9:18 pm

    ‘s on a timer, you’ve got a limited amount of time.

    Or maybe it’s not working.

  33. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 9:19 pm

    I remember the timer, it must not be working tonight, or it could be the TRS 80 computer I’m using.

  34. juneau_fan on August 23rd, 2008 9:19 pm

    I had my timer yesterday and today. I get three minutes. Maybe certain posters’ comments are expected to be idiot proof, so they aren’t given the editing option or timers?

  35. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:20 pm

    it says something about the complete lack of offence in the games I’ve been to this year that somehow I’d missed the “Wladiator” sign ….

    looking around, I seem to have missed a lot this evening– wackiness abounds in Olympic baseball …. Carl Pavano actually pitches a game, and apparently is un-injured …. JR House is back in the big leagues … the Nats lose again. sigh.

  36. Mike Snow on August 23rd, 2008 9:27 pm

    Stop the presses! Stop the presses!

  37. JR Ewing on August 23rd, 2008 9:33 pm

    34. Yep, I’m sure that what’s going on here, as all my comments have been generally accepted as being idiot proof. If my quote button was in existence, I could have fixed it for you and changed “proof” to “otic”

  38. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:37 pm

    a storyI assume they have mentioned on the LLWS broadcasts– and some more info

  39. joser on August 23rd, 2008 9:39 pm

    Yeah, Mexico got by Japan but I didn’t see the game. Apparently that kid Sauceda came in in relief to get the last three outs. He pitched a perfect game and he can close. Look out, Morrow.

    And yeah, the Hawaii parents/fans all sat together with leis around their necks and looked like they were having fun on island time, not hovering over / living through their kids like the Great Santini. (I couldn’t help noticing they generally looked to be a healthy weight too, unlike the rather portly folks from fried-food-loving Louisiana, but maybe that’s unfair). What I really liked about the Hawaii team was what a lovable bunch of mixed-up mutts they all were — every shade of skin and shape of eye and combination of names (Trevor Ling? Tanner Tokunaga? Keelen Obedoza? Pikai Winchester?) They really are the living embodiment of the all-American melting pot, and perfect representatives of the better angels of their country’s character.

  40. DMZ on August 23rd, 2008 9:39 pm

    OMG SIMS GOES BACK FOR DEVINE AGAIN!!! YAYYYY

  41. DMZ on August 23rd, 2008 9:40 pm

    Sims totally reads USSM.

  42. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:40 pm

    yay! it’s Western-Sidekicks-R-Us!

    Sims forgot to mention Fuzzy St John, who started out as Al St John in silent comedies, including some of Buster’s …

  43. Scooter4 on August 23rd, 2008 9:42 pm

    Ha ha ha ha. I love it when Sims goes off in a completely random direction.

  44. mark s on August 23rd, 2008 9:43 pm

    #41 I think that was a shout out to USSM!
    Congrats guys!

  45. joser on August 23rd, 2008 9:43 pm

    Pikai Winchester got a double in that 6th inning rally. I guess everybody was trying to win one for his little brother.

  46. Mike Snow on August 23rd, 2008 9:46 pm

    Last time Betancourt had two walks in a game – May 23, 2007.

  47. joser on August 23rd, 2008 9:52 pm

    Today’s just one of those days when anything is possible, I guess.

  48. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:52 pm

    what is this ‘pennant race’ of which you speak, Nicole Zaloumis?

  49. Colm on August 23rd, 2008 9:54 pm

    Derek.

    Please forgive my ignorance of American popular culture – I’m still trying to catch up after 10 years here – but what’s the significance about Andy Devine? I’m dying to get in on Sims’ joke.

  50. joser on August 23rd, 2008 9:54 pm

    I think that was a shout out to USSM!
    Congrats guys!

    I can just see DMZ in some social situation: “You know, in the world of internet blogs about last-place baseball teams, I’m kind of a big deal.”

  51. Colm on August 23rd, 2008 9:55 pm

    I’ve gone and read his bio on Wiki and everything… I know who Walter Brennan was.

  52. msb on August 23rd, 2008 9:59 pm

    Please forgive my ignorance of American popular culture – I’m still trying to catch up after 10 years here – but what’s the significance about Andy Devine? I’m dying to get in on Sims’ joke.

    it was just a random Simsism after Joey Devine came up to bat last night — I assume because there just aren’t that many Devines in the public eye…

  53. Colm on August 23rd, 2008 10:02 pm

    Phew thanks. I didn’t hear it cuz I was acually at the game. Fair few devines back in the old country yet.

  54. JimThomsen1965 on August 23rd, 2008 10:04 pm

    Official silver lining to this game:

    Through Jarrod Washburn, we may have finally driven a stake all the way through the myth of the “quality start.”

  55. juneau_fan on August 23rd, 2008 10:48 pm

    Wait, I did see the end of the Mexico/Japan game! The fireballer came in to close, and took a comebacker off his ankle–or was in the knee? Apparently he’d been struck on the leg in another game too. He looked in agony, but kept pitching and they won. His coach was flinging him up in the air, but his face was still crunched up in pain and he limped off. We’ll see what happens in the final!

  56. jordan on August 23rd, 2008 11:04 pm

    [Sims]

  57. Paul L on August 23rd, 2008 11:17 pm

    According to espn, our starters haven’t won a game in august.

    I knew we were bad but that surprised me.

  58. Phightin Phils on August 23rd, 2008 11:36 pm

    I hadn’t been to a game in a while until tonight.

    wow.

    I’ll add this minor point to the firmament of discussion: watching the people on the bus ride to game was more interesting than watching the game.

  59. Slurve on August 23rd, 2008 11:39 pm

    What matters is we didn’t lose any ground in the Strasburg race.

  60. Phightin Phils on August 23rd, 2008 11:44 pm

    Sorry, please let me add one more grain of sarcasm…

    My son asked me who was playing, and then who was pitching. Then he said, “Uh, sorry dad, no. I have summer math homework.”

    So much for that family fun the FO so values; hence my ride alone on the bus.

  61. joser on August 24th, 2008 8:55 am

    Your kid is has more baseball savvy than the entire M’s FO.

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