Game 62, Mariners and Rockies vs. Mother Nature

Mike Snow · June 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Morrow’s reconversion to starting begins, according to the National Weather Service, in a tornado watch. Also, in the National League park, now Griffey is back out in the field. In windy conditions and the big Colorado outfield, I can only imagine the potential for misadventures out there.

Morrow v. Marquis, whenever it starts. Update: Supposed to start at 5:50

RF-L Ichiro
1B-L Branyan
3B-R Beltre
DH-L Griffey
2B-R Lopez
SS-R Betancourt
C-R Burke
CF/LF-R Gutierrez
P-R Morrow

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96 Responses to “Game 62, Mariners and Rockies vs. Mother Nature”

  1. juneau_fan on June 13th, 2009 5:49 pm

    I don’t usually pay attention to the keys to the game, but gahhhh….maybe playing the field will revive Griffey’s offense? Sure, that’s been the problem all along.

    I did like his comment about if some ball is hit at him in LF, it means someone made a mistake. This is going to be a wild and crazy game, no doubt about it.

  2. Sports on a Schtick on June 13th, 2009 5:51 pm

    - Typhoon
    - Morrow start
    - Griffey outfield

    Yea, tonight’s game has bizarro written all over it.

  3. urchman on June 13th, 2009 5:58 pm

    DH-L Griffey

    Hah. Was that intentional? I like it either way…

  4. joser on June 13th, 2009 5:58 pm

    Condolences to Rob Johnson and his family

    But….

    Joining this team as a catcher is like signing on as a drummer for Spinal Tap.

    Who was it that was asking why they carried so many? Because “many” is apparently never enough.

  5. joser on June 13th, 2009 5:59 pm

    Hah. Was that intentional?

    Take a look at the position listed for Gutierrez and draw your own conclusion.

  6. urchman on June 13th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Take a look at the position listed for Gutierrez and draw your own conclusion.

    Ah, I missed that. Go Gutz!

  7. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 6:04 pm

    Joining this team as a catcher is like signing on as a drummer for Spinal Tap.

    Thanks, Joser.

    Or, for that matter, joining the Grateful Dead as a keyboardist.

  8. wokster on June 13th, 2009 6:10 pm

    I hope Griffey in left doesn’t turn out as bad as Balentien in left the other night.. I still have nightmares about that night. :(

    Anyone think we might be better off with Griffey in center? Griffey plays straight away center field with Ichiro! and Gutierrez playing right-center and left-center respectively? That way they split the load of a terrible defender instead of having the full load of two positions on Franklin.

  9. bakomariner on June 13th, 2009 6:17 pm

    fuck…

  10. Scottdids on June 13th, 2009 6:20 pm

    I won’t fault the bad baserunning too much on that one. If they don’t send Lopez home, then Gutierrez is probably out at first after the nice play by Marquis with the pitcher up next.

    That said, this team runs itself into WAY too many outs.

  11. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 6:24 pm

    I would like to see the Mariners blow up the catcher. There has been to many close plays at the plate where the Mariners could improve. aposing teams have no fear of being run down at the plate. Drill the catcher, sometimes they drop the ball. And if you get a rep for running over a catcher, It helps. Blow that guy up!

  12. DMZ on June 13th, 2009 6:28 pm

    Ummm wow.

  13. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Breaking up the double play at second is the same thing. No one has any issue with taking out the guy taking the turn at second.

  14. bakomariner on June 13th, 2009 6:35 pm

    That’s fucking embarrasing…really…

    Walking the PITCHER with the bases loaded…

    Morrow should be on a plane TONIGHT for SEA-TAC…

  15. bakomariner on June 13th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Scratch tonight…he should be out the door once Jak is ready…fucking stupid…

  16. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 6:36 pm

    ok. I’am an ass. 3 innings six walks looks about right…

  17. DMZ on June 13th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Brandon you’re killing meeeeee!

  18. JerBear on June 13th, 2009 6:40 pm

    This is seriously pathetic…

  19. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 6:43 pm

    That really sucked. Should brandon really start in Tacoma? Maybe AA is more suited for his skill level? He has no idea where the ball is headed. Brandon has issues with mechanics, control, his head and that gigantic eego he walks around with. He seriously needs 2 years in the minors. Earn his way to the majors. The minors are littered with guys that can throw 96 with no control. What makes Brandon any different?

  20. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 6:44 pm

    Damn, Marquis showed more patience at the plate in that AB than Yuni does a lot of the time, though.

  21. bakomariner on June 13th, 2009 6:49 pm

    Morrow’s biggest problem was Bavasi…period…

  22. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 6:57 pm

    Nice real nice. Wow he loses his release point faster then anyone I have seen this year. He has it then its gone.

  23. Scottdids on June 13th, 2009 6:58 pm

    Well that was a painful 3 innings to watch. But hey its only 1-0 right?

  24. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 7:01 pm

    Brandon reminds you of a pitcher you can never have intentionally walk a batter. He would walk the next 2 guys just getting back in the zone.

  25. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 7:02 pm

    figures

  26. bakomariner on June 13th, 2009 7:02 pm

    Is there a seat next to Morrow on that plane for Yuni?

  27. Scottdids on June 13th, 2009 7:03 pm

    Nice play by Ian Stewart. What happened to Garrett Atkins?

  28. joser on June 13th, 2009 7:08 pm

    and that gigantic eego he walks around with.

    The evidence that Morrow has a bigger ego than your average pro athlete is what, exactly?

  29. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 7:16 pm

    The amount of media Surrounding Morrow. Any time there is just an ounce of change in Morrows role, they preamble 2 weeks in advance. with any other pitcher there is just not that much attention payed. The Mariners Org. give me the feeling that they really handle Morrow with kid gloves. Way to much red carpet lade out for him.

  30. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Common Marquis give Russel a cookie!

  31. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:21 pm

    Wow.

    Way to much red carpet lade out for him.

    That was grammatically brutal.

  32. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 7:21 pm

    Nice play by Ian Stewart. What happened to Garrett Atkins?

    I was wondering that myself, because they were talking a bit about that on the radio side. At the moment, Atkins is batting below The Mendoza line…though I’m not sure if it’s due to playing hurt or just chronic suckitude.

  33. joser on June 13th, 2009 7:22 pm

    Nice play by Ian Stewart. What happened to Garrett Atkins?

    He was declining rather alarmingly under Hurdle, and Hurdle’s replacement seems (mostly) committed to Stewart, so Atkins is on the bench though he does still get the occasional start.

  34. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 7:23 pm

    Drinking Heavily, sorry..

  35. joser on June 13th, 2009 7:25 pm

    The amount of media Surrounding Morrow.

    So by definition anyone attracting media attention automatically has a big ego? I guess that guy who landed the jet in the Hudson must be just unbearable to be around, then.

  36. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:25 pm

    Ha!

    Drinking Heavily, sorry..

    Totally forgiven with that ;)

    – Just got back from an all-day editing conference… so please forgive me :)

  37. Jake N. on June 13th, 2009 7:25 pm

    Psst Junior.. Hit it to Left please.

  38. Paul B on June 13th, 2009 7:27 pm

    Beltre is having a heck of a game.

  39. joser on June 13th, 2009 7:27 pm

    Drinking Heavily, sorry..

    Well, that explains a lot. And given that you’re an M’s fan, it’s understandable and we forgive you. You need to avoid doing it alone, though. Friends don’t let friends PUI.

  40. Jeff Nye on June 13th, 2009 7:28 pm

    Being drunk isn’t an excuse for illegible posts; if you’re too drunk to post coherently, come back when you’re sober.

  41. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:28 pm

    PUI?

  42. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:28 pm

    nevermind… I get it.

  43. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:29 pm

    Anyone wonder if this new “how the tracer works” is a response to some of the posts here?…

  44. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 7:31 pm

    He was declining rather alarmingly under Hurdle

    Thanks for that clip on Atkins. Kinda sad to see in a way, though…geez, the poor guy’s not even 30 yet.

  45. Lauren, token chick on June 13th, 2009 7:35 pm

    Just how cold is the Rockies, anyway?

  46. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Just how cold is the Rockies, anyway?

    Roughly 75-55 around this time of year

  47. egreenlaw9 on June 13th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Ya know… If you put a rolling roof on Coors Field… and took a little of the cartoon out of it…

    Anyone else think it looks quite a bit like Safeco?

    Or Safeco looks quite a bit like it, might be more appropriate?…

  48. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 7:50 pm

    I’m surprised they never built Coors with a retractable roof. After all, you never know when you might get a snow out…on Memorial Day!

  49. juneau_fan on June 13th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Nothing feels better than napping on the couch, weekend afternoon, game on, just sort of conscious enough to keep track of the score. That way, the game looked pretty good!

    Maybe I cursed them by crawling back over to the computer?

  50. juneau_fan on June 13th, 2009 8:13 pm

    egreenlaw9, I think Dave Niehaus mentioned during yesterday’s game that the designers of Safeco came and looked at Coors Field for ideas when they were planning it.

  51. Chris_From_Bothell on June 13th, 2009 8:16 pm

    I know I’m a bit late to the game thread, but I was out driving when I heard Mr. Morrow walk a guy with the bases loaded to force in a run.

    Man, sure is a good thing they sent Brandon down to Tacoma to make sure he’s got his command.

    Anyway, only 1-0 Rockies when he was done in the third, so the damage seemed to be contained by the time he got out of there. Sure, the only thing that might be shaken is his confidence, which has taken a blow lately in the bullpen… but really, that’s not that..

    …what’s that you say? The run was scored because he’d walked 2 guys to load the bases? And he forced in the run by walking a National League pitcher? After trying to throw fastballs for strikes?

    …oh dear.

  52. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 8:21 pm

    J-LO!!!

  53. Lauren, token chick on June 13th, 2009 8:21 pm

    YESSSS!!! Ha! J. Lo!

  54. djw on June 13th, 2009 8:21 pm

    That works.

  55. juneau_fan on June 13th, 2009 8:22 pm

    Sims is out of his mind.

    “HE’S SO CLUTCH!”

    and to the cascade of boos, “LISTEN TO ALL THOSE MARINERS’ FANS!”

  56. enazario on June 13th, 2009 8:22 pm

    That thin air is lethal to pitchers.

  57. JerBear on June 13th, 2009 8:24 pm

    Clutch!!! ;)

  58. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:29 pm

    “probably a better idea if Mark plants his feet to make a strong through to first” – from our brilliant TV color commentators.

    Really, you think? I wonder if Lowe has reached that conclusion all by himself…

  59. juneau_fan on June 13th, 2009 8:30 pm

    How appropriate. High high, low low, up in the Rocky Mountains.

  60. enazario on June 13th, 2009 8:30 pm

    Time to strike out the side.

  61. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:32 pm

    If Ichiro! weren’t so selfish, he would have made an error on that play so that Mark Lowe’s ERA wouldn’t have gone up.

    (Would it have gone up, if Lowe had gotten out of the rest of the inning with two strikeouts and some other kinda out? Are they smart enough to realize it would have been a sac-fly?)

  62. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 8:33 pm

    Boy, I hope Lowe hasn’t been watching video from Game 5 of the Tigers-Cards 2006 World Series on how not to field your position if you’re a pitcher.

  63. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:35 pm

    The M’s fangraphs hurts my heart right now.

  64. enazario on June 13th, 2009 8:35 pm

    I believe they scored it fielder’s choice E1. Is it an earned run?

  65. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 8:37 pm

    Sims is out of his mind.

    “HE’S SO CLUTCH!”

    and to the cascade of boos, “LISTEN TO ALL THOSE MARINERS’ FANS!”

    Well, there are a couple of our fellow posters from Colorado who might be at the game tonight…maybe he was referring to them making all that noise. ;)

  66. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:41 pm

    I believe they scored it fielder’s choice E1. Is it an earned run?

    Oh yeah. Well, now that he walked the bases loaded, it is.

  67. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:43 pm

    Sims is out of his mind.

    I believe, unforunately, he is in his mind.

  68. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:46 pm

    Does anyone else find that they are annoyed by how much Sims’ pronunciation of Frankie’s last name annoys them?

    SWEENEY SWEENEY SWEEEEEENEY.

  69. cgmonk on June 13th, 2009 8:49 pm

    How is Gutierrez supposed to be pronounced?

  70. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:50 pm

    Probably how he pronounces it.

  71. juneau_fan on June 13th, 2009 8:52 pm

    I’ve started perving Sims’ play by play and it makes it more entertaining.

    He said, “Here’s a big pitch” and I heard, “Here’s a big bitch.” It did make me look up. How dare he call Branyan a big bitch.

  72. JerBear on June 13th, 2009 8:52 pm

    Does anyone else find that they are annoyed by how much Sims’ pronunciation of Frankie’s last name annoys them?

    Yeah, it’s been discussed. It’s probably proper, but it’s definitely an annoying affectation since he doesn’t attempt it with other Spanish names.

  73. enazario on June 13th, 2009 8:53 pm

    Why does anyone pitch Branyan fastballs is a mystery.

  74. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 8:54 pm

    Yeah, it’s been discussed. It’s probably proper, but it’s definitely an annoying affectation since he doesn’t attempt it with other Spanish names.

    Oh, Sorry. I read the threads pretty religiously, but I guess I missed that one :/. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone, though.

  75. JerBear on June 13th, 2009 8:55 pm

    No problem It’s annoyed me since day one.

    Nice to see Red out there representing his Beltre love in CO…

  76. enazario on June 13th, 2009 8:56 pm

    He doesn’t pronounce Gutierrez properly either. He pronounces it Goo tee EH rrez. It is supposed to be pronounced Goo TEE EH rrez -all in one syllable.

  77. wrob4343 on June 13th, 2009 8:58 pm

    I have about a quarter inch of hair on my head and I tried to pull it out knowing that Endy was going up there to bunt.

    Seriously. That sucks!

  78. JerBear on June 13th, 2009 8:59 pm

    I guess I’ve never paid that much attention to Rockies baseball… What the hell is that freakish mascot they have in the stands?

  79. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 9:03 pm

    Why the hell Wak was having Endy bunt with two outs is beyond me. I guess if he was 100% confident he could beat it out for a single, cool…but that’s still rolling the dice.

  80. zvazda on June 13th, 2009 9:05 pm

    I assumed it was Endy’s choice…

  81. wrob4343 on June 13th, 2009 9:09 pm

    I assumed it was Endy’s choice…

    I would rather see Endy give his best Babe Ruth impression and try call his shot than drop a bunt in that situation… and not once but twice. Zduriencik has to get some kind of offense somewhere; and that wasn’t a function of playing NL style, we just can’t hit.

  82. wrob4343 on June 13th, 2009 9:10 pm

    I guess bquote is failing for me like the lineup is these days…

  83. Rick L on June 13th, 2009 9:13 pm

    We now have the same record as the Rockies.

  84. Rick L on June 13th, 2009 9:27 pm

    I guess the moral of this story is that defense matters. I am not clear how Lowe winds up with zero earned runs.

  85. Rick L on June 13th, 2009 9:27 pm

    I guess the moral of this story is that defense matters. I am not clear how Lowe winds up with zero earned runs.

  86. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 9:27 pm

    What the hell is that freakish mascot they have in the stands?

    Just took a gander at their website…his name is “Dinger” and, apparently, he’s supposed to a dinosaur or something.

  87. JerBear on June 13th, 2009 9:36 pm

    Just took a gander at their website…his name is “Dinger” and, apparently, he’s supposed to a dinosaur or something.

    Right… makes sense… cause the Colorado Rockies and Dinosaurs go together like salmon and dr. pepper…

  88. Jeff Nye on June 13th, 2009 9:43 pm

    So does that mean Carl Everett doesn’t believe in him?

  89. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 9:51 pm

    I was thinking that, too…but there’s a park along the Utah-Colorado state line to the northwest of Denver called Dinosaur National Monument, where some Jurassic-Era fossil beds are located.

    Ancient, er make that preshistoric, connection…but I guess it works for the Rox.

  90. scott19 on June 13th, 2009 9:57 pm

    So does that mean Carl Everett doesn’t believe in him?

    Probably not…though I’ll betcha plenty of kids around Denver love old (and I mean REALLY OLD!) Dinger. :)

  91. Axtell on June 13th, 2009 10:17 pm

    Someone mentioned Beltre having a good game…he’s actually been on fire for awhile now (he’s on my fantasy baseball team and killed me the first 2 months) but has been ridiculous in June, batting .405, OBP .450, SLG .568 and OPSing 1.018.

    Good to see his bat back in the lineup.

  92. Axtell on June 13th, 2009 10:29 pm

    Oh, one other thing I just saw and was astonished by. Ichiro! has played in 53 games this year and has gone without a hit just 5 times and, as I’m sure has been reported, the last time the Mariners played and Ichiro didn’t reach base was the first game of a double header on April 28th.

    Throw in Branyan continuing to crush the ball, and you have to wonder if we could get even league average hitting from our DH, SS, and C positions what kind of position would the M’s be in?

  93. galaxieboi on June 14th, 2009 8:51 am

    What the hell is that freakish mascot they have in the stands?

    That’s Dinger. She’s a triceratops, actually. When they were building Coors they found dinoaur eggs right where the stadium is sitting. So, the dinosaur mascot was born.

    Mark “Colorado Mariner fan in exile” was at the game last night and I’m going today. Too bad we don’t have Red’s giant Beltre head here.

    The tornado warnings were for all around Denver. It sounds like it wasn’t all that bad at Coors, though. Today is looking good; clear skys and a few clouds. I can see downtown Denver from my porch and it all looks good.

  94. joser on June 14th, 2009 8:53 am

    Yeah, there was a graphic about that during the game — Ichiro has reached based in 42 straight games (I think that was the number) which was a record for him and the M’s.

  95. joser on June 14th, 2009 9:19 am

    I missed this earlier, but Shannon Drayer posted this on her blog during the “rain” (aka thunderstorm / tornado ) delay before the game. It qualifies as one of the funniest things I’ve ever read from a member of the “real” media:

    More weather news. A pressbox attendant just came through and informed us of the evacuation plan if needed. I was told to go to the media lunch room behind the pressbox. Heck no, I said, if I see anything twisty in the sky I will be downstairs in the tunnels.

    “With the windiness of the tunnels here we have found,” the attendant said, “that the suckage of the tornado may pull things out of the ends of the tunnel.” Fantastic.

  96. scott19 on June 14th, 2009 11:40 am

    That’s Dinger. She’s a triceratops, actually. When they were building Coors they found dinoaur eggs right where the stadium is sitting. So, the dinosaur mascot was born.

    Galaxieboi -

    Wow! I figured that had something to do with all the fossils found in Colorado, but I never knew they actually found any right under the site where they built Coors.

    Very interesting…thanks!

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