Game 80, Mariners at Red Sox

Dave · July 4, 2009 at 9:44 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Olson vs Penny, 10:05 am.

Ichiro, RF
Branyan, 1B
Lopez, 2B
Griffey, DH
Gutierrez, CF
Langerhans, LF
Johjima, C
Woodward, 3B
Cedeno, SS

Comments

135 Responses to “Game 80, Mariners at Red Sox”

  1. vj on July 4th, 2009 9:52 am

    Happy fourth of July everyone!
    This game is being broadcasted in Europe so I’ll be watching the M’s on the big screen (relatively speaking) today. Anyone else from accross the pond on board?

  2. halibuthank on July 4th, 2009 9:57 am

    You know, this Mariners lineup looks better and better all the time. How about Langerhans?!?

  3. drjeff on July 4th, 2009 9:58 am

    Baker’s blog says that Dave Niehaus was taken to the hospital as a “precautionary” measure this morning. I certainly hope Dave is okay.

  4. daveblev on July 4th, 2009 9:59 am

    Well this blows, damn FOX and their saturday games. The game is not available on MLB Extra Innings, MLB TV is blackedout, so I guess I’m stuck watching the local Nationals vs. Braves telecast.

  5. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 10:05 am

    daveblev ouch. The blackout rules in general just really suck.

    For me the early Saturday morning game is great. I’ve been up and subjected to Dora and such since 6:30 or so. It’s time for the monster to watch something

  6. Matt the Dragon on July 4th, 2009 10:05 am

    Aye, vj. Watching from Wales as usual.

  7. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 10:06 am

    daveblev ouch. The blackout rules in general just really suck.

    For me the early Saturday morning game is great. I’ve been up and subjected to Dora and such since 6:30 or so. It’s time for the monster to watch something more entertaining.

    (sorry if this double posted, accidentally hit submit early and tried to stop it in time).

  8. Blueboy on July 4th, 2009 10:07 am

    Watching this in Cambridgeshire UK.

  9. WhitherStanJavier on July 4th, 2009 10:13 am

    Baker’s blog now says Dave Niehaus has arrived at Fenway. Phew!

    Sims says he’s doing the radio broadcast today, time to turn down the TV and turn up KIRO.

  10. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 10:14 am

    I’m glad the ump is getting the M’s screwing out of the way early.

  11. kyoko on July 4th, 2009 10:22 am

    Penny’s looking really good, the ump is screwing us and now I remember it’s Olson today. Shit

  12. daveblev on July 4th, 2009 10:27 am

    Oh wait, nevermind, my MLB.TV feed is working now. Nationals games are just pitiful to watch, so I’m stoked to see the M’s games.

  13. vj on July 4th, 2009 10:36 am

    Matt the dragon: watching on ESPN America or MLB.TV?

  14. djw on July 4th, 2009 10:40 am

    ugh.

  15. mironos on July 4th, 2009 10:42 am

    “Giving up a home run with somebody on base due to a walk is really troublesome. It’s hard to take,” Olson said.

    Umm, yes Garrett, it is.

  16. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 10:42 am

    I had almost forgotten who was on the mound there…now I remember.

  17. diderot on July 4th, 2009 10:44 am

    If Rob Johnson were catching he’d tell Olson to stop walking people.

  18. jefffrane on July 4th, 2009 10:49 am

    That was actually pretty nice. And thank god he got the out.

  19. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 10:51 am

    I think someone is trying to see how many Boston fans he can hit in a single at-bat.

    I like it.

  20. vj on July 4th, 2009 10:59 am

    Ichiro! and Branyan! Did he need to try for a triple, though?

  21. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:00 am

    Batting Branyan after Ichiro is such an awesome idea. And, yes, I am saying this because it just worked.

  22. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:02 am

    If they cut the ball at all, Branyan would’ve been out by a mile not just a dozen feet.

  23. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:02 am

    I hate Pedroia.

  24. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 11:02 am

    Frame by frame on the replay and I think he was just barely safe. It might have been simultaneous, but I don’t think the tag quite got there.

  25. mironos on July 4th, 2009 11:06 am

    I don’t care what you all say, I think Gutierrez is good. ;-)

  26. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 11:08 am

    I hate Pedroia

    As do most of us. Him and Papelbon are the two guys I can’t stand on the Red Sox, and probably because they’re the two guys cheered on most by the bandwagon portion of the “Nation.”

  27. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:11 am

    Holy smokes!

  28. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:15 am

    Success or Failure, Langerhans puts on a clinic every at-bat. I hope the lineup pays attention. Nice transaction Dave!

  29. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:21 am

    Dude! Pls. don’t pitch around Varitek!!!

  30. Matt the Dragon on July 4th, 2009 11:27 am

    MLBtv, vj, not nearly enough games shown on EPSNAmerica for my liking.

  31. jefffrane on July 4th, 2009 11:31 am

    Ow.

  32. diderot on July 4th, 2009 11:32 am

    gotta bunt this one at the first baseman

  33. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:34 am

    So, your slide made you no more safe and nearly injured another and yourself. You can stop that anytime now.

  34. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 11:44 am

    I can’t believe we’re still in this game.

  35. vj on July 4th, 2009 11:44 am

    I think if Cedeno hadn’t sled (or slided?) he’d have run straight into the firstbaseman.

    Matt, I have it in my base cable package and I watch football, too.

  36. vj on July 4th, 2009 11:44 am

    I think if Cedeno hadn’t sled (or slided?) he’d have run straight into the firstbaseman.

    Matt, I have it in my base cable package and I watch football, too.

  37. vj on July 4th, 2009 11:45 am

    not sure how that happened.

  38. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 11:48 am

    I think if Cedeno hadn’t sled (or slided?) he’d have run straight into the firstbaseman.

    Usually if the guy is coming into first standing, the first baseman does everything he can to catch it in front of the runner. He often fails and the ball skips into foul territory. Not always, but usually the instinct to survive is stronger than the instinct to catch the ball.

  39. NODO Dweller on July 4th, 2009 12:04 pm

    “Watching” this one on Gameday – where exactly was the hit-by-pitch on Baldelli? It looked particularly painful via the pitch tracker…

  40. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 12:06 pm

    Nut-shot.
    Jk. I missed it.

  41. joshfromjapan on July 4th, 2009 12:10 pm

    I think it was right under his knee.

  42. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 12:10 pm

    DP! Oh, Yes!

  43. kyoko on July 4th, 2009 12:10 pm

    Yes!!!

  44. jefffrane on July 4th, 2009 12:14 pm

    Hmm, maybe you should look for a fastball.

  45. tomas on July 4th, 2009 12:17 pm

    I can’t believe it. This team is so much better than last years. I have to admit the Bavasi years made me quite cynical. It got so old watching players come here and get worse. Cirillo et al, it seemed like a curse, especially their hitting.

    Whatever has happened, I like it. There’s nothing better than seeing Rob Johnson or Cedeno’s bats start to come around.

    Yay

  46. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 12:27 pm

    I love when I miss the beginning of the game, only to come in for something like Roy Cocoran being brought in. UGH!

  47. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 12:27 pm

    Great job Garret!! Take er home ‘pen.

  48. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 12:27 pm

    Olson helped save the bullpen today, much needed.

    Here’s hoping Corcoran doesn’t stamp his ticket back to Tacoma. I’m skeptical, but there’s not many bodies left in the pen.

  49. henryv on July 4th, 2009 12:28 pm

    Olson has got to come out… Losing his control FAST.

  50. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 12:28 pm

    C’mon Corcoran. Pedroia wants none.

  51. henryv on July 4th, 2009 12:29 pm

    Play the inside-out game with Pedroia… High inside heat, low outside offspeed…

  52. DMZ on July 4th, 2009 12:30 pm

    Corco? Did the 300 bullpen send the weakest out as a sacrifice to see how strong the enemy is?

  53. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 12:31 pm

    Cork, nice.

  54. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 12:31 pm

    Awww. Boston Red Sox. Felix will send flowers.

  55. Kazinski on July 4th, 2009 12:32 pm

    Corky putting a claim in to fill the bullpen’s ROOGY slot.

  56. henryv on July 4th, 2009 12:32 pm

    Is Corcoran kinda like that weird humpback in 300?

    Nah, that’s just mean.

    He’s more like the “no one knows my name, so I’m going to die” ensign in the old Stat Trek.

  57. thowe1 on July 4th, 2009 12:33 pm

    DMZ – They asked him to prove his worthiness… He stands to fight another inning, although I agree with Dave that his days are numbered.

  58. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 12:33 pm

    Is Aardsma available? I read his back is flaring up and thats why he didn’t come in last night, not sure about today though.

  59. DMZ on July 4th, 2009 12:34 pm

    But why do you put him into a tied ballgame with a runner on? That’s not when you want to be reaching to the 11/12/13th guy on the staff.

  60. henryv on July 4th, 2009 12:34 pm

    Holy, crap, the ensign lived!

    Is it one of the Sean/Shawn’s or Batista? Do I even want to know?

  61. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 12:34 pm

    I was wondering what the hell Sims was talking about when he said, The Fleet’s in town, while the cameras doing the obligatory blonde hotties shot, then I saw one lone naval officer behind them. Then again, a gaggle of chicks may have a lot to do with the fleet being in….

  62. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 12:35 pm

    I read his back is flaring up and thats why he didn’t come in last night, not sure about today though.

    If that was the case, why did Wak say he didn’t plan to use Kelley yesterday?

  63. Nate on July 4th, 2009 12:35 pm

    opponents are hitting .400 against Corcoran this year?

    I would have guessed more, honestly.

  64. thowe1 on July 4th, 2009 12:37 pm

    I completely agree in the fact that it was a questionable call bringing him in, especially in this type of situation. He survived, and that’s all we could really ask for. Except for some more offense against this bullpen…. Let’s go boys!!

  65. mironos on July 4th, 2009 12:43 pm

    Corcoran’s still in? It’s just a matter of time till he implodes.

  66. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 12:43 pm

    Oh great, let me hold that breath I’d released when Corcoran got out of the last inning.

  67. henryv on July 4th, 2009 12:46 pm

    LIFE GOES ON! (For at least one more batter.)

    Sorry for the bad 80′s TV reference.

  68. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 12:48 pm

    3 up 3 down – who’s your papi now boooooy!!!

  69. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 12:48 pm

    I love being wrong! Whoo-hoo!

    And is it me, or is Lopez slightly svelter these days?

  70. Kazinski on July 4th, 2009 12:48 pm

    Corky – 5up, 5 down.

    Blind pigs and acorns.

  71. mironos on July 4th, 2009 12:49 pm

    Ok, need some runs guys. We won’t last long in extra innings w/ no bullpen left. Is it too late to call up Burke?

  72. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 12:51 pm

    Aardsma is available today if we get the lead, which makes me wonder more about Corcoran being in there.

    Lets go Griffey!

  73. absolutsyd on July 4th, 2009 12:52 pm

    Ok, need some runs guys. We won’t last long in extra innings w/ no bullpen left. Is it too late to call up Burke?

    Ichiro?

  74. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 12:54 pm

    Nothing wrong with a some blind pig-flu virus and some yummy acorns every now and then for some 4th of July grub to go with a few blown off fingers.

    Let’s walk Jr and get you a pinch runner. A old times sake homer would work too.

  75. mironos on July 4th, 2009 12:55 pm
    Ok, need some runs guys. We won’t last long in extra innings w/ no bullpen left. Is it too late to call up Burke?

    Ichiro?

    Are you saying you trust Corcoran more in right field than you do pitching?

    Cuz I’m not necessarily saying you’re wrong…

  76. henryv on July 4th, 2009 12:55 pm

    Way to go Griffey.

    No go explain what you just did to the rest of the bench.

  77. mironos on July 4th, 2009 12:56 pm

    Nice to see the Game Graph at FanGraphs in M’s territory for once.

  78. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 12:56 pm

    You see Griffey give his batting gloves to that kid? I might’ve needed to restrain myself from jumping that 9-yr old.

  79. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 12:56 pm

    Balentien as the pitch runner? How many times has he been thrown out? Perhaps slow but wily Griffey would be better here?

    And yes, let Frankie swing away instead of this bunting shit. Or better, take a walk.

  80. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 1:02 pm

    I was just going to say, it’s so amazing to see Mariners taking walks…and then they announced Kenji.

  81. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 1:02 pm

    Give it a ride Kenji

  82. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 1:02 pm

    If we get three walks in this inning I’m taking it as proof that I’m either sleeping, dead, or hallucinating.

  83. Kazinski on July 4th, 2009 1:03 pm

    Kenji takes a walk?

  84. kyoko on July 4th, 2009 1:04 pm

    This is the Saito I knew and loved in Japan – lead the leagues in walks a couple of times.

  85. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 1:04 pm

    Superfluous either there.

    But, so far, my efforts to pinch myself aren’t working (and hurt). So I’m either dead or hallucinating.

    Since I haven’t started drinking yet, I suspect the former. And with the way I’ve lived my life I imagine this game is going to go very, very wrong soon.

  86. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 1:06 pm

    Aw, the mean little squirrel fell out of the tree trying to get that nut.

  87. mironos on July 4th, 2009 1:06 pm

    Wooo! He hit the crap out of that one. /smirk

    I’ll take it, though.

  88. Breadbaker on July 4th, 2009 1:06 pm

    Nice Texas Leaguer, Chris.

  89. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 1:06 pm

    Woodward with a blooper! Get Aardsma ready and let’s end this! A couple more runs would be nice though.

  90. Sports on a Schtick on July 4th, 2009 1:06 pm

    Bwahahah! How dare Saito walk the bases loaded with the heart of the order coming up…

  91. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 1:07 pm

    you know it! the 4th’s spirits of the revolution are with us – so that’s kind of like hallucinating, the closest one, so i’ll go with that one.

    now let’s nail the coffin down fellas!!

  92. galaxieboi on July 4th, 2009 1:07 pm

    Wow! Woodwards’s LI that single was 5.85.

  93. absolutsyd on July 4th, 2009 1:08 pm

    Ok, need some runs guys. We won’t last long in extra innings w/ no bullpen left. Is it too late to call up Burke?

    Ichiro?

    Are you saying you trust Corcoran more in right field than you do pitching?

    Cuz I’m not necessarily saying you’re wrong…

    Hahaha, more that I trust Ichiro pitching over Corcoran, but either way…

  94. Breadbaker on July 4th, 2009 1:09 pm

    There was a guy in the stands in a tapered Ortiz jersey. I’m thinking Ortiz jerseys, regardless of your size, should only come in XXL, XXXL and XXXXL.

  95. Sports on a Schtick on July 4th, 2009 1:10 pm

    Cedeno is doing his best Lopez impersonation… going for the 15-pitch at bat.

  96. absolutsyd on July 4th, 2009 1:11 pm

    Wow, bases loaded with Ichiro up, then Branyan, why am I stuck at work with only Gameday??????

  97. mironos on July 4th, 2009 1:13 pm

    Wow, a couple more runs there would have been really nice.

    Let’s hope Aardsma’s back is ok.

  98. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 1:14 pm

    Time to start chewing our nails.

  99. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 1:14 pm

    Wow! Woodwards’s LI that single was 5.85.

    Woodward WPA .251.
    Player of the game!!

  100. Axtell on July 4th, 2009 1:15 pm

    Ouch swinging at that pitch at his eyes on a 2-0 and the bases loaded…not good, not good.

  101. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 1:15 pm

    That was some Marineresque hitting! First pitch swinging, ground ball out!

  102. wabbles on July 4th, 2009 1:16 pm

    Is this the start of a dynasy? OK, probably not. Calm down. Breathe. This is REALLY cool to watch though.

  103. juneau_fan on July 4th, 2009 1:16 pm

    2-0 on Kotsay. Definition of a wily veteran. My nails are getting a work out…*wiping sweat from brow*

  104. Nate on July 4th, 2009 1:17 pm

    Corcoran the pitcher of record in Fenway.
    Who knew?

    let’s get this last out.

  105. Sports on a Schtick on July 4th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Time to start chewing our nails.

    Since I’m done with the fingers I’ll start on the toes.

  106. mironos on July 4th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Yes! Nice!

  107. 95Ms on July 4th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Way to bring it men!! Bust out the brooms tomorrow!!!

  108. Nate on July 4th, 2009 1:18 pm

    oh yes,
    yes, yes, yes.

  109. Breadbaker on July 4th, 2009 1:18 pm

    No drama from Aardsma today. He was brilliant.

  110. wabbles on July 4th, 2009 1:18 pm

    5-3 on the brutual road trip so far….

  111. Sidi on July 4th, 2009 1:19 pm

    Holy crap. And a chance for the sweep.

  112. Nate on July 4th, 2009 1:19 pm

    5-3 so far on this brutal road trip.
    I did not see that coming.

    way to go guys.

  113. kyoko on July 4th, 2009 1:19 pm

    We’re 5-3 on the road trip from hell. This is awesome.

  114. absolutsyd on July 4th, 2009 1:20 pm

    Wooooooo!!!!!!!111!!!11!!!!
    I know a lot of people, myself included though this road trip was make or break, and going 4-5 or better was a lot to hope for, so is this the moment we all have to actually say this team has a real shot?

  115. wabbles on July 4th, 2009 1:20 pm

    Wak’s Warriors It must be the postgame excitement because I kinda like that.

  116. gwangung on July 4th, 2009 1:20 pm

    Man, that gravy sure tastes goooooooood.

  117. ewdewald on July 4th, 2009 1:21 pm

    July 31. What to do? What to do?!!!

  118. profmac on July 4th, 2009 1:29 pm

    That series at the Safe against the Rangers could easily make the trade deadline what-to-do’s an easy decision.

  119. vj on July 4th, 2009 1:31 pm

    Like others said: 5-3 on the road trip! Woo!

    I am puzzled by Francona’s bullpen management. In a tie game, why didn’t he leave in Masterson and Okajima longer? Both had not pitched this month and especially Okajima had looked quite good to me. Plus, he’s a lefty and two of the first three batters due up for the 9th inning were lefties (Griffey and Langerhans).

  120. kenshabby on July 4th, 2009 1:32 pm

    I’m just glad we saw Saito’s crappy twin, not the guy with the career (MLB) BB/9 of 2.6.

  121. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 1:33 pm

    July 31. What to do? What to do?!!!

    Dave’s plan is still the best course of action. Don’t sell the farm for a run.

    I have to say though, the bottom of the order is finally coming around, and picking up the Ichiro-Branyan combo when they’re not getting it done. I don’t have the same sense of dread I did last month when I’d see Balentien-Yuni-Rob Johnson coming up. And that’s the reason I think we can make a run at this point.

  122. TomTuttle on July 4th, 2009 1:46 pm

    Dave’s plan is still the best course of action. Don’t sell the farm for a run.

    You certainly can’t sell the guys that could play every day next year such as Adam Moore, Mike Carp, Jeff Clement, Tui, Josh Fields, etc.

    But the Mariners should definitely start looking for a piece or two that would fit in because if this team can get a winning record on a “double diamond” road trip (along with the fact that they only allow themselves to get blown out in one game out of 8), then clearly it means they are better than we (or everyone else) thought right now.

    The bottom line is, we haven’t made the playoffs in 8 years.

    If there is an opportunity to do that at the deadline without selling off a bunch of talent, then I say let’s do it.

  123. SequimRealEstate on July 4th, 2009 1:54 pm

    [nope!]

  124. wabbles on July 4th, 2009 2:00 pm

    Yeah, I don’t want to look past Sunday’s game but….we gotta do better against the Rangers in that upcoming series than we did the last time we played them. (ugh)

  125. Matt the Dragon on July 4th, 2009 2:36 pm

    This is the Saito I knew and loved in Japan – lead the leagues in walks a couple of times.

    Except of course, he didn’t.

    His worst year for giving up walks (total) was 69 (in 181 IP) in 1994, far less than the [Central] league “leader” Kaz Kawaguchi (again) who had 93 – Irabu led NPB with 94.

    His worst BB/9 was only around 3.7 in ’93, still well behind Kawaguchi.

    Overall his BB/9 in Japan was right around 2.6 as well.

  126. bilbo27 on July 4th, 2009 3:12 pm

    “we gotta do better against the Rangers in that upcoming series than we did the last time we played them”

    The M’s haven’t done as bad against texas as the record indicates. They lost one because the bullpen was shot and Felix was about halfway conscious with a serious case of the flu and only pitched because of the afore mentioned shot bullpen (still almost won that game). They then lost one in extras, giving up the runs after Kelley hurt himself. They then lost two more in Texas because of two Morrow blown saves. Odds are if Aardsma had been our closer at that point those two would have been victories.

    I realize this is a woulda-coulda-shoulda type post, but my point really was just that the M’s have played Texas pretty well, though the record hasn’t indicated it. I’m very optimistic with Bedard and Felix going (who wouldn’t be?) and at home, that we can take that series easily.

  127. Kazinski on July 4th, 2009 3:42 pm

    Bill Kroger said “This team, talent wise is about the sane as last year.”. How can we get this ass clown off the air? He is just killing me. Who hires these guys?

    Actually Krueger is not completely wrong in at least one critical area, the offense. The M’s are 28th in runs per game this season at 3.95. Last season they scored 4.14rpg(26th).

    Now obviously the defense is much better (UZR wise, but not error wise), and the pitching is better. But Krueger has a definite point looking at the offensive lineup.

  128. jld on July 4th, 2009 5:15 pm

    Sorry to spoil the news with an awful question, but what’s Silva’s status? Is he ever coming back from the minors? Are we just going to eat the rest of his contract? Will he ever pitch a professional game again?

  129. msb on July 4th, 2009 5:48 pm

    Silva is not in the minors, he is on the 60-day disabled list. In theory, he could come back in September, but they likely could drag it out with rehab outings until the end of the season. There are two more years on that contract, so I imagine he will be back at some point.

  130. Jeff Nye on July 4th, 2009 6:52 pm

    Bill Kreuger can be safely ignored.

  131. TomTuttle on July 4th, 2009 6:58 pm

    Silva needs to be put down like Barbaro.

  132. Breadbaker on July 4th, 2009 8:26 pm

    Where do you do rehab outings in September when the minor league seasons are over?

  133. Scottdids on July 4th, 2009 10:17 pm

    Since rosters are expanded to 40, I’d guess Silva comes up to the big league club and only pitches in 10-2 ball games.

    Lets face it though, we’re stuck with that contract. I would give him one last try next season as say, the #5 starter. If he blows again and doesn’t regreee, just eat the contract and be done with him once and for all.

  134. bongo on July 4th, 2009 10:19 pm

    The UW will be starting the fall term then, so perhaps Silva could work out with the women’s softball team, and pick up a few tips from Danielle Laurie.

  135. bongo on July 4th, 2009 10:26 pm

    Seriously, the prognosis from May didn’t look very encouraging:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/179379-all-about-the-seattle-mariners-silva-has-damage-on-his-right-shoulder

    Has anything changed to make surgery a less likely option?

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