Game 125, A’s at Mariners

DMZ · August 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Snell! Wooo!

The Ichiro-less lineup:

CF-R Gutierrez
1B-L Branyan
2B-R Lopez
DH-L Griffey
RF-R Hall
C-R Johjima
3B-L Hannahan
SS-R Wilson
LF-L Saunders

Go Hannahan! Revenge yourself on your former team!

Comments

82 Responses to “Game 125, A’s at Mariners”

  1. flashbeak on August 24th, 2009 6:03 pm

    I’m assuming this is the Wilson who can play awesome defense but can’t hit?

  2. Paul B on August 24th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Which one would that be, now?

  3. Paul B on August 24th, 2009 6:37 pm

    Ichiro day to day with a calf strain, as per Angie on the pre game show.

    Poor attempts at levity aside, it is Jack Wilson returning to the lineup tonight, pushing Joltin’ Josh to the bench.

  4. Liam on August 24th, 2009 6:55 pm

    Uh oh. FSN is already beating the drum for Griffey to come back next year.

  5. Liam on August 24th, 2009 6:57 pm

    “Funny how good you can be when you get some run support.”

    (Proceeds to list their win/loss record as a major stat)

  6. Liam on August 24th, 2009 7:06 pm

    Bill Krueger’s haiku for today’s game:

    Hit machine in the shop
    They like to take
    Safeco is dog day proof

  7. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 7:15 pm

    Ian Snell is the oldest pitcher in the M’s starting rotation? Wow.

  8. Paul B on August 24th, 2009 7:16 pm

    Five of the ten Mariner starters tonight were not with the club at the start of the season.

    (Hall, Hannahan, Wilson, Saunders, Snell)

  9. Liam on August 24th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Aside from having better players, the roster turnover is useful so Bavasi doesn’t get any credit for the success this year’s club has had.

  10. The Nickster on August 24th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Over the weekend, as I pondered the dizzying amount of new players we’ve seen on the roster the last month, I wondered if perhaps this season has set a new club record in this category (how many players appeared on the roster and made an in-game appearance before the September callups). Does anyone know this stat?

    I also wondered how many guys who have played/started over the last several weeks were on the opening day roster. Let’s face it, for position players right now you’ve got Guti, Ichiro, Branyan, and Lopez. Starting pitchers? Felix. Everybody is else is “who is that guy?”

    I’ll take my answer off the air. thanks.

  11. Liam on August 24th, 2009 7:23 pm

    Niehaus had me concerned for a moment with his call on Lopez’s double, thought it might have gone out (and not to left field).

  12. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 7:28 pm

    Nice to see our guys walking on A’s pitchers.

    Ian Snell is the oldest pitcher in the M’s starting rotation? Wow.

    Sweet. So much better than a bunch of dudes within winking distance of 40. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

  13. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 7:31 pm

    FSN is already beating the drum for Griffey to come back next year.

    I hope he retires too. I don’t think he his going to bounce back at this stage of his career.

    But just to show an unfair example, and comparing Willie Mays to just about any other current player other than Junior would be totally unfair, take a look at the rebound Mays had at 39-41, just when someone might think he was in a irreversible decline.

  14. Paul B on August 24th, 2009 7:35 pm

    Death to Flying Things!

  15. Lauren, token chick on August 24th, 2009 7:36 pm

    Screw bobbleheads… we need a Guti flyswatter!

  16. BigB on August 24th, 2009 7:38 pm

    Yay, I get to watch this game for free on my iPhone instead of just watching the box score and listening to audio.

  17. fiftyone on August 24th, 2009 7:40 pm

    The swatting portion of the flyswatter could be shaped like a glove… Guti’s head could be on the handle…

  18. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 8:02 pm

    While Snell seems to walk a lot of guys and have high pitch counts early, I get the feeling he is going to surprise us (in a good way) next season.

  19. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 8:03 pm

    Realizing that hitting a double wasn’t going to get the job done, Lopez just goes ahead and hits a homerun.

  20. SeasonTix on August 24th, 2009 8:04 pm

    Jose hit that one right into the “Lopez Zone”

  21. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 8:05 pm

    Thanks to Dave, every time Jose hits a HR, I’m looking for the little red dot on Gameday to show up in the left field bleachers… and there it is!

  22. msb on August 24th, 2009 8:06 pm

    Jose hit that one right into the “Lopez Zone”

    someone needs to make a little hit-it-here sign for that neck of the woods.

    seats.

  23. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 8:10 pm

    The Lopez Zone is right where the “RAAUUUUL” section used to be, although he never hit it there.

  24. msb on August 24th, 2009 8:24 pm

    Ouch.

  25. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Yep, those three walks are worth the same as three base hits….

  26. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 8:27 pm

    Mariner hitters are like “tough love” parents to the Mariner pitchers. They need to learn to rely on themselves and not expect the hitters to bail them out.

    “I gave you one run, how many do you need?”

    The Mariner defenders are “Parachute Parents” however.

  27. msb on August 24th, 2009 8:34 pm

    Could we please have more than one run scored?

  28. SunDevil1 on August 24th, 2009 8:35 pm

    I think Snell looks pretty good tonight. And he wears his cap slightly askew, like King Felix. Seems like we’re getting more Joh these days, too.

    Kaz – by your description, would Angels’ sluggers be “Disney Dads?”

    Nice of Jr. to pick up Lopez there.

  29. Farmer Cam on August 24th, 2009 8:35 pm

    someone needs to make a little hit-it-here sign for that neck of the woods.
    seats.

    Seats? How about the bullpen. No, right on top of the outfield wall in straight-away left.

  30. msb on August 24th, 2009 8:35 pm

    Why, thank you!

  31. SpokaneDan on August 24th, 2009 8:36 pm

    That was beautiful JR.

  32. TWownsU on August 24th, 2009 8:36 pm

    Nice job Junior. btw, is it just me or does he seem like he’s in better shape right now? Or something he just seems a little different.

  33. BigB on August 24th, 2009 8:38 pm

    Still the sweetest swing in baseball. #625, like a boss!

  34. Scottdids on August 24th, 2009 8:41 pm

    Does anyone know anything about the quality of the A’s bullpen? Other than Bailey I don’t know too much.

  35. kimalanus on August 24th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Griffey sez to Lopez “Living well is the best revenge.” ;o)

  36. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 8:42 pm

    I don’t know if Mazarro was throwing at Lopez or not. But I’m glad Jr. made him pay. Besides the runs that may head off some ugliness down the road. I think a HR right after the HBP is as good as a retaliation HBP or knockdown.

  37. msb on August 24th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Ah, Birdie Griffey is here– that is usually good for a HR.

  38. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 8:46 pm

    Damn, the internet tubes went out up here in AK just as things got interesting.

    I’d rather see Griffey hit that homerun to make the A’s pay–now that’s some situational hitting–than our starting pitcher drill some poor sap.

  39. msb on August 24th, 2009 8:48 pm

    Seems like we’re getting more Joh these days, too.

    In the month of August, Rob has caught 11 games, and Joh has caught 11 games.

  40. henryv on August 24th, 2009 8:49 pm

    Branyan has an OPS below .700, and is striking out during 38% of his at bats.

    He’s still bashing the ball when he makes contact, but basically is swinging hard with his eyes closed.

    Perhaps he’s “hurt”, and we could take a look at Shelton or TheHair for a while.

  41. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 8:53 pm

    Branyan has 3 HR in the last 4 games. If that is “hurt” then I’ll take it.

  42. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 8:57 pm

    Yeah, but Branyan swinging at the first pitch after the pitcher walked the previous two hitters made my heart hurt.

  43. SunDevil1 on August 24th, 2009 8:58 pm

    msb – Precisely what I meant. I could be wrong but a 50-50 split seems like more than we were getting earlier.

  44. Liam on August 24th, 2009 9:08 pm

    Branyan has an OPS below .700, and is striking out during 38% of his at bats.

    His OPS is at .871 for the season.

  45. Kazinski on August 24th, 2009 9:08 pm

    I’m not claiming Branyan is the second coming of Stan Musial, but he does have an .877 OPS in the last weekend of Aygust. The last time we had a qualified player with a higher OPS for a full season was Richie Sexson in 2005. And he was getting paid about 12 times more than Branyan. Not that that ended well.

  46. Slippery Elmer on August 24th, 2009 9:10 pm

    “TheHair”

    I love it.

  47. henryv on August 24th, 2009 9:13 pm

    His OPS is at .871 for the season.

    Sorry, I forgot to mention that I was talking about his last 150 at bats.

  48. msb on August 24th, 2009 9:14 pm

    msb – Precisely what I meant. I could be wrong but a 50-50 split seems like more than we were getting earlier.

    FWIW, Joh spent about 30 days on the DL; he has started 48 games. Rob has started 65 games, and missed about 10 with bereavement leave & injuries.

  49. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 9:15 pm

    It’s fun to hear the on air guys give Lopez a tongue bath. On orders from the front office?

    “Talk that boy up; we’re putting the For Sale sign on his ass in a couple of months!”

  50. Lauren, token chick on August 24th, 2009 9:16 pm

    Hit on the head? Where does he think Lopez keeps his head?

  51. msb on August 24th, 2009 9:18 pm

    Where does he think Lopez keeps his head?

    Well, I know where he seems to keep it at times…

  52. Liam on August 24th, 2009 9:19 pm

    It’s fun to hear the on air guys give Lopez a tongue bath. On orders from the front office?

    No, just overly positive, not very objective comments from the people whose job it is to find something to talk about for hours on end.

  53. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 9:21 pm

    At least it wasn’t a double play, Kenji.

    Just wishful thinking on my part, Liam. If there was intent behind their gushing, Johnson would have been gone at the trading deadline.

  54. Liam on August 24th, 2009 9:23 pm

    On TV it looked like Oakland’s 3b player didn’t even flinch on that broken bat that appeared to be only a few feet away.

  55. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 9:30 pm

    What the hell is “Auto Strike, null” on game day?

  56. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 9:31 pm

    Sorry, that would have been on pitch number 3 to Hairston in the 8th.

  57. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 9:38 pm

    This ought to be interesting. Over/under on AA putting at least one man on?

  58. flashbeak on August 24th, 2009 9:39 pm

    Oh, Branyan. Like Griffey and Sweeney, I hope he was a one year affair.

  59. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 9:39 pm

    This ought to be interesting. Over/under on AA putting at least one man on?

    Even money…

  60. henryv on August 24th, 2009 9:40 pm

    I will be pleasantly surprised if he simply doesn’t walk in the go-ahead run.

  61. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 9:41 pm

    Yeah, that was quick. Kind of a variation since it wasn’t his usual walk.

  62. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 9:42 pm

    Uggh.

  63. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2009 9:43 pm

    The Condor and the Death to Flying Things in the same outfield….ironic.

  64. henryv on August 24th, 2009 9:44 pm

    He is used to Ichiro saving his ass on those bp fastballs that go for 380 feet. And Ichiro probably gets that one.

    But fortunately a different Suzuki bails him out.

  65. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 9:46 pm

    “Uggh” retracted (results based analysis).

  66. henryv on August 24th, 2009 9:46 pm

    “He quieted… Any… Possible… Nonsense(?)… after that!”

    Thank you Dave, for that. I needed a good laugh.

  67. Dirk on August 24th, 2009 9:48 pm

    BTW, Gutierrez had an Ichiro! like batting line – 3 for 4 (all singles), one walk and common for this year, no runs scored.

  68. henryv on August 24th, 2009 9:51 pm

    I think Dave has a picture of Bob Uecker in the studio, and he tries to channel Harry Doyle at least once a game.

  69. Liam on August 24th, 2009 9:59 pm

    Bill Krueger just said that Brian Roberts would look good in the Mariners lineup, in response to their poll on which is the best 2B player. The choices were

    Jose Lopez (WAR 1.5)
    Aaron Hill (WAR 3.2)
    Brian Roberts (WAR 3.2)
    Ian Kinsler (WAR 3.2)
    Dustin Pedroia (WAR 4.3)

    Two outliers here and we’ve got the bad one.

  70. henryv on August 24th, 2009 10:03 pm

    Yeah, that poll was pretty nuts.

    Is there any way we can have a poll to get Kruger off the air, a la Andy Kaufman?

    Hey! We’re less than a dozen games down in the AL West.

  71. Liam on August 24th, 2009 10:04 pm

    While Brian Roberts has preformed much better, it’s surprising to hear an indirect knock against Jose Lopez.

  72. henryv on August 24th, 2009 10:05 pm

    Holy crap! Bill Kruger just used the phrase “statistical anomaly”! And in the proper context, too.

    The end is nigh.

  73. henryv on August 24th, 2009 10:10 pm

    Ichiro has been stranded on base 135 times this year. I think he can make it to 200, if he really works on it.

    Of course, he probably can’t get to 210 like he did in 2004, when he basically took his glove out with him when he got to first.

  74. cjjpeterson on August 24th, 2009 10:25 pm

    And of course… Lopez wins the poll with a whopping 70% of the vote. While Aaron Hill… receives a ginormous 0%.

  75. Breadbaker on August 24th, 2009 10:54 pm

    Back from the game. The Griffey homer, after the Lopez HBP, was just a thing of beauty. If that’s the last Griffey homer I ever see in person, it would be a wonderful swan song.

    Note to Mike Sweeney: the way you make the clubhouse happier is to do things ON THE FIELD that support your teammates, like drive in runs. Hitting a dinger after they plunked someone on purpose: priceless.

  76. EagleBonesFalconHawk on August 24th, 2009 11:31 pm

    What is the M’s record w/o Ichiro! this season?

  77. msb on August 24th, 2009 11:33 pm

    What is the M’s record w/o Ichiro! this season?

    I don’t know, what is it?

  78. pgreyy on August 25th, 2009 12:54 am

    Tonight, when they ran the birthdays on the scoreboard at Safeco…those birthday messages ran underneath a header that read:

    Happy Brithday!!!

    And, after an M’s win…it was a Happy Brithday indeed!

    Question for the group: Before the game, they ran a graphic on the scoreboard that said that Russell became the 11th Mariner to have hit 30 or more home runs in a single season.

    …and at the game, without access to any reference books or databases, we were trying to come up with the other ten.

    Could you come up with all ten?

  79. Red Apple on August 25th, 2009 2:19 am

    Griffey
    Buhner
    A-Rod
    Sexson
    Edgar
    Boone
    Ibanez
    Sorrento
    Tino
    Gorman Thomas

    Didn’t have to look it up, I swear.

  80. Red Apple on August 25th, 2009 2:22 am

    Mouse pad on my netbook is a little flaky!

  81. henryv on August 25th, 2009 7:13 am

    I don’t know, what is it?

    7-2

  82. Ralph_Malph on August 25th, 2009 9:04 am

    I was thinking Willie Horton hit 30 HR as a Mariner but he missed it by one.

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