Game 119 – Red Sox at Mariners

marc w · August 14, 2011 at 10:37 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Furbush vs. Wakefield, 1:10pm

There’s something compelling about the prospect of Wily Mo Pena facing Tim Wakefield. Neither one’s a star, but Wakefield (and really knuckleballer, really) looks bizarre and almost superhuman when they can get through an MLB line-up throwing 55-65 MPH.

Pena, on the other hand, has some significant holes in his swing, but offers the possibility that he’ll one day sublimate a baseball. There’s plus power, there’s “80 grade” power, and there’s Pena. He may or may not be a productive DH for the M’s, but I’m going to watch, because I want to tell my grandkids about the time Pena swung and the ball vaporized into a small white cloud that confounded the opposition and umpires.

Tough assignment for Kyle Seager, but I’m glad he’s still getting some PAs. Olivo returns to the line-up as well. Other than those changes, the line-up’s pretty similar to the one that beat the Red Sox last night. This is a terrible match-up for Charlie Furbush. It’s a learning opportunity! Someday, in a game/season that matters, you’ll be glad you went through this.

1: Ichiro
2: Gutierrez
3: Ackley
4: Carp
5: Pena
6: Olivo
7: Wells
8: Wilson
9: Seager

Erasmo Ramirez pitches for Tacoma today against Iowa if you’d like to go to a ball game without thousands of Sawx fans.

Comments

38 Responses to “Game 119 – Red Sox at Mariners”

  1. CCW on August 14th, 2011 11:04 am

    If the M’s game goes South, or you’re otherwise more interested in the Rainiers than the M’s, local talent (I went to Issaquah High School with him) and official Mariner scorekeeper Dan Peterson will be doing play-by-play for the Iowa Cubs today as they play the Rainiers. Listen here: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/multimedia/audio.jsp?sid=t451

  2. ChrisHatch52 on August 14th, 2011 11:52 am

    I went to Issaquah High too.. What year did you graduate CCW?

  3. Jay Yencich on August 14th, 2011 12:23 pm

    Had I the time and the resources, I would consider purchasing a Red Sox jersey, driving to Cheney, and being the World’s Most Confused Heckler.

  4. greentunic on August 14th, 2011 12:48 pm

    Good performances from Carp, Ackley, and Furbush are more important to me than a win today.

    Here’s to the always-greener future!

  5. Breadbaker on August 14th, 2011 12:54 pm

    Jay, if you want confused, get a pink Red Sox cap.

  6. groundzero55 on August 14th, 2011 1:49 pm

    Anyone else get the feeling that the Fister trade will go down in the books as another big win for Jack Z?

  7. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 1:51 pm

    I know I’m pleased, groundzero. Fister who? I mean, you *still* see fans whine about the Morrow trade, but this one is far in the rear view mirror.

    Good job, kid!

    Wakefield always reminds me of someone’s Dad on the mound.

  8. Paul B on August 14th, 2011 1:53 pm

    I think that is the first time I ever saw an ump call the runner safe on the phantom play at second-

  9. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 1:57 pm

    It is the Red Sox, but it was some nobody player. If it had been Jeter making that throw at second, out all the way.

    Add me to the club of sick, sick fans that just loves the M’s picking up Wily Mo.

  10. Diehard on August 14th, 2011 1:58 pm

    Ugh why does Wedge put Pena and Olivo hitting back to back?? Way to kill a rally!

  11. Paul B on August 14th, 2011 1:59 pm

    i’m becoming a Carp fan.

  12. Paul B on August 14th, 2011 2:02 pm

    Brandon who?

  13. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 2:06 pm

    *chewing nails*

  14. NBarnes on August 14th, 2011 2:14 pm

    I want to tell my grandkids about the time Pena swung and the ball vaporized into a small white cloud that confounded the opposition and umpires.

    Best baseball related commentary since John Sickel’s Andrew ‘The Scranton Horror’ Brackman prospect review.

  15. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 2:36 pm

    It’s so nice when this team plays well, particularly Ichiro. It physically pains me when he doesn’t.

  16. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 2:36 pm

    Yikes, Ortis needs the golf cart to get to first! He makes Griffey v.2010 look like a speedster.

  17. lalo on August 14th, 2011 2:40 pm

    I love Casper Wells, the guy can hit…

  18. sportsnw on August 14th, 2011 2:42 pm

    Okay can we just pencil Casper Wells into LF for 2012 and Mike Carp in at the DH spot.

    2012 Lineup

    1b Smoak
    2nd Ackley
    3rd Seager/or fill in the blank
    SS Ryan
    LF Wells
    CF Guiti
    RF Ichiro
    DH Carp

    4th OF Robinson
    Back up IF Figgins (or we can replace Figgins with the Mariner Moose)

  19. Breadbaker on August 14th, 2011 2:43 pm

    So here’s my question; if a Mariner hits a homer into a crowd of Massholes, do they throw it back?

  20. Swungonandbelted on August 14th, 2011 2:43 pm

    The future is less bleak :)

  21. SonOfZavaras on August 14th, 2011 2:44 pm

    Anyone else get the feeling that the Fister trade will go down in the books as another big win for Jack Z?

    Oh, yeah. The thing that I loved about it was that we had someone in Blake Beavan who looks to have much of the same skill-set (and whom the club controls for even LONGER than what we would’ve had Fister).

    If Francisco Martinez winds up as something? Unequivocal trade win.

  22. Breadbaker on August 14th, 2011 2:49 pm

    Got to give Furbush credit there. The ump was squeezing him low and he didn’t give in and groove it to Crawford.

  23. Dave Spiwak on August 14th, 2011 2:50 pm

    Furball!

  24. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 2:57 pm

    Mo! Mo! Mo!

  25. Breadbaker on August 14th, 2011 3:06 pm

    I see Fister gave up 8 runs (6 earned) in 5.2 innings today. Tiger fans should love him, he “pitches to the score”, just like Jack Morris.

  26. FelixFanChris420 on August 14th, 2011 3:06 pm

    Nice to see them actually hitting of late. Guti seems to be looking more like himself as well. Maybe we have a little hope for next year.

    Also, it looks like Logan Morrison and the Marlins are starting to really dislike each other…any chance that he could be gotten by the Mariners?

  27. FelixFanChris420 on August 14th, 2011 3:08 pm

    If Francisco Martinez winds up as something? Unequivocal trade win.

    And thats before we even figure in the PTBNL (which we should know tomorrow)

  28. Westside guy on August 14th, 2011 3:23 pm

    Looks like I missed most of a good game! and Willy Mo got a hit! Was it an infield single? ;-) Yesterday I thought he was going to beat out a grounder for his first hit – would’ve been funny.

    On the plus side – I didn’t have to watch Olivo bat at all.

  29. Westside guy on August 14th, 2011 3:25 pm

    Woo hoo – series win!!

  30. SonOfZavaras on August 14th, 2011 3:31 pm

    A lot of unhappy FauxSox fans makes me grin. Ear to ear.

  31. Shawnuel on August 14th, 2011 3:52 pm

    The Mariners FO isn’t going to want a loose cannon like Morrison around, despite the fact he has pretty good character. Not to mention, he is a pretty horrible LF and I’m not nearly ready to close the book on Smoak at 1B (Morrison’s natural position) yet.

  32. ivan on August 14th, 2011 3:52 pm

    I like Furbush better and better. When he figures out that he doesn’t have to pitch inside to right-handed hitters hardly at all, except to back them off the plate, and can just paint that outside corner with his fastball like Eddie Guardado made a career out of doing, he might have more of those 10-pitch innings.

  33. juneau_fan on August 14th, 2011 3:52 pm

    Westy, Wily Mo almost had a homerun! Bounced off the wall for a long double.

  34. Shawnuel on August 14th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Massholes! NICE one! Hadn’t heard that before.

  35. Shawnuel on August 14th, 2011 3:56 pm

    FelixFanChris-

    The year-long trade embargo is up on Tuesday. Zduriencik said the PTBNL would be named on August 20th.

  36. The_Waco_Kid on August 14th, 2011 4:01 pm

    Good performances from Carp, Ackley, and Furbush are more important to me than a win today.

    Didn’t have to choose, today!

  37. TumwaterMike on August 14th, 2011 4:50 pm

    “The year-long trade embargo is up on Tuesday. Zduriencik said the PTBNL would be named on August 20th.”

    If I’m not mistaken (which I could be) I believe he said by August 20.

  38. Slippery Elmer on August 15th, 2011 11:48 am

    Don’t know if anyone will review this thread, but I’m curious about the pronunciation of Furbush’s name. The play-by-play guys call him “Fur-bish” but the pre/postgame crew say it the way it’s spelled, “Fur-bush.” Anyone know which is correct? Also, why do the two crews continue to differ on their pronunciations? — is it a passive-aggressive “we’re right and you’re not” statement?

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