Game 16, White Sox at Mariners

marc w · April 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Well, it can’t be worse than last night’s game, huh?
Philip Humber starts for Chicago against the surprising back of the rotation star, Blake Beavan. Humber’s a FB/SL/CU guy who finally put together s solid season in 2011 after being labeled a bust in pro ball after a brilliant college career at Rice. M’s go with their lefty line-up today, meaning Kawasaki starts in place of the struggling Brendan Ryan.

Game time is 1:10 – here’s the line-up

1: Figgins (LF)
2: Ackley
3: Ichiro!
4: Smoak
5: Seager
6: Montero (DH)
7: Saunders (CF)
8: Olivo (C)
9: Kawasaki (SS)
SP: Beavan


121 Responses to “Game 16, White Sox at Mariners”

  1. inspiration100 on April 21st, 2012 4:11 pm

    I dont think he went all the way around, but I sure as heck wouldn’t have let him walk if I was an umpire. Not with what happened to previous umpires. It was too close.

  2. G-Man on April 21st, 2012 4:14 pm

    Ask the first base ump – not a copout, it’s good umpiring.

  3. henryv on April 21st, 2012 4:21 pm

    How remarkably embarrassing to be a professional baseball player and member of the Seattle Mariners.

    Those are generally mutually exclusive.

  4. georgmi on April 21st, 2012 4:23 pm

    If Ryan doesn’t think he went around, not running down to first base is the right thing to do.

  5. NV M's fan on April 21st, 2012 4:23 pm

    And the upset stomach recovers right away, allowing “Miggy” to get right back into the 4 spot the next day.

  6. msfanmike on April 21st, 2012 4:30 pm

    I remember this ump at first base last night and he rung up Ryan on a checked swing which was likely less debatable than today’s. The ump knew the situation today and he is human. He was probably going ro give the benefit of the doubt to the pitcher on anything close. Thats just life … And He did. Ryan stood around, complained and then trotted. He could have run hard right away. He did take the high road in his interview afterward, so good for him. I haven’t seen a replay and in real speed it looked like he didn’t go around, but Ryan left enough room for doubt and he got rung up and then he didn’t bust up the line. Good enough for me. Here’s to hoping there are no additional perfect games against this god awful looking team with terrible approaches to playing the game “the right way.” I have seen the “right way, Wedge” … And this isn’t it.

  7. kenshabby on April 21st, 2012 4:34 pm

    Yahoo!!!!! Sports’ game recap lists Chone Figgins as the M’s “top batter”. One has to assume that’s only because he’s the lead-off hitter and was chosen by default…

  8. nvn8vbryce on April 21st, 2012 4:36 pm

    Well, it can’t be worse than last night’s game, huh?

    Not sure you were factoring a perfect game into the equation, Marc. I just got back home to see that Umber threw a perfect game against us. Let’s only hope this lights a fire under certain players and the management staff.

    Kudos to Umber, however. A perfecto is almost impossible to obtain and my cap’s off to him.

  9. ManageWA on April 21st, 2012 4:55 pm

    “Well, it can’t be worse than last night’s game, huh?”


  10. Ichirolling51 on April 21st, 2012 5:30 pm

    We all knew that this day would eventually come. Just thought it would be against someone like Verlander, Halladay, or Sabathia.

  11. hidalgo on April 21st, 2012 5:33 pm

    This game needs an asteririsk. In the first place it was against the Mariners. Secondly, there was an umpire assist. Not just the last botched call, but Humber was getting calls all day.

  12. MrZDevotee on April 21st, 2012 5:42 pm


  13. Section329 on April 21st, 2012 6:09 pm

    I was there. I cheered for the M’s the 1st 8 innings, then pulled for Humber and history the last inning.

    Safeco crowd was awesome-standing O for the guy. Keeping my score book and ticket!

  14. msfanmike on April 21st, 2012 6:27 pm

    Verlander is still not getting “inside” but Humber is. Say hi to “Kate” for us”.

  15. kinbote on April 21st, 2012 6:40 pm

    “Well, it can’t be worse than last night’s game, huh?”

  16. WTF_Ms on April 21st, 2012 7:36 pm

    It was a perfect day for baseball, and Humber took it to us. My wife, who is not baseball savy, kept telling, me “They keep catching the ball!”.

    I was hoping Humber would give up a walk, with that 3-0 count late, but alas, poor batting did that in too. Great game by the Sox. I hope that this is the farthest the M’s can go down.

  17. IdahoInvader on April 21st, 2012 8:10 pm

    Leave to a Mariner to even check swing on a pitch about 100 feet outside that bounced up. Leave it our manager to PH someone who just isn’t a good hitter.

    I don’t think he went around, but why on earth even think about swinging at a pitch like that…..and then not run??

    Bad call by the ump and bad baseball by Ryan. RUN then argue to your heart’s content. Gotta be smart out there

  18. MeanMachine on April 22nd, 2012 3:06 am

    Thanks for the laughs gentlemen, reading that thread was somewhat therapeutic. “They keep catching the ball!”. Yes they did, didn’t they? Those bastards! And if there is one thing life has taught me it’s that things can always and usually do get worse! Wedge, Olivio, Figgins, you all must go!

  19. argh on April 22nd, 2012 7:50 am

    My wife and I went on the spur of the moment, hardly expecting anything dramatic. And, really, it was dull as dishwater until the 7th inning when the possibility of a perfect game started coming into real focus and Humber started setting down the Mariners from the top of the order (for the 3rd time), through the 8th when he took out the heart of the order and finally to our pathetic pinch-hitters off the bench in the 9th. And I have to second the comment above about the crowd — we may be a buncha losers in this town but but by God we’re polite and sportsman like about it — Humber and the Sox got a big dose of love for their performance from a crowd whose own team hasn’t given them much to cheer about in, oh, 10 years or so.

  20. Ralph_Malph on April 22nd, 2012 7:54 am

    why even think about swinging at a pitch like that?

    Thats just the point. Obviously you’ve never played baseball. You don’t have time to think about whether to swing or not — you have to react to the pitch. If you think about it, the pitch is in the catcher’s glove.

    I’m not defending Ryan, he’s a bad hitter. The pitch was a slider, he misread it and started to swing, and by the time he read the pitch he’d committed to it. Every umpire in baseball would have rung him up.

    If he started to run he’d have made the call easy; he was not wrong to assume the walk.

  21. IdahoInvader on April 22nd, 2012 11:34 am

    Ralph, I’ve played plenty of ball in my day, don’t you worry you’re pretty lil head about that lol. But the very fact you approve of his lack of hustle on his way to first even after he knew he was wrung up tells me all I need to know about how much ball YOU must have played…..or how well you evidently played it. BTW that pitch at NO time was anywhere near the zone, so not sure why he couldn’t just let the pitch go w/o risking getting called out.

    You’re making excuses for Ryan and you shouldn’t be.

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