Game 122, Twins at Mariners

Mike Snow · August 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

A little late on this, Blake Beavan vs. Samuel Deduno (who?), 1:10 pm.

Ackley 2B-L
Saunders CF-L
Seager 3B-L
Jaso C-L
Montero DH-R
Smoak 1B-B
Thames RF-L
Robinson LF-B
Kawasaki SS-L

Okay, Deduno is not a command/control lefty. Judging from his track record, he appears to be a rather wild journeyman righty, hence the heavily lefthanded lineup.

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84 Responses to “Game 122, Twins at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 1:11 pm

    Poor Blake Beavan, doesn’t even get a game thread…

    Sunday’s line-up:
    Ackley 2B
    Saunders CF
    Seager 3B
    Jaso C
    Montero DH
    Smoak 1B
    Thames RF
    Robinson LF
    Kawasaki SS

  2. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 1:18 pm

    Beavan is perfect through one! ;-)

  3. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 1:21 pm

    Ackley seems to be enjoying Twins’ pitching!

  4. djw on August 19th, 2012 1:25 pm

    Good day to show a little patience, guys…

  5. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 1:25 pm

    I was really hoping for a run there, but apparently is was not to be.

  6. Mike Snow on August 19th, 2012 1:26 pm

    Poor Blake Beavan, doesn’t even get a game thread…

    We’re just a little slow today.

  7. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 1:27 pm

    Totally agree, djw. We let Deduno off the hook.

    Hehe Mike, “who?” seemingly fits a number of Twins pitchers this year!

    And thank you for the game thread – apologies for the tongue-in-cheek editorializing. :-D

  8. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 1:33 pm

    Unfortunately, Beavan is being less-than-perfect in the second…

  9. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 1:39 pm

    We should not rush him up, but I think Hultzen could do better.

  10. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 1:52 pm

    Ugh I think I jinxed Hultzen. Did not know he was pitching today :(

  11. NorahW on August 19th, 2012 1:54 pm

    The Detroit Tigers had a lot of trouble with Deduno last week, but that’s no reason for the Mariners to follow suit!

  12. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 2:08 pm

    Charge!

  13. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:08 pm

    COME ON JASO!!

  14. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:09 pm

    That works…

  15. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Smart move to pitch around Jaso :)

  16. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:09 pm

    COME ON MONTY!!

  17. Paul B on August 19th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Deduno is just borderline too wild for his own good.

    Good on the I’d for being patient.

  18. djw on August 19th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Nice!

    That was actually a difficult walk to take given how close those were on the outside corner. I’m skeptical any other Mariner could have taken that walk.

  19. texasmarinerfan on August 19th, 2012 2:10 pm

    Jaso gets a Jack Cust RBI!

  20. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 2:10 pm

    lol, texas

  21. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 2:11 pm

    Miguel Olivo RBI

  22. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:11 pm

    Argh, Monty, you are really maddening at times!

    +1 Waco, you nailed it.

  23. djw on August 19th, 2012 2:12 pm

    It’s only a matter of time before Montero hits into a triple play.

  24. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:15 pm

    Hehehe djw.

    Felix has always been a perfect game waiting to happen.

    Montero is a triple play waiting to happen.

  25. djw on August 19th, 2012 2:15 pm

    Gah. Can’t fault Thames there. Crap luck.

    That this guy’s ERA is 3.3 is a testament to what a lousy stat ERA is.

  26. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:23 pm

    The Angels are losing again – we could be just four back of them after today!

  27. Paul B on August 19th, 2012 2:28 pm

    This Twins team has some good pieces. Jack Z would be able to take them and build a pile ‘o pitchers in the off-season and they’d be contenders.

  28. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:31 pm

    I think Robinson held up there.

  29. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:31 pm

    Morneau is pretty darn busy today – quite a few sharp hits have gone right at him.

  30. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:47 pm

    That HBP looked like it was going about 30 mph.

  31. aj2013WS on August 19th, 2012 2:48 pm

    Hector Noesi no hitter in to the eighth last night, so thats good.

  32. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 2:49 pm

    What a great pitch by Beavan to induce that weak ground ball by Mauer. Perfectly placed pitch.

  33. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:55 pm

    Monty just got robbed! Crap!

    Gotta admit that was a NICE play.

  34. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:57 pm

    Smoak popup to an infielder – how many times have we seen that now?

  35. Beniitec on August 19th, 2012 2:57 pm

    So many offensive pportunities today wasted.

  36. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 2:58 pm

    Why do they keep running “Project Runway” ads during Mariners games?

  37. Kazinski on August 19th, 2012 2:59 pm

    Saunders streak as the active ML leader with most career AB ‘s never been HBP is now over.

  38. kenshabby on August 19th, 2012 2:59 pm

    Ding-dong-ding it’s the infield pop-up king!

  39. Beniitec on August 19th, 2012 3:01 pm

    Muenori… Hilarious

  40. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:05 pm

    I’d jokingly say something like “it’s only been recently that pitchers have seen any reason to throw at Saunders”, but that particular HBP was pretty lame. If he’d been ten feet further away, the ball probably would’ve died before it got there. :-D

  41. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:07 pm

    Come on Carter, I know you’re getting squeezed but – you can throw 100mph! Throw strikes!

  42. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:08 pm

    BTW did anyone else see this pitch by Zito yesterday? hahahahahahaha

    http://www.baycityball.com/2012/08/18/gif-e-is-for-eephus/

  43. Jordan on August 19th, 2012 3:11 pm

    According to Gameday every one of those pitches was a strike in that last at bat.

  44. Breadbaker on August 19th, 2012 3:12 pm

    So he leaves Capps in in a high leverage situation and look what happens?

  45. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:15 pm

    I think we need Sandy Alderson to come back and get on the umpires’ cases again about calling the correct strike zone.

  46. texasmarinerfan on August 19th, 2012 3:36 pm

    Jeff Gray sighting!

  47. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:38 pm

    All right, let’s do better with our baserunners this time!!

  48. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:38 pm

    CONDOR!!!!!!

  49. djw on August 19th, 2012 3:39 pm

    Nice to see Saunders start to do that sort of thing again.

  50. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 3:40 pm

    Except Alderson is now a Mets Executive – exclusively – so he would be biased. Besides – all the strike zone info (for every ump) is evaluated via electronic means as well as in-person evals/grades. They are scrutinized constantly, but we know very little of what goes into that process or how it is governed. Apparently it is not governed with enough scrutiny to fix the Joe Wests of the world.

    Hey … Saunders!

  51. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:42 pm

    The one thing I was worried about with Saunders was how he’d handle a slump, since every player slumps – would he let it get inside his head and undo all the stuff he’s worked on? I’m glad it appears he didn’t let it get to him too much.

  52. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:45 pm

    It’s not quite KC pitching, but the Mariners seem to be enjoying Minnesota pitching.

  53. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 3:46 pm

    Thames!

    I love it.

    Good for him.

  54. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:51 pm

    Whenever “the River” comes to bat, I briefly think of Benny Hill.

  55. Beniitec on August 19th, 2012 3:52 pm

    The Mariners are on quite a roll. Can it continue?

  56. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 3:52 pm

    Robinson has had some bad babip luck – with several “at-em” balls since his callup. He looks quite a bit better than he did last year.

  57. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 3:54 pm

    I wonder of London Mariner fan has any difficulties pronouncing the name of the river when referring to the name of the player.

    Between Marcus, Eric and the actual River itself, there are 3 different ways to pronounce the same name.

  58. justdave on August 19th, 2012 3:56 pm

    Ackley, Saunders, even Smoak…

    The Twins cure all ills!

  59. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:56 pm

    He looks better because, so far, he’s cut his strikeouts almost in half!

  60. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 3:57 pm

    Wedge sure pushed a number of the correct buttons to get his defense through the past 3 innings. Good job by him.

  61. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 3:57 pm

    BTW I wasn’t disparaging Eric with my “Benny Hill” comment – it was because the show always started with the Thames Television graphic:

    http://www.dannyjpalmer.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Thames_Television.jpg

    And on one episode, Benny Hill’s head popped up over the graphic and he sang “THAMES!!” – which is burned into my brain permanently.

  62. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:04 pm

    Michael, that was ball four you swung at!

    Nice pitch though.

  63. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 4:09 pm

    Nice to see Ackley has extended his hitting streak.
    Can anyone tell me how Smoak has generally looked lately? I can see he’s getting some hits, just wonder if he’s still hackin’ at crap.

  64. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 4:15 pm

    Smoak has made an adjustment with his hands (held lower) and with his “load.”

    It appears to be a more efficient looking swing but still a work in progress. He is still trying to pull outside corner pitches and rolling over/popping up – but any improvement is a step in te right direction. It didn’t help his bat speed, but it adjusted the swing “path” a bit. He doesn’t look completely comfortable with it yet, Steve.

    Come on Kinney. Get it done. Not sure why you are still out there, but get it done!

  65. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:18 pm

    I’m not as impressed with Smoak as Mike is. Other than the one homer, he’s hit like 200 popups to infielders in the last week.

    Hopefully when Carp comes off the DL, Smoak will be given more time at AAA to work on his swing.

  66. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:18 pm

    BRING OUT THE BROOMS!!

  67. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 4:19 pm

    When did we start playing well? This is awesome.

  68. justdave on August 19th, 2012 4:19 pm

    Well we sure kept Mauer in check, despite giving him lots of opportunities to drive in runs.

    Great job by the staff.

  69. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 4:20 pm

    Take 3 of League’s blown saves and pretend they were successful conversions by Wilhelmsen and tho team has a .500 record.

    Amazing and surprising. And … Amazing. But mostly, it’s amazing.

  70. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the Smoak report. Somehow, I kind of expected that! But maybe there’s a little hope for him, eh?

  71. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:22 pm

    It sure does seem like we’re getting to see more of the young guys’ potential again lately!

  72. msfanmike on August 19th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Westy, I am not impressed with Smoak. I have noticed his adjustment and what appears to be a slight improvement, but I have not seen anything “impressive”. The adjustment does provide a glimmer of hope, though.

  73. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:24 pm

    Steve: Mike, having played, is a better guy to judge the changes in his swing than I am. And I’m not going to write off Smoak – it’s just not his fault they had to bring him back up right away. He just needs to be given more time to keep working on his swing.

  74. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:25 pm

    Hi Mike, I didn’t phrase that very well. I know you were focussing on the changes you’d seen. I just meant that – relatively speaking – I was even less impressed than you were. :-D

    Of course with Smoak, I can certainly be accused of “results-driven analysis”.

  75. The_Waco_Kid on August 19th, 2012 4:34 pm

    I’m somewhat hopeful for Carp.

  76. leon0112 on August 19th, 2012 4:38 pm

    The Mariners are inching towards .500 for the season.

    They now have played .500 ball since May 4. Three and a half months of .500 ball. I guess we are seeing that they don’t like playing in the cold marine air, but warmer days are making them play better.

  77. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 4:40 pm

    I’m just grateful for a little insight! The box-scores don’t say much!

    I’m in the Carp camp as well. I’d rather see Smoak continue to work on his adjustments in Tacoma when Carp is able to return. Assuming he’s able to return! But I’d still like to explore possible outside sources for next year.

  78. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 4:42 pm

    So maybe the answer for Safeco isn’t moving in the fencs, but instead, replacing the standard lighting with heat-lamps, maybe even convert the roof into some kind of portable hot-iron?

  79. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:46 pm

    There is an electric heating cable that’s sold for garden use – you bury it a few inches down, and it warms the soil significantly.

    Maybe the Mariners need to invest in a few hundred of these cables for Safeco Field.

  80. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 4:46 pm

    I have a better idea (for me)… Why not move the home games to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the months of April and May? It will be summer here and the city is an hour away from any possible marine-layer in the air. Almost certain the attendance wouldn’t be any worse!

  81. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 4:49 pm

    :-D

  82. leon0112 on August 19th, 2012 4:57 pm

    Right now, the Mariners are just 8.5 games out of the playoffs. Pretty late in the season to be able to say that.

    It would be real progress if they could finish the season less than 10 games out of the playoffs. If they can keep up this second half pace, then it will happen. Still a big if.

  83. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 5:08 pm

    I’m not too worried about how far we fall short. Just want to see competitive baseball and fewer dumb decisions!

  84. Westside guy on August 19th, 2012 10:49 pm

    BTW Ichiro hit two homers today. I’m really glad he’s doing well – just as I’m glad the young Mariners are playing exciting baseball.

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