Game 121, Mariners at Rangers

Mike Snow · August 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Iwakuma vs. Holland, 5:05 pm.

I’m not sure who will be around over the weekend or if there will be new game threads going up – if not, feel free to keep using this one. The lineup:

Miller SS-L
Franklin 2B-B
Seager 3B-L
Morales DH-B
Morse RF-R
Ibanez LF-L
Smoak 1B-B
Ackley CF-L
Quintero C-R

Comments

99 Responses to “Game 121, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. Westside guy on August 16th, 2013 5:38 pm

    I realize it’s what I expected and predicted; but I’m really tired of seeing Morse and Ibañez being prioritized in terms of playing time.

    The team is keeping Miller and Franklin in there most of the time despite their struggles, and that’s good – we’re looking at the future in that regard. But the outfield mismanagement is going completely the opposite way.

  2. Snuffy on August 16th, 2013 5:45 pm

    I wish to thank the USS Mariner for posting the lineups early. Ibanez, Ackley and Morse over Saunders means I shouldn’t give 2 shits about watching this game. The sun is out and it’s beautiful on Lake Chelan. Here’s to holding out hope that management from the GM down is gone at season’s end.

  3. argh on August 16th, 2013 5:45 pm

    In addition to his general non-performance I’m getting tired of watching Morse’s cuddly little slow-motion pole-dancing routine as he warms up for each at bat because, (a) it clearly doesn’t work worth a damn and (b) it looks downright creepy. If Wes Craven shot a baseball movie, the villain would make that move shortly before firing up the chainsaw.

  4. Westside guy on August 16th, 2013 6:24 pm

    Lake Chelan… that sounds lovely right now.

  5. Jimmie the Geek on August 16th, 2013 6:42 pm

    Well, I see that a 1-0 loss is a very likely outcome for this game. :| As soon as my wife gets home from work we’ll go out to dinner in the sunshine down in Steilacoom, rather then me suffering through this game the rest of the way.

  6. G-Man on August 16th, 2013 6:57 pm

    HQ throws into RF on a pickoff attempt after the strikeout – maybe Smoak wasn’t looking because the K was the third out.

  7. msfanmike on August 16th, 2013 7:01 pm

    Just tuned in … Looks like it will be pretty easy to recap tonight’s offense.

  8. Jimmie the Geek on August 16th, 2013 7:21 pm

    Wow, offense! :O

  9. G-Man on August 16th, 2013 7:22 pm

    WOOO KYLE!

  10. msfanmike on August 16th, 2013 7:22 pm

    He broke out of his last mini slump with a home run, too … If memory serves. That ball was “pasted.”

  11. msfanmike on August 16th, 2013 7:28 pm

    Why wouldn’t Saunders be out into the game to replace Morse?

  12. G-Man on August 16th, 2013 7:44 pm

    Saunders is in right.

  13. smb on August 16th, 2013 7:48 pm

    1st and 2nd, no outs…this should be interesting. C’mon Charlie…

  14. G-Man on August 16th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Whew! Got out of that jam.

  15. Westside guy on August 16th, 2013 7:54 pm

    Yup, Raul’s really back on track.

  16. moustache de caudill on August 16th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Smoak! That was sweet – announcer during at bat, “Smoak hasn’t developed into the power hitting…” bamm!

  17. juneau_fan on August 16th, 2013 8:02 pm

    God yes, ramp up the defense!

  18. Westside guy on August 16th, 2013 8:02 pm

    Thompson has finally figure out what “defensive substitution” means! He’s done it a few games in a row!

  19. G-Man on August 16th, 2013 8:02 pm

    Now both Morse and Ibanez out of the game. Way to go for defense, Robbie.

  20. G-Man on August 16th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Westy, we can only hope that Wedge is watching and learning the same thing.

  21. Westside guy on August 16th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Or maybe he was online recently and ran across the LL collection of Ibañez GIFs…

  22. djw on August 16th, 2013 8:05 pm

    These DF curveballs are just beautiful.

  23. moustache de caudill on August 16th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Danny Farquhar you da man!

  24. Westside guy on August 16th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Woo Hoo!

  25. Sports on a Shtick on August 16th, 2013 8:07 pm

    LOL @ that last strike call. Everyone get the f home!

  26. smb on August 16th, 2013 8:07 pm

    bandwagoners are missing some good stuff…it’s nice to be able to say that now and again. Rood riddance arbitrarily constrained and abysmal 2008-2012 years.

  27. Breadbaker on August 16th, 2013 8:10 pm

    I loved two things about the last two innings:

    1. That after Texas couldn’t score with the bases loaded, Smoak smacks one out that would be out in any stadium. Usually, it’s the other way around; the M’s get four hits in an inning and don’t score only to give up an easy dinger or two.

    2. Farquahar did not pull a Tom Wilhelmsen and completely melt down after completely melting down his last time out.

  28. smb on August 16th, 2013 8:13 pm

    YES…happy with this one. I can’t believe I’m glad I watched given my gut reaction to the lineup. I’ll take it any way, though.

  29. juneau_fan on August 16th, 2013 8:16 pm

    If only Felix had pitched on the day Elvis died. The King is dead; long live the King.

  30. Westside guy on August 17th, 2013 3:00 pm

    Saturday – another day without Saunders in the lineup. I think I’ll take a break from the Mariners today. It’s not worth getting stressed about stupid managers – there are plenty of alternatives to baseball.

  31. eponymous coward on August 18th, 2013 12:31 am

    Looks like the Mariners took a break too.

  32. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 12:11 pm

    Yu is King of the K’s?

    Them’s fightin’ words.

    Of course, also true when the M’s are up there hacking away?

  33. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 12:31 pm

    I am so irritated with this team’s management right now. Saunders got a hit his first AB, but starting him only every third or fourth game is almost guaranteed to mess with his hitting – and he was one of our better hitters. Sheesh, let’s sit Morales while we’re at it… Smoak too…

    These clowns need to go.

  34. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 12:37 pm

    Thompson was “thrilled” to get Endy back into the line-up? Chavez wasn’t injured or anything, and Thompson is the guy filling out the lineup cards…

  35. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 12:47 pm

    Solid play by Smoak there.

  36. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 12:58 pm

    Erasmo Ramirez brought his A game today! Unfortunately, so did Yu Darvish…

    But Erasmo is looking like the pitcher we were so excited about last season.

  37. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:06 pm

    Condor is two for two! Everyone else, zero for fifteen.

    I’m sure Saunders will sit the next several games…

  38. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:07 pm

    Good hustle by Dustin there!

  39. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:08 pm

    SMART baserunning by Saunders… I think.

  40. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:08 pm

    All they need to do is make contact in the next two hitters.

    *waiting patiently*

  41. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:10 pm

    Yeah! A run!

  42. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:13 pm

    Would’ve been nice to get two, but a run is a run.

  43. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:16 pm

    Yeah, I’ll take it!

    And nice to see Saunders putting his case in for being out there every day. It’s INSANE that with the crap outfield defenders on this team that at least one player out there isn’t acceptable.

  44. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Can’t we have a nice thing (a run) for even an inning?

  45. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:24 pm

    Darn it.

  46. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 1:26 pm

    Other than giving up a hit on an 0-2 count to Pierzynski, Erasmo has been great so far today.

  47. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:31 pm

    Yeah, expecting one run to hold up isn’t very realistic. :-)

  48. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:35 pm

    DAMN. So close!!

  49. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:35 pm

    Crap! A few more feet…

  50. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 1:36 pm

    It’s usually necessary, though (unfortunately).

    Productive out by Seager. Smile.

  51. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:41 pm

    Let’s see three for three, Condor!

  52. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:44 pm

    Damn, that was the pitch. Drop that line drive into the corner outfield…

  53. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:45 pm

    Yeah!

  54. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:45 pm

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

  55. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 1:46 pm

    Woo-hoo!

    Great at bat.

    Now, get ready to ride the pine for the next 3 days so we can watch Morse play.

  56. californiamariner on August 18th, 2013 1:46 pm

    Westy clearly Saunders shouldn’t be starting!

  57. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 1:47 pm

    Bad luck for Ackley. He hit that ball well.

  58. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:51 pm

    Hey, Morse is due! Just keep playing him and he’ll eventually hit something…Somewhere…

  59. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:53 pm

    Oh crap, not this again…

  60. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:53 pm

    Son. Of. A. Bitch.

  61. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:55 pm

    Yup, I gotta agree with the guy who posted, a few days ago, that there’s nowhere Jaso could’ve played. Our current backstops are just so superb defensively…

  62. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 1:58 pm

    Uh, excuse me, Beltre?

    There’s exchanging funnies with Felix and then there’s mocking outfielders when you were clearly out.

  63. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 1:58 pm

    Fortunately that blown call didn’t lead to an additional run.

  64. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:04 pm

    All is well that ends well. The blown call cost Ramirez one extra pitch. Next year, it will be a replay booth review from New York … Assuming the M’s didn’t use their one pre-sixth inning challenge already.

    I don’t know how well all that is going to work out, but I can envision a whole bunch of replay requests for the “in the vicinity” play at 2B and the “glove to hand” exchanges (also at 2B). Some “arguing time” will be replaced with review administration time. As long as they get calls correct, the game will benefit, but I foresee a few scenarios where things might not go too smoothly.

  65. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 2:06 pm

    I know this isn’t an original idea, but – why not put an extra ump upstairs in each stadium, the way the NFL does it?

  66. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:12 pm

    Franklin has a hard time keeping his playing weight up and he might just be wearing down as the season drags on. I think he will be alright as he fills out and gets stronger, but this has been a real bad stretch of “dog day” baseball for him. He doesn’t have a major league body and definitely no “reserve” to tap into. Maybe he should cut in front of Morales at the chow line.

  67. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:17 pm

    Westy, I have no idea why the replay could not be administered by an extra “official” at the game. I think the game earlier this year when (angel Hernandez crew chief) the review was conducted by the on field umps (and still blown) might be one of the reasons.

    If a technical difficulty eventually prevents a replay review 3000 miles away, I am going to throw a brick through your TV, Westy.

  68. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 2:25 pm

    Oh thanks Mike. Could you at least make it the smaller TV in the spare room?

  69. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:26 pm

    Unproductive out.

    Not as unproductive as the DP that Miler hit into last inning, but very uninspiring nonetheless. This team is really wretched at scratching out runs. Or even a “run.”

    Come on Saunders … Have a miracle day.

  70. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 2:30 pm

    This game is torture.

  71. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 2:30 pm

    Ackley steps up!

  72. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:32 pm

    Great hit by Ackley. Almost the location as his last AB, but with better luck/placement.

    And what was Morales doing? Where the fuck did he think he was going? Seager had home plate locked up.

  73. mrakbaseball on August 18th, 2013 2:37 pm

    I guess the Mariners put a stop to Franklin’s 6,500 calorie a day diet.

  74. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 2:42 pm

    Ackley was channeling Raul there in left.

  75. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:45 pm

    The 6500 calorie diet was poo-poo’d well before spring Training started, but he is one of those guys (at least for now) who is going to have to go the extra mile to keep his weight and strength up. He knows it too … Thus the 6500 calorie “idea” that he apparently implemented himself.

  76. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 2:46 pm

    We’ll take it after the Beltre at first BS.

  77. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:48 pm

    Shitty tag by Seager. Probably a play that gets reviewed and reversed next year, even though the ball beat the runner by 10′. Yeah, there is going to be a healthy component of suck to implementing the replay reviews. Tags of players and bases are actually going to have to be made.

    I wonder what the “unwritten rules” of requesting replays is going to be.

  78. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Yes!!!

  79. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Yeah! Sager!

  80. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 2:59 pm

    I love Seager.

  81. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Sager? Hehe

  82. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:00 pm

    Follow it up, Morales. We need them all.

    Okay, follow it up, Smoak. We need them all.

  83. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 3:03 pm

    Uh, not, msfan.

  84. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 3:04 pm

    Come on, Danny!

  85. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:06 pm

    Follow it up, Danny … Deny them all.

  86. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 3:06 pm

    One.

    Now that bastard Pierzynski.

  87. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 3:06 pm

    I missed something – why is Saunders now in right?

  88. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 3:07 pm

    What the hell is Raul doing in the outfield!!???

  89. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:08 pm

    Why is Raul in the game?

    Okay – blowers just covered it.

    Good god, Raul in for defensive purposes.

  90. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 3:08 pm

    WHAT THE FREAKING HELL?

  91. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:09 pm

    The Czar!

    Westy, Juneau … It’s been a pleasure. See you tomorrow.

  92. Westside guy on August 18th, 2013 3:10 pm

    Thank goodness that sub didn’t bite them in the butt.

    Zduriencik’s roster construction is the gift that keeps on giving.

    See ya later, alligators…

  93. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:18 pm

    Maybe Chavez will need to hit the DL and they can call up Guti to “tap his desk” before going back on the DL.

    He has been in Tacoma for a while now although his 20 day click only started ticking about a week ago. And his numbers are, well … Pretty bad, actually.

    Maybe its time for Almonte. Screw the 11 day wait until September. We need OF’ers who can run down a ball.

  94. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:18 pm

    And catch it

  95. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:19 pm

    And throw it

  96. msfanmike on August 18th, 2013 3:20 pm

    And “clock” … Not “click.”

  97. juneau_fan on August 18th, 2013 3:20 pm

    Great ending. Love beating the Rangers as much as I used to love seeing them beat the Angels.

  98. Breadbaker on August 19th, 2013 12:50 am

    In the seventh, Endy only advanced to second on a line drive single to right by Quintero. If he gets to third, which you’d think he would (certainly 2009 pre-Yunicrash Endy does), he scores on Miller’s double play (or who knows what happens, but it’s just better that he’s on third).

    So when he came out in the ninth and was replaced by Ibanez in what has to be the weirdest defensive substitution in the history of the world, he must be pretty badly injured, right? Why hasn’t a word of this been discussed anywhere. I’ve looked at the ESPN story, here and on Lookout Landing and haven’t seen a thing. I looked at the News Tribune and not a word. I don’t look at the Times because I won’t pay for it.

    Any clues?

  99. Westside guy on August 19th, 2013 12:55 am

    Divish tweeted that Endy had a leg cramp, which led to the “defensive” substitution.

    https://twitter.com/ryandivish/status/369238273324900352

    But that doesn’t explain any earlier weirdness.

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