A few quick things. Today is salute to Japanese baseball night at Safeco Field, and since my mom is full Japanese descent, meaning I'm half Japanese, the Mariners gave me one of Ichiro's bats and one of Joh's red catcher's gloves. Okay I totally made that last part up. But I am half Japanese and it was a big deal to some of my relatives when Japanese players started showing up in the big leagues. I would think they've helped enhance major league baseball.
A quick note on the nights festivities -- Ayumi Kataoka is a female professional baseball player, who plays for the Ibaraki Golden Golds in the Japanese minor leagues and she threw out the first pitch. While standing around during batting practice, the diminutive player got a wave from Ichiro Suzuki as he was preparing to get in the cage which brought tears to her eyes. Later Kenji Johjima asked if she wanted him to catch the first pitch and she also began tearing up. I guess there is crying in baseball.
Jarrod Washburn looks pretty sharp, striking out Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.
In the bottom of the inning Russell Branyan takes out any all-star snub frustrations (very few minimal if any) out on the baseball driving a moon-shot to left-center into the Mariners bullpen. M's lead 1-0.
Washburn is still cruising along nicely. Also sorry for the delay, but the scoreboards went out hear at Safeco and it has me playing catch up.
Gutierrez leads off with a double in the bottom half of the inning, but he's later thrown out by about six feet on a bad attempt of a steal at third.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Washburn ... meanwhile the M's get another strikeout from Ronny Cedeno. That's 37 strikeouts in 121 at-bats for Cedeno. Um, that's kind of a lot.
Washburn gives up his first hit - a liner to left from Markakis. I didn't jinx it. I didn't say a word.
The Mariners aren't exactly tearing it up offensively other than Branyan home run. Bergeson has probably been Baltimore's best pitcher this season.
Washburn works a 1-2-3 inning, while the Mariners scratch across another run. Rob Johnson reaches and advances on a throwing error by shortstop Robert Andino. He moves to second on Chris Woodward's broken bat grounder to the right side. The Mariners try a squeeze play with the anemic hitting Ronny Cedeno at the plate, but he bunts it foul. Cedeno then strikes out... of course he does. But Ichiro bails the M's out with a single through the right side.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Washburn, he's at 80 pitches after six.
The Mariners get a single from Gutierrez, double from Ryan Langerhans to put runners on second and third with one out. The Orioles then intentionally walked Rob Johnson, which is not a typo, to load the bases and Chris Woodward makes them pay with a two-run double to left. Seattle goes up 4-0 with runners on second and third with no outs. Of course, there's no way they are walking Ronny Cedeno, who pulls a hat trick with his third strikeout of the night. The Mariners almost get a couple more, but Ichiro's sinking liner is glove by Brian Roberts on a short hop and thrown to first for the final out.
Washburn 1-2-3 again. The Mariners tack on an insurance run as Ryan Langerhans hits a ball deep to left with bases loaded for a sac fly.
Wash again 1-2-3, this is for you Dave8557. Another note, Kam Mickolio is in the eighth to pitch against the M's, as I mentioned earlier he was part of the Bedard trade, and he's also from my home state of Montana. Two Montana players in one big league game, that doesn't happen very often.
Washburn with a 1-2-3 inning for a one-hitter the first for a Mariner in Safeco Field history.