Their ninth one-run loss of the season, the 11th time they've lost in the opposition's final at-bat, and in the ninth inning the Seattle Mariners finished their game today with Josh Wilson, then Josh Bard batting.
The inning started with DH Ken Griffey Jr. against right-handed closer Rafael Soriano, and Junior flied out. Casey Kotchman singled - and the Mariners had the tying run aboard.
Manager Don Wakamatsu sent in Ryan Langerhans to pinch-run, then watched Wilson and Bard each pop up.
Why not pinch-hit there, use Mike Sweeney, who'd homered in his last three games?
"Sweeney tweaked something in his lower back in batting practice and wasn't available," Wakamatsu said.
OK. Except Sweeney, minutes later, said he was available, though he'd gotten treatment before the game began.
"I felt OK, not great," Sweeney said. "I told Don I was available ..."
So there you have it - Sweeney-Gate.