Today's game marks the first of the last 100 on the 2010 schedule, and if the Mariners go 66-34, they'd finish the year at .500.
Anyone betting the house on that?
Today, it's Felix Hernandez and his seemingly endless search for a fourth win as the Mariners seek to snap a five-game losing streak. The players have had a meeting. Management has backed manager Don Wakamatsu.
Now, can they get on with the business of playing good baseball? We'll see. It's Felix vs. Clayton Richard. We're off.
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- Felix is feeling it today - striking out the side in order in the second inning. Now, will he get a run or two to work with?
- Yikes! Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled and when Gutierrez awkwardly dove and jmissed Tony Gwynn's line drive, it went for an inside-the-park home run. Good as he is, Guti misplayed that. After the 'home run,' Felix struck out the side again. That's six in three innings. After three: San Diego 2, Seattle 0.
- With two outs and one on, Milton Bradley homered - his fifth - to tie the ame. Not a bad way to follow up calling a players-only meeting, Mr. Bradley ... In the fourth: Seattle 2, San Diego 2.
- Felix gets through the fifth inning having thrown only 65 pitches. Taking a page from Cliff Lee's book of pitching, he's been aggressive and consistently stayed ahead of hitters.
- Figgins walked and Gutierrez singled. Big inning? Jose Lopez grounded into a double play. The Padres intentionally walked Bradley. Wilson walked, loading 'em up. Mike Carp grounded out. In the sixth: Seattle 2, San Diego 2.
- Scott Hairston singled and, after Felix appeared to have picked him off first, plate umpire Angel Hernandez - no relation! - said Felix had balked. A ground ball got Hairston to third with one out. Will Venable struck out, Felix's eighth today. Hairston Jr. grounded out on Felix's 100th pitch. After seven: Seattle 2, San Diegto 2.
- Figgins singled but Gutierrez, trying to bunt him to second, popped up. Lopez doubled into the left field corner, Figgins scoring. In the eighth: Seattle 3, San Diego 2.
- To the ninth inning: Joe Thatcher pitching for San Diego. Rob Johnson singled - his third hit of the day, his eighth of the trip - and Felix bunted him to second base. Ichiro doubled, Johnson scoring. In the ninth: Seattle 4, San Diego 2.
- David Aardsma warmed up in the bullpen, but it was Felix's game to finish if he could. With his 116th pitch, he got Chase Headley. Adrian Gonzalez singled on pitch No. 122. Career high pitch No. 128 was his last, and he got a fielders choice with it. With two outs and a man on first, Aardsma was brought in for a six-pitch save. It's a final: Seattle 4, San Diego 2.