Yes, Lou Piniella - the most succesful manager in Seattle history - annonced his retirement today with the Chicago Cubs, effective at the end of the 2010 season.
Like him, loath him, Piniella remains the only manager in franchise history to have won more games (870) than he lost (711).
These days, the Mariners might have killed Piniella, who said an American League team need five runs a game to win consistently. In 16 July games, Seattle has scored as many as five runs twice.
Maybe that's why they're 3-13.
Doug Fister will try to win his first game since May 14, and to beat the White Sox he'll need to find that downward angle to his pitches and hope his teammates occasionally cross the plate.
Hey, win one for Sweet Lou!
- One of the signs Fister is on is when he gets ground balls. In his first two innings he got three ground ball outs, another went for a single. He's retired six of the first seven batters he's faced. The Mariners? They got a two-out infield single from Casey Kotchman After two: No score.
- Jack Wilson walked with one out and Ichiro was hit by a pitch. Chone Figgins grounded into a double play. After three: Nil-nil.
- Alex Rios walked and Paul Konerko hit the center field wall on the fly, doubling Rios to third. Mark Kotsay grounded out - Figgins turned in a marvelos play at second - and Rios scored. Andruw Jones struck out. A.J. Pierzynski grounded out. In the fourth: Chicago 1, Seattle 0.
- Alexi Ramirez singled off Jose Lopez's glove, took second on a ground all and scored on Juan Pierre's double. Omar Vizquel singled Pierre to third, Rios singled him home. With three runs in, the Sox have scored enough to have beaten the Mariners in nine of Seattle's July games. Yes, that's bad. In the fifth: Chicago 3, Seattle 0.
- It's not wise to judge pitchers by how they do against the Mariners but, by any standard, John Danks is on his game. He's allowed Seattle one hit in five innings.
- In the seventh, Fister is gone, replaced by Chris Seddon.
- Alexi Ramirez homered, his 10th. In the ninth: Chicago 4, Seattle 0.
- Bobby Jenks in to finish it, and he did. It's a final: Chicago 4, Seattle 0.