Well the roof is closed thanks to rain in the area.
Today is game 145. After today, only 16 games remain in the season. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
It's September 15, and on this date in 2004, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners began the lockout of the players for what would be the whole season. How did that work out for hockey.
Celebrating birthdays today are former Mariner pitchers Matt Thornton (1976) and Paul Abbott (1967). Abbott went 17-4 for the Mariners in that 2001 season. It easily exceeded his previous best record of 9-7 in 2000. Thornton was selected by Seattle with the 22nd pick of the first round in 1998. He threw close to 100 mph from the left side, but lack of command got him traded to the White Sox for Joe Borchard. He seems to have figured out those issues and is an all-star with the Sox.
Marco Scutaro leads off with a single off of David Pauley, but a nice leaping catch by Chone Figgins on a liner by Ryan Kalish helps Pauley get out of the inning.
Russell Branyan crushes his 25th homer of the season - a solo blast to right. M's lead 1-0.
Beltre walks, but Pauley retires the next three hitters.
The Mariners get something going, as Casey Kotchman reaches with an infield single and then Jose Lopez follows with a double to left. But then Kotchman is picked off of third by catcher Victor Martinez. Lopez ends up being stranded.
Pauley gets a 1-2-3 inning.
Figgins reaches on a single but is thrown out at second by Martinez for the third out of the inning. Martinez isn't know for a great arm, but stealing on him won't be quite as easy as stealing on Varitek last night.
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The Sox lead 2-1. Adrian Beltre tied the game in the fourth on a solo homer to left. The Sox took the lead in the sixth as Chone Figgins booted a ball with two outs and David Ortiz on second allowing a run to score.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Mariners got a pair of two out walks off of Bucholz, but Casey Kotchman's long fly ball to center field stayed in the park.
And this game is now out of hand, Ryan Rowland-Smith comes in and gives up single to Marco Scutro, a double to Ryan Kalish and a two-run double to Victor Martinez. It's now 4-1.
The Sox tack on another run .... now 5-1