Matched against a low-scoring National League team in a NL park, the Seattle Mariners have gone back to April to find their cleanup hitter tonight - second baseman Adam Kennedy.
Hey, why not?
Seattle has used dropped fly balls to win games, San Diego Padres was robbed the other night when umpire Joe West - looking into the outfield - ruled the Padres base runner left early and called him out for leaving third base too soon.
Replays not only showed he hadn't left early, they showed conclusively that West was looking at the runner, anyway. Yikes!
So, two teams who know disappointment will square off looking for their 20th win tonight. Just more spice to what is the great regional rivalry ....
Here's the Mariners corrected lineup, with Carlos Peguero in LF:
Ichiro RFChone Figgins (S) 3BJustin Smoak (S) 1BAdam Kennedy (L) 2BFranklin Gutierrez CFMiguel Olivo CCarlos Peguero LFBrendan Ryan SSErik Bedard (L) LHP