Mariners Insider Blog

GAME THOUGHTS: Tigers vs. Mariners, June 1st (7-5 loss)

I was going to post some Kenny G lyrics in honor of Miguel Batista pitching today. But of course Kenny G doesn't have lyrics so that's out. So I figured I'd go with something a little different in honor of the concert I plan on going to in a few weeks and perhaps in honor of Richie and McLaren ....

Today is gonna be the day

That they're gonna throw it back to you

By now you should've somehow

Realized what you gotta do

I don't believe that anybody

Feels the way I do about you now

Backbeat the word was on the street

That the fire in your heart is out

I'm sure you've heard it all before

But you never really had a doubt

I don't believe that anybody feels

The way I do about you now

Some of you noticed, that I was absent yesterday. I don't what tipped it off more, the lack of game thoughts, or the fact that the Mariners won a game.

Actually, Larry LaRue made his triumphant return to the pressbox yesterday, while I was in Yakima playing fastpitch softball. Here's Larry's game story.... It's good to have Larry back, and as John McLaren would say, "in the mix." Here's Larry's notebook that leads with the return of Mark Lowe's slider.

John McGrath was also up at the game yesterday and wrote this column about King Felix.


5:20 -- Here's the postgame audio of Mac's press conference.... I was going to type it all out, but I don't have time.

4:15 -- Some good news, the Tigers closer isn't having much better luck than JJ. Todd Jones gave up a single to Vidro and monster homer to Ibanez that hit the hit it here cafe on the fly. He got Beltre, who didn't swing at a strike, and then walked Joh. But Reed struck out and Cairo flied out to end the game.

4:08 -- JJ made it 2/3 of an inning, giving up four runs, four hits, a walk and striketout.

Snydro I hear where you're coming from. The conventional rule on this is to use your closer in the ninth of a tie game and win it in the bottom of the ninth. But Morrow was dominated.

3:53 -- Well, that was pretty unfortunate, I don't think you can get a cheaper hit than the one Polanco just pulled out to put the Tigers up, and now the Mariners are down 4-3. JJ made a good pitch inside on Polanco's hands and yet the ball still managed to find grass.

3:45 -- sorry for the break, trying to get going on my notebook a little bit there. Morrow was once again electric in the eighth. The Mariners had a chacne in the bottom of the eighth, but both Betancourt and Lopez swang at somewhat questionable pitches with a runner on third.

2:40 -- From Snydro22: So now that Larry's out of rehab, how are things going to work as far as coverage, the blog, etc?


To be perfectly honest I don't know. I've said all along that this is Larry's beat, and I'm just keeping the seat warm till he gets back and is healthy and ready to go. I have no problem stepping aside at any point. I assume a lot of it will have to do with how Larry is feeling and how much he wants to do. I'm sure we'll have a meeting on it with our sports editor. I have told them that I want to continue working on the blog quite a bit. And offering supplemental coverage, even on the nights when Larry is covering games. So we'll see... But as for the immediate future. I'm covering the next two days, and all the road trip to Boston and Toronto and the road trip to Atlanta, New York and San Diego.

2:20 --- It's the fourth inning, and I guess now as good of time as any to have our daily - JEFF CLEMENT WATCH!!!

First here's Grant Clark's story from the Rainiers win over Salt Lake yesterday.

Clement was 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year and pushed his RBI count to 32.

Here'e the Rainiers' up to date stats ...

2:05 -- The Mariners tie the game as Ichiro and Lopez execute the hit and run and Ichiro gets to third on Lopey's soft single to left. Vidro scores Ichiro with a sac fly to center. Rauuuuuullll follows that up with a single to right allowing Lopez to go from first to third.

1:54 -- Carlos Guillen got a little preparation H and then doubled to right to put the Tigers back up 2-1.

Oh and if the fact that the Mariners didn't draft Tim Lincecum bothers you.... um you might not want to read this column then.

1:40 -- Beltre with a sole home run. I know I made fun of his .189 May average, but he also had seven homers in May and has 13 for the season.

1:20 -- Only a 12-minute top of the first for Batista. Thanks to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald for timing it. Kirby said it was one of Miguel's shortest top of the firsts in recent weeks.

Tigers get a run still on a single by Magglio Ordonez RBI single, scoring Curtis Granderson, who drew a lead-off walk.

Jeremy Reed also had a nice diving catch in the inning.

Here's today's lineups ...


Curtis Granderson CF

Placido Polanco 2B --- If you look closely, he has a really odd shaped head.

Carlos Guillen LF -- Never seen Carlos play outfield before. Maybe it's due to the hemmoroidal issue he's been struggling with this week.

Magglio Ordonez RF -- For the love God, just cut your hair.

Miguel Cabrera 1B --- Gray appears to be slimming on him.

Jeff Larish DH --- Never heard of the guy before Friday.

Edgar Renteria SS ---

Ivan Rodgriguez C --- One of the first major leaguers I ever met.

Brandon Inge 3B --- this guy should be their every day third baseman.


Jeremy Bonderman P --- The pride of Pasco has a 2-1 record with a 2.78 ERA


Ichiro CF -- fans still can't get the beer from Papua New Guinea

Lopez 2B -- Back in the No. 2 spot where he hits best.

Vidro DH -- every time he steps to the plate, he's one step closer to picking up that monster option for next year.

Ibanez LF --

Beltre 3B -- We got ballots to vote for AL player of the month, he was one of the candidates with a .189 batting average for the month. Needless to say I didn't vote for him.

Johjima C

Reed RF -- hit a homer yesterday, plays fearless defense every day.

Cairo 1B

Betancourt SS