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GAME THOUGHTS: Red Sox vs. Mariners, July 22nd

So we've got Dice-K going tonight. And everybody knows that he throws more pitches per at-bat than almost any other pitcher in baseball. check out this mini-preview on tonight's start.

Let's see if the Mariners have that figured out ...

GAME THOUGHTS START HERE:

9:34 -- The Mariners score some runs, on an RBI double by Ichiro and an RBI single by Lopez, but Raul grounds out and Vidro lines out to center, 4-2 sox going into the ninth.

Also I forgot to mention that Jeff Clement had his thumbnail torn off his right-hand, I can't wait to see it.

9:24 --- Congrats to Bryan LaHair, his first big league hit, and just the third Mariners hit of the game.

9:03 -- yes, the comments stopped abruptly. I don't know if it was the blog software, or my wireless connection but I just couldn't get anything to load, particularly the blog software. And, no it wasn't to hang with Levine. Snydro, you are such a smart-a%%, you remind me, of, well, me.

Not much to report, Dickey got in some trouble and gave up a pair of sac flies as the lead grew to 4-0. The Mariners have got just two hits on Dice-K. And he has just 84 pitches in six innings. In most of his starts, he has about 150 pitches in six innings and is out of the game.

But a perfect example of the Mariners lack of plate discipline came in the fourth inning. Raul Ibanez drew a four-pitch walk, Vidrto has an eight-pitch at-bat and works a single up the middle, bringing up Beltre. What does he do? He swings at the first pitch, inside and off the plate, gets jammed and grounds into a 4-6-3 double play.

7:50 -- RA Dickey gets out of a huge jam in the second. Jeff Clement hurt his finger on foul pop, getting it caught in the netting behind home. he's now been taken out after striking out at the plate.

Dice-K needed just 11 pitches to get through the Mariners that inning.

7:17 -- Apparently Ichiro doesn't believe in scouting reports cause he swung at the first pitch. Lopez did see three pitches before striking out. Ibanez gets a hit and Vidro works the count some before striking out looking. Dice-K throws 13 pitches in the first inning.

7:14 -- JD Drew slams a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for a home run. Ichiro tries to make a play and comes closer than I thought he would.

7:09 -- Two huge Army transport helicopters, you know the kind with double rotors, flew over the stadium. It was pretty damn cool.

LINEUPS

RED SOX


Jacoby Ellsbury LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

J.D. Drew RF

Manny Ramirez DH

Mike Lowell 3B

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Jed Lowrie SS

Jason Varitek C

Coco Crisp CF

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Daisuke Matsuzaka P

MARINERS

Ichiro RF

Lopez 2B

Ibanez LF

Vidro DH

Beltre 3B

Reed CF

Clement C

LaHair 1B

Betancourt SS

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Dickey P

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