Mariners Insider Blog

One Last Game for '08 - The Mariners Finale

Knuckle baller R.A. Dickey on the mound, Kenji Johjima behind the plate - meaning few pitches will actually be caught.

Yes, it's Game #162 for the Mariners, many of whom have evening flights out of town. How many of those will be coming back?

Impossible to say without knowing who the new general manager is, but bet this: Raul Ibanez is playing is final game as a Mariner today.

He'll be missed. This season? Not so much.

And we're off.

Travis Buck hit one off the base of the right field foul pole, his first career leadoff home run, and the Mariners were behind after four pitches.

Johjijma - catching while Rob Johnson DHs - threw a ball away on a stolen base attempt, putting a runner at third base with one out.

Two-run double by Chris Denorfia.

How did this team win 60 games?

Athletics 3, Mariners 0

Ichiro's aggressive base-running - yes, you read that correctly - helped Seattle get a run back.

After he doubled, Ichiro tagged up on a fly ball to left field and took third, then scored on a Raul Ibanez ground ball.

That's 110 RBI for Ibanez, a great read by Ichiro.

Athletics 3, Mariners 1

Single by Joh, double by Wladimir Balentien and then Matt Tuiasosopo grounds to second for a run.

Just think, if players had been doing only that - grounding to second with a man at third base and less than two outs - all season, these Mariners would have scored far more runs, won far more games.

After two:

Athletics 3, Mariners 2

Dickey has retired the last 10 batters he's faced to get through five innings, which means a) he's pitching well or b) it's the last game of the season and the A's are in a hurry to get home.

Errors can beat you, even on Sept. 28.

John Outman made one on a double play grounder, throwing the ball into center field to set up Yuniesky Betancourt's two-run triple.

If he makes the play, there's no one on base for Yuni.

He didn't, and now he's down a run.

Mariners 4, Athletics 3

J.J. Putz time, for the last time this season and, he believes, quite likely the last time as a Mariner.

He's trying to get save No. 15 - in save opportunity No. 23.

It's been that kind of year.

Easy ninth for Putz, 61st win of a bitterly disappointing year for the Mariners.

It's a final.

Mariners 4, Athletics 3