Greetings and welcome through this afternoon sojourn of baseball. I can't believe but they are actually opening the roof at Safeco Field. After what I saw this morning, I thought there was no way. But the roof is opening and the rays of hazy sunshine are shining down of fellow ray of sunshine Erik Bedard.
Anyway, I was excited about the chance to cover this game. No not because it's day baseball and I get to sit next to my buddy Johnny McGrath during the game. Not for the chance to see Bedard pitch and see him glare oddly at some of the insane questions the TV people ask postgame, no it's because I get to run this picture ....
Simply one of the greatest player headshots in baseball or in the realm of potential serial killers.
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And it's not just the one picture either, how about this ...
Anyway, GAME UPDATES START HERE (lineups below)
Top of 1st
Erik Bedard gets in a minor jam giving up two hits, but he gets Andruw Jones and Hank Blalock to pop up.
Bottom of 1st
Could be a big day from Ichiro, he came into today hitting .541 (20-for-37) against Vicente. So of course he pops up in his first at-bat. Easy inning for Vicente
Top of 2nd
Bedard again allows the lead-off hitter (actually Wlad probably should have caught that) to reach forcing him to throw extra pitches, but gets out.
Bottom of 2nd
Padilla is looking solid, and still scary.
Top of 3rd
Bedard looked like he was in a much better rhythm that inning. Of course no baserunners help that situation.
Bottom of 3rd
Not much going on, Johnson tried to bunt and Padilla threw Betancourt a curveball that was so slow it didn't register on the radar gun here.
Top of 4th
Great catch from Russell Branyan going, reaching into the stands and grabbing a pop up from the baseball player formerly known as Andruw Jones.
Bottom of 4th
Ichiro is the first base runner with a walk, but that lasts for about one pitch as Lopez grounds into the a double play.
Top of 5th
Bedard is rolling along nicely, he gave up a single, but nothing else. It's started to rain, but they waited a while to start closing the roof.
Bottom of 5th
Wlad breaks up the no-hitter off of Padilla. With the rain coming down there was brief pause as the umps thought about waiting for the roof to close, perhaps out of the complaints from the Rangers. But they didn't. On a side note, I was wide-eyed intern for the TNT back in 2000 when I covered my first game by myself and it was the day the roof didn't close and they actually had a rain delay at Safeco.
Top of 6th
nice pick off from Bedard to get out of the inning
Bottom of 6th
The at-bat Yuni had in this inning pretty much sums up every rant I've ever had about his approach. And if he was supposed to bunt, he sure didn't show it. The Mariners get a break though as Ian Kinsler can't handle Jose Lopez's hard hit ground ball and a run scored. Mariners 1, Rangers 0.
Top of 7th
Apparently my last update never went up (though not surprisingly with our blog software)
Anyway Nelson Cruz crushed a Bedard pitch into the left field stands, clanging off the steps above the visitors bullpen to tie the game.
Bottom of 7th
Not much going for the Mariners there. They get a lead-off walk, but Beltre hit into a double play
Top of 8th
A little redemption for Rob Johnson, he hangs on to Wlad Balentien's throw from left to stop the potential go-ahead run at the plate for the third out.
Bottom of 8th
Not much going on from the Mariners, Yuni sees all of two pitches.
Top of 9th
Aardsma comes in and makes things interesting, loading the bases with two outs and bringing up Ian Kinsler. But Aardsma battles back and strikes him out after falling behind 3-1. His last three pitches were 95, 97, 97.
Bottom of 9th
The Mariners have one hit, insert the the line from Major League -- "One hit? That's all we got is one bleepin' hit?"
Top of 10th
That was scary as Kelley went down after throwing a pitch. I'm thinking it might be an oblique muscle strain and the Mariners are down 3-1. Denny STark comes in cold and warms up and takes over but he gives up four straight singles. Stark didn't give up a single to Saltlamacchia -- he gave up a grand slam. It's now 7-1.
Bottom of 10th
The Mariners are now turning into an offensive juggernaut, getting back to back doubles from Branyan and Beltre to score a run.
UPDATE: Expect Garrett Olson to be called up to replace Kelley on the roster. Olson was just scratched his start today in Salt Lake City and he's probably on his way to the SLC airport.
Ian Kinsler 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Andruw Young LF
Hank Blalock DH
Marlon Byrd CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Chris Davis 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Vincente Padilla (1-2, 7.43 ERA)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Mike Sweeney DH
Russell Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Wladimir Balentien LF
Rob Johnson C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Erik Bedard (2-1, 2.61 ERA)