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Mariners 8, A's 7 in 15 innings -- postgame notes (updated 10:37

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Obviously, the clubhouse was quite happy with the win. And expect a few columns on the Mariners winning games like this that they had no prayer of winning last year.

As much as I get on Miguel Batista, he wasn't too bad on Sunday. He still takes an average of 30 seconds in between each pitch and closer to 45 with a runner on. No one got a chance to talk to him as he left the clubhouse relatively quickly, while we were talking to Jakubauskas, who was a bit of a talker. I'm not certain how much Batista wanted to talk anyway. Even with a strong performance, he seems to be relatively unhappy with his role in the bullpen.

Still, manager Don Wakamatsu gave him plenty of praise.

"He put us in the position, your back is to the wall and you need to get as much as you can from him and he ended up throwing 65 pitches," Wakamatsu said.

I asked Wak after the game about the bullpen and really only Vargas and Batista won't be available tomorrow against the Rangers. He also mentioned the Felix is a little under the weather right now. So something to keep an eye on for tomorrow. But part of the reason why he didn't use Aardsma another inning is to have him available again.

He said his focus was still on winning today's game, but you can't forget about the next day either.

* Yuni's bunt while successful was about the worst possible thing that could have happened. They got lucky there. But hey, at least he got it on the ground. Baby steps.

I'm not sure what Rajai Davis was doing on that pop-up from Jose Lopez, he was awfully confused and I think had he played it properly, the Mariners probably wouldn't have sent Gutierrez because it was so shallow.

Mike Sweeney was pretty happy and realistic about his 200th homer saying he was glad it meant something in the game.

"By no means is it a milestone like (Ken Griffey Jr.) with 600," he said.

Of course, Sweeney wasn't guaranteed to hit two homers in the big leagues let alone 200 when he was drafted by Kansas City in the 10th round of the 1991 draft.

"It's a small milestone for a big league player," he said. "But for a guy like me that was a late-round draft pick and a guy that takes pride in my work ethic, it's quite an honor."

And an honor he almost didn't get to reach, after getting released by the A's last September, Sweeney admittedly thought his baseball career might be done.

"Being stuck on 199 for rest of my life wouldn't have been that much fun," he said.

From my notes and my game story ...

At the end of the day, this much happened.

&bull The game went 15 innings and lasted 5 hours and two minutes.

&bull The teams hitters combined for 131 plate appearances

&bull The teams used a combined 13 pitchers, with Oakland reliever Gio Gonzalez throwing 108 pitches, while Oakland starter Josh Outman threw only 87 and Mariners' starter Chris Jakubauskas only 78.

&bull Speaking of pitches, the Mariners eight pitchers combined for 266 pitches thrown and 162 were strikes. While the A's used only five pitchers – thanks to Gonzalez – and they combined for 260 pitches and 164 strikes.

&bull Jose Lopez and Ichiro Suzuki came to bat eight times, while Ryan Sweeney and Orlando Cabrera of the A's also had eight plate appearances.

&bull The teams combined to strand 29 base runners and go a collective 7-for-30 with runners in scoring position and still have a total of 30 hits.

&bull The game was so long there were two seventh inning stretches and two singings of "Take me out to the ball game."

&bull I also changed the lead of my story probably eight times.

From the M's ...


* Josh Outman tied career-high's in both innings pitched, 6.0 (last: 9/28/08 at SEA), and strikeouts with 5 (last: 4/17/09 at TOR). It was his first quality start of the season and the third of his career.

* Ryan Sweeney extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 3x7 with 1 RBI and a run. During the streak he is hitting .304 (17x56) with 9 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI. It is the longest hitting streak by an Oakland A's player this season and coming into Sunday's game, was tied for the second longest active hitting streak in the American League.

* Kurt Suzuki went 2x6 with a double after having an 8-game hitting streak snapped yesterday… has hit safely in 9 of the last 10 games and is batting .432 (16x37) with 4 runs, 6 doubles, a home run and 10 RBI during those games.

* The A's have now hit 8 home runs in their last 8 games, after hitting just 3 homers in their first 13 games… have 11 home runs on the season which entering Sunday was the fewest in Majors (SF, 13) and with the major league individual leader (Pena, TB 11).


* Seattle recorded it's 7th come-from-behind victory of the season and 2nd this series. It was Seattle's first win of the season when trailing after 8.0 innings…had been 0-8. This was the team's 3rd walk-off win of the year.

* Today's 5 hour, 2 minute affair was longest game of the season for Seattle both in innings and time… previous high was 10 innings (April 14 vs. LAA) and 3 hours, 20 minutes (April 22 vs. TB)…longest game since 15.0 inning loss to Detroit July 6, 2008. Was 28th game in franchise history of at least 14.0 innings. Seattle is 18-10 in games of at least 14.0 innings.

* Reliever Jason Vargas made his first relief appearance in the Majors since July 3, 2007 at Colorado and tossed 2.1 shutout innings for the win. This was his first major league win since April 13, 2006.

* The Mariners continued their success against left-handed pitching in '09 and are now 7-1 vs. LH starters.

* Kenji Johjima's game-tying solo home run in the 9th inning was his first of the season, and the first by a Seattle catcher this year.

* Mike Sweeney hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning… his first of the season and 200th of his career… he has now recorded a hit in 4 consecutive starts, batting .389 (7x18)... hitting .289 in games started this season (13X45).

* Ichiro Suzuki went 2x7 today, extending his hitting streak against Oakland to 10 games. During the streak he is batting .304 (14x46) with 5 runs, 2 doubles and 5 RBI.

* Wladimir Balentien went 3x5 with a double and has now recorded a multi-hit game in 5 of 9 starts…batting .353 (12x34) overall.

* Jose Lopez recorded his 6th multi-hit game of '09 with a trio of singles including the game-winner in the 15th inning… currently has a 5 game hitting streak, including 4 multi-hit games during the streak.

* Denny Stark made his first Major League appearance since July 19th, 2004…1,747 days in between appearances… his last regular season outing as a Mariner came on October 6th, 2001 vs. Texas…was selected from Tacoma May 2nd (Morrow DL).

* Franklin Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 7 games… is the longest of his career. During the streak, Gutierrez is batting .440 (11x25) with 2 runs scored, 1 home run and 3 RBI.

* Adrian Beltre has a 5-game hitting streak after going 2x6 in the game and is batting .391 (9x23) during the streak, raising his average from .167 to .216.

* Umpire Derryl Cousins worked his 4,000th career MLB game… Cousins, who began his umpiring career in 1979 is one of just 18 Major League umpires ever to reach that milestone.