Top of 1st
The Interview looking okay. Going to be interesting with C.B. Bucknor behind the plate today. The guy is perennially voted as having the worst strike zone in all of baseball. It has a tendency to float. He also isn't the most accepting of comments or criticism about his performance.
Bottom of 1st
Russell Branyan with a long home run to center field. I can't wait for the FSN interview tonight with him. That's an inside joke some of you may have heard of if you listened to KJR at all on Thursday and Friday or to me in Friday's weekly segment with Ian Furness.
Beltre with a single, and Griffey with a walk, but the inning bogs down with Lopez and Cedeno.
Top of 2nd
Bedard gets himself into trouble with the help of Bucknor's floating strike zone, including back-to-back walks, but he rallies to strike out Alexi Casilla to end the inning. However, he is at 51 pitches after two innings. That's not a good sign.
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Bottom of 2nd
Jamie Burke with a single in his first at-bat of the game.
Top of 3rd
A little better inning for Bedard, who kept his pitches down and finished with 62 at the end of the inning.
Bottom of 3rd
The Mariners have a two-run lead! Adrian BEltre leads off with a bloop single and then Jose Lopez followed with an RBI double to right-center. M's up 2-0. Maybe it won't be a one-run game today.
Bottom of 4th
The Mariners load the bases for Junior. He takes some exception to one of Bucknor's strike calls, which is rare for Junior. And then he grounds out hard to short, even giving a bit of a stare back to Bucknor again.
Top of 5th
The Twins tie the game as Denard Span draws a lead-off walk, Joe Mauer singles and the Twins use a hard ground ball to second and a sac fly to score the runs. Bedard is at 101 pitches. I don't know that we'll see him in the sixth.
Bottom of 5th
The Mariners take the lead on a solo homer from Jose Lopez. And get another homer from Jamie Burke of all people. Like columnist John McGrath, they call up one of the few guys from Tacoma not known to hit homers and he hits one out.
That's all for Slowey, and old friend R.A. Dickey comes into the game. I never got a chance to say to R.A. this weekend. But he's still one of the good guys in the game.
Top of 8th
Is it me, or is this game just dragging along?
Top of 9th
David Aardsma isn't available, and Mark Lowe threw a lot of pitches in the eighth so Sean White is on to shut the door. White does the job, it gets a little scary there, but the Mariners get the win and series win.