Ah, the "natural rivals" that are the Mariners and Padres. When I think of bitter enemies, Cats and Dogs, democrats and republicans, Huskies and Cougs, Bobcats and Grizzlies (you might not get that one) or cobras and mongooses (or is it mongeese?).
I'm getting weird deja vu with this whole Chad Gaudin-Garrett Olson pitching match-up since I just saw it about five days ago. Of course, the weather was a little different.
Olson makes quick work of the Pads in the first inning, and Gaudin does the same.
Olson looking sharp again. Funny story about Olson. He's kind of photography nut, kind of like the other writer on this blog, anyway the day after he was out in the outfield of Petco Park taking photos of the spot where Chase Headley crushed a deep homer off of him.
Gaudin has a little trouble loading the bases on a single from Griffey, a walk to Gutierrez, a bloop single to Balentien. He then strikes out Rob Johnson and Yuni Betancourt (who looked awful in the AB), but then inexplicably walks Ronny Cedeno and his .123 batting average to force in a run.
Not much going on.
Remember the last time the Mariners played the Padres and manager Don Wakamatsu talked about not letting Adrian Gonzalez beat them after he went 4-for-4 with a homer. Well, Gonzalez is now 1-for-2 with a two-run homer to left off of Olson. That pitch was up and right down the middle. Most big league hitters will hit that pitch well every time. Gonzalez will hit that pitch out.
UPDATE from TACOMA: Ryan Rowland-Smith has been ejected from his start in the fourth inning. Apparently, Rowland-Smith was unhappy when Las Vegas hitter Angel Sanchez asked for and was granted timeout just as Rowland-Smith was ready to throw. Rowland-Smith was not happy and hit Sanchez with the next pitch. The pitch hit Sanchez in the helmet and he was taken out of the game. Rowland-Smith was ejected. His line: 3 2/3, 5 hits, two runs, two walks, three strikeouts and possibly a suspension.
Henry Blanco with a double and he later scores on a single from Everth Cabrera. Cabrera then steals second and third on consecutive pitches - which you know irks Wakamatsu - and he scores on David Eckstein's single to right.
The Mariners have two not so great ABs from Yuni and Cedeno and a fly-out from Ichiro.
They now have just three hits off Chad Gaudin.... I repeat three hits off of Chad Gaudin.
Some of you may have been scared off by that five run inning where everything that could go wrong did. Garret Olson finally got chased after giving out a one-out single and then a double. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out two. Roy Corcoran came in and got squeezed a little by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez, walking back to back hitters, including one for a run. Then there was infield single that scored a run, a soft sac fly to center and Eckstein's single that barely made it off the infield dirt and another single from Scott Hairston that barely got out of the infield. It's now 9-1.
In the bottom inning, Junior hit his 406th homer as a Mariner and the 5,000 homer in franchise history. That's four hits off Gaudin.
Russell Branyan has three strikeouts, CEdeno two, Johnson two, Betancourt two, Balentien two. Apparently, Chad Gaudin is channeling his inner Jake Peavy. I miss the Anchorman references.
It's times like this in games like these that I often peruse the Internet for wisdom. Today, I'm calling on early 80s philosopher Clifford C. Clavin. who once said ...
- It's a little known fact that the tan became popular in what is known as the Bronze Age.
Ahh the magic of Cliffy. The Mariners get four runs off reliever Greg Burke as Branyan hits a two-run bomb and then Wlad Balentien delivers an RBI single and Mike Carp gets a pinch-hit sac fly. Mariners trail 9-6.
And as not to mess with karma or luck, I offer this Cliff nugget to keep the rally going.
Everyone in the Swiss Army owns a Swiss Army Knife. That's why no one messes with Switzerland.
THe Mariners get a run, but the magic runs out. I'd feel a little better about the loss after the late rally. Only marginally though.