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Offense fails again, Mariners lose sixth in a row

It wasn't the pitching or defense that beat the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, it was the mistakes on the bases and at the palte the helped the San Francisco Giants win, 4-2.

The sixth consecutive loss at home dropped Seattle to 10-19 at Safeco Field, and afterward Eric Wedge said his veteran players were not delivering when needed.

“We’ve got to do more with our opportunities,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We need our veterans to do more. We need Ichiro to do more – we can’t always put it on the kids. An 0-for-4 night left Ichiro batting .259 – and he had two of the more important at-bats of the night.

Miguel Olivo doubled and Brendan Ryan walked with one out in the third inning to bring up Ichiro. One of the few veteran hitters on the team with a history of success, Ichiro popped up weakly on the first pitch thrown to him – doing precisely what the Mariners have preached against all season. Don’t try to hit the pitchers pitch. Pick a pitch you can hit well and hammer it.

Want gnaw-on-your-knuckles frustration, try the Seattle eighth inning. Dustin Ackley legged out an infield single. Olivo singled, his second hit of the night, and was replaced by pinch-runner John Jaso. Pinch hitter Casper Wells, batting for Brendan Ryan, singled to load the bases with no one out – and the top of the Mariners order due up.

Another offensive outburst? Not quite.

Ichiro hit into a fielders choice, scoring one run. Franklin Gutierrez grounded out, scoring a second run. Kyle Seager grounded out. Inning over. That was, in a nutshell, the Mariners offense at home this season. With five hits Friday, they managed to remain a .198-hitting team at Safeco Field. The Giants, meanwhile, had 11 hits, including a pair of home runs.