July 26, 2009 in Sports

Disheartening loss for M’s

Woeful Indians pound Seattle again
Kirby Arnold Everett Herald
Associated Press photo

… Ichiro Suzuki and the rest of the Mariners have not.
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SEATTLE – One game among 162 got away from the Seattle Mariners in a hurry Saturday, but this time a healthy dose of hope in the division race may have gone with it.

The Cleveland Indians beat the Mariners 10-3 at Safeco Field and, combined with the L.A. Angels’ victory over Minnesota, the M’s fell 71/2 games out of first place.

Time and a miracle can still pull the Mariners back into contention, and it may take both after what they learned about pitcher Erik Bedard on Saturday.

He needed 81 pitches to labor through three innings that stirred concerns again about the health of his left shoulder.

In Bedard’s fourth start after a month on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder, manager Don Wakamatsu saw signs again that the left-hander could be hurting.

“When you look at the command and the lack of efficiency in his pitches, I think there’s some discomfort in there,” Wakamatsu said.

Bedard needed 42 pitches to get through two innings, then he threw 39 in the third when the Indians took a 2-0 lead on Jhonny Peralta’s two-run single.

The M’s went into Saturday unsure who would start today’s series finale against the Indians. One possibility was Chris Jakubauskas, but he was needed for 12/3 innings after Bedard was pulled.

Seattle will call up left-hander Jason Vargas from Triple-A Tacoma to start against the Indians today.

The game got away from the M’s in the fourth when the Indians pounded Jakubauskas for four runs and five hits, including Chris Gimenez’s two-run homer, to make the score 6-0.

Garrett Olson got the final out in the fifth and gave up another two-run homer in the sixth – by Ryan Garko – before finishing the game by retiring 10 straight.

The Indians led 10-0 before Seattle scored for the first time since the sixth inning Thursday at Detroit, a span of 20 innings.

Johnson and Russell Branyan each hit RBI doubles and Ronny Cedeno had an RBI groundout.

•Seattle called up outfielder Michael Saunders from Triple-A Tacoma and designated Wladimir Balentien for assignment.

Saunders started in left field and went 0-for-4.

Indians 10, Mariners 3

Cleveland ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
A.Cabrera ss 432211.300
B.Francisco cf 310011.237
Choo lf 511001.282
V.Martinez c 401111.287
Jh.Peralta 3b 502302.260
Hafner dh 311011.290
a-Shoppach ph-dh 000010.194
Garko 1b 522201.286
Gimenez rf 522200.234
Valbuena 2b 401001.220
Totals 3810121059
I.Suzuki rf 512000.358
Branyan 1b 501100.267
Jo.Lopez 2b 500001.261
M.Sweeney dh 300010.252
F.Gutierrez cf 302011.296
Hannahan 3b 311001.197
Ro.Johnson c 311110.207
Saunders lf 400000.000
Cedeno ss 400101.178
Totals 3537334
Cleveland 002422000—10121
Seattle 000000003—371

E—Jh.Peralta (10), Cedeno (5). LOB—Cleveland 7, Seattle 9. 2B—A.Cabrera (21), Choo (19), Hafner (10), I.Suzuki (21), Branyan (18), Ro.Johnson (14). HR—Gimenez (3), off Jakubauskas; A.Cabrera (3), off Jakubauskas; Garko (11), off Olson. RBIs—A.Cabrera 2 (38), V.Martinez (64), Jh.Peralta 3 (43), Garko 2 (39), Gimenez 2 (5), Branyan (55), Ro.Johnson (20), Cedeno (17). SB—A.Cabrera (11), B.Francisco (13). RLISP—Cleveland 4 (V.Martinez, Hafner 2, Choo); Seattle 5 (Saunders 2, Jo.Lopez 3). RMU—I.Suzuki, Branyan, Saunders, Cedeno. GIDP—B.Francisco, Gimenez. DP—Seattle 2 (Jo.Lopez, Branyan), (Hannahan, Jo.Lopez, Branyan).

Sowers W, 3-7 7400221035.15
W.Abreu 1011121810.50
Veras 132200186.75
Bedard L, 5-3 322246812.82
Jakubauskas 1 2/3 76400485.59
Olson 4 1/3 32213595.37

IR-S—Veras 1-1, Olson 1-0. HBP—by W.Abreu (Hannahan), by Jakubauskas (B.Francisco). WP—Sowers, Olson. T—3:13. A—29,213.

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