July 2, 2011 in Sports

Fister’s hard luck continues in bizarre M’s loss

Associated Press
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It was another frustrating night for Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Doug Fister, who lost a 1-0 decision to San Diego.
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SEATTLE — San Diego’s Cameron Maybin walked after just three balls were thrown by Seattle’s Doug Fister and came around to score the only run of the game on Alberto Gonzalez’s fifth-inning single, sending the Padres past the Mariners 1-0 on Saturday night.

With one out in the fifth, Maybin walked when a pitch was called high by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. A video review of the at-bat by official scorer Dan Peterson confirmed the count should have been 3-2 when Maybin walked.

No argument was made by anyone on the field and the stadium scoreboard showed a three-ball count before Fister (3-9) delivered the pitch.

Maybin scored when Gonzalez’s one-hopper skipped off the glove of Brendan Ryan and into left field.

Cory Luebke (2-2) pitched six innings for San Diego.

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