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SEATTLE – Just how desperate for a hero is the baseball community here? This much: By default, civic sentiment awarded the gold star for character this weekend to a manager who lost 91 games, hitched up his principles and quit.
SEATTLE – Jered Weaver gave up just three hits in eight strong innings, Kole Calhoun added a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The Angels gave Weaver plenty of run support by coming through in clutch situations. The Angels first seven runs were scored with two outs, including Calhoun’s homer, a two-run triple by Chris Nelson and an RBI triple from Peter Bourjos.
SEATTLE – The funny thing is, Erasmo Ramirez picked up his first loss of the season when he pitched one of his best games. As fortunate as Ramirez was to be 4-0 despite a 5.94 earned-run average, he was just as unfortunate in getting saddled with the loss Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The approach taken by Kyle Seager in this game’s decisive at-bat typified what his Mariners teammates had spent the afternoon doing. Seager kept on hanging around against Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan with two on and two out in the ninth inning of a tie game. Down two strikes early, Seager fouled off some pitches and eventually lined a tiebreaking double in a 4-3 win Sunday over a Texas squad that had allowed Seattle to hang in there just a little too long.
SEATTLE – Felix Hernandez shrugs off any gawking over his numbers. “They’re all right,” he deadpanned.
BALTIMORE – The home runs don’t come often these days for 41-year-old Henry Blanco, and neither do starting assignments. When they do, however, Seattle’s backup catcher often leaves a memorable impression.
SEATTLE – Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, two infielders who were toiling in Seattle’s minor league system a couple of months ago, are having a major impact on the big league club. Franklin homered twice, including a three-run shot, and Miller had two hits and scored two runs in a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
SEATTLE — Nothing came easily for Seattle Mariners starter Aaron Harang on Saturday. Even when he was holding the Minnesota Twins hitless over the first three innings, his pitch count kept steadily rising. By the time he finished the fifth, allowing one run on three hits, he’d already thrown 107 pitches.
HOUSTON – The last time Felix Hernandez had a 7-0 lead, everything fell apart for Seattle’s ace. This time around things were much different.
HOUSTON – Drained but delighted, bordering on delirious, the Mariners were in full agreement on one thing after they had – somehow – pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday night. This one was special. Special, as in a win to savor. And special, as in, you might not see another quite like this for a while.
SEATTLE – This should be an interesting two months ahead for the Mariners as they fight to win not only games on the field but fan confidence as well. That confidence was on the upswing as the team entered the All-Star break with its first series sweep, hitting like it hasn’t in years and riding a wave of enthusiasm over young players Nick Franklin, Brad Miller and Mike Zunino.
SEATTLE – Hisashi Iwakuma kept his pitches down and the ball in the ballpark. Most of the time. Iwakuma (8-4) allowed a solo home run to Mark Trumbo, but kept the Angels to three runs over seven innings as Seattle completed its first sweep of the season by beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Sunday.
SAN DIEGO – Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards and two World Series titles, but he has never been better than he was Saturday night. Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter at Petco Park, striking out 13 San Diego Padres in a 9-0 victory. The no-hitter was the third in the last five seasons for the Giants, who were no-hit by Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey earlier this month.
SEATTLE – David Ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball’s all-time leader in hits as a designated hitter and hit a two-run homer an inning later, leading the Boston Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Ortiz entered the night tied with Harold Baines for the most hits as a DH and it took just one at-bat to claim the record. Ortiz doubled to left-center field to lead off the second inning and was acknowledged by a standing ovation from the mix of Red Sox and Mariners fans.
CINCINNATI – The Seattle Mariners have dealt with more than their share of angst, misery, recrimination and criticism this season, just like in the ones that preceded it. It’s no wonder, then, that they are seizing upon an encouraging road trip for a healthy dose of optimism and good cheer.
CINCINNATI – A game in which one team bangs out 13 hits, while the other strikes out 14 times and leaves 11 on base, obviously doesn’t hinge on one at-bat. But it’s safe to say the beginning of the end for Jeremy Bonderman and the Mariners in their 13-4 thumping by the Reds on Saturday was Mat Latos’s two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Kyle Seager loves playing at Texas. Not so much for the rest of the Seattle Mariners. This time, everyone is having a nice time in the Lone Star State.
SEATTLE – Raul Ibanez believes there’s some second-half hope for his Mariners despite mounting evidence to the contrary. The Seattle Mariners limped through the halfway mark in their schedule over the weekend, culminating with a 7-6 loss on Sunday to the Chicago Cubs. Ibanez hit his 19th home run of the season in the losing effort, though his team again waited until the final few innings to show signs of offensive life.
SEATTLE – Jason Bay owned his mistake from the get-go, knowing a veteran pinch-runner can’t lean too far off first base with the game on the line. In the end, the part that kept haunting the Mariners wasn’t that eighth-inning play in which Bay broke from first base too quickly and was an easy out at second. Instead, one of the more bizarre moments of this 5-3 loss in 11 innings to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday was caused just by having Bay pinch-run for designated hitter Kendrys Morales in the first place.
SEATTLE – Mariners manager Eric Wedge is tired of seeing 41-year-old Raul Ibanez get the only big hits for Seattle. Ibanez homered for the fourth time in four games, but Seattle missed a couple of late chances and lost to Pittsburgh 4-2 Wednesday. The Pirates won their season-high sixth in a row. With the score 2-all, Seattle put two runners on with one out in the eighth inning. Reliever Vin Mazzaro (4-2) struck out Justin Smoak and got Michael Saunders to fly out to end the threat.