Thursday, June 24, 2004


God, what a long game today in Arlington. Thank God it ended when it did. I don't know if I could have taken any more of it.

Lots of numbers in the Mariners 9-7 18 inning loss to the Rangers this afternoon:

---552 pitches thrown combined for the two teams
---5 hours, 47 minutes (43 minutes longer than the first two games of the series combined)
---23 Rangers hits, 12 Mariners hits
---Jamie Moyer made his first relief appearance after 251 consecutive starts since June 27, 1996, when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox
---Most important number: The Mariners are now 11.5 games back of the Rangers

Moyer had been scheduled to start tomorrow night in Seattle against the Padres, but that looks to be a no-go. For some sick reason, I'm expecting Ron Villone to make a spot start tomorrow night. Speaking of Villone...

7th inning: Ron Villone 0.1 IP, 1 H, O ER
Julio Mateo 0.2 IP, 0 H, O ER
8th inning: Shigetoshi Hasegawa 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (Rod Barajas HR)
Mike Myers 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 SO

Four pitchers. Two innings.

Bob Melvin has no idea how to manage a bullpen. That's groundbreaking news.

The fact that Jamie Moyer had to come into the game in the 15th inning is pathetic. It's speaks poorly of Melvin's managing skills. Granted, there was nobody else in the bullpen. But the roles that Melvin has set for his bullpen is nothing short of ineptitude.

So where are we at now? I wonder how the front office will spin this 3-game sweep in Texas this week? The M's don't get a break as they come home, since they get to face the Padres this weekend and the Rangers come to Safeco next week for four games.

TBA vs Brian Lawrence tomorrow night, 9:05 Central.

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