Friday, June 16, 2006


AP photo -- Ben Margot

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In 25 words or less: After the Mariners busted out the brooms against the Angels, they traveled to Oakland and the tables turned.

This one featured Jarrod Washburn going up against Esteban Loaiza. Loaiza had recently spent a night in jail after breaking the 120mph barrier in his Ferrari and failing a sobriety test. Also, Frank Thomas was placed on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps. A win by Oakland would put a big dent in the momentum the Mariners had coming into the series. They had won nine games in eleven tries before losing the first two games of this series in Oakland.

The game start was delayed by Jay Payton running back to the dugout to get sunglasses. Ichiro bounced a full-count pitch along the right side to Loaiza, who underhanded to first for the out. Adrian Beltre flew out on a 2-0 pitch to Swisher in shallow left. Jose Lopez flew out to Scutaro near the mound. Loaiza threw 15 pitches.

Marco Scutaro popped to Reed in shallow leftcenter. Nick Swisher flew out high to Betancourt on the grass in shallow left. Jay Payton popped the first pitch high to Betancourt on the infield grass. Washburn threw nine pitches.

Raul Ibañez reached but poked a single through the right side and into rightfield. Richie Sexson dumped the first pitch in front of Kielty in rightfield for a single (he might have gotten a bad read on the ball), moving Ibañez to second. Carl Everett bounced to first, where Johnson threw to try and start the double play, and Crosby tagged the bag and threw back to first, but Loaiza was still getting to the bag, and the ball went past. Ibañez scored on the play and Everett went to second.
Kenji Johjima drilled a ball toward the leftfield corner, where Swisher was there in time but the ball went off his glove and against the wall (ruled an error), moving Everett to third as Johjima got to second. Jeremy Reed was nailed by a 2-2 inside fastball that got him around the right hip, loading the bases. Yuniesky Betancourt singled through the left side on the second pitch, scoring Everett and keeping the bases loaded.
Ichiro fell behind 0-2 before bouncing a 1-2 pitch off of himself, but he was ruled to have been out of the batters' box when it hit him, and therefore was called out, much to the chagrin of both Ichiro and Hargrove. Beltre walked on a high 3-1 pitch, scoring Johjima and keeping the bases loaded.
Lopez grounded the second pitch to third, where Chavez threw to second for the force. Loaiza threw 29 pitches and had 44 through two.

Eric Chavez was up 3-0 and walked on a 3-1 pitch outside. Bobby Kielty broke his bat and grounded to third to start a 5-4-3 double play. Bobby Crosby walked on four pitches. Jason Kendall fell behind 0-2 before punching a 1-2 pitch through the right side for a single, moving Crosby to second. Dan Johnson ripped a 2-0 pitch down the rightfield line for a double, scoring Crosby as well as Kendall, who beat the relay home.
Antonio Perez got ahead 3-0 before taking a full-count pitch up and in. Scutaro popped to right on a full count. Washburn threw 33 pitches and had 42 through two.

Ibañez fell behind 0-2 and whiffed on a 1-2 pitch down and in. Sexson worked a 1-2 count full before flying out to the leftfield track. Everett nubbed the second pitch to the right side, where Loaiza came off the mound to field it and beat Everett to the bag. Loaiza threw 13 pitches and had 57 through three.

Swisher bounced a 2-2 pitch to third. Payton ripped a 2-2 pitch past a diving Sexson and down the rightfield line for a double. Chavez took an 0-2 breaking ball over the outside corner. Kielty cranked an outer-half first pitch over the wall in leftcenter, scoring Payton.
Crosby looped a fly to Lopez moving back into shallow right. Washburn threw 17 pitches and had 59 through three.

Johjima bounced the first pitch to short. Reed bounced to first. Betancourt whiffed on a 1-2 pitch up and away. Loaiza threw ten pitches and had 67 through four.

Kendall grounded hard to third on the second pitch. Johnson fell behind 0-2 and nubbed to the right side, where there was some issues between Sexson and Washburn trying to get the ball, and Washburn got it and ran to the bag to try to tag Johnson, but it wasn't quite in time, apparently, and Hargrove came out to argue a bit (not enough video angles to definitively dispute this). Perez worked a 1-2 count for a walk, moving Johnson to second. Scutaro fell behind 0-2 before whiffing on a 2-2 breaking ball down and in. Swisher wrapped a ball into the gap in leftcenter that Reed looked to have had but overran, and it went to the wall for a double, scoring Johnson and Perez.
Payton grounded hard to first, and Sexson tossed over to a covering Washburn, who stepped on the bag barely in time to get the out on the sliding Payton. Washburn threw 26 pitches and had 85 through four.

Ichiro nubbed the second pitch to a charging Suctaro on the right side, who tried to shovel it with the glove to first, but it wasn't in time. Beltre watched as Ichiro nabbed second on the 2-0 pitch. Beltre was up 3-0 and walked on a 3-1 pitch. Lopez popped to center on the first pitch and the runners held. Ibañez flew out to Swisher on the leftcenter track on the second pitch. Sexson smacked a single through the left side on the second pitch, scoring Ichiro and moving Beltre to second.
Everett sent the first pitch through the left side for a single, scoring Beltre and moving Sexson to second. Pitching coach Curt Young came to the mound for a visit.
Johjima popped the second pitch to left. Loaiza threw 15 pitches and had 82 through five.

Chavez lined a single into shallow right. Kielty grounded hard to third, where Beltre made a great stop along the line to start a 5-4-3 double play. Crosby nubbed the second pitch to the third-base side of the mound, where Washburn came off to field it and threw in time to first.

Washburn's line: 5 innings, 6 runs, 7 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts, 91 pitches (52 strikes)

Reed fell behind 0-2 and scorched a 2-2 liner right to Johnson at first. Betancourt flew out to Payton in leftcenter on the first pitch. Ichiro bounced the second pitch to first.

Loaiza's line: 6 innings, 5 runs (3 earned), 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 91 pitches (55 strikes)

Emiliano Fruto came in for Washburn. Kendall took a 1-2 breaking ball over the inside corner. Johnson lined a 2-0 pitch into the rightfield corner for a double. Perez took a 1-2 breaking ball over the outside corner, to his chagrin. Scutaro took Ibañez to the leftfield track on the second pitch. Fruto threw 13 pitches.

Chad Gaudin came in for Loaiza. Beltre took Kielty to the track in right. Lopez popped high to left on the second pitch. Ibañez rode a ball off the base of the wall in center, and Payton tried to play the carom but had it go off his glove, enabling Ibañez to get to third with a triple. Sexson grounded hard to third. Gaudin threw 13 pitches.

Swisher walked on a 3-1 pitch low and away. Payton fell behind 0-2 and stuck a 1-2 pitch through the right side for a single, moving Swisher to second.

George Sherrill came in for Fruto. Chavez popped the first pitch high to Sexson with the infield fly rule called. Kielty was up 3-0 and took a 3-1 pitch outside.

Rafael Soriano came in for Sherrill. Crosby dropped the second pitch in front of Ibañez in right, scoring Swisher and keeping the bases loaded.
Kendall foul-tipped a 2-2 outside fastball into Johjima's glove. Johnson poked the second pitch to the right side, where it went off of Lopez' glove and into rightfield for a single, scoring Payton and Kielty and moving Crosby to third.
Adam Melhuse, hitting for Perez, fell behind 0-2 before popping out to Lopez backing up into shallow right on a 1-2 pitch.

Fruto's line: 1 inning, 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
Sherrill's line: 1/3 inning, 1 run, 0 hits, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 6 pitches (2 strikes)
Soriano's line: 2/3 inning, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 15 pitches (10 strikes)

Everett dumped a single shallow along the leftfield line. Johjima rolled the first pitch to second, moving Everett to second. Reed rolled the second pitch to short, moving Everett to third. Betancourt was up 3-0 before doubling off the base of the leftfield wall on a full count, scoring Everett.
Ichiro flew out to left on a 2-2 pitch.

Gaudin's line: 2 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 31 pitches (20 strikes)

JJ Putz came in for Soriano. Scutaro flew out to Ichiro in shallow rightcenter on the first pitch. Swisher fell behind 0-2 before whiffing on a 1-2 fastball. Payton smoked the first pitch to the wall in leftcenter for a double. Chavez boucned a 1-2 pitch to second.

Putz' line: 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 11 pitches (9 strikes)

Huston Street came in for Gaudin. Beltre drilled one, but right to Payton in center. Lopez fell behind 0-2 and tapped a 1-2 pitch back to the mound. Ibañez bounced out to second.

Street's line: 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 10 pitches (7 strikes)

Gameball: Yuniesky Betancourt.

Goat: Jarrod Washburn.

Yr W-L Pct GB Stk
2001 52-16 .765 -- L2
2003 46-22 .676 6 W2
2002 41-27 .603 11 L2
2000 38-30 .559 14 W1
2005 31-37 .456 21 L1
2006 31-37 .456 21 L3
2004 29-39 .426 23 L1

Ichiro 34-for-68 (.500), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers, 6 RBIs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts
Beltre 17-for-65 (.262), 3 doubles, 3 homers, 10 RBIs, 6 walks, 11 strikeouts
Lopez 15-for-63 (.238), 7 doubles, 1 homer, 11 RBIs, 5 walks, 12 strikeouts
Ibañez 17-for-52 (.327), 2 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers, 17 RBIs, 8 walks, 8 strikeouts
Sexson 12-for-57 (.211), 1 double, 4 homers, 16 RBIs, 5 walks, 15 strikeouts
Everett 12-for-50 (.240), 1 homer, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts
Johjima 12-for-51 (.235), 4 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Reed 9-for-37 (.243), 1 double, 1 homer, 2 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Betancourt 17-for-54 (.315), 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Lowry. Hernandez. Tonight.

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