UPDATE: No cycle for Ichiro, but he adds another infield hit with one out in the eighth. He took a full hack, and the ball rolled about 10 feet in front of catcher Henry Blanco, who couldn’t throw him out. That’s four hits for game and 104 for the season — 33 of them of the infield variety, including six in his last five games. That’s ridiculous.
Branyan and Beltre follow with hits, loading the bases for Mike Sweeney, is 3-for-3 with an intentional walk. Sweeney comes through with a choppper up the middle to drive in two runs. It’s now 8-3. Make it 9-3. M’s add a run on Jose Lopez’s doubleplay grounder. David Aardsma gets the day off. Miguel Batista in for the ninth.
UPDATE: Wak’s seen enough. Jakubauskas is done after three batters in the 7th. Mark Lowe takes over with runners at first and second, no outs. Seattle 6, San Diego 3. Lowe gets out of the inning. Fielder’s choice, pop up, walk to load bases to Adrian Gonzalez. Kevin Kouzmanoff hits the ball hard, but right at Ichiro.
UPDATE: Chris Jakubauskas takes over in the seventh. Washburn gives the M’s another quality start. Six innings, six hits, two runs. If the M’s hold on, the 34-year-old lefty will get his first win since April 21. He’d only received only 22 runs of support ove rhis last nine starts.
Jakubasuskas gives up HR (to Edgar Gonzalez) and double (Henry Blanco) to the first two batters he faced, drawing a visit from M’s pitching coach Rick Adair.
UPDATE: Padres get a 2-run HR from Chase Headley to make it 6-2. Until then it had been a tough day for the Pads. Scott Hairston and manager Bud Black were tossed in the second inning. Hairston didn’t like a strike call and when umpire Marvin Hudson ejected him, Black came out and got a quick hook, too.
Also, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff gave up on a popup close to the wall in foul territory that he should have caught. Headley, the left fielder, booted a ball ealrier and just had a ball go off his glove that looked catchable.
UPDATE: Ichiro grounds out to short to end the bottom of the fifth. He’ll get at least one more at bat in his quest for the cycle.
UPDATE: Who said the M’s can’t score runs? Wald Balentien just hit a moon shot that carried into the upper bleachers above the scoreboard board in left center. Estimated distance: 428 feet. Score in the bottom of the fifth: M’s 6, Pads 0.
UPDATE: With a .126 hitter (Ronny Cedeno) and a runner at third (Franklin Gutierrez) and one out, what do you do? Bunt. Manager Don Wakamatsu made the cal, Cedeno got the ball down and the M’s lead 5-0.
UPDATE: Ichiro just lined a single to right. He’s a triple away from the cycle and now has recorded five straight multiple-hit games and has an 8-game hitting streak (.470/16-34). He’s now batting .367.
DH Mike Sweeney is also 3-for-3.
Greetings from Safeco.
So far so good for the Mariners, who lead the Padres 4-0. Ichiro Suzuki hit his 29th career leadoff home run in the bottom of the first and catcher Rob Johnson later hit a 3-run double.
Padre starter Wade LeBlanc lasted 52 pitches, getting the hook in the top of hte second after Ichiro doubled (later caught stealing) and Russell Branyan walked.
That’s where it stands heding to the bottom of the fourth.
This is the M’s getaway gme. If they can hold on, they’ll be 37-35 before leaving for a 10-day, 9-game trip that will take them to Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. It’s not a make or break trip, but it might help management figure out if they’re buyers or sellers heading to the second-half of the season.
What do you think? Do you trade Jerod Washburn, pitching today, for Dodgers’ outfielder Juan Pierre? There’s been speculation about that deal.
With Yunieski Betancourt injured, should the M’s deal for a shortstop? Or do you keep putting .128-hitting Ronny Cedeno out there?