M’s Complete Sweep of Arizona, On An Error

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In a game in which King Felix dominated, and the Mariner offense slumbered, it was the opposing first baseman who handed Seattle the win. With two outs and the game tied at two in the bottom of the ninth, Arizona first baseman Tony Clark flat out dropped the throw from third baseman Mark Reynolds on a Franklin Gutierrez groundout.

It wasn’t the ideal way to win a game, but I guess it sorta makes up for the one of the Morrow meltdowns in Texas.

That dropped ball wasn’t the only mistake made by the Dbacks in that ninth inning though, in fact I’d say walking Mike Sweeney to get to Franklin Gutierrez is right up there with it.

Perhaps the only unfortunate part of today’s game was the fact that Felix wasn’t able to pick up a much deserved win. He departed down 2-1 in the eighth inning after allowing a go-ahead home run to Mark Reynolds. He pitched real well though, striking out eight in 7 1/3 innings of work.

The Mariners started off the scoring in the fourth on a Yuniesky Betancourt single, then tied it up at two in the eighth on a Franklin Gutierrez RBI fielder’s choice.

Arizona’s only two runs came on the Mark Reynolds homer.

Mark Lowe picked up the win after pitching a scoreless ninth, and Clay Zavada picked up the loss. Perhaps it’s just what he gets for making everyone look at that atrocious piece of facial hair. Karma’s a bitch.

Other news and game notes:

Ichiro’s hit streak is now at: five games.

Mike Carp had two hits today, Yuniesky Betancourt had three.

We’re over .500 for the first time since May 7th, and we now sit only 2.5 games out of first place.

Off day tomorrow, then we start another three game series with the Padres – could be a good opportunity to gain a little bit more in the division.

Old news, but Endy Chavez is out for the year with a torn ACL, and Branyan and Beltre are both banged up currently, but hopefully nothing serious for either of them.

Ichiro hit his 1,900th career hit today.

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