Thursday, August 21, 2008

Game 127 Live Blog: A's at M's

Now that I actually have a free day, let's do a live-blog. Today's matchup:

Greg Smith versus Ryan Rowland-Smith.

The Mariners must finish 17-19 to avoid the ignominious distinction of being the first team to lose 100 games with a $100 million payroll. Sounds fun.


Cairo--1B (puke)
Johjima--C (?)
Clement--DH (?)

My beer of choice tonight is Henry Weihnard's Blue Boar. Hardly a great beer, but it's cheap and goes down easy. The Mariners don't deserve quality beer anyway.

Top of 1st
7:10 Here we go. Beer #1. Mark Ellis fouls out to Miguel fuckin' Cairo. Bobby Crosby grounds out to Beltre.

7:14 RR-S cruises through the first after only 9 pitches. I thought the A's were supposed to be selfish walk machines who take a lot of selfish, lazy walks?

Bottom of 1st

I'll take this minute to talk about Greg Smith a bit, using the awesome Fangraphs. He doesn't really miss bats and gives up a lot of home runs and line drives depsite being the beneficiary of a .256 BABIP. In other words, he'll throw a 2-hitter against the M's tonight.

7:20 And as I type that, he strikes out Ibanez. Awesome.

Top of 2nd

Frank Thomas is not immune to the charms of the Aussie.

7:25 Kurt Suzuki, unfortunately, is.

7:28 Cust draws a walk, and RRS is in trouble early.

7:29 Dear God, this beer sucks. That's 7 bucks I'll never get back.

7:32 RRS escapes the inning with a strikeout. This inning has been brought to you by Foster's, possibly the only beer that tastes worse than what I'm having right now. Well, except for Budweiser.

Bottom of 2nd

Beltre comes within inches of a home run. Whee!

7:41 I've got pizza on the way. Anything to take away the taste of fermented dog piss in my mouth.

7:42 Balentien takes a walk? That sound you hear is the locust horde approaching.

7:44 Annnnd Johjima grounds into a double-play. Whatever I'm feeling right now is the opposite of surprise.

Top of 3rd

Rowland-Smith is up to 51 pitches already? Oh yeah, there was a double play.

Bottom of 3rd

Rick Rizzs, the M's radio broadcaster, is still expressing amazement that Yuniesky Betancourt actually walked a couple games ago--and so am I, frankly. He has 9 this year. That's right, n-i-n-e.

7:56 Ichiro!

7:59 The rally fizzles out, and I'm stepping out for a smoke. Be back in 5.

Top of 4th

Looks like I missed nothing. Well, except for Kurt Suzuki's hit. Pizza is here!

8:07 RRS is doing quite well tonight. A Cust strikeout ends the threat.

Bottom of 4th

Jose Lopez draws a rare walk. Do I smell a double play coming up?

8:17 Well, I was half-right. But with Johjima up, who knows?

8:19 And Wlad gets picked off first. Just another day of work for the Mariners.

Top of 5th

Adrian Beltre continues to be awesome.

Bottom of 5th

What happens when you get one of the league's worst offenses facing off against another of the league's worst offenses? You get a really fucking boring game. Beer #3.

Top of 6th

Emil Brown single-handedly ends this scoreless tie. 1-0 A's. Blah, need more beer.

8:34 Holy shit, something actually happened in this game. Frank Thomas gets the boot for arguing a strike call.

8:41 At 95 pitches, Rowland-Smith has probably thrown his last inning.

Bottom of 6th


8:44 I hate you Miguel Fucking Cairo. I hate you so much.

8:49 Yet another potential rally fizzles. I'm sensing a pattern here.

Top of 7th

RRS is still pitching? Color me surprised. Sean Green and Cesar Jimenez up in the pen.

8:59 Nice catch, Cairo. I still hate you.

9:02 RRS escapes the inning with a strikeout, making that 6, and he's certainly done for the night. This was a pretty damn good performance, the home-run notwithstanding. For a guy who wasn't in the Mariners' long-term plans at the beginning of the season, Ryan Rowland-Smith is making it extremely hard for them to keep him out of the rotation in '09.

Bottom of 7th

Nothing happened this inning. Moving on.

Top of 8th

Sean Green in. Nothing happened again.

Bottom of 8th

Dear God, please just end this game quickly and painlessly.

9:27 Is something happening? Two runners on for Beltre.

9:29 Never mind. Back to the hammock.

Top of 9th

Jeremy Reed, who pinch-hit in the 8th, is in at first base.

9:37 Jimenez in for Green. Why the fuck is Reed playing first again?

9:39 A's now up 2-0, an insurmountable lead for the M's.

9:41 Lopez, Balentien and Johjima up in the bottom half. Bring on the Rally Fries! (Don't really bring on the Rally Fries).

Bottom of 9th

Lopez gets gift-wrapped an infield hit, and Bryan LaHair is pinch-hitting for Wlad.

9:46 The game now rests in Tug Hulett's hands. Man, we are screwed.

Now it is in Clement's hands.

9:50 Now it is in Betancourt's hands.

9:52 Story of my life. Betancourt grounds into a double play.

Final Score: Oakland 2, Seattle 0

I'm going to drink more now.

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