Mariners lose another heart-breaker in bottom of 9th 6-5

For two nights in a row the Mariners were involved in one-run games.And unlike last year where we won a majority of one-run games, we have lost both of these tight matches.Tonights pitching match-up of Ryan Rowland-Smith and Justin Duchsherer proved to be an even match, but once again the Mariners relievers just weren’t sharp.This game started out hopeful as Milton Bradley jacked a 2-run homer in the first to get his first hit as a Mariner.

Our defense was a bit shaky with even sure-handed Ichiro booting a ball in right field that cost us a run.To their credit the M’s did battle back in the middle innings, and Jose Lopez had 3 hits on the night.Oakland looks like they have the same sort of squad as the M’s built on defense, pitching, and speed.

The question in my mind is what is it going to take to get our late- inning relievers to throw first pitch strikes and get ahead in the count so the fans can take a breath  now and then in the late-innings.Ryan Langerhan came into the game in the 9th to PH for Rob Johnson who had a costly passed ball tonight and is competing with Adam Moore for the starting spot.This situation needs to get resolved sooner than later as one of these guys needs to know they are the starting catcher.

Mark Lowe came in throwing hard but seems to lack the swagger of last year and eventually gave up a long fly off the wall from the bat of Mariners nemesis Kurt Suzuki which drove in the winning run.We need to come out of  Oakland with a split and the only answer I have for that is to give Mike Sweeney a shot in the lineup for tomorrow’s Day game.Lots of ball left in the campaign and I’m still feeling hopeful, are you? jeffsmariners.com

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