Mariners win fourth series in a row, edging Orioles 6-5

Matt Tuiasosopo living up to expectations

   The Seattle Mariners beat the Orioles 6-5 tonight giving them their fourth consecutive series win in a row. Matt Tuiasosopo once again produced at the plate with another 3-run homer in the second, and made a great diving catch in the eighth to stop the Orioles from scoring and perhaps saved the game. Tuiasosopo has been the hero two nights in a row for the Mariners and I am actually able to spell his name from memory now after typing in it so much in the past two nights!

  David Pauley pitched a nice game tonight, moving the ball around and picked-up his second win in front of 11,213 Orioles fans that seemed quite feisty despite their small numbers. Perhaps for teams like the Orioles and the Mariners when you get to this part of a losing season only the real die-hards still bother to come out to the ballpark and root for your home team. But tonight’s crowd was so small that once again you could begin to identify certain voices in the crowd including one woman who kept imploring our boys on with a loud clear “Seattle” in the background almost every inning. And she was rewarded with a nice finish to a three-game series that our boys will get to savor as they head to the not so friendly confines of Yankee Stadium to deal with a more aggressive team and group of fans.

   David Pauley handed the ball over to a bullpen who implemented the “Bend but don’t break” theory tonight. Jamie Wright came in to the game in the 7th after Pauley surrendered a two-run homer to Matt Weiters and managed to shut down the Orioles, though it was interesting.  The Mariners added a run in the top of the 8th when Ryan Langerhans running for Branyan took second on a deep fly to right barely beating the throw on a heads-up play. The Mariners were rewarded for their hustle when Casey Kotchman hit a ground-rule double to score Langerhans from second in what proved to be the winning run. In the bottom half of the 8th Wright let a run come across the plate on a balk and then a wild-pitch that allowed Luke Scott to score before Daren Brown yanked him for Sean White.Fortunately White did manage to preserve the slim one-run lead by getting the final 2 outs the last one on the great diving catch by Tuiasosopo.

  David Aardsma picked-up his 24th save on the year coming into the game in the 9th with a slim one-run lead that he managed to protect literally with his body on the final out stopping a line drive with his body with a runner in scoring position then having the composure to make the toss to first and end this game.

   After all that we have been through this year these past four series wins under new manager Daren Brown have softened the blow a bit. Yes we are 20 games back and with only 41 games to play it is highly doubtful we will be able to make it back to .500 but at least we are winning games and some of the young guys like Tuiasosopo and Pauley are getting a chance to prove they may indeed be part of our future.

  We still have a lot of unanswered questions in this great Port of Seattle as far as the overall direction of this franchise is concerned. We the fans have an obligation to ask hard questions and have our voices heard. There is an old saying in the Labor Movement that I am fond of which says: “Don’t Mourn, Organize!” I am pleased to report there is a grassroots outfit called “firenintendo” that you can follow on twitter, who’s aim is to unite the fans who care about our team so that we can get some changes at the top of the food-chain. I urge you to look them up and I will be trying to relay any information on upcoming events such as rallies, petitions etc. to you right here at Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog where the Fans not only call the plays, but may be called on to save the franchise from further decay. I know I can count on you…..

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