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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Thursday Morning Sports Report

posted by on April 5 at 10:07 AM

Egads. That was $25 million well spent. If you allow the first run of the game to be scored on a balk, you know youíre gonna have a bad night. Iím guessing that 15.43 ERA Batista left with in the fifth inning didnít sit too well either.

Still, Batistaís not the only one to blame for last nightís 9-0 pummeling. The Mís offense managed just three hitsóone from Ichiro, and two from Ibanez. Sexson? Beltrť? Betancourt (who just got a three year deal)? Nope, nada, nyet.

Today is an off day. Tomorrow the Mís take on Cleveland. If their bats are as cold as Jacobs Field is sure to be, then it could get ugly.

Also: Renton officials donít think a proposed $500 million Sonics arena would turn a profit; the Sonics lost last night in what will probably be their future home; the Wizardsí Gilbert Arena is done for the year; the Masters is underway; and the Kansas City Royals are about to get a taste of Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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Sexson has 5 RBI's his first two games...then goes 0-2 against a dominant Rich Harden...and you're pissed?

...fucking seattle fans.

Posted by cliff rancho | April 5, 2007 11:30 AM
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I was so thrilled with the first two games. To think we might have a great season. Then Miggie was just falling apart out there. OMG, he was sweating and mumbling to himself. . .he has GOT to get it together. We can't have that again! just can not. . .

Posted by irl500girl | April 5, 2007 11:42 AM
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Sonics who?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 5, 2007 11:47 AM
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The Mariners are 2-1 and just pole-axed their league rival to open the season. Stick to writing about porn festivals if you can't cover sports right.

Posted by Reporterward | April 5, 2007 12:38 PM
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Stranger sports update. Next up, ESPN on
the viaduct! No really, keep it up. It's cute.

Seriously, did you actually watch Harden last night? He was fantastic. The shutout was his success much more than a Mariner's failure.

Batista, OTOH, may be another matter...

Posted by butterw | April 5, 2007 12:54 PM
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#1, #4, and #5: You're right. I was too hard on the M's when I wrote the post still bleary-eyed from the morning. Harden was fantastic. And 2-1 is nice indeed.

Batista still scares me, though.


Posted by bradley Steinbacher | April 5, 2007 1:33 PM
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The Royals got a taste of Dice all right: 10 K's and only one run in 7 incredible innings.

Posted by Gomez | April 5, 2007 2:15 PM
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@4 I hardly think going 2-1 against the A's is a pole-axing, but yes, it's a series win and that's good.

Batista onwards through the rotation will be interesting as these guys'll have to find their way into the M's 2007 effort. You knew more or less what you might get from Felix and Washburn. The last three have the additional pressure of showing up in town and making nice by making an immediate impact. Fans booing Batista as he walked off was a tad knee-jerk for me.

I'm cutting Batista some slack. It wasn't a pretty outing. It was so sloppy, I felt bad for the guy. He's obviously got skills, he just didn't have 'em handy last night. I doubt Batista's confidence is crumpled because of it.

And as Brad mentioned, there was no offense to help pick up Batista. Not even any chipping away after the A's had 5 in the top of the second. We could have lost the game 1-0. It was Harden's game. So be it.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 5, 2007 2:21 PM
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I say we find a pitcher named Castro and have him take over for Batista, eh comrades?

Posted by Evan Rothchild | April 5, 2007 3:01 PM
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Batista will be fine, folks. Decent, mediocre, middle of the road guy. He'll probably end up looking (falsely) above average in Safeco. It's Jeff Friggin' Weaver you have to watch out for. Ho Ram doesn't exactly set off the Thrillometer either.

Posted by Fnarf | April 5, 2007 3:49 PM

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