Chone Figgins was back in the lineup Thursday, just two days after his manager said he'd sit him for "a few games. "
Chone Figgins was back in the lineup Thursday, just two days after his manager said he’d sit him for “a few games.”
Figgins wasted little time in upping his batting average from the .190 he entered the game at, bouncing a ball through the right side for an RBI single in the second inning. The single snapped a 0-for-22 slump by Figgins and marked his first run driven home since May 11 in Baltimore.
“We’ve already had the conversations,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said before the game. “Now, it’s just about him getting back in there with a clear mind. …
“You have to think and believe that good things are going to happen when you play this game, and I’m confident that he’ll do that.”
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Carlos Peguero had been put on notice by Wedge, as well, that he’d have to change his over-aggressive ways at the plate and put better at-bats together if he wants to stay in the majors. Wedge said pregame that Peguero was “so strong that the last thing he needs to do is try to do more. When he takes BP, you really like what you see because it’s under control, his path to the baseball is pretty clean, pretty consistent, and it jumps off his bat.”
Peguero seemed to listen, because he drilled a majestic three-run homer to right-center off Rays ace James Shields his very first time up. Then, for good measure, he hit one deep to left-center his next time up in the fourth inning.
• The Mariners had won five straight series heading into the game, for the first time since 2003. They have not won six in a row since 2001.
• Despite Wednesday’s loss on a homer off Jamey Wright, the M’s bullpen still owns an earned-run average of 0.88 since May 16. It was at 0.84 on the homestand entering Thursday, having allowed just four earned runs the last 16 games.
For the record: W-L: 29-27 W PCT: .518
vs. AL West: 8-7
vs. L.A.: 2-0
vs. Oakland: 4-3
vs. Texas: 2-4
vs. AL East: 9-7
vs. AL Cent: 9-13
vs. NL: 3-0
vs. LHP: 7-11
vs. RHP: 22-16
Extra inngs.: 2-3
Thursday’s crowd: 16,376
Season total: 617,760
Biggest crowd: 45,727 (April 8)
Smallest crowd: 11,692 (May 31)
Average (30 dates): 20,592
2010 average (30 dates): 24,858