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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-06-10

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-06-10
Jeff Pentland is out of a job, fired as the hitting coach as the Mariners struggle with the worst record in the big leagues.

He became the first member of the organization to pay with his job for the lack of success this season.

Lee Elia, who has been with the club as a special assistant and part-time coach, is the new batting coach, a job he's held with the team in the past.

This might not be the last change if things don't improve. For the moment, however, the rest of the coaching staff remains intact, and the Mariners haven't made any moves with the 25-man roster, either.

Pentland's work ethic was beyond reproach. His success, on the other hand, left much to be desired in a 2008 season that the Mariners thought would bring them back to contention and to the playoffs.

They entered play Monday with a 22-41 record that has much to do with an unproductive offense.

At the time of the Pentland dismissal, the Mariners were hitting .248, 13th out of 14 teams in the American League, and were 13th in runs scored, walks and hits. The club is last in on-base percentage with few of the regular hitters willing to go deep enough into counts to draw walks.

Pentland had spent countless hours in the batting cage with his players, and most of them have worked on their game. But the results never showed themselves -- the club hit just .240 for the month of May en route to an 8-20 record -- and when things didn't get better in June, Pentland was let go.

MARINERS 3, BLUE JAYS 2 (10 innings): Miguel Cairo put down a successful squeeze bunt in the top of the 10th inning for the win.

Cairo's day wasn't done, because in the bottom of the 10th, with the Blue Jays having loaded the bases with no one out, Cairo started a first-to-catcher-to-first double play as righty J.J. Putz collected the save for righty R.A. Dickey, who pitched two shutout innings for the win.

The Mariners got two runs in the first inning when DH Jose Vidro homered, then went on to win the game without getting a hit after the sixth inning.

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Added: June 10, 2008

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