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This was supposed to be a longer post - a standard game recap - but some things came up, so it isn't. But let me say this: if a team's identity can be defined by its performance in certain critical situations, then the eighth inning was it for the Mariners, a fleeting handful of minutes, each more frustrating than the last, that served to encapsulate all of this season's lost hope. To come so close to victory, only to have it snatched away by your own ineptitude...well, that really hurts. And sucks. A lot.

Biggest Contribution: Adrian Beltre, +43.1% (that was a big double)
Biggest Suckfest: Jamie Moyer, -29.0%
Most Important Hit: Beltre double #2, +41.3%
Most Important Pitch: Mench homer, -14.8%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): -31.4%
Total Contribution by Hitters: -13.2%

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Spiroid and Juan Dominguez go head-to-head at 5:05pm PDT. Look for the transcript of the Foppert interview to up before gametime.