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Daily coverage of the Mariners during the season and all year long.

March 4, 2007 at 1:47 PM

Breaking news: Mariners score

It took them 22 innings, but the Mariners finally put something on the scoreboard against Giants reliever Steve Kline to start the sixth. Ichiro led off with a single to right, then Adrian Beltre launched a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence. So, it’s now a 5-2 game with the Giants still in the lead and San Francisco coming to bat against Jim Parque in the bottom of the sixth.
Seattle’s previous runs had come on a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the first inning of the Cactus League opener on Friday.
Speaking of Parque, what a spring debut he had in front of several family members and friends from his Seattle-area baseball academy. Parque had a 1-2-3 fifth inning, striking out Bengi Molina on three pitches — catching him looking at the third strike — getting a flyball out on Randy Winn and striking out Mark Sweeney on a 2-2 pitch.
Trivia question: What do Giants reliever Kline and I both have in common? Answer next update.
M’S GET ANOTHER HOMER
Yuniesky Betancourt of all people just hit a solo homer to left to make it a 5-3 game with one out in the seventh.
Parque got through the sixth, managing to give up three singles without allowing a run, thanks to the arm of Willie Bloomquist and a timely strikeout. Parque had just given up a leadoff single to Kevin Frandsen, then an ensuing single to center by Justin Leone. Frandsen tried to go to third on Bloomquist, who had just switched over to center from second base to begin the inning. But Bloomquist threw him out rather easily. Omar Vizquel then fanned on a 2-2 pitch and Rich Aurillia flied out to Bloomquist in center to get Parque through two scoreless. Remember, he hasn’t faced hitters in a major league situation since 2004.
Trivia answer: Kline and I both spent several years living in my hometown of Laval, Quebec. That’s in Canada, for those wondering. What are the odds?
GIANTS 5, MARINERS 4, BOTTOM 7TH
Mariners are showing some life, albeit with most of the regulars done for the day. Gookie Dawkins sliced a little double down the right field line to bring Bloomquist home after he’d reached base on a walk. Juan Sandoval now pitching for the Mariners in the bottom of the seventh.
On the trivia: Thanks for playing, Shimon. Nice guess. You only missed by about four months and a few years. But it’s the effort that counts. It was an impossible question and if you’d guessed right, I’d have to let you take over the blog.

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