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March 6, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Mariners 2, Rangers 0: top of 5th

Sorry for the delay, having some server troubles today. The game is breezing right along, with three solid innings tossed by Mariners starter Horacio Ramirez, who had some control issues in the first but looked good after that. Ramirez didn’t allow a hit, though he walked a pair and went deep in the count on a number of hitters early.
The Mariners scored a pair of unearned runs in the second inning off Rangers starter Jamey Wright. With one on and one out, Bryan LaHair hit what looked like a double-play grounder to second baseman Ramon Vazquez, who promptly threw the ball away at second to leave runners at second and third.
Jamie Burke then collected a two-run single to center for the only runs of the game.
Julio Mateo just got the side 1-2-3 in the fourth, so the Mariners are looking good to this point.
DAILY BASERUNNING BLUNDER
Knew we couldn’t get through a game without one of these. Ichiro drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth, but then was picked off base by Edison Volquez. Arthur Rhodes is now in the game for Seattle in the bottom of the fifth.
By the way, the M’s, for what it’s worth, entered the day with 1 stolen base in four attempts, second worst success ratio in all the majors so far this spring behind my old “Moneyball” faves, the Toronto Blue Jays. (I know, I know, they aren’t “Moneyball” any more. But they do loathe the steal, oh yes they do.)
Rhodes looked sharp at first, quickly getting Nelson Cruz to fly out to center, fanning Jared Sandberg. He then walked Gerald Laird before getting Vazquez to ground out to first base. On to the sixth we go!
MARINERS 3, RANGERS 0, Bottom of 6th
Richie Sexson drew a two-out walk (!!!), was replaced by pinch-runner Tony Torcato and Ben Broussard delivered a double down the right field line that brought another run home. Broussard was — sigh — a little too agressive and tried to take third as the throw came in to home plate. He was an easy out to end the inning, but hey, at least he was productive in one respect.
By the way, Eric O’Flaherty on the mound and the M’s have yet to allow a hit. In fact, only two hits allowed all game so far.

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