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March 7, 2007 at 12:44 PM

Mariners 3, Giants 1; top of 5th

Seattle just regained the lead with two runs in the fourth as Ben Broussard singled up the middle to bring home Raul Ibanez from second base. Yuniesky Betancourt then lined a single to left to score Tony Tocato, who pinch-ran for Richie Sexson following an earlier walk.
Felix Hernandez looked very strong in his three innings of work, yielding a solo homer by Randy Winn in the second inning as his only hard hit ball of the day. Hernandez also gave up a single to left in the third, but kept the Giants to the lone run and threw only 35 pitches in the process — 25 for strikes.
One of his signature moments on the day was freezing the final batter he faced, Barry Bonds, for a called strikeout on an 0-2 pitch. That helped Hernandez make up for the bloop double Bonds hit off him in the first inning.
Seattle opened the scoring in the first inning as Ichiro led off with a single to center off Matt Morris, followed by a Jose Lopez single to right in his first at-bat of the spring. The ball was knocked down by diving second baseman Kevin Frandsen and Ichiro stopped at second even though he likely should have kept going on to third. That would have been more representative of the type of aggressive base running the M’s have talked about this spring, but have largely been unable to execute thus far.
Ichiro then would have scored on a botched double-play grounder that resulted only in an out at second. Instead, he made it to third base. This time though, it didn’t cost Seattle as a single to right by Ibanez brought the run home.
Ibanez is 2-for-2 with two singles today in his first game back from tweaking his shoulder during a swing on Sunday.

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