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March 24, 2007 at 2:49 PM

ROYALS 3, MARINERS 2, TOP 7TH

Seattle got a run back in the sixth as Kenji Johjima led off with a single against newly inserted Royals pitcher Joel Peralta. Johjima was replaced by pinch-runner Rob Johnson and wound up scoring on a Jose Lopez double to left center. Jose Vidro struck out with two on to end the inning — yes, that’s 10 left on base for the Mariners through six.
George Sherrill on the mound now to replace Jarrod Washburn, whose final line was: 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 K, 3 BB
Sherrill needs a good outing here today or his job will be in danger. He has to keep the ball down. It isn’t the walks that are killing him, it’s all the balls being blasted off the wall and into the gap.
SHERRILL LOOKS GOOD
Sherrill landed first-pitch strikes against all four batters he faced. He got the first two of them, Jason LaRue and Alex Gonzalez, on pop flies to right field and center. Sherrill dropped a nice curve in on Gonzalez, who swung and missed, to get ahead 1-2 before his pop-up. Esteban German came up next, took a called first strike, then watched four straight balls sail by for a walk. Missing the target has plagued Sherrill all spring.
But he got his control back against the next batter, Reggie Sanders, who fell behind 0-2, then swung and missed at a high fastball to end the inning. The way Sherrill has pitched this spring, he’ll take it.

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