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March 14, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Mariners at Rockies: 03/14 game thread

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Seattle has a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. We just got done talking to Ryan Rowland-Smith in the clubhouse, where he was asked repeatedly about his two hits.
“When I went out there, some guys were sort of talking smack to me in here, so I was like ‘I’ve got to get a hit’,” Rowland-Smith said. “I was just trying to make contact.”

Here’s some WBC news regarding current Mariners. Carlos Silva tossed seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball today as Venezuela defeated the Netherlands 3-1. Silva threw only 79 pitches, 58 for strikes, to pick up with victory.
Endy Chavez went 1-for-4 with a triple (!) and a run scored — the game’s first run in the first inning. Jose Lopez went 1-for-3 with a solo homer.
Greg Halman, playing for the Netherlands, went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
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By the way, the Mariners fan on the left came up to the pressbox glass moments ago and pressed his Blackberry up against it. It was connected to this blog page, so we gave him the thumbs-up. And now, he can view himself as he sits watching the game. Sort of life immitating art, immitating life, or something like that. We like having readers come by to say hello, so don’t hesitate.

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2:40 p.m.: It’s now a 5-1 game as Ryan Rowland-Smith collected his second single in as many ABs in the top of the fourth. See the video of that below. The photo of his first hit remains up top. Remember, he hadn’t had an at-bat in nine years since he was 17. The hit was also off Rockies starter Jason Marquis and went to the same spot through the left side of the infield. This one was hit more on a line. Rowland-Smith then came trotting home on a Ronny Cedeno homer to left.
(Rowland-Smith promptly gave up a run on a pair of doubles in the bottom of the fourth, so it’s now 5-2 as we head to the fifth.)
2:32 p.m.: Ryan Rowland-Smith retired the side in order in the second after notching that single (above) in the top of the frame and scoring a run. He nearly got out of the third inning unscathed as well after a leadoff single by Jonathan Herrera. But the M’s just missed converting a potential double-play grounder by Clint Barnes, allowing Herrera to score from third on the play. Rowland-Smith got out of the inning with no further trouble and the Mariners will take a 3-1 lead into the fourth.
2:11 p.m. Ryan Rowland-Smith hasn’t had an at-bat since he was 17. That changed today and he made it count, lacing a single through the left side of the infield off Jason Marquis with a runner on in the second inning. Seattle went on to load the bases and Ronny Cedeno hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop. Clint Barnes got the ball but made a high throw to first, allowing the run to score. Rowland-Smith never stopped running on the play, rounded third and headed for home as well. The throw from startled first baseman Todd Helton was a bit offline and Rowland-Smith scored standing up (though he was nearly tagged out and a good throw would have had him by 10 feet). The first guy high-fiving Rowland-Smith in the dugout was manager Don Wakamatsu.
The Mariners had already opened the scoring when Chris Shelton led off with a single, advanced to third on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Barnes (trying to double him off first after a lineout), then scored on a Prentice Redman single the opposite way to right. M’s lead 3-0 as we head to the bottom of the second. We’ll see if RRS’s foray on the basepaths impacts his pitching this inning.
1:38 p.m.: Ryan Rowland-Smith yielded a leadoff single to Dexter Fowler on an 0-2 pitch, but otherwise escaped the first inning on a flyout to left and groundouts to second and third. Matt Tuiasosopo made a nice play on the third out, charging a slow roller by Matt Murton up the third base line. We’re scoreless heading to the second.
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1:12 p.m.: We’ll see whether Ryan Rowland-Smith and company can stem the tide of walks issued by Mariners pitching this spring. Let’s also monitor Jeff Clement behind the plate. He threw a runner out yesterday in Mesa, Ariz. and that’s been a rare occurence. Five losses in a row for the Mariners heading into today.
Today’s lineups:
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Ronny cedeno SS
Jeff Clement C
Wladimir Balentien LF
Chris Shelton 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
Prentice Redman RF
Chris Woodward 2B
Ryan Rowland-Smith LHP
Dexter Fowler CF
Clint Barnes SS
Todd Helton 1B
Matt Murton LF
Brad Hawpe RF
Christian Colonel 3B
Sal Fasano C
Jonathan Herrera 2B
Jason Marquis LHP

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