Follow us:

Mariners blog

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

March 24, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Texas Rangers at Mariners (ss): 03/24 game thread

game0324.jpg
Lots of scoring to tell you about, as the M’s have taken a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Rangers tied it up off Jarrod Washburn in the fourth as a one-out infield single and a walk were followed by singles from Marlon Byrd and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That tied the game up, but seattle regained the lead in the bottom of the frame as Chris Shelton led off with a double, followed by a walk to Mike Morse. After Jamie Burke flied out, Reegie Corona singled to right to put the M’s up by one.
Morse took third on the play and scored on a sac fly by Tyson Gillies.
The Rangers got one back in the fifth though as Josh Hamilton singled and Andruw Jones doubled to left. Ken Griffey Jr. made a nice throw to the cutoff man, shortstop Ronny Cedeno. But the latter looked the wrong way towards second and didn’t see Hamilton sprinting home until it was too late. Cedeno likely would have nailed Hamilton at the plate had he thrown right away but the delay cost Seattle a run.
But the M’s got that run back in the bottom of the frame as Cedeno doubled to right center and Griffey doubled high off the batter’s eye in straightaway center. Griffey then scored another Seattle run when Shelton doubled him in. That was Shelton’s second double in as many at-bats.


1:47 p.m.: Seattle leads 2-0 as Ken Griffey Jr. doubled over the head of center fielder Josh Hamilton in the third inning. That brought the second M’s run home. The first came as a result of some nice hustle and bunting. Reegie Corona led off with a single that Hamilton nearly caught but was ruled a trap. Corona stole second and then Tyson Gillies dropped a bunt down to the left of pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The latter scooped it up, but second baseman Ian Kinsler was slow to cover the bag and the speedy Gillies beat it out for a hit. The throw from McCarthy got by Kinsler and went for an error, allowing Corona to score. Gillies took second on the error, then was bunted over to third nicely by Franklin Gutierrez. Griffey followed with the double.
But some real aggressive play by the M’s that inning. Didn’t see a lot of that last year, so it’s an encouraging sign.
1:43 p.m.: Jarrod Washburn opens the game with a groundout to third by Ian Kinsler, then gives up two singles, but gets out of the first inning with no damage. Washburn then yielded a two-out ground ruled double to left in the second, but escaped further damage with a groundout.
No score as we head to the third inning.
Michael Young of the Rangers came out of the game after re-aggravating his left quad muscle injury.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►