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March 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Mariners at Milwaukee Brewers: 03/30 game thread

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Ryan Rowland-Smith held the Brewers scoreless for 5 2/3 innings, but then yielded a two-run homer to right by Prince Fielder that got the Brewers on the board. Earlier in the inning, Milwaukee wound up with a double on a ball lost in the sun. Otherwise, RRS would have been out of the inning.
Anyhow, Mike Wilson had connected for a two-run homer to left in the fifth inning to put the M’s up 3-0. So, it’s now a 3-2 game, the Mariners still ahead. RRS is done for the day as Chris Burke just came in to pinch-hit for him.
One of our frequent readers and commenters, M’s Fan in CO Exile, was at the ballpark in Peoria this week. That’s him with me at yesterday’s game.
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1:35 p.m.: A sunny day here at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, but not a whole lot of folks in the stands to see Ryan Rowland-Smith try to nail down that fifth starting job in the Seattle rotation. RRS leads 1-0, having retired the side in order in the first inning of a flyout to left, a strikeout and a popout to center. He then got a popout to left to start the second inning before Mike Cameron singled to right center.
RRS then caught a break when a Bill Hall liner went right into the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre. Craig Counsell then grounded out to second.Typical RRS outing so far. Some mis-hit flyballs, a strikeout and a little luck.
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He’s even still batting 1.000 on the pre-season, having drawn a five-pitch walk off Brewers starter Manny Parra in the top of the second. That’s ball four he’s taking up above, never lifting the bat off his shoulder.

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