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May 13, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, May 13

UPDATE 8:05 P.M.: Ouch. Golden opportunity thwarted as Griffey grounds into a DP with first and third, one out in the 10th.
UPDATE 7:55 P.M.: Bonus panels! The Rangers have left 11 runners on base, which tells a lot (the Mariners have left four, which happens when three of your six hits are homers). They’ve been living dangerously in the late innings, with two errors and a passed ball, but Sean White somehow has escaped without a run.
UPDATE 6:46 P.M.: Yes, the Mariners ARE letting the first pitch go by — I’ve got to think by design. I counted just three first-pitch swings out of 24 batters through six innings.
UPDATE 6:37 P.M.: Russell Branyan gets it right back with an estimated 421-foot homer onto the grass beyond center.
UPDATE 6:27 P.M.: Hamilton just tied it up, crushing one off the second-deck facade in right. 3-3. You had a feeling Washburn was flirting with danger the last few innings.
UPDATE 6:15 P.M.: Nice bit of damage control by Washburn in the fourth after giving up a run. The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out, but he got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to pop out and Elvis Andrus to hit into a force.
Too bad Elvis Andrus and Jim Presley never got to be on left side of the infield together.
UPDATE 6 P.M.: The Mariners actually capitalized on an opponent’s mistake. The Rangers had a tailor-made, inning-ending double-play ball, but Ian Kinsler made a bad throw to first, and Balentien was safe. Kenji Johjima followed with a two-run homer to right. The M’s lead 3-0. Jarrod Washburn probably can’t believe the offensive surge he’s witnessing.
UPDATE 5:51 P.M.: That was quite a battle between Kinsler and Washburn in the third — 10 pitches, including five fouls (mixed with two pickoff attempts) before Kinsler finally draws a walk. That put two men on base, but Washburn got out of the jam by getting Michael Young to ground out to second.
UPDATE 5:36 P.M.: Felix pitches tomorrow against the Rangers. The rotation was juggled a bit to keep Felix on his normal rest.
UPDATE 5:28: FYI, this is the first time the Mariners have scored first in a game since May 5 against the Rangers — eight games ago. They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, only to lose 7-2 in 10 innings.
Ronny Cedeno isn’t going to earn more playing time with at-bats like that, taking a called third strike with two runners on to end the second.
UPDATE 5:19 P.M.: You don’t see that every day. Actually, we’ve seen it just one other day this year: A home run for Adrian Beltre. It may have just reached the first row, but it did reach the stands — in right field, no less, on a 2-0 pitch by McCarthy.
UPDATE 5:16 p.m.: Well, that was a quick first inning — 10 pitches for McCarthy to get through the Mariners. Deja vu all over again. And Washburn disposes of the Rangers in 13 pitches, with a ball hit by Ian Kinsler caught up against the left-field wall by Wladimir Balentien.
The Ronny Cedeno era begins (but it might be a one-day era).
This just in: The pitching matchups for the Red Sox series:
Chris Jakubauskas vs. Jon Lester on Friday, Erik Bedard vs. Josh Beckett on Saturday, and Jason Vargas vs. Justin Masterson on Sunday.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has been open since 1994. In all that time — 123 games — the Mariners have had four hits or fewer in just four games, one of them coming last night.
Ichiro RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Russell Branyan 1B
Wladimir Balentien LF
Kenji Johjima C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Jarrod Washburn P
Ian Kinsler 2B
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Andruw Jones RF
Hank Blalock DH
Marlon Byrd LF
Chris Davis 1B
Jarrod Saltalamecchia C
Elvis Andrus SS
Brandon McCarthy P



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