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June 10, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles: 06/10 game thread

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Jose Lopez is putting on the power display tonight, tagging Jeremy Guthrie for a two-run shot to left field in the sixth, his third career two-homer effort. That makes it 4-1 for the Mariners as we head to the seventh, The light rain has stopped but there is still thunder and lightning all around. Who knows? We might even get this whole thing in.
5:39 p.m.: Felix Hernandez got that final out in the fifth on a line drive to right by Aubrey Huff with runners on second and third in a 2-1 game. And just in time, too. It began raining softly as Huff sent the ball off his bat. The game is now official. Let’s see if the weather keeps building. If you’re the Mariners now, a nice, long rally is in order.
5:24 p.m.: Still 2-0 for the Mariners here as we head to the bottom of the fifth in a race against the weather. The clouds are getting darker and more ominous, We’ve had lightning flashes and thunder the last half-inning, so Felix Hernandez needs a quick 1-2-3 half-frame here to make this game official.
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5:07 p.m.: You can hear thunderclaps off in the distance. Yes, there is a storm coming. Time for Yuni to hit into a double-play and get this game moving along, huh? Nope, scratch that, Betancourt just grounded out — very softly — to third base and gets himself an RBI in the process. Too bad he was trying to hit the ball harder than that, which would have resulted in a 5-4-3 twin-killing. But, heck, they all count, so it’s now 2-0 for the Mariners as we enter the bottom of the fourth with big rain bearing down on Baltimore from the west.
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Franklin Gutierrez came out of the game with a left knee contusion after his third-inning groundout. He’d fouled a ball off his leg during the at-bat. Wladimir Balentien has gone into the game in left field while Endy Chavez slides over one spot to take center in Gutierrez’s place.
4:30 p.m.: Jose Lopez just took Jeremy Guthrie deep to left field for his seventh home run of the season, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
A good job by Felix Hernandez of escaping that first inning jam, having allowed a leadoff double to Brian Roberts and a walk to Adam Jones. But Nick Markakis then hit a fly ball to center for an easy out, Russell Branyan made a great stab of an Aubrey Huff shot to keep it from going up the right field line, and Melvin Mora grounded out to end the inning.
4:12 p.m.: The Mariners went 1-2-3 in the top of the first, a long fly ball foul down the right field line by Russell Branyan notwithstanding. Let’s see how Felix Hernandez fares. And keep an eye on everything Yuniesky Betancourt does tonight. He’s not out of the Class AAA woods yet — not by a long shot.

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