These are the kinds of things that can happen when you walk a .123-hitting infielder like Ronny Cedeno to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Ichiro followed with a broken bat infield single, barely beating the throw to first, and the Mariners took care of business from there.
They almost botched this rally when Chris Woodward fouled off a two-strike bunt attempt for the first out. For a team that’s been bunting opponents to death the entire first half, that was interesting.
But the M’s eventually loaded the bases with two out and Franklin Gutierrez hit a ground ball to third. First baseman Tony Clark dropped the throw, allowing the decisive run to score for a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Seattle is now only 2 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers.
June 21, 2009 at 4:21 PM