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July 17, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Indians, July 17

UPDATE 6:19 P.M.: Yes, Felix is back out for the bottom of the eighth.
UPDATE 6:16 P.M.. It doesn’t appear anyone has been up in the Mariners’ bullpen, so I suspect Felix, with 98 pitches, will go back out for the eighth.
UPDATE 6:07 P.M.. TOP OF SEVENTH: Griffey chips in with his first RBI since July 1. He really seems to be working to beat the shift. This was a grounder to the left of second base into center field. 6-1 Mariners.
UPDATE 5:41 P.M 9TOP OF SIXTH).: Ronny Cedeno, RBI machine. 5-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 5:28 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIFTH): This is what dominance looks like, Hernandez has allowed just two hits, both singles. He has thrown 67 pitches in five innings. No walks. six strikeouts. He’s in complete control. 3-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 5 P.M. (TOP OF FOURTH): Like I said, the bottom of the order is an offensive machine. That was a nice two-out rally executed by Rob Johnson (double), Jack Hannahan (walk) and Ronny Cedeno (RBI single).
UPDATE 4:49 P.M. (BOTTOM OF THE THIRD): Felix looks exceptionally good tonight. The only hit through three innings was a blooper over Jose Lopez’s head by Travis Hafner. He’s thrown 38 pitches through three innings. That’s a very nice pace to throw deep into the game..
UPDATE 4:42 P.M.:(MIDDLE OF THIRD). Another man left on second. Griffey does not look good right now. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE: 4:28 P.M. (TOP OF SECOND): Had to be sweet for Gutierrez to homer against his old team. But the Mariners squandered a chance to play add on, as Rick Rizzs likes to say, wasting Langerhans’ no-out double. When you get to the 7-8-9 portion of the Mariners’ lineup, it’s pretty bleak. Felix, by the way, looked awfully sharp in the first. Love that Luis Tiant hip twist he’s got going now.
It’s not quite a must-win game, but if the Mariners lose tonight with Felix Hernandez on the mound, it’s going to be a major blow.
A good note from Jeff Evans of the Mariners’ PR staff: If you thought it was rare for the Mariners to get one hit, and one hit only, in all nine innings, you are right. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it has happened only five times since divisional play started in 1969. The last team to do so was the Indians on Sept. 3, 2007 in a 5-0 win at Minnesota. There have been four additional instances when the home team recorded eight hits in eight innings but didn’t get a chance to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Ryan Langerhans LF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Hannahan 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Felix Hernandez RHP
Indians
Grady Sizemore CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Victor Martinez C
Travis Hafner DH
Jhonny Peralta 3B
Ryan Garko 1B
Luis Valbuena 2B
Ben Francisco LF
David Huff LHP

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