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September 13, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Rangers 7, Mariners 2: Ichiro one hit shy of record

UPDATED WITH POST-GAME QUOTES
Not much of a showing by the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader they’ll try to finish. We’ll have to see whether the rain holds off. Game time is approximately 30 minutes away.
Seattle goes down 7-2 in Game 1 as Ichiro came up one hit shy of a ninth straight 200-hit season. His team came up several hits shy of being a factor in this game, mustering only six against Tommy Hunter — two in the ninth with things out of reach.
Hunter survived an unearned run in the ninth and went on to record his first complete game in the majors.
Doug Fister got his “Welcome to Texas Y’all!” moment, lasting just 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits — five for extra bases, including two homers. Fister said the delayed start to the game and uncertainty over whether it would be played had little to do with his getting rocked.
“That shouldn’t be a factor,” he said. “That doesn’t play into what happens with the performance. Today I just struggled keeping the ball in the right location and it showed.”
Fister said this was similar to past location problems he’s had.
“For me, the key is location and keeping the ball down and when it doesn’t happen I get results similar to this. And so, it continues to create a new focus. I’ve got to keep the ball down.”
That about sums it up. The M’s were a non-factor.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu will start Felix Hernandez in Game 2. Yes, he admitted, he’s a tad concerned. This might be an abbreviated outing for Hernandez as well, depending on the weather. They just want to get five innings in and call it a weekend.

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