Ryan Rowland-Smith turned a nifty 1-4-3 double play in the sixth inning and heads to the seventh with a 2-0 lead. Seattle scored its second run in the fifth inning when Franklin Gutierrez singled to left to bring home Josh Wilson after his leadoff double.
The Mariners are out-hitting the Rangers 9-4 but once again have not done enough with all of their baserunners. This one’s still up for grabs.
7:04 p.m.: Ken Griffey Jr. has given the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, cranking the 630th home run of his career over the right field wall. The crowd stood and cheered, though not as loudly or emotionally as I’d have thought they might.
After all, that could very well be the final home run he ever hits. We’ll see.
I asked Don Wakamatsu about Griffey earlier and he told me the team will not be starting Junior in center field tomorrow. The plan is to use him as a DH. If there is an opportunity to put him in center for a bit — like in a blowout or something similar where the team has some leeway — then he might contemplate it.
But for now, that’s not his plan.
6:01 p.m.: Ryan Rowland-Smith makes his final start of the year, with Kenji Johjima back in there behind the plate. Mark Lowe is also in his final game tonight. He’ll fly back to Texas afterwards to attend th funeral of his grandfather.