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July 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners: July 6, 2010 game thread

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This whole Sean White thing really isn’t working out too well, is it? White came on to replace Ryan Rowland-Smith after a leadoff single in the eighth and, instead of a double-play grounder, gave up another single to put two on with none out.
White finally got his double-play moments later, but not in a conventional way. Jose Guillen appeared to pull a hamstring as he headed up the line on a fielder’s choice grounder that should have put runners at the corners with one out. Instead, Guillen had to limp halfway to first, giving Chone Figgins, who wasn’t even going to attempt a throw at first, more than enough time to complete a 5-4-3 double-play.
Still, White couldn’t finish the job.
Wilson Betemit — him again — blooped one into shallow left to score a huge third run for a 3-1 Royals lead.
White caught a huge break moments later when Mike Aviles doubled to the left field corner. An out-of-gas Betemit tried to leg it all the way home, but was easily thrown out at the plate to leave the M’s a faint hope the final two innings.
The good news? They’ve finally got Zack Greinke out of the gamae and the Royals bullpen stinks.


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8:44 p.m.: Zack Greinke owns the Mariners once again tonight, having allowed an infield single through the first six innings. The Royals scored in the top of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead when, with the bases full, a broken bat grounder by Wilson Betemit deflected off Ryan Rowland-Smith and away from shortstop Jack Wilson.
That scored a run. A very important run, as the M’s have managed zero offense against the reigning Cy Young Award winner.
Maybe fans are sending the M’s a message about their team? Only 17,555 here on a beautiful July evening with Greinke pitching. That can’t be good. No bobblehead freebies tonight, apparently.
8:09 p.m.: Wilson Betemit got hold of a full-count offering from Ryan Rowland-Smith and sent it soaring into the seats in right center to start the fifth inning. That puts us in a 1-1 tie after Rowland-Smith had retired 10 of his previous 11 batters.
Zack Greinke has alowed just the one infield single by Michael Saunders so far, retiring every other batter he’s faced.
7:52 p.m.: This thing was breezing right along until the third inning, when the Mariners took a 1-0 lead thanks to an infield hit by Michael Saunders and a throwing error by second baseman Mike Aviles on the same play that sent the runner to second.
A groundout by Josh Bard moved Saunders up a base and then the unearned run scored when Jack Wilson hit a tapper to the left of pitcher Zack Greinke. The only play was to first and the run crossed the plate.
Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up an infield single to start the game, but erased that with a double-play grounder. RRS issued a walk that inning as well, but has retired seven straight as we begin the fourth.
7:04 p.m.: Probably our best night of the season, weather-wise, to watch a baseball game at Safeco Field. Let’s see whether the M’s can warm their fans up after last night’s stinker. They’ve got Ryan Rowland-Smith taking the mound, trying to build on his strong outing at Yankee Stadium the last time out. He’s got one win all year.
The other guy pitching, Zack Greinke? He’s pretty good. Don’t let the 4-8 record fool you.
The lineups:
ROYALS
LF Scott Podsednik
C Jason Kendall
RF David DeJesus
1B Billy Butler
DH Jose Guillen
3B Wilson Betemit
2B Mike Aviles
CF Willie Bloomquist
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Casey Kotchman
LF Michael Saunders
C Josh Bard
SS Jack Wilson
RHP Zack Greinke

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