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July 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, July 25: Mariners win 4-2

M’s hold on for a nice 4-2 comeback victory, scoring three in the eighth to take the lead. Aardsma works a perfect ninth for his 18th save, striking out Mike Cameron for the last out. Brandon League picks up his eighth victory — one more than Felix Hernandez. The Mariners retired the last 13 Red Sox batters in order. The M’s are 2-0 in the post-dugout fracas era.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Mariners explode for six straight hits (two of them bunt singles) to start the inning, good for three runs. One of their more dynamic innings of the season. The big hit was a two-run single by Michael Saunders, followed by a Milton Bradley pinch-hit bunt single to bring in another run. The M’s had a chance to break it open with bases loaded, no outs, but Ichiro grounded into a double play, and Figgins struck out looking. Still, M’s take 4-2 lead, with David Aardsma coming on for the save attempt.
RED SOX EIGHTH: Mariners pitchers strike out the side, with Seddon getting the first two, and Brandon League coming in to fan Kevin Youkilis. Sneddon retired all eight batters he faced, striking out the last two. He got a rousing ovation when he left the game. 2-1 Red Sox.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Figgins is a dynamo tonight. He reaches against Daniel Bard with a two-out single and has been on base all four times (two singles, two walks. But Gutierrez was called out on strikes. Haven’t we seen this game about 25 times this year? 2-1 Red Sox.
Daniel Bard takes over on the mound for the Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh.
RED SOX SEVENTH: Another solid 1-2-3 inning for Seddon. He’s given up one run in 7 2/3 innings since coming up. 2-1 Red Sox.
MARINERS SIXTH:Kotchman leads off with a drive down the third-base line — is thrown out at second going for a double. Yes, your Mariner base-running blunder d’jour. 2-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX SIXTH:Seddon has a nice easy 1-2-3 inning. 2-1 Red Sox
MARINERS FIFTH: Figgins leads off with walk — he’s been on base all three times, and the M’s get a runner to second with one out, but nothing more. Smoak makes the last out and is 2-for-27 on this homestand. 2-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX FIFTH:Sox get a pair of two-out hits — one a brokene-bat, checked-swing roller by Ortiz to the left side with the shift on — but Youkilis pops to second. 2-1 Red Sox.
RED SOX FOURTH:Red Sox take a 2-1 lead with three hits and a walk (RBI double by Youkilis, RBI single by Beltre), but Jack Wilson prevents more with a diving catch to rob Bill Hall. Fister did a nice job of damage control after Sox start inning single, walk, double, single. 2-1 Red Sox.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s get a run on Lopez’s RBI single, scoring Figgins, who doubled. But again they squander a chance for more, leaving bases loaded. 1-0 Mariners.
RED SOX THIRD: Dusty Brown gets a two-out single — a looper to short right that a hustling Figgins just misses — and then gets Scutaro on a popup. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: Another inning, another blown opportunity. They get runners on first and second with one out (Kotchman singtle, Saunders walk), but Rob Johnson grounds into a force at third, and Jack Wilson strikes out. 0-0.
RED SOX SECOND: Fister gives up a leadoff single to Kevin Youkilis, but gets a double-play ball from Adrian Beltre, featuring a strong pivot by Figgins as Youkilis took him out. 0-0
MARINERS FIRST: How many times have we seen this: Figgins gets to third with one out (walk, wild pitch, steal), and the M’s can’t get him in. Gutierrez strikes out and Lopez fouls out on the first pitch, eliciting some noticeable boos. 0-0.
RED SOX FIRST: Fister breezes through the first, getting two outs on the first two pitches, and then fanning David Ortiz. A total of eight pitches. So far, so good. 0-0
The Mariners will try to salvage a split of their four-game series with the Red Sox. They are 3-7 since the All-Star break and are 5-16 in July.
With Daisuke Matsuzaka facing the Mariners today, it’s fitting to bring out my all-time favorite Ichiro quote, as presented in the Seattle Times in April of 2007 in a story by freelancer Brad Lefton, who speaks Japanese. Here’s what Ichiro said about facing Dice-K for the first time in the major leagues:
“I hope he arouses the fire that’s dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger.”
Just the kind of quote we used to get from Richie Sexson.
That happened to be the game in which Felix Hernandez completely out-pitched Dice-K at Fenway, a one-hit shutout I’d rank as one of the top 3 games Felix has ever thrown — maybe No. 1. He lost a no-hitter in the eighth and was completely overpowering.



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