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August 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, Aug. 3

RANGERS SEVENTH:Jamey Wright replaces Vargas and gives up a two-out double to Mitch Mooreland, but gets pinch-hitter David Murphy to fly out. Vargas’s line: 6 ip, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts. 3-2 Mariners.
RANGERS SIXTH:Vargas is breezing — nine in a row put down. He’s allowed just three hits through six, and leads, 3-2.
MARINERS FIFTH:M’s take their first lead of the night on Franklin Gutierrez’s 10th homer of the year, an opposite-field drive on a 2-2 pitch by Colby Lewis with one out. 3-2 Mariners.
RANGERS FIFTH: An easy 1-2-3 inning for Vargas, who has had a nice outing so far.
MARINERS FOURTH:The M’s mounted a two-out rally to tie the score, but stranded two more runners (7 LOB through four). Jack Wilson scored the run on a wild pitch after getting a single and moving to third on Ichiro’s perfectly executed hit-and-run single. 2-2.
RANGERS FOURTH: Texas regains the lead as Nelson Cruz walks, Jorge Cantu singles, Cristian Guzman moves them up with a sacrifice bunt, and Bengie Molina gets Cruz home with a sac fly to left. 2-1 Rangers.
MARINERS THIRD:The Mariners tied it on a squeeze bunt by Franklin Gutierrez that scored Ichiro, but after loading the bases with no outs, they could have had more. Branyan struck out, and after Gutierrez’s bunt, so did Adam Moore — looking. Moore hit a ball hard into the right-field corner, but it was foul. 1-1.
By the way, Vlad Guerrero, who is in the midst of a slump, gets a rest today, which I’m sure didn’t make the Mariners heartbroken. Guerrero hit .210 in July, the second lowest full month average of his career.
RANGERS THIRD:They push across the first run on a walk by Julio Borbon, who moved to third on Elvis Andrus’s single and scored on Michael Young’s sac fly. But Vargas got Josh Hamilton to hit into a double play to end the inning. 1-0 Rangers.
MARINERS SECOND:This was the futures inning — all youngsters. Moore, in his first at-bat since his recall from AAA, struck out. Michael Saunders flied out. But Matt Tuiasosopo lashed a ground-rule double to left. He died there when Jack Wilson struck out. 0-0.
RANGERS SECOND: Vargas gives up a two-out single to Bengie Molina (Tuiasosopo just missed a leaping catch, the ball glancing off his mitt), but struck out Mitch Moreland. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: They get a couple of runners aboard with two outs but shockingly can’t get any of them home as Franklin Gutierrez flied out to left. 0-0.
A few notes that have got lost in the shuffle today (my contributions to this thread may be minimal because I have to write a story for the newspaper):
Jose Lopez will rest his hamstring one more day but is expected to play tomorrow.
Shawn Kelley, after an impressive one-inning stint with Tacoma last night, will throw Thursday for Everett (because Tacoma is heading out on a road trip).
–The Mariners are facing a decision on Mike Sweeney, who hit two home runs today for Tacoma and played first base. He has one more day left on his minor-league rehab, and the current plan is for him to spend it with Everett. Manager Don Wakamatsu gave no indication of the Mariners’ plans for Sweeney.
–Catcher Adam Moore joined the team from Tacoma and was thrown right into the starting lineup.
“We’re going to play him just about every day,” Wakamatsu said. “Obviously we’ll look at some matches and when it’s a night and day we might give him one off and let Bard catch in that situation, but he’s up here to play.”
Moore believes he’s ready for the challenge.
“I’ve been working a lot down there on being more consistent,” he said. “I’m going to bring it up here, stay with my plan, and continue to work on it.”
For Kelley, meanwhile, the last remaining hurdle is showing he can pitch multiple innings, and back-to-back games.
“I’m pretty close to being ready now,” he said.



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