David Pauley’s last pitch wound up costing him two runs as Matt Wieters belted it into the right field seats with a runner on to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-4. Jamey Wright came on from there, with Pauley done at 101 pitches over six-plus innings.
Wright walked Josh Bell with one out to put the tying run on, but escaped the inning. On to the eighth in a suddenly very close game.
5:40 p.m.: David Pauley dodged a bullet in the sixth inning after a leadoff double by Brian Roberts. With two out, Pauley walked Nick Markakis to bring up Adam Jones, representing the tying run in a 5-2 game. But Jones rolled over on a pitch, sent a grounder to shortstop and Josh Wilson threw him out with a strong toss to first.
So, the M’s still lead, 5-2, heading to the home stretch. No Brandon League tonight, so you’d like to see them add on some more rums just to be safe.
5:15 p.m.: Ichiro just got back the hit that MLB took away and boy, was it a big one. His double into the right field corner in the fifth brought Josh Wilson all the way around from first base. Chone Figgins then lined a ball into the glove of left fielder Felix Pie.
Ichiro broke for home when the ball was caught. The throw from Pie arrived before him, but was offline. Ichiro lunged around the tag and got his hand down on the plate.
Make it 5-2 for the Mariners.
4:46 p.m.: Ichiro needs some hits. Another 47, to be exact. He just got one taken away by MLB. Maybe he should take up a collection? Mariners going for third straight series victory under Daren Brown, fourth straight overall.
And what a crazy opening two innings it’s been, with the Mariners taking a 3-2 lead on another three-run homer by Matt Tuiasosopo. Now, Brown will have to play him on Friday night in New York! Whatever will Michael Sasunders do? Gee, Brown might have to sit Jose Lopez so Tui can play third. Nope, will never happen. It’s the 11th commandment. Lopez Shall Play Third and Bat Clean-up Every Night.
Anyhow, the O’s took a 2-0 lead off David Pauley in the first inning when, after a walk, stolen base and a single put runners at the corners, lead runner Brian Roberts got hung up halfway to home on a “contact play” hit right at third baseman Lopez.
It took the Mariners forever to apply the tag and, by that time, the runners had moved up to second and third. Luke Scott knocked them both in on a single.
But the M’s opened the second with a Lopez double, then an infield hit. Tui came up and made no mistake with a 2-1 offering, belting it deep. That’s seven RBI in just 11 innings for him.