Great job by Garrett Olson to keep this a 4-3 game after the Indians loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh inning. Olson got Michael Brantley to pop out to third base, struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and then got a flyout to left by Shin-Soo Choo.
Don’t forget, last inning it was Olson coming on to replace Doug Fister with two on and one out and escaping that jam as well. The M’s have three more innings to tie this thing up.
8:51 p.m.: Doug Fister just went off the rails like a runaway train and, as a result, he’s now back in the station cooling his heels…or, maybe it’s wheels. He’s a train, get it?
Anyhow, Fister and the Mariners trail 4-3 after surrendering four runs in the sixth inning. Fister gave up hits to six of the first seven guys he faced before being yanked. Here’s the thing, though: prior to that inning, he’d retired 15 batters in a row and had given up only one hit all night.
Luis Valbuena got things started with an infield hit and then, one out later, Michael Brantley singled to right to put two on. Asdrubal Cabrera promptly lined one to right to load ’em up and then Shin-Soo Choo rocketed a ball to deep center that one-hopped off the wall and scored all three runners to tie the game.
Travis Hafner singled to right field after that to bring Choo home with the go-ahead run. Then, after another single, this one by Jayson Nix, the night was over for Fister. Yikes.
Garrett Olson came on and got a popout and strikeout to keep Seattle within striking distance, but wow, what a turnaround.
8:05 p.m.: Seattle leads 3-0 after three innings of play, scoring three in the third — two runs courtesy of a Russell Branyan homer off the right field foul pole. The Mariners saw Ichiro notch his second hit of the night, doubling to the gap in right center. He then took second on a hard single to left by Chone Figgins before coming home on a lineout to left by Franklin Gutierrez.
Branyan came up next and launched the full-count offering high and deep. The M’s are out-hitting the Indians 7-1 already. Even the outs that third inning were being ripped real hard into gloves.
Doug Fister allowed a single to Michael Brantley to lead the game off, but has since retired nine in a row.
7:08 p.m.: Beautiful evening here for this battle of last place teams as the 52-81 Mariners take on the 53-80 Cleveland Indians. Seattle took two of three from the Indians the last time these clubs hooked up in Cleveland a few weeks back.
Ryan Langerhans gets the start in left field tonight. Doug Fister is on the mound, with just one win since May 14. He did throw seven innings of one-run ball against Minnesota his last time out, taking a 1-0 loss.
CF Michael Brantley
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Shin-Soo Choo
DH Travis Hafner
3B Jayson Nix
1B Jordan Brown
LF Trevor Crowe
2B Luis Valbuena
C Lou Marson
RHP Josh Tomlin
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
C Adam Moore
LF Ryan Langerhans
SS Chris Woodward
RHP Doug Fister