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September 4, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Indians, Sept. 4: Indians win, 4-2

MARINERS NINTH:Chris Perez retires the M’s in order to preserve Cleveland’s 4-2 victory.
MARINERS EIGHTH:Russ Branyan leads off with his 22nd homer (12 for Seatttle, 10 for Cleveland), and the M’s get runners on second and third with one out. A single away from tying it up, but Michael Saunders and Matt Tuiasosopo both strike out. 4-2 Indians.
MARINERS SEVENTH:M’s get an unearned run with two outs after the inning is prolonged on a throwing error by SS Asdrubal Cabrera on a Tui grounder (originally ruled a hit, then changed to error). Talbot hit Josh Wilson and was replaced by Chris Perez, who gave up a bloop single to Ichiro to score Tui. That’s two hits for Ichiro tonight and 176 for the season. He has 26 games (and the rest of this one) to get 24 more hits. I like his chances. 4-1 Indians.
MARINERS FIFTH:The Mariners finally get a runner past second — all the way to third, in fact. No run, however. Michael Saunders, with one out, slices a double to left, and moves to third on Matt Tuiasosopo’s ground out. Josh Wilson flies to fairly deep center for the third out. FYI, the Mariners and Indians have each been shut out 12 times, most in the American League. Only one of them can break the tie tonight. 4-0 Indians.
INDIANS FIFTH: Pauley settles down with an easy 1-2-3 innings against middle of Indians order. 4-0 Indians.
MARINERS FOURTH:indians pitcher Mitch Talbot brings to mind Fred Talbot, former Seattle Pilots pitcher and one the great characters of Jim Bouton’s Ball Four. No relation, as far as I know. Talbot has a two-hit shutout through four. 4-0 Indians.
INDIANS FOURTH: Another run off Pauley. One-out bunt single by Jason Donald (whose cousin works at the Seattle Times), and two-out RBI single by Michael Brantley (whose father used to play for the Mariners). 4-0 Indians.
MARINERS THIRD:Three up, three down for the Mariners. 3-0 Indians.
INDIANS THIRD:Pauley gives up two runs and he’s lucky it wasn’t more. After four straight hits to start the inning, the Indians had two in and runners at first and third, with no outs. Travis Hafner hit a shot, but right at Figgins, who doubled the runner off first. After a walk, Pauley struck out Matt LaPorta to end the inning. But the Indians have three runs, and the Mariners haven’t scored more than three in their last eight games. 3-0 Indians.
MARINERS SECOND:A leadoff single by Casey Kotchman — and nothing more. 1-0 Indians.
INDIANS SECOND:A 1-2-3 inning for Pauley, including the last two by strikeout to give him three whiffs through two. 1-0 Indians.
MARINERS FIRST:Russ Branyan gets a two-out, broken-bat single, but Indians starter Mitch Talbot gets Jose Lopez, a late addition to the lineup, to fly out to right. 1-0 Indians.
INDIANS FIRST: At just about the same time the clock ran down on UW, Travis Hafner delivered a single to score Shin-Soo Choo, who had singled and stole second. All of that happened with two outs. 1-0 Indians.
For those who have dragged themselves away from the Husky-BYU game, welcome. I have a feeling traffic will pick up considerably once that one is over.
This game will have ramifications on the reverse standings. Currently, these two teams have the third and fourth worst record in the majors, behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore. The Indians (54-81) are one game better than the Mariners (53-82), so a Seattle win would leave them in a dead heat.



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