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September 18, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Texas Rangers at Mariners: Sept. 18, 2010 game thread

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Tonight’s game likely just swung for good in the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth. First, the Rangers now lead 5-0 after a two-out single by Bengie Molina into the left field corner brought home two runs. Jorge Cantu had just missed a homer in the prior at-bat, getting a double off the wall in right center to put runners at second and third for Molina to cash in.
But in the fifth, with the score still 3-0, the M’s got runners to second and third with none out after a single by Justin Smoak (nearly took Cliff Lee’s head off) and a double by Josh Bard. But then Matt Tuiasosopo went down swinging, Michael Saunders hit a soft liner to shortstop for the second out and then Josh Wilson popped out foul down the right field line.
That was likely the ballgame right there. But after the two-run single by Molina, you can put this one in the books.


7:15 p.m.: Bottom of the fifth inning and the Marinersa trail 3-0 after a two-run single in the fourth from Jeff Francoeur. Vlad Guerrero led the inning off with a single and then Ian Kinsler hit a double to the gap in left center that one-hopped the fence and forced the runners to halt at second and third.
One out later, Francoeur singled to left center and both guys scored.
M’s being out-hit 7-1. Cliff Lee has retired 12 in a row and has six K through four innings.
6:47 p.m.: Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Michael Young singled through the right side with two out to bring Bengie Molina home from third. Jeff Francouer opened the inning with a single and then, with one out, Molina singled as well.
A balk by Jason Vargas moved both runners up. Then, Vargas snared a comebacker by Elvis Andrus that went off his glove and rolled to his left. Vargas collected the ball and threw a strike to the plate to get Francouer.
But then, Young drove in the run.
Ichiro led off the first with an infield hit off Cliff Lee, but wound up stranded on base. Lee retired the side in order in the second and has three strikeouts already. Make that four, as he just whiffed Michael Saunders to open the bottom of the third.
6:01 p.m.: The season comes full circle tonight as Cliff Lee, one of the only guys worth watching on this team the first few months of 2010, comes back to face what’s left of those M’s.
Not much. The M’s have fired their Felix Hernandez bullet. Now, they’ve got a bunch of days of prayer ahead. Nice way to throw Justin Smoak back in there. Let him face the guy he was traded for. No pressure there.
Of the guys in the starting nine when Lee opened the season with Seattle in late April, only Ichiro, Franklin Gutierrez, Chone Figgins and Jose Lopez are in tonight’s lineup.
So, how many Mariners have come and gone from the team Lee began with here in Seattle? Let’s take a look:
Mark Lowe, Kanekoa Teixeira, Rob Johnson, Mike Sweeney, Ken Griffey Jr., Ian Snell, Eric Byrnes, Eliezer Alfonzo, Mike Carp, Jesus Colome. Throw in staffers Don Wakamatsu, Ty Van Burkleo, Rick Adair, Steve Hecht, Alan Cockrell and Carmen Fusco.
And then, Milton Bradley, Jack Wilson and Shawn Kelley are on the DL with season-ending injuries. Sean White? Put out an APB, we aren’t sure.

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