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March 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Mariners vs. Giants game thread, March 6

IT’S A FINAL — Giants hang on to win 6-1, Lincecum the winner, Robertson the loser, the Mariners getting just six hits — five singles and one double. More later.
QUICK EIGHTH — No score and not much to report. 6-1 to the ninth and I’ll have more later.
GIANTS SCORELESS IN THE SEVENTH — Mariners now up in the top of eighth, down 6-1.
M’S SCORELESS IN SEVENTH — A Josh Wilson single to left is all Seattle got in the seventh, so it remains 6-1 going to the bottom of the seventh.
ACKLEY AN ERROR IN THE SIXTH — Ackley bobbled a grounder then threw the ball away at first for an error. But the Giants didn’t score, though it was close, as Ackley got the third out when he fielded a grounder and tossed lightly to second for the force. Fans booed, thinking the runner had beaten the throw. It all was evidence that Ackley remains a work in progress at second.
MARINERS CUT IT TO 6-1 — Langerhans had an RBI double to cut the lead to 6-1, but the rally ended there. League now in for the M’s to pitch the sixth.
GIANTS GET TWO IN THE FIFTH — Posey hit a two-run double off the wall off of Beavan, who struggled in his second inning, to give the Giants a 6-0 lead.


M’S GO DOWN 1-2-3 IN FIFTH — Wilson got Ackley and Kennedy looking before Bradley hit a shot to third that was snared by Sandoval. Giants still up 4-0 heading to bottom fifth. Beavan still on the mound.
BEAVAN GETS TWO K’S IN FOURTH — Beavan, having a good camp so far, struck out Belt and Ishikawa in the fourth as the Giants went 1-2-3.
World Series and cult hero Brian Wilson is now pitching for the Giants to much applause as it’s his first appearance of the spring.
LINCECUM’S LINE — He went 3.2 innings and had seven strikeouts, three walks and gave up three hits. He had a chance to get a fourth K in the fourth but walked Bard on a full count.
GIANTS GET OUT OF IT — Rodriguez popped out to second to end the inning, so the Giants remain ahead 4-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth. Blake Beavan now pitching for the Mariners.
LINCECUM OUT — Lincecum struck out three in the fourth, but Cust reached on a wild pitch, and a single and a walk have allowed the Mariners to load the bases with two outs, with Lincecum out of the game after reaching his pitch count. Rodriguez will be up with two outs against Alex Hinshaw. Giants still lead 4-0.
GIANTS GET THREE IN THIRD — A two-run triple by Tejeda keyed a three-run inning for the Giants off Nate Robertson, who has given up four runs and four hits in three innings. 4-0 Giants.
LINCECUM GETS OUT OF IT — COMPLETELY —- The M’s get two walks, one by Ackley, and a single to load the bases with one out. But Kennedy then struck out swinging on a full count and Bradley went down on four pitches, swinging and missing on a breaking ball, to leave the bags full. 1-0 Giants to bottom third.
ROBERTSON GETS OUT OF IT — SORT OF — The Giants got one run in the second but could have had a lot more if not for a great play by Justin Smoak, who leaped high to snare a hard drive by Brandon Belt with no outs and runners on first and second. That turned into a double play, so the Giants got just one run after a walk and two singles to start the inning. 1-0 Giants to the third.
LINCECUM IN FINE FORM IN SECOND — That was the Cy Young Tim Lincecum in the second, striking out Cust and Smoak and then getting a weak groundout from Langerhans to set the M’s down 1-2-3.
GIANTS GO 1-2-3 IN THE FIRST — So 0-0 to the second.
ACKLEY A HIT, BUT NO MORE FOR M’S — Ackley had a nice single to center on a 1-0 pitch off Lincecum. But Kennedy then lined into a 6-3 double play, Tejeada making a leaping grab and then the throw to first. And Bradley flew out to right.
GAME BEGINNING — The game is getting underway.
Here are the lineups:
SEATTLE
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Adam Kennedy, 3B
Milton Bradley, LF
Jack Cust, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Ryan Langerhans, CF
Carlos Peguero, RF
Josh Bard, C
Luis Rodriguez, SS
Nate Robertson, P
Also among those who could pitch are Brandon League, Blake Beavan and Garrett Olson. Ichiro isn’t in the lineup and isn’t on the list of other players making the trip, so you won’t see him there today (same with Chone Figgins, Franklin Gutierrez, a few others).
GIANTS
Darren Ford, CF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Cody Ross, RF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Brandon Bell, DH
Travis Ishikawa, LF
Mike Fontenot, 2B
Tim Lincecum, P
So yes, a good chance for some of the Mariner youngsters to get an at-bat off of Lincecum. And yes, the Giants have a decided edge in lineups with some key M’s staying home, though that obviously doesn’t matter much this time of year.

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