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March 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Mariners-Indians game thread, March 11

GAME ENDS IN A TIE — The teams played 10 but it ended in a 5-5 tie. So the Mariners have a five-game non-losing streak and are 7-4-2 on the year (or center to second to catcher).
M’S NOTHING IN NINTH — Well, Wilson got caught stealing and the threat ended there. so 5-5 to the bottom and time for us to head down for interviews. More later.
THIRD HIT BATTER — Chavez has been plunked twice today and Mike Wilson was just hit to lead off the ninth, giving the Mariners a quick base runner.
UH OH — INDIANS TIE IT UP — Just what everyone hates — the specter of extra innings in spring training (or simply calling it a tie). The Indians got a run after a Hanahan hit, then an error on a sac bunt by Carp at first basemen when he let the throw get away. A double play grounder then tied it at 5-5 heading to the ninth.

LIDDI ANOTHER HIT — Not a homer, but he hit a hot shot that bounced past the third basemen and into left for a hit, going to second on the throw. But the rally ended there so it remains 5-4 heading to the bottom of the eighth.
M’S NOTHING IN SEVENTH — M’s go down 1-2-3 in the seventh. Cesar Jiminez is now on to pitch. M’s still up 5-4.
M’S GET OUT OF IT — Chaz Roe gave up two one-out walks, but then got two fly outs to end the inning with Seattle ahead 5-4.
INNING ENDS M’S UP 5-4 — So we go to bottom six. Carp hit into a double play to end the inning.
M’S TAKE 5-4 LEAD — We left to talk with Pineda and during that time, the Indians got a run in the fifth after Robertson got hit in the leg by a batted ball by Choo. But Robertson stayed in the game.
M’s have bases loaded, one out and one in here in the sixth.
NOTHING FOR M’S IN THE FIFTH — Tuiasosopo had a two-out double to left-center, his second hit of the day in three at-bats, but was left there when Saunders grounded out. Still 4-3 M’s.
PINEDA OFFICIAL PITCH COUNT — Was the same as mine — 49 pitches, 27 strikes.
ROBERTSON TWO QUICK OUTS — Then he hit a batter, gave up a bloop single, then a legit one, to allow a run in the bottom of the fourth. Seattle leads 4-3.
PINEDA LINE — He went three innings, gave up four hits, two earned runs, one walk, had three K’s and allowed a home run. His fastball touched 95-97.
M’S GET A RUN IN THE FOURTH — To take a 4-2 lead. Ackley led off with a single and stole second and eventually scored on a fly out by Josh Wilson. Nate Robertson now on the mound for Mariners.
PINEDA GIVES UP SOLO HOMER TO A. CABRERA — That HR came to lead off the inning on a 1-1 pitch. But Pineda then got the next three outs, striking out Choo and Hafner to finish strong. I had him with 14 pitches in the inning, eight strikes, and 49 pitches for the game, 27 strikes, though I’ll pass along the official when I get it.
M’S A RUN ON A HIT WALK AND AN ERROR — The Indians botched a potential double-play which allowed Cust to then single in Rodriguez, who had walked to lead off the inning. So Seattle leads 3-1 in its quest to win a fifth in a row. Pineda on the mound for a third inning, expected to be his last.
PINEDA GIVES UP A RUN ON TWO DOUBLES —- Hafner led off with a double and scored on a two-out double by Hannahan. E. Carrera then walked, and Pineda seemed in trouble for the first time this spring. But he got Orlando Carrera to fly to left for the third out, stranding.
He threw 21 pitches, 10 strikes and has thrown 35 pitches through two innings.
M’S TAKE 2-0 LEAD — Three straight singles by Tuiasosopo, Saunders and Ackley resulted in two runs — Tui scoring on Ackley’s blooper into left-center and then Saunders coming home on a Giminez grounder. Pineda back out for his second inning.
PINEDA A SCORELESS FIRST — Pineda gave up a leadoff single to Orlando Cabrera but then induced a double-play grounder from Asdrubal Cabrera that Ackley bobbled, getting just one out, instead. Then a fly out from Choo and a 4-3 from Kearns to get out of it. Pineda threw 14 pitches, nine strikes.
M’S GO DOWN IN FIRST —- Luis Rodriguez doubled down the right field line with one out but was then picked off second 2-6 to kill the inning, so no score heading to bottom first and Pineda taking the moung.
PRE-GAME — We’re at one of the new of the spring field, Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. Above is the view from the press box, and if it looks like we are in the middle of nowhere, we are. This is a bit West of Peoria and further removed from the city, and lots of empty space out here. This park was built in 2009 and I’d imagine the hope is that the area will grow up around it, as happened in Peoria. But it hasn’t happened much yet.
One cool little touch as I look to the right of the press box is a little whiffle ball field in the open space down right field. I see a family playing a little game out there already.
Anyway, as for the game, here are the lineups:
Josh Wilson, SS
Luis Rodriguez, 3B
Adam Kennedy, 1B
Jack Cust, DH
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
Michael Saunders, CF
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Chris Giminez, C
Johermyn Chavez, RF
Michael Pineda, RHP
Other pitchers who could go are Manny Delcarmen, Nate Robertson, Cesar Jiminez, Chris Seddon, Yusmeiro Petit, Edward Paredes, Royce Ring, Chaz Roe.
Orlando Cabrera, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Austin Kearns, LF
Travis Hafner, DH
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Lou Mason, C
Jack Hanahan, 1B
Ezequel Carrera, CF
Mitch Talbot, P
And yes, it almost seems as if there are more Mariners in the Indians lineup than the M’s.



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