The Mariners scored four in the sixth and are cruising with a 7-3 lead as we enter the seventh inning stretch. Seattle’s backups did the majority of the damage in the frame with Mike Wilson lining an RBI double to left center and then Matt Tuiasosopo coming up with a two-run double down the left field line.
Felix Hernandez was done after five innings. He allowed the two runs on three hits, struck out five and didn’t walk anyone. He threw 79 pitches, which is about where you’d want him with one more start to go before the season opener. No sense starting him in another inning and pushing it. He can go up in the 90s his next time out, then hit the century-mark by Opening Day.
If you missed Geoff Baker Live! today, we updated you on the Brendan Ryan-Jack Wilson position flip and gave you video interviews with both. Here’s the Ryan clip followed by the Wilson one.
We also spoke to manager Eric Wedge and asked whether Wilson’s health history played any factor in the decision to move him to second base.
Here’s my take on why the Mariners really made the move.
2:30 p.m.: Chone Figgins came up with the two out, two-run single to right field in the fourth inning to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead over the White Sox. New shortstop Brendan Ryan led things off with a double down the left field line, Michael Saunders walked and new second baseman Jack Wilson bunted both guys over.
Adam Moore drew a walk to load the bases before Ichiro popped out. That set the stage for Figgins to deliver the go-ahead hit.
Felix Hernandez has allowed the two runs on three hits through four innings. After a leadoff single by Lastings Milledge in the third, Hernandez has retired six in a row — three of those hitters on strikeouts.
1:55 p.m.: Two innings done here and Felix Hernandez and the M’s trail the Chicago White Sox, 2-1. Chicago scored twice off Hernandez in the second inning after he’d zipped through a perfect first on two Ks and a groundout.
Alexei Ramirez was hit by a pitch, Mark Teahen singled up the middle and Ramon Castro then doubled to left to bring home a run. Brent Morel then got the second run home on a groundout to the right side.
Seattle opened the scoring in the first inning after Ichiro singled, took second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and then scored on a Milton Bradley single to center.
LF Lastings Milledge
2B Gordon Beckham
1B Adam Dunn
2B Alexei Ramirez
RF Mark Teahen
C Ramon Castro
3B Brent Morel
SS Omar Vizquel
CF Brent Lillibridge
RHP Edwin Jackson
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Jack Cust
1B Justin Smoak
SS Brendan Ryan
CF Michael Saunders
2B Jack Wilson
C Adam Moore
RHP Felix Hernandez