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March 26, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Mariners at Milwaukee Brewers: March 26, 2011 game thread

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The Mariners just gave back an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth, so we’re now tied 1-1. The inning began with shortstop Brendan Ryan committing a glove error on a ground ball.
With a runner on second and two out, Chris Ray gave up an RBI single to center by onetime M’s outfielder Jeremy Reed.
Ray finished the inning with two strikeouts and the unearned run allowed on the one hit.


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3:03 p.m.: And a couple of miscues defensively by the Brewers have allowed the Mariners to finally break the scoring ice here in the seventh inning. First, a fly ball to center got lost in the sun by Carlos Gomez and was allowed to fall in for a double. Bard later came around to score when a Brendan Ryan grounder to third was botched by Craig Counsell, who let the ball get by him and into left field.
So, it’s now a 1-0 game. Cesar Jimenez now takes over for Michael Pineda. So, don’t go anywhere just yet.
2:53 p.m.: Today’s performance will no-doubt have the Mariners feeling better about their decision to keep Michael Pineda to start the year, despite the obvious service time implications. Pineda just notched two more strikeouts in the sixth and has now thrown 77 pitches and allowed only two hits.
He’s coming out of the game, since Josh Bard is in the on-deck circle to bat in Pineda’s spot here in the seventh inning of a scoreless game.
Pineda will finish with zero runs allowed on two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Luis Rodriguez grounded into a force out at the plate, while Matt Tuiasosopo went down swinging.
2:28 p.m.: That’s five innings of two-hit ball for Michael Pineda so far in a scoreless game. He just got the side in order to end the fifth and gave up his only hits in the fourth inning.
With two on and two out in that fourth, The Yuni Bomber looked to stroke an RBI single to right off Pineda. But right fielder Ryan Langerhans charged the ball and made a strong throw home to get Mark Kotsay by a hair.
Yovani Gallardo fanned nine Mariners over his five innings of work and is now out of the game. As I mentioned earlier, the M’s are not pleased with the work by plate ump Mike Lusky today. Pineda also has two strikeouts in which he just stared at balls right down the middle, on orders from the dugout.
1:57 p.m.: Michael Pineda needed 15 pitches to get out of a 1-2-3 third inning, logging two more strikeouts in the process on Edwin Maysonet and Yovani Gallardo. So, that’s 30 pitches in three innings for Pineda so far.
The Mariners are getting about a hit per inning and striking out at that rate as well. They’re becoming frustrated with the zone of minor league plate umpire Mike Lusky. He rang up Ryan Langerhans and Michael Saunders on strikes in the fourth and both were none too happy about it.
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1:44 p.m.: Well, the good news is that Michael Pineda is through the first two innings on just 15 pitches. He gave up a leadoff walk to Prince Fielder in the second, but erased it on a double-play grounder by The Yuni Bomber. Never saw that coming. Brandon Boggs flied out to end the inning.
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The bad news? If the M’s were counting on Pineda to help their offense this year, they’d best forget about it. Pineda came up to bat leading off the third and stared at three straight pitches right down the middle. Barely broke a sweat. Still scoreless midway through the third.
BTW, the M’s told Pineda not to swing at anything today.
1:22 p.m.: Michael Pineda makes his final Cactus League start today out in Maryvale, Ariz. Not exactly the “A” lineup for the Mariners behind him.
And a very quick start to the game for Pineda, who gets through the first inning on just six pitches. He retired Rickie Weeks — who had three doubles off him 10 days ago — on a popout, then struck out Carlos Gomez and got Mark Kotsay on a groundout.
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The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Jack Wilson
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ryan Langerhans
1B Justin Smoak
CF Michael Saunders
3B Luis Rodriguez
LF Matt Tuiasosopo
C Chris Gimenez
RHP Michael Pineda
BREWERS
2B Rickie Weeks
CF Carlos Gomez
RF Mark Kotsay
1B Prince Fielder
SS The Yuni Bomber
LF Brandon Boggs
3B Edwin Maysonet
C Wil Nieves
RHP Yovani Gallardo

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