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April 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Cleveland Indians at Mariners: April 8, 2011 game thread

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Here come the Mariners! Ichiro drives home a run in the fifth inning to make it a 12-1 game, but hey, we’ve got four more innings to go. Cleveland scored again off Tom Wilhelmsen in the fifth when he uncorked a wild pitch on a strikeout. Miguel Olivo came up with the ball and fired down to second, but the ball scooted into the outfield, bringing a runner home from third.
Wilhelmsen goes 1 2/3 innings, giving up five runs — four earned — on five hits. Aaron Laffey now on to mop up.
Touching pre-game ceremony to honor Dave Niehaus, with his widow, Marilyn, throwing out the first pitch to none other than Felix Hernandez. Prior to that, you had hip-hop artist Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis performing their hit song My Oh My!

Speaking of Hernandez, he and Michael Pineda have been flip-flopped in the starting rotation. Hernandez will now pitch Monday against Toronto, while Pineda goes Tuesday. The idea being to keep Hernandez on his normal five-day schedule.


8:41 p.m.: Between innings here in the fourth and the Mariners’ pitching staff has a nice little 13-hitter going. Well, OK, Jason Vargas has looked better and so has Tom Wilhelmsen. Both got tomahawked by Chief Wahoo’s crew to the tune of 10…yes, 10…runs in the fourth inning and now trail 11-0.
The Disney folks working on the Wilhelmsen movie will have to make it end right after last week’s big-league debut. Sort of the way Marky Mark cut off the Mickey Ward story in The Fighter before Arturo Gatti turned his face into ground chuck in two of three fights.
Nah, I’m kidding about Wilhelmsen. But that three-run homer he served up to Travis Hafner might have had the fuselage blow off had it gotten any higher into the atmosphere. In other words, not a great inning to be an M’s fan.
The Mariners have a dozen hits all year with RISP. Indians had six in that inning.
Vargas gets tagged with seven runs in 3 1/3 frames.
The good news? Plenty of tickets still available for this weekend.
7:49 p.m.: Two innings done here and the M’s trail 1-0. Seattle had Ichiro on in the first inning after a leadoff single but Chone Figgins lined into a double play with the runner on the move. The M’s got out of a one-on, one-out jam in the second with a 5-4-3 double-play of their own.
Seattle then went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second, with Jack Cust and Miguel Olivo going down swinging around a groundout by Milton Bradley.
7:31 p.m.: Cleveland leads 1-0 after onetime Mariners prospect Asdrubal Cabrera took Jason Vargas over the left field wall with one out in the first inning. Vargas got a groundout and two popouts in the frame, but could not get his 2-1 offering beyond Cabrera’s bat.
The lineups:
INDIANS
CF Michael Brantley
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Shin Soo Choo
C Carlos Santana
DH Travis Hafner
2B Orlando Cabrera
LF Austin Kearns
1B Matt LaPorta
3B Jack Hannahan
LHP Jason Vargas
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Jack Cust
1B Justin Smoak
C Miguel Olivo
2B Adam Kennedy
SS Brendan Ryan
CF Ryan :Langerhans
RHP Carlos Carrasco

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