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April 9, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Indians, April 9

It’s over — Mariners get six hits for fifth time in last six games (all losses) and drop 2-1 decision to Indians. They are now 2-6, and it’s starting to look a lot like 2010.
MARINERS EIGHTH: M’s squander leadoff double by Figgins. Fans are streaming out of here. 2-1 Indians.
CLEVELAND SEVENTH: Josh Lueke gets a double play ball after a leadoff walk. Milton Bradley trotted in to have a discussion with the third-base umpire with two outs, but I’m not quite sure what the issue was. It didn’t seem serious, and he went back to left, and Lueke got the third out.
You’re on your own for awhile. I’ve got to write my game story for paper. 2-0 Indians.
MARINERS SIXTH: M’s blow their best chance, getting Figgins to third with one out only to have Bradley and Cust Whiff. Figgins singled to center, breaking 0-for-26 slump, then took two bases on a Masterson wild pitch. All for naught. 2-0 Indians.
CLEVELAND SIXTH: Strong 1-2-3 inning for Fister, who is pitching a very solid game. He struck out Buck for third out, thie third time he’s whiffed Buck. Those account for all Fister’s strikeouts. 2-0 Indians.
MARINERS FIFTH: M’s finally get a runner to second on Adam Kennedy’s one-out double. And they get him to third on Brendan Ryan’s ground out. And they leave him at third on Michael Saunders’ ground out. 2-0 Indians.
INDIANS FIFTH: Fister works out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam by getting Carlos Santana to pop out to second. Oye Como Va! 2-0 Indians
MARINERS FOURTH: Masterson is dominating the Mariners. Another easy inning, with his seventh strikeout (Smoak for the second time). His career high of 12 strikeouts is in definite danger of being surpassed. 2-0 Indians.
INDIANS FOURTH: Indians pick up two — one earned, one unearned. With bases loaded and one out, Orlando Cabrera hit a sac fly to left. Milton Bradley threw to third — wildly. Doug Fister, backing up the play, tried to make a sliding stop, but kicked it into the dugout, allowing another run to score. 2-0 Indians.
MARINERS THIRD: Well, Masterson will not throw a no-hitter tonight. Ichiro grounded a single to center with two outs. But then Figgins lined out to shortstop. He did hit the ball hard. Masterson has struck out six through three. 0-0.
CLEVELAND THIRD: A 1-2-3 inning for Fister, who has thrown 43 pitches through three. But the Mariners are not showing any signs of being able to hit Masterson, who was acquired from Boston in the Victor Martinez trade. So was Nick Hagadone, who was Tim Lincecum’s teammate at UW. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: Miguel Olivo draws a two-out walk, but Adam Kennedy struck out. Masterson has struck out four through two innings. 0-0.
CLEVELAND SECOND: Fister looks pretty sharp. He gave up a two-out single to Orlando Cabrera but struck out Travis Buck (who is from Richland, WA). 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Masterson puts the Mariners down in order, striking out Figgins (looking) and Bradley. Figgins is now hitless in his last 25 at-bats, and his average is below .100 (.097). 0-0.
CLEVELAND FIRST: Doug Fister gives up a leadoff single to Michael Brantley — son of former Mariner Mickey Brantley — but gets a double play from Asdrubal Cabrera on a comebacker. Shin Soo-Choo, struggling at .111, grounded out to second. 0-0.
The Mariners try to end their five-game losing streak against a team that has been their mirror image this season. The Indians lost their first two games, starting out the season down 14-0 to the White Sox in the fourth inning of the home opener. But they rebounded to win their next five straight, including a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.
The Mariners, on the other hand, opened promisingly by winning the first two games against Oakland, but have lost five straight since. And last night, in their home opener, the M’s were down 11-0 to the Indians in the fourth inning.
Cleveland’s starter, Justin Masterson, is the first pitcher in baseball history to be born in Jamaica. He limited the White Sox to one run in seven innings on April 3 to lead the Indians to their first win of the season.

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