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April 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Mariners vs. Blue Jays game thread, April 11

MARINERS WIN — Amazing comeback and the M’s pull it out. More in a little while.
M’S STILL HAVE A CHANCE — A 1-2-3 ninth for Josh Lueke leaves Seattle down just a run heading to bottom nine. A couple thousand remain.
M’S COME CLOSE — Once again, Olivo makes the last out, grounding into a double play on the first pitch after Seattle had closed to within 7-6. He’s now left nine on base.
MARINERS TRYING TO MAKE IT A GAME — Two singles and three walks this inning —- two with the bases loaded — have made it a 7-3 game, and the bases remain loaded with just one out.
Give the Mariners some credit here for being selective and taking advantage of a Toronto pitching staff that seems determined to make this a game.
TOP EIGHT — Bradley homored for a Seattle run in the bottom of the seventh and it remains 7-1 as the Jays could not score despite loading the bases with two outs off Wilhlemsen. He struck out Lind to end the inning.
Maybe 1,000 or so still here.
TOP SEVEN — Nothing for Jays in seventh off Laffey. “Crowd” fleeing for the exits.
BOTTOM SIX — Not sure this is even worth doing anymore. Seattle had runners on again but Ichiro popped out behind third base and that was that.


Felix now out with Laffey in what has long been a laugher.
TOP SIX — Simply ugly now as Corey Patterson blasts a 2-run HR to right to make it 7-0 — the 12th hit tonight off Hernandez.
BOTTOM FIFTH — Olivo has now left seven on base tonight as for the third time he makes the last out in an inning with runners on. This time, it’s Smoak on second after a double before Olivo strikes out. Felix up to 97 pitches on a night when it doesn’t seem worth it to push his total too high.
TOP FIFTH — Felix’s best inning of night as Jays go three up, three down. Still 5-0.
BOTTOM FOURTH — Totally forgot to update the Mariners left two more on in the fourth. Sorry.
TOP FOURTH — The Jays added two more runs on a single, a double, a wild pitch and a a sac fly. It’s now 5-0 and Felix has given up 10 hits — he gave up that many just three times last year, a high of 11 in six innings in a May loss at Oakland.
BOTTOM THIRD — Ouch. Litsch loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single. But Smoak swung at a breaking ball far out of the zone on a full count and Olivo then lofted a soft fly to left to end the inning. So still 3-0 Jays.
ATTENDANCE TONIGHT A RECORD SAFECO LOW — It’s 13,056 “bettering” the previous low of 14,543 vs. Baltimore last April 19.
TOP THIRD — Ugly inning allows Jays to take 3-0 lead and Felix to pad pitch total to 65. A rundown in which Brendan Ryan couldn’t get the tag on was the key play, as was a blooper that fell in front of Ichiro in right.
Mariners now have to score three runs just to tie (obviously) and four to win — haven’t topped four since the second game of the year.
BOTTOM SECOND — Three up, three down for M’s and they didn’t make Litsch work too hard as he has now thrown 39 pitches through two innings.
TOP SECOND — Blue Jays got one run on two hits and a walk, the run scoring when Nix hit a hard shot to third that glanced off Figgins’ glove. 1-0 to the bottom of two.
BOTTOM FIRST — At least the M’s made Litsch throw 24 pitches. Unfortunately, they got no runs out of leadoff hits by Ichiro and Figgins (yes, Figgins) and then a two-out full-count walk to Smoak. Olivo ended it with a ground out to first after Cust and Bradley — still wearing ear plugs — struck out.
TOP FIRST — Jays got a single, a wild pitch and a walk to get two on with one out. But Felix then struck out Adam Lind on three straight — all looking — then K’d Aaron Hill looking to end the threat.
PRE-GAME — A brisk night and what could be one of the smallest crowds in Safeco Field history on hand for this one.
Here are the lineups:
SEATTLE
Ichiro, CF
Chone Figgings, 3B
Milton Bradley, LF
Jack Cust, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Miguel Olivo, C
Michael Saunders, CF
Brendan Ryan, SS
Jack Wilson, 2B
Felix Hernandez, P
TORONTO
Yunel Escobar, SS
Corey Pattrson, CF
Jose Bautista, RF
Adam Lind, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
J.P. Arencibia, C
Travis Snider, LF
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Jayson Nix, 3B
Jesse Litsch, P

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