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April 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Toronto Blue Jays at Mariners: April 12, 2011 game thread

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Michael Pineda is now through seven innings, having held the Blue Jays scoreless on three hits. He’s needed only 88 pitches to get this far, as well, striking out J.P. Arencibia and Travis Snider of Mill Creek that last frame. Quite the performance.
Mariners still lead 3-0.

In case you missed the news, the season is just about over for Mariners catcher Adam Moore. Moore underwent surgery today on his right medial meniscus. Mariners team doctor Edward Khalfayan called it “extensive” and said Moore will need between four and six months to recover.
In other words, Moore’s season is all but a writeoff. Even if he gets back, in the best case scenario, he wouldn’t be playing before late August or early September. Very tough break for him.

8:15 p.m.: Michael Pineda gave up singles to Corey Patterson and Jose Bautista to start the fourth inning, but rallied with a strikeout on Adam Lind, a flyout by Aaron Hill. Pineda then blew a 97 mph fastball by young catcher J.P. Arencibia with the count 2-2 to end the Toronto threat. Nice recovery there.
Still 3-0 for the Mariners.
8:01 p.m.: Well, at least it didn’t take the Mariners five or six innings to score tonight. It’s now 3-0 for the M’s after Ryan Langerhans, your team home run leader, clubbed his third of the year with Brendan Ryan on base following a leadoff single. Langerhans needed just one pitch from Rucky Romero and sent it screaming over the wall in right.
After that, third baseman Jayson Nix threw a Jack Wilson grounder away at first base. Wilson took second on the play, then stole third and scored on a single to right by earplug-wearing Milton Bradley. So, a nice little lead for Michael Pineda as we head to the fourth.
7:45 p.m.: Michael Pineda has retired four in a row after breezing through a perfect third inning. Pineda allowed a two-out walk in the second and that’s it as far as baserunners have gone. He’s at a very economical 42 pitches through three frames after two popouts and a weak grounder to second in the third.
Seattle got a one-out Justin Smoak single in the second inning but that was it as Ricky Romero got Luis Rodriguez to fly to center, then fanned Michael Saunders. On to the bottom of the third.
7:28 p.m.: Michael Pineda makes the second start of his career today, taking on top Toronto starter Rickey Romero. Pineda went six innings and allowed only three earned runs to the Rangers a week ago tonight in Texas.
Pineda got through a 1-2-3 first inning on just 14 pitches, getting his fastball up to 97 mph. He fell behind 3-0 on Jose Bautista, who then took two called strikes before whiffing on a 95 mph fastball.
The Mariners also went 1-2-3 on just eight pitches against Romero in their half of the first.

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