The rain is really coming down and they’ve put the tarp on and halted play here midway through the eighth inning.
In other words, about three innings too late for the M’s.
Kansas City leads 5-1 after Seattle got on the board in the eighth. As usual, though, they needed an error to do it. Chone Figgins hit a two-out double and then took third when Royals first baseman Kila Ka’aihue dropped a routine throw to the bag. That enabled Figgins to score on a sacrifice fly.
But that’s it and the M’s are now three outs or an umpire’s rain decision away from falling to 4-9.
8:40 p.m.: Really pouring out there now. The Mariners are down 5-0 and showing few signs of life as we head to the seventh inning.
Wilson Betemit hit a home run in the fourth off Doug Fister and then a pair of singles in the seventh and a sac fly by Betemit gave the Royals their fifth run.
Seattle had averaged 4.11 pitches seen per plate appearance coming in, but as of last inning, that was down to 3.44 for this game.
6:06 p.m.: Doug Fister wasn’t fooling too many hitters in the third inning and trails 3-0 after the Royals scored three that frame. Alex Gordon hit a two-run double to right field just as some rain began to fall here. We’re expecting some much heavier rain in a bit.
Alcides Escobar led things off with an infield single, then, after a bunt, Melky Cabrera singled to put runners at the corners. Both scored on the double and then Billy Butler singled through the right side for the third run.
5:50 p.m.: Still scoreless after two innings of play. The Mariners went 1-2-3 in the second after a great, racing catch at the warning track in center by Melky Cabrera on a drive by Justin Smoak. Could have been a triple.
A leadoff walk issued by Doug Fister in the bottom of the inning didn’t amount to anything after a fielder’s choice and strikeouts on Wilson Betemit and Brayan Pena.
Some nervous looks in the M’s dugout that inning as catcher Miguel Olivo appeared to twist his ankle during the Betemit at-bat. Olivo shook it off and stayed in there, but we’ll keep an eye on him. The M’s can’t lose him for any length of time, be it one week or one inning. Very little catching depth at the moment.
5:25 p.m.: Each team had a baserunner in the first inning, but we’re still scoreless. Milton Bradley drew a two-out walk, but clean-up man Adam Kennedy flied out to right field to end the top of the first.
Melky Cabrera got a one-out single to left off Doug Fister, but was stranded when Alex Gordon flied out and Billy Butler grounded into a fielder’s choice.
5:07 p.m.: Royals starter Bruce Chen has been known to get an offense or two jumpstarted throughout his erratic big league career. Then again, those offenses didn’t have Adam Kennedy batting cleanup. You hope, anyway.
Something about an impenetrable object meeting an immovable force. Maybe in reverse.
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Adam Kennedy (???!!!)
1B Justin Smoak
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
2B Jack Wilson
RHP Doug Fister
2B Chris Getz
CF Melky Cabrera
LF Alex Gordon
DH Billy Butler
1B Kila Ka’Aihue
RF Jeff Francoeur
3B Wilson Betemit
C Brayan Pena
SS Alcides Escobar
LHP Bruce Chen