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April 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Mariners at Kansas City Royals: April 15, 2011 game thread

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The Mariners took a chance leaving Erik Bedard out there in the fifth inning and wound up paying a price as Kansas City scored again to open up a 5-1 lead. Jeff Francouer got his third hit of the night off Bedard on a single to right and wound up scoring on a two-out double to left center by right-handed hitting Mike Aviles.
David Pauley came in with two on and two out and struck out Matt Treanor to end the inning.
But Bedard is done. His final line: 4.2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 106 pitches


6:33 p.m.: Erik Bedard needed some quicker results that inning if he was going to last five frames in thos one. So, his first pitch of the fourth inning, to Matt Treanor, was pretty hittable. In fact, Treanor hit it clear over the left field wall for his second homer of the season.
It’s now 4-1 for the Royals.
David Pauley was warming up in the bullpen in the fourth. I don’t know that we’ll see Bedard out there in the fifth. He was taking too long putting guys away tonight. Billy Butler’s been having Bedard for lunch and he’s due up next, with home run hitter Francoeur following after him. I’d go to Pauley here.
6:20 p.m.: Erik Bedard trails 3-1 on the scoreboard and is in pitch count trouble, having thrown 68 through three innings. Bedard gave up a leadoff double to Billy Butler — the third straight Royal to reach base leading an inning off.
Jeff Francoeur then ripped an 0-1 pitch on a line over the left field wall. The ball one-hopped the Royals Hall of Fame building. They estimated it at 432 feet.
Bedard got out of it from there but needed to put guys away sooner. He was 0-2 on struggling Mike Aviles, but allowed the count to go full before getting a tough groundout. He then engaged Mitch Maier in an eight-pitch at-bat before striking him out.
5:42 p.m.: It’s Jackie Robinson Night here at the ballpark, with the Mariners and Royals all wearing No. 42 in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers player who broke baseball’s color barrier back in 1947. Prior to that, Robinson played Class AAA ball in my hometown of Montreal, where they had a great baseball history until MLB ruined it. We’ll get to that another time.
Erik Bedard gave an unearned run right back to the Royals to leave us tied 1-1 after an inning of play. But the Mariners were fortunate it didn’t get any worse. The Royals loaded the bases with none out on a leadoff walk, a throwing error charged to Bedard on a play at second in which Brendan Ryan had his foot off the bag, and then a single to left by Billy Butler.
Jeff Francoeur then ripped a hard grounder to third that Chone Figgins turned his back on and had deflect off of him as he did a complete pirouette. Something to see if Figgins had been a figure-skater. The official scorer ruled it a single, so the run scored.
But everything after Francouer in this Royals order is a bit Mariner-esque tonight. You’ve got four guys hitting .194 or worse and another at .235. And Bedard took advantage, getting Kila Ka’aihue to pop out to second before fanning Mike Aviles and Mitch Maier. So, a bit fortunate for the M’s but they’re still tied.
5:23 p.m.: Seattle did something it hasn’t been able to do all season to this point — score a run in the first inning. It almost didn’t happen after a leadoff double by Ichiro, a bunt by Chone Figgins and a walk to Milton Bradley.
Jack Cust hit a grounder to the left side with the shift on and it nearly became an inning-ending double play. But the hard-running Cust beat the relay from second to first by a step and gets the RBI on the fielder’s choice.
So, a 1-0 lead for Erik Bedard and friends.
5:15 p.m.: We’ll see whether Erik Bedard can find some of his missing velocity tonight. But he’ll have to do so in some cool, wet weather — 45 degrees at first pitch. The M’s, meanwhile, will try to find some offense. And they’ll have to do it without Justin Smoak.
The good news? Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has already given up six home runs this season, including three his last time out. If ever the M’s were going to try to find some long ball power, tonight would appear to be the night — except, of course, for that cool weather.
Just their luck. They come here and the only time it’s not 90 degrees and tornado weather, they get the tomato thrower on the mound. Figures.
The lineups:
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Jack Cust
2B Adam Kennedy
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
2B Luis Rodriguez
SS Brendan Ryan
LHP Erik Bedard
ROYALS
2B Chris Getz
CF Melky Cabrera
DH Billy Butler
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Kila Ka’aihue
3B Mike Aviles
LF Mitch Maier
C Matt Treanor
SS Alcides Escobar
RHP Luke Hochevar

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