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April 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Tigers, April 20

Mariners lose 3-2. Adam Kennedy homers to cut the lead to one, and Michael Saunders gets a one-out double, but Jose Valverde strikes out pinch-hitter Milton Bradley and rookie Carlos Peguero.
MARINERS EIGHTH: David Pauley (nine up, nine down in relief of Bedard) is giving Seattle a chance, but M’s haven’t had a hit since the fourth. Benoit put them down in order in the eighth. 3-1 Tigers.
MARINERS SEVENTH: (I had some major technical difficulty with the blog the last two innings. I don’t have time to catch up what we missed, sorry — have to write story for the paper). The Mariners got a runner to third with one out on a walk by Rodriguez and two Porcello wild pitches. But Peguero struck out on an off-speed pitch in the dirt. Perry replaced Porcello and struck out Jack Wilson. 3-1 Tigers.
MARINERS FIFTH: Three ground outs in a quick inning for Porcello. And David Pauley trots in to take over for Bedard, who gave up three runs in five innings in his best outing of the season. 3-1 Tigers.
TIGERS FIFTH: Bedard was one pitch from getting out of a jam, but Brennan Boesch singled to right on a 1-2 pitch with two outs to bring in Raburn from second. Raburn and Cabrera had walked earlier in the inning. Bedard then walked Inge to load the bases but got Casper Wells on a popup to first. 3-1 Tigers.
MARINERS FOURTH: Carlos Peguero had a big chance to make an impact in his first start, coming to the plate with two on and two outs. But he struck out, taking three mighty hacks and fanning on a 92-mph fastball by Porcello. The M’s wasted back-to-back singles by Kennedy and Cust to start the inning. 2-1 Tigers.
TIGERS FOURTH: Bedard works out of a two-on, no-out jam without giving up a run. Chone Figgins’ snagged Austin Jackson’s liner for the final out. Bedard’s at 67 pitches. 2-1 Tigers.
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners get one back on a two-out RBI single by Ichiro. After Carlos Peguero flied out to deep left in his first major-league at-bat (he took a mighty cut), Jack Wilson singled and moved to second on Gimenez’s ground out. Ichiro grounded a hit into right, and when Casper Wells’ throw home was way up line, going into the Tiger dugout, Ichiro was awarded third. But Figgins hit a dribbler back to the pitcher to end the inning. 2-1 TIgers.
TIGERS THIRD: A bit of a rough inning for Bedard, who walks leadoff man Austin Jackson, who moves to second on a one-out comebacker to Bedard, and scores on Miguel Cabrera’s single (RBI No. 14 for Cabrera). Cabrera moves up on a wild pitch but Bedard strikes out Jhonny Peralta looking. Bedard has thrown 52 pitches through three. 2-0 Tigers.
MARINERS SECOND: Porcello is rolling. Another 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (Cust and Rodriguez. Peguero leads off next inning. 1-0 Tigers.
TIGERS SECOND: Bedard gives up a two-out, broken-bat single to Casper Wells (can’t remember any other big leaguers named “Casper”) but gets Omir (ditto) Santos to foul out. 1-0 Tigers.
MARINERS FIRST: Porcello gets the Mariners easily on three ground outs. He threw nine pitches. 1-0 Tigers.
TIGERS FIRST: Bedard struck out leadoff hitter Austin Jackson, but Ryan Raburn blasted a home run to dead center. Bedard walked Ordonez but got two fly outs to right to avoid further damage. Bedard has given up seven homers in 14 2/3 innings this season. 1-0 Tigers.
Here are the pre-game notes, in case you missed them.
It’s another crisp day at Safeco Field, another small crowd. Erik Bedard makes his fourth start today. He brings an 0-3 record and 8.56 ERA into the game, but manager Eric Wedge is undeterred. Asked what he hoped to see from Bedard today, Wedge said:
“I think just keep moving forward, small victories. Just be a little bit more precise with everything. Continue to make progress, because we’ve seen that. He’s going to be OK. He just needs to keep going out there and taking the small steps, keep progressing, and the rest will take care of itself. Because the stuff is there.”

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