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April 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers: April 27, 2011 game thread

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The Mariners got a needed add-on run in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 4-1. Ichiro and Chone Figgins led off with singles and then — one out later — Tigers starter Justin Verlander made a pickoff move to second and threw the ball into center field.
The runners advanced and Miguel Olivo hit a deep fly ball to right center to bring the run home on the sac fly.
Erik Bbedard was in some trouble in the bottom of the frame, with runners at second and third and two out. But he fanned Austin Jackson to end the inning.


5:13 p.m.: We’re through four innings here and the M’s still have a 3-1 lead. Erik Bedard has settled in nicely, getting lots of quick swings by a Detroit team with just one single since the first inning. Bedard has been up over 90 mph with consistency and is keeping his pitch count well in-line with what he needs for a long outing. Took him only 25 pitches to get through the first three innings.
The M’s have had chances to add to their lead, getting two on in each of the third and fourth innings, but came up empty.
4:34 p.m.: Detroit got a run back off Erik Bedard in the bottom of the first, cutting Seattle’s lead to 3-1. Ryan Raburn doubled down the left field line with one out, then, with two out, Miguel Cabrera ripped a double to the gap in left center to bring the marker home.
The M’s went 1-2-3 in the second, so it’s on to the bottom of the frame.
4:20 p.m.: Well, there goes the team home run lead for Ryan Langerhans. Justin Smoak just hit his second home run in two nights, a three-run shot to left center in the first inning to give Seattle a 3-0 lead.
It could have been even more for the M’s, as Chone Figgins had been thrown out at the plate moments earlier on a single to left by Miguel Olivo. Problem is, the replays showed Figgins was never tagged by catcher Alex Avila as he slid on in at the plate.
M’s manager Eric Wedge came out to argue, but to no avail. Two pitches later, Smoak went deep with a blast estimated at 405 feet.
4:06 p.m.: The Mariners face a stiff challenge tonight from mound opponent Justin Verlander, who is a step up in class from Phil Coke. We also have Erik Bedard taking the hill, looking for his first victory in nearly two years.

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