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June 7, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Mariners at Chicago White Sox: June 7, 2011 game thread

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The seventh inning just ended here with the M’s still down 5-1. Seattle had a chance to score some runs in the seventh when Chone Figgins notched only his third hit in 40 at-bats with a single to right.
Figgins then took third on a Carlos Peguero single to right, but Ichiro stranded both runners by grounding out to shortstop. The groundball was so routine that Omar Vizquel had time to consider throwing to second, then changed his mind when Peguero got into the bag quickly. Vizquel still had time to throw Ichiro out after that hesitation. Times they are a changin’.
Felix Hernandez should have gotten through the seventh but then a two-out throwing error by Figgins on another routine grounder prolonged the inning two more batters. Hernandez walked Paul Konerko to put two on and Eric Wedge went to Chris Ray in the bullpen.
The crowd of 21,337 here seranaded Hernandez to chants of Gary Glitter’s “Hey, hey, goodbye.” This is a hockey town and that’s a hockey cheer dating back to the 1980s, for the uninitiated. Glitter recently did time in a Vietnamese prison for sexual abuse of underaged girls and is persona non grata in numerous countries, though Great Britain took him back and forced him to register as a sex offender.
Just a little rock trivia for you there on a dull evening.


6:16 p.m.: The Mariners got a run back in the fourth when Adam Kennedy walked, took third on a single to right by Franklin Gutierrez, then scored on a sac fly to left by Miguel Olivo. The throw arrived in time, but catcher A.J. Pierzynski couldn’t hold on as Kennedy came in hard.
So, the White Sox lead is now cut to 5-1.
5:56 p.m.: Felix Hernandez issued a leadoff walk to Gordon Beckham and things went all sorts of downhill from there in a four-run third that puts Chicago up 5-0.
The big blows in the frame were a two-run homer by Carlos Quentin and a two-run triple by Omar Vizquel, now pushing 65, I’m told. Actually, he’s only 44.
Vizquel lined his ball the opposite way to the right field corner, then Quentin stepped up, jumped ahead 2-0 in the count and lined Hernandez’s next pitch over the left field wall.
Hernandez getting his butt kicked badly tonight. Second most runs he’s given up all year, next to the seven allowed in a game versus Toronto back in April. Seattle came back to win that game after being 7-1 down in the eighth. The M’s need a similar miracle tonight.
5:49 p.m.: Seattle had a chance in the third inning when Carlos Peguero lined a one-out pitch into right field for a single. But Ichiro flied out to left after that. Luis Rodriguez did manage a two-out walk to put two on, but Justin Smoak grounded out to the right side. The M’s need more production from their big guys — Ichiro and Smoak — at the top of the order than they’ve had tonight. That’s two runners stranded in scoring position.
Seattle trails 1-0.
5:37 p.m.: This is looking a whole lot like last night’s game already, with Paul Konerko swatting the first pitch by Felix Hernandez in the second inning deep beyond the left field wall for a 1-0 lead for the home side.
Seattle went 1-2-3 in the second inning after squandering that scoring chance in the first.
5:19 p.m.: Wow, it’s June 7 already and the Mariners send Felix Hernandez to the mound tonight looking to get closer to first place than 2 1/2 games out. Never thought we’d be having that discussion. For context, only three weeks to go before the halfway point in the season. We’re not quite at the juncture where key decisions about this season have to be made (like trades and stuff) but it’s getting closer.
The M’s need to score some runs tonight. Let’s see how it goes.
So far, not so great. After an Ichiro groundout, Luis Rodriguez doubled to left center and made it to third base with one out on a wild pitch. But Justin Smoak didn’t get it done, striking out on a full-count offering.
Jack Cust lined out from there and the inning was done.

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