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June 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Mariners at Detroit Tigers; June 11, 2011 game thread

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I’m not going to lie to you like the TV networks and tell you to stay tuned. This baby is done. Party’s over. There’s a Taylor Swift concert across the street and I’m like, there, man. Front row. Five minutes. Michael Pineda served up a 2-0 pitch to Jhonny (Can’t-Spell-Johnny) Peralta and bango! Ball is over the left field wall with a runner on.
Jamey Wright came in and continued the bleeding with some hits and another run, but at least he isn’t blowing games in the eighth now. Mariners trail 6-1 heading to the seventh.
Pineda has his roughest outing yet. Goes 5 1/3 innings, give up six runs, five earned. Bound to happen at some point.

5:37 p.m.: The Mariners finally got leadoff production from their leadoff hitter as Ichiro lined a triple to right-center to lead off the sixth, which typically has been a tough inning for Max Scherzer. Brendan Ryan got Ichiro home on a sac fly. Justin Smoak singled after that with one out, but, Adam Kennedy and Miguel Olivo both flied out.
Just think, had the left fielder deflected the ball 20 feet and over the fence, we might have a tie game. But alas, Ryan Raburn has been benched for the rest of this series.
Mariners trail 3-1.
5:26 p.m.: Well, well, where to begin? Um, the Mariners still trail 3-0 and will be trailing for some time if any more innings go like the top of the fifth. Mike Carp broke up the no-hitter with a single to left, but then retreated back to first on a Chone Figgins liner — thinking it would be caught by second baseman Ramon Santiago. But it wasn’t. The ball wound up in right field, but Carp was an easy dead duck at second on the force.
Instead of two on with one out, there was a guy on first with two out when Greg Halman chopped an infield single to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Figgins made it to second, then took a wide turn to third as Peralta pump-faked the throw to first.
Once Peralta looked over at second, he knew he had Figgy dead-to-rights and the rundown that ensued was just a formality. Mariners had better wake up and start to play soon because we’re already into the top of the sixth.
5:16 p.m.: Michael Pineda finally had a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth but still trails 3-0. The Mariners don’t have a hit off Max Scherzer yet, though they managed two walks in the third. Time to get the lumber rolling or this will be a quick exit.
4:47 p.m.: Well, that sure was a disappointing third-inning outcome for Seattle after a pair of leadoff walks by Mike Carp and Chone Figgins. Greg Halman went down swinging in what was not a very good at-bat. Ichiro then flied out to right and Brendan Ryan flied out to center. So, a once-promising start is wasted. Halman has to do more to put the ball in-play and try to advance the runners in that AB.
Mariners still trail 3-0.
4:39 p.m.: This is looking like one of those days for Michael Pineda, who trails 3-0 after two. Pineda gave up a single to Alex Avila with one out, then a two-out triple to right center by the speedy Austin Jackson. Chone Figgins again looked screened by the runner as the throw came in and was fortunate not to have the ball get by him.
M’s have gone six up, six down on offense. Ichiro popped out to shortstop his first time up.
4:25 p.m.: Michael Pineda tries to make it two in a row for a youth-laden Mariners lineup tonight. The Texas Rangers were getting hammered, so this is Seattle’s chance to move within 1 1/2 games of first place.
Well, that first inning sure went downhill in a hurry for Michael Pineda, who trails 2-0. Pineda got the first two out, then gave up a single to Brennan Boesch, who took second on a wild pitch. Pineda then hit Miguel Cabrera with a pitch to put two on and Victor Martinez singled to center to score the first run.
Greg Halman’s throw wasn’t the strongest and Cabrera took third as Olivo coralled the ball. Olivo then tried to pick Cabrera off at third and the ball ended up in left field. Chone Figgins appeared to be trapped behind the runner and barely made an attempt at the ball.
So, it’s 2-0 for the Tigers.

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