There you go if you’re a Mariners fan — the all-important fourth run. Seattle is 23-5 when scoring four or more this season. Since April 26 in Detroit, when the M’s finally stopped losing with regularity, they are 18-2 when scoring at least four. And they had the lead in both losses with one inning to go.
Ichiro notched a one-out double for his third hit of the night and Brendan Ryan drove him home with a single to left. That’s what a one-two combo is supposed to look like atop the order.
Seattle now leads 4-1 in the seventh.
8:44 p.m.: Michael Pineda got the first two outs of the sixth, then ran into some trouble as he walked Jimmy Rollins with the count full, then gave up singles to Shane Victorino and Chase Utley — the first hits allowed by Pineda all night.
That got the Phillies on the board in a 3-1 game and brought about a mound conference in which Carl Willis and company tried to prepare for Ryan Howard. Pineda fell behind 2-1 in the count to Howard, then nibbled on the outside corner to fall to 3-1 versus the burly lefty.
Pineda then walked Howard on a pitch outside, which wasn’t the dumbest thing ever because you don’t want to fall behind on one swing when you were a strike away from ending the frame with a three-run lead.
So, with the bases juiced, we saw right-hander Placido Polanco step up and Pineda quickly jumped ahead 0-2 in the count, then got him to check-swing into a strikeout on a high fastball.
Polanco hated the call and argued it. But to no avail.
Seattle took a 3-0 lead in the fifth when Ichiro singled — making it six straight two-hit games since he sat out. Brendan Ryan walked and Adam Kennedy bunted both runners ahead. Justin Smoak then popped up foul way down the right field line, where second baseman Utley made the catch.
But there was no way he was going to throw out a tagging Ichiro as the run scored.
8:11 p.m.: Make it 2-0 for the Mariners as Miguel Olivo leads off the fourth inning with a long homer to left field. Olivo jumped ahead 2-0 in the count on Roy Oswalt, then unloaded.
Michael Pineda hit Chase Utley with a 2-0 pitch the last inning, but that and a walk are all he’s given up so far.
8:01 p.m.: Seattle leads 1-0 after Ichiro notched an infield single in the third, then scored on a triple to right center by Brendan Ryan.
The M’s could have added on from there, but Adam Kennedy popped out to shallow center and Carlos Peguero popped out to first on a nasty-looking change-up from Roy Oswalt.
7:48 p.m.: Quite the debut for Dustin Ackley, who lined a single up the middle in his first major league at-bat in the second inning versus Roy Oswalt. The crowd gave Ackley a nice ovation when he was introduced and then a longer one after the hit.
Justin Smoak had led the inning off with a single from the clean-up spot, so the Ackley hit put two on. But Chone Figgins flied out softly to left to end the inning.
Michael Pineda has allowed just a walk through three innings as we head to the bottom of the third.
7:22 p.m.: Quite the showdown looming between two teams looking to claim their respective divisions. The Phillies have had their share of offensive issues of late, but can never be taken lightly. Michael Pineda looks to rebound six days after his roughest outing of the season last Saturday in Detroit.
Both sides went three-up, three down in their half-innings. So, a good start by Michael Pineda, who now goes to work in the second inning.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) DH
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
30 Miguel Olivo C
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
9 Chone Figgins (S) 3B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
36 Michael Pineda RHP
11 Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
8 Shane Victorino (S) CF
26 Chase Utley (L) 2B
6 Ryan Howard (L) 1B
27 Placido Polanco 3B
29 Raul Ibanez (L) LF
10 Ben Francisco DH
9 Domonic Brown (L) RF
51 Carlos Ruiz C
44 Roy Oswalt RHP