The Mariners have four walks already including two with two out in the seventh, but then the Phils brought in left-hander Antonio Bastardo to face Adam Kennedy. Kennedy wound up striking out on a pitch down and away with a real ugly-looking swing. Don’t see that from him too often.
As the kids from South Park (the TV show, not the local place) might say: “Oh my God, he whiffed Kennedy!…You bastardo!”
You’re starting to see why manager Eric Wedge would rather have some big hits than a bunch of walks.
Phils lead 3-1 heading to the eighth. David Pauley now on to pitch.
9:26 p.m.: Felix Hernandez nearly got out of a huge jam in the seventh, but served up a two-run, ground-rule double by Shane Victorino to make it 3-1 for the Phillies. Hernandez yielded a one-out single by Ross Gload and a Domonic Brown double to left that put runners at second and third.
But Hernandez then got a huge popout by Carlos Ruiz and was one batter away from escaping. With the count full, he walked Jimmy Rollins with first base open to load them up for Victorino — who has now been on base three times tonight.
Victorino had already walked and tripled and this time he lined a ball to left that landed just fair inside the line before bouncing into the crowd.
The M’s have their work cut out for them.
Hernandez finished the inning and is done for the night after seven,
9:11 p.m.: We’re tied 1-1 after six innings of play with the Mariners limited to an infield single by Ichiro since the second inning. Ichiro made it to third base with two out in the fifth, but Justin Smoak grounded out.
Felix Hernandez is getting up near 100 pitches as he enters the seventh.
8:24 p.m.: Great job by Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning after he’d served up a leadoff double by Ryan Howard. In the key at-bat, Hernandez caught Placido Polanco looking at a 1-2 slider for the first out.
Raul Ibanez then grounded one back to Hernandez for the second out and Ross Gload went down swinging for out No. 3.
So, we’re still tied 1-1 heading to the fifth.
7:55 p.m.: We’re tied 1-1 after two innings as Dustin Ackley just hit his first major league home run in the second. Ackley’s blast to right on a full-count pitch easily cleared the right field wall and prompted a loud ovation and curtain call.
Mike Carp drew a one-out walk, took second on a wild-pitch and then third on a single to right by Greg Halman. That brought Ichiro — riding a streak of six multi-hit games in a row — to the plate, but he hit one right at second baseman Chase Utley, who fired home to get Carp in an eventual rundown.
Brendan Ryan then struck out.
The Mariners have been getting some good swings against Phillies starter Vance Worley so far. They got a two-out single in the first inning from Adam Kennedy and then a double off the wall in left center by Justin Smoak that didn’t miss being a home run by much.
Kennedy had to halt at third and Miguel Olivo grounded out to end the threat. Nice to see Smoak get the hit as his mother and family are up here for the series. They spent and off-day sightseeing around the downtown area, hitting Pike’s Place Market and all the other must-sees. Smoak’s mother has yet to be up here in Seattle, having been forced to stay with his ill father, Keith, at their South Carloina home for much of last year. Keith Smoak passed away from cancer two months ago.
Ackley’s entire family is also, of course, up here for his debut. They came in from North Carolina. Should have carpooled with the Smoaks. Kidding.
7:20 p.m.: Felix Hernandez gutted out a win for the Mariners his last time out in Detroit six days ago. And now, ytou know what? His team needs him to do the same. Securing a series win against the team with baseball’s best record — and which had won seven in a row prior to last night — would do a lot for the M’s confidence and morale.
Hernandez trails 1-0 after a half inning. Jimmy Rollins reached on a single to right, took second on a wild pitch, then saw Shane Victorino walked. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners and Ryan Howard brought Rollins home with a deep fly to center.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
30 Miguel Olivo C
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) DH
56 Greg Halman CF
34 Felix Hernandez 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
7 Ross Gload (L) DH
9 Dominic Brown (L) RF
51 Carlos Ruiz C
49 Vance Worley RHP