Huge second run for the Mariners in the seventh inning as Dustin Ackley led things off with a triple to right center. Franklin Gutierrez then grounded out, with the runner holding. M’s manager Eric Wedge pinch-hit for Mike Carp, sending up Adam Kennedy, who worked the count in his favor and then stroked a broken-bat, opposite field bloop single to left.
That makes it 2-0 for Seattle.
The M’s were in tough there. You’ll remember how Kennedy was hitting late in last night’s game with two on when the Phils summoned lefty Antonio Bastardo to face him. Kennedy went down swinging on a nasty slider a foot off the plate.
Not this time. Wedge wanted the veteran Kennedy in there versus Hamels rather than newcomer Carp and it paid off…barely. Hamels used the slider to gain a strike on Kennedy but then kept missing his spots and fell behind 3-1 in the count before the hit occured.
Hamels was pulled after that and Jose Contreras came in to finish off the inning, getting a 4-6-3 double-play grounder from Chone Figgins.
2:47 p.m.: And we’ve got our first run in this game, with the Mariners jumping ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ichiro reached on a single to right that eluded a couple of infielders, then took second on a groundout before scoring when Justin Smoak blooped a two-out single into shallow left field.
Miguel Olivo followed with a single to left that put two on, but Cole Hamels got Greg Halman to ground out to end the rally.
2:33 p.m.: Interesting lineup rolled out by the Mariners this afternoon against southpaw Cole Hamels. Miguel Olivo moves up to clean-up, while Justin Smoak is hitting third again. Meanwhile, Greg Halman will bat fifth and is in left field while Dustin Ackley bats sixth.
The DH is Mike Carp, batting eighth. No Jack Cust yet again.
Chone Figgins is back in at third base, hitting ninth, meaning Adam Kennedy gets a rest.
We’re through the top of the sixth inning already with the Mariners and Phillies still scoreless. Cole Hamels retired the side in the fifth and notched his 1,000th strikeout in the process, fanning Miguel Olivo.
That’s 10 in a row downed by Hamels. Jason Vargas has retired seven straight after three consecutive groundouts in the sixth.
Only two hits apiece by each side. M’s had better get something going soon. The Phils have too much firepower that can end things with one swing.
2:20 p.m.: Huge break for Jason Vargas in the fourth inning with two on and only one out. Raul Ibanez hit a soft liner to Chone Figgins at third. Somehow, the runner on first, Carlos Ruiz, missed the fact the ball would be caught easily and did not get back to the bag in time.
He was doubled off to end the inning and we’re still scoreless.
1:20 p.m.: Jason Vargas got the first two outs in the first and should have had a 1-2-3 inning. But Olivo allowed a passed ball on a strikeout, then, one single later, Vargas uncorked a wild pitch that the catcher probably should have blocked as well.
That put runners on second and third but Greg Halman saved the day with a running catch of a sinking flair to left field. You can’t give the Phillies extra outs like that. Mariners got away with one there.
51 Ichiro RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
17 Justin Smoak 1B
30 Miguel Olivo C
56 Greg Halman LF
13 Dustin Ackley 2B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
20 Mike Carp DH
9 Chone Figgins 3B
38 Jason Vargas LHP
11 Jimmy Rollins SS
8 Shane Victorino CF
26 Chase Utley 2B
6 Ryan Howard 1B
10 Ben Francisco RF
51 Carlos Ruiz C
29 Raul Ibanez DH
21 Wilson Valdez SS
19 Michael Martinez LF
35 Cole Hamels LHP