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June 21, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Nationals, June 21: Mariners lose 6-5

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Unbelievably tough loss for the Mariners, who give up five in the ninth to lose 6-5 on Wilson Ramos’s three-run walkoff blast off David Pauley. Details later, but got to head down.
NATIONALS EIGHTH: Fister has another strong inning and has thrown 99 pitches through eight. Will Wedge let him go for his first nine-inning complete game in his career. Fister has two complete games this year, but one was seven innings (rain) and the other was eight innings (loss on road). 5-1 Mariners.
NATIONALS SEVENTH: Fister bounces back from a rocky sixth with a smooth 1-2-3 seventh. 5-1 Mariners.
NATIONALS SIXTH: Fister faltered a little, giving up a hit batter, a walk and an RBI single by Bernadina with one out. But Ackley bailed him out big time by spearing a hard smash by Zimmerman to his left and starting a sensational, inning-ending double play. 5-1 Mariners.
NATIONALS FIFTH: Fister is dealing. He has thrown 55 pitches to get through five scoreless innings. That’s incredible efficiency. 5-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Great hustle by Brendan Ryan to take second when Jayson Werth misplays his single, and Adam Kennedy singles him in to knock out Livan Hernandez. Fister’s not going to know what to do with all these runs. 5-0 Mariners.
NATIONALS FOURTH Another solid inning for Fister, marred only by a swinging-bunt single by Ryan Zimmerman, who dies at first. 4-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: And Doug Fister comes through with his first big league hit, a ground-ball single to drive in Franklin Gutierrez, who singled and stole second. Earlier, Fister put down a nice sacrifice. He’s also doing it on the mound. He’ll take a 4-0 shtuout into the bottom of the fourth.
(Sorry, the wireless was down for the past three innings. I’m not going to try to catch up, except to note that the M’s are pummeling Livan Hernandez (who is hitting eighth. That crazy Riggleman). It’s 3-0 in the top of the fourth. Dustin Ackley has driven in two. Gutierrez has two hits. Fister has allowed one hit. Peguero made a nice running catch, though if he had reacted a little quicker, it wouldn’t have had to be a running catch. Smoak was caught off third on a foul out, I’m not sure how. And that’s your one-minute wrapup)..
I had a chance to chat before the game with former Mariners manager Jim Riggleman (as well as another former Mariners manager, John McLaren).. Riggleman pointed out that just three players remain from when he managed the team in 2008: Ichiro, Felix Hernandez and Erik Bedard.
Adam Kennedy gets his second start at third base as Chone Figgins sits again. Kennedy spent last season with the Nationals.

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