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June 23, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Nationals, June 23: M’s lose, 1-0

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The Mariners capped miserable series with a 1-0 loss that gave Nats a three-game sweep. Laynce Nix’s sacrifice fly brought in the winning run after Jack Wilson temporarily saved M’s with a diving stop with bases loaded,no outs that resulted in force at home. Chris Ray was the loser, and two bunts by Nationals played a major role. One was a single, the other Kennedy threw too late to third.
MARINERS NINTH: M’s had a chance to take the lead after Justin Smoak delivered a one-out double (Figgins pinch-ran), but Olivo and Carp both struck out. Heading to bottom of the ninth scoreless with Chris Ray coming in. 0-0.
NATIONALS EIGHTH: David Pauley bounces back nicely from Tuesday debacle with scoreless eighth. He walked Werth with one out but got Zimmerman to pop out. Tyler Clippard takes over for Marquis to start ninth. 0-0.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Marquis rolls through another 1-2-3 inning. He’s got a three-hit shutout through eight.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Smoak gets a leadoff single and Carp draws a one-out walkk, but Gutierrez hit into a force out and Wilson flied to center. 0-0.
NATIONALS SIXTH: It’s scoreless through six, with Pineda working on a three-hitter and Marquis a two-hitter. Gutierrez had to run down a drive by Zimmernan on the warning track for the final out. 0-0.
MARINERS SIXTH:Michael Pineda, of all people, breaks up the no-hitter with soft single center with one out, his first career hit. Ichiro followed with a hit that extended his hitting sstreak to 11, but Ackley hit into force at second and Kennedy grounded out. 0-0.
NATIONALS FIFTH: Pineda is keeping pace with Marquis, at least in the runs category. He’s got allowed three hits through five. That was his quickest inning yet. 0-0.
MARINERS FIFTH: Jason Marquis still has his no-no going, getting fly out from Olivo, ground out from Carp, strikeout from Guteirrez. 0-0.
NATIONALS FOURTH: Pineda works out of a first-and-second, no-out and bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Espinosa and Rodriguez. 0-0.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariner are still hitless through four, thought Ackley started the inning by drawing his first career walk (in his 18th plate appearance). Kennedy flew out,and Smoak hit into double play. 0-0.
NATIONALS THIRD: Pineda is rolling, too. He made quick work of Nats, hitting 96 mph on final pitch, a fly out by Desmond. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD: Another quick inning for Marquis, who still hasn’t given up a hit.
NATIONALS SECOND: Pineda’s velocity readings were down in the first, but he pumped it up to 95 mph on his last pitch in the second, getting Pudge Rodriguez on a liner to first after striking out Morse and Espinosa. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: Marquis had to throw 18 pitches in this inning, which included a leadoff walk to Justin Smoak. But the Mariners couldn’t get anything going after that. 0-0.
NATIONALS FIRST: Jayson Werth got a two-out double off the center field wall and moved to third on a wild pitch, but he was thrown out by Franklin Gutierrez trying to score on a short fly to center by Ryan Zimmerman. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Well, the Mariners were aggressive, at least. They saw just five pitches as Jason Marquis got three quick ground outs. 0-0.
The Mariners are trying to break an eight-game losing streak to Washington that dates back to JUne 10, 2005, when the Nationals were playing at RFK Stadium.
Here’s an interesting stat from the Mariners: Erik Bedard last night was the first pitcher this year in the majors to strike out 10 or more, allow no earned runs, and lose the game. He’s the first with that combo since Johan Santana in April of 2009, and just the seventh pitcher in the last 35 years (as well as the first Mariner in team history.

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