Brendan Ryan pulled off some more rundown exploits for the second time in a month and helped the Mariners score three runs to go up 3-1 in the seventh inning. With runners at the corners and one out, Justin Smoak hit a grounder right to first baseman Gaby Sanchez — who had Ryan dead-to-rights at the plate.
But Ryan, as he did in San Diego last month, refused to go quietly. He kept running back and forth between third and home, buying Adam Kennedy time to go from first base to third and for Carp to take second.
That proved big because the Marlins then walked Dustin Ackley intentionally to load the bases. Miguel Olivo hit into a fielder’s choice force out at third, but the run scored to tie it 1-1.
That snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak for Seattle’s offense.
Carlos Peguero followed with an infield single to load the bases and Franklin Gutierrez singled to center to bring home a pair.
All because Ryan refused to say “uncle” and give himself up right away.
8:55 p.m.: Felix Hernnadez got an inning-ending strikeout in the fourth inning on John Buck, but the ball bounced in the dirt and Miguel Olivo couldn’t block it — nor find the ball right away afterwards. Buck sprinted to first and reached on the wild pitch while Hanley Ramirez — who’d opened the inning with a single — came charging home from third.
Marlins lead it 1-0.
8:00 p.m.: The top of the third was noteworthy only in that Felix Hernandez stepped up to bat, to a rousing cheer from the crowd. Hernandez promptly fouled the first pitch back, then reached out and poked a single into right field for the first Seattle base runner of the night.
Ichiro then grounded out to second to end the inning. Still scoreless.
7:55 p.m.: That was an interesting bottom of the second, with Felix Hernandez walking a batter and hitting two more to load the bases. The second hit batsman, Omar Infante, initially didn’t get awarded first base as plate umpire Scott Barry ruled the pitch hit his bat.
But 80-year-old Marlins manager Jack McKeon came out for a discussion with Barry. Next thing we knew, Barry was consulting with crew chief Wally Bell. Infante was soon after awarded the bag and M’s manager Eric Wedge was not happy about that.
But Hernandez escaped the inning on a flyout to left to keep things scoreless. That’s four baserunners allowed in two frames by Hernandez on two walks and two hit batsmen. But he’s still got a no-hitter going.
Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins has a perfect game going. Six up, six down.
7:25 p.m.: Felix Hernandez and the Mariners will hit first tonight as they are the “visiting team” for this series at Safeco Field. The Marlins, of course, driven from their home stadium by a U2 concert and forced to play here.
U2 just had a concert here at Qwest Field not too long ago. You’d think somebody could have whispered in Bono’s ear about scheduling, no? Oh well.
Seattle went 1-2-3 against Ricky Nolasco in their half of the first inning. Ichiro popped out, Brendan Ryan grounded out and Adam Kennedy flew out to left.
Hernandez gave up a one-out walk to Logan Morrison, but retired the side after that. The inning ended with Hernandez picking Morrison off first base with a nifty move.
His King’s Court is out in force in left field, clearly the loudest section of fans here tonight. It’s a pretty empty place, given that the team had to start from “zero” fans as the Marlins are the “home team” and season ticketholders do not have priority.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
34 Felix Hernandez RHP
1 Emilio Bonifacio (S) CF
20 Logan Morrison (L) LF
15 Gaby Sanchez 1B
2 Hanley Ramirez SS
29 Greg Dobbs (L) 3B
27 Mike Stanton RF
14 John Buck C
13 Omar Infante 2B
47 Ricky Nolasco RHP