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June 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Braves, June 28: M’s lose, 5-4

Tough loss for the Mariners, who got the tying run to second in the ninth with one out on a Brendan Ryan single and Craig Kimbrel wild pitch. But Adam Kennedy struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch, and Justin Smoak popped out. M’s blew a 3-0 lead.
Just realized I forgot to post the obligatory stadium photo. My apologies.
BRAVES NINTH: Ichiro guns down Jason Heyward trying to score on fly to medium right to end inning. 5-4 Braves
MARINERS EIGHTH: Jack Cust has hit three balls tonight as hard as you can hit them. This latest one, off very tough Jonny Venters, was caught by right fielder Jason Heyward as he banged into the wall. I thought it was going out of the park on first reaction. 5-4 Braves.
BRAVES EIGHTH: Pauley works out of a first-and-third, one-out jam after Dustin Ackley’s two-out single in the seventh pulls Seattle within one. For some reason we’ll perhaps learn after the game, the M’s tried a double steal with one outs and 3-0 count on Justin Smoak. Trail runner Adam Kennedy was thrown out and the steam went out of the inning. 5-4 Braves.
BRAVES SEVENTH: This game got away from the Mariners in the seventh as Atlanta scored three runs to take a 5-3 lead. Pineda’s control was the culprit. He walked the bases loaded with one out before Aaron Laffey replaced him. Jordan Shafer greeted Laffey with a single to tie thae game, and after Heyward struck out, red-hot Brian McCann delivered his sixth hit of the series to knock in two more. 5-3 Braves.
BRAVES SIXTH: Pineda gives up an unearned run when Smoak misplays Chipper Jones grounder with runners on first and third and two outs. But he works out of further trouble by getting Freeman to fly to left. 3-2 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Hanson settled down to put the M’s down quickly, striking out Chris Gimenez. The report on Olivo is that he left the game because of cramps. He is being hydrated in the clubhouse and will be re-evaluated after the game. 3-1 Mariners.
BRAVES FIFTH: Pineda is touched for a one-out homer by .175-hitting Dan Uggla, his 12th, but gets two fly outs. He’s at 58 pitches through five. 3-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Jack Cust is having a big day — he followed his RBI double with a home run to right-center, putting the M’s up 3-0. They got runners to second and third, but Kennedy struck out. 3-0 Mariners.
BRAVES FOURTH: Pineda is dealin’, despite giving up his first hit of the game, a solid two-out single to center by Brian McCann. He came right back and struck out Chipper Jones. Pineda has fanned four. 2-0 Mariners.
BRAVES THIRD: Miguel Olivo dropped a popup by Hinske to start the inning (it rolled foul), but Pineda was unfazed, getting the Braves 1-2-3. It’s 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: The M’s got another run on doubles by Miguel Olivo and Mike Cust, but they blew a chance to break the game open. The M’s loaded the bases with one out, but Brendan Ryan struck out looking and Adam Kennedy just got under one and flied out to right. 2-0 Mariners.
BRAVES SECOND: Pineda picking up right where he left off in D.C., when he had seven scoreless innings in his last start. Unlike last time, he actually has a run to work on. Pineda issued a one-out walk, but got out of it with a strike ’em out-throw ’em out double play, whiffiing Dan Uggla. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: On his 351st plate appearance of the year, Ichiro finally got his first homer — on the first pitch by Tommy Hanson. It was his first homer since last Sept.11 against the Angels, and the 33rd leadoff blast of his career, tied with Paul Molitor — his hitting coach when he had 262 hits — for ninth all time. 1-0 Mariners.
BRAVES FIRST: Pineda walked leadoff hitter Jordan Schafer and still needed just 10 pitches to get out of the inning, thanks to a double-play ball from Jason Heyward. Pineda then struck out red-hot Brian McCann. 0-0.

It’s a great matchup of exciting young pitchers, Michael Pineda against Tommy Hanson.
Hanson, 24, comes off the disabled list to start for the Braves. He’s been sidelined since June 12 with right shoulder tendinitis. In his three starts prior to going on the DL, Hanson was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA. Opposing batters hit .123 (8-for-65) in those three starts. Overall, he’s 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 starts.
Pineda, meanwhile, makes his 16th start and brings a 7-4 record and 2.45 ERA into the game. In his last start, he worked seven scoreless innings in a no-decision against Washington, a game eventually won by the Nationals, 1-0.

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