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July 8, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Mariners lose late on Mark Trumbo homer in bottom of the ninth

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The Mariners finally got some offense going in more than one inning. They scored a run in each of the third, fourth and fifth tonight, which is better than they’ve managed in some time.
But it still wasn’t enough.
The bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, with Jamey Wright giving up a solo homer in the seventh to Hank Conger that tied it up. Wright and Aaron Laffey then walked two batters in the eighth and needed Greg Halman and David Pauley to come to the rescue with a terrific defensive play and some fine pitching, respectively.
But a deep blast in the ninth by Franklin Gutierrez was hauled in on the run by 19-year-old center fielder Mike Trout and the Mariners never got another turn at the plate.
This 4-3 loss was instead sealed when Mark Trumbo hit a Pauley pitch over the center field wall to lead off the bottom of the inning.


The truth is, even with their three rallies in consecutive innings, the Mariners still came away with only three runs scored.
That’s never going to be enough to contend.

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