The ole Baker Jinx worked like a charm in the bottom of the sixth, except for the scoring part since it’s still 5-0 for Texas.
But no sooner had I printed in a blog update that Derek Holland had a perfect game through five innings than it all came undone. Holland walked Franklin Gutierrez on a full-count pitch to lose the perfect game, then served up a single to center by — Chone Figgins???!!! — to lose the no-no. Of course, the M’s then proceeded to make three quicj outs on a popup, fielder’s choice grounder and a flyball to avoid scoring.
Yes, that scoring thing has been a problem. May have mentioned it.
Jeff Gray now on to pitch in the seventh after six less-than-inspiring innings from Jason Vargas.
8:38 p.m.: Things are not going well at all for Jason Vargas and the Mariners, down 5-0 midway through the sixth inning.
The M’s have gone 15 up, 15 down against Derek Holland of the Rangers in the interim. Yes, he has a perfect game going.
Vargas has given up three solo homers and a bunch of doubles.
Ian Kinsler doubled home a run in the fourth while Mike Napoli added to the homer barrage with a shot in the sixth.
7:34 p.m.: Here we go. The last chance for the Mariners to make any type of stand this season. Four games against the division-leading Texas Rangers. Three wins would be the absolute minimum for the M’s to even think of getting back in it. Four wins would help a lot more.
Chone Figgins playing third base tonight. It could get ugly if Derek Holland is on. Adrian Beltre bats cleanup and Josh Hamilton at No. 3 for Texas after a really rough past week.
Things are already getting ugly for Jason Vargas just two innings in, with the Rangers leading 2-0 and having already clubbed a pair of home runs. Josh Hamilton went deep to right in the first inning and Nelson Cruz did the same in the second inning.
Things looked even more bleak when Franklin Gutierrez dropped a ball in center after turning completely around, then attempting a basket catch. The play was ruled a double for Yorvit Torrealba and then Mike Napoli singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Napoli stole second but then Vargas got out of it with a huge infield popout by Craig Gentry and then a flyout by Ian Kinsler.
Still, the M’s will need three runs to win tonight.