Final: Texas 5, Mariners 1.
9:39 p.m.: Things got worse for the Mariners in the eighth with Texas scoring three runs. It’s 5-1 Rangers heading into the bottom of the inning.
9:08 p.m.: The Mariners showed some slick defense in the seventh with Hernandez starting a double play and Ackley turning in a nice scoop at second that led to the third out. It’s 2-1 Texas heading into the bottom of the seventh.
8:45 p.m.: The scoreless innings streak comes to an end after Ichiro drives in Franklin Gutierrez in the fifth to tie the game. However, Texas has regained the lead here in the sixth.
8:22 p.m.: The Mariners are celebrating their history tonight, but they’ve also made a little history. After being held scoreless in the fourth, their consecutive scoreless innings streak hits 30 for a new team record.
8:02 p.m.: The good news is that Hernandez has found a rhythm. The bad news, well, the Mariners just tied a franchise record for futility with their 29th consecutive scoreless inning. It’s 1-0 Texas in the fourth inning.
7:32 p.m.: Hernandez has gets out of the second without giving up a run. The Mariners’ scoreless-innings streak is now at 27.
7:19 p.m.: Well, so much for any of that 2001 magic rubbing off on this year’s club early on tonight. Ian Kinsler hits his fifth leadoff homer of the season and it’s 1-0 Rangers.
Hernandez did do a good job of recovering from that homer, retiring the next three batters. He struck out Josh Hamilton to get the second out.
7:13 p.m.: That was a nice tribute to the 2001 team. The 2011 version of the Mariners have now taken the field and we’re a minute or two from the first pitch.
6:24 p.m.: Since the Mariners are going to be honoring the 2001 team that won 116 games before they play Texas tonight, I’m going to start the game thread a little bit early today.
Felix Hernandez (8-7, 3.19 ERA) gets the start tonight and there’s already a strong contingent in King’s Court. Texas is starting C.J. Wilson (9-3, 3.20 ERA).
The pregame ceremony begins at 6:40 p.m. with a highlight video of the season, followed by an introduction by Rick Rizzs and then the 22 players and coaches from that team will be introduced with remarks from Lou Piniella at 7 p.m. and Pat Gillick at 7:04.