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July 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays: July 19, 2011 game thread

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We’re now in the 12th inning, still tied 5-5, largely because Mike Carp got picked off second base after a leadoff double in the 11th. The Mariners can’t keep wasting these opportunities.
David Pauley is looking great on the mound two innings into his relief stint and got the side in order in the 11th. But you have to wonder how much longer he can go. Jose Bautista and his 31 home runs are due up again next inning.
M’s would do best to score now. They’ve gone nine scoreless frames after getting five runs the first two innings.
7:17 p.m.: On to the bottom of the 10th we go, with the Mariners stranding runners left and right and still tied at 5-5.
Chone Figgins got picked off first base to end the ninth after Seattle put two on with two out. Then, the Mariners had two singles in the 10th, but they were sandwiched around a Miguel Olivo double-play grounder.
Seattle hasn’t scored since the second inning. So, eight scoreless frames in a row.
David Pauley comes on to pitch.


6:25 p.m.: And that entire night’s work by Michael Pineda goes out the window as the Blue Jays score three in the seventh to tie the game up 5-5. Aaron Hill opened the inning with a double, then Corey Patterson drew a walk to bring out pitching coach Carl Willis. Pineda was already at 100 pitches at that point, but was allowed to stay in there and gave up an RBI double to Yunel Escobar two pitches later.
Aaron Laffey was brought in at that point with runners at second and third. Eric Thames lined a ball hard to left field where Greg Halman caught it, but the runner tagged and scored.
M’s manager Eric Wedge then brought in Jeff Gray instead of David Pauley or one of his other late-inning guys to face 31-homer guy Jose Bautista. Pauley has yielded some devastating homers of later and Bautista probably isn’t the guy you want him facing. But Bautista managed to line the tying single up the middle.
Here we go again.
5:40 p.m.: Michael Pineda had some trouble in the fifth after singles by Corey Patterson and Yunel Escobar put two on with two out. But Pineda got a groundball out from Eric Thames and carries this 5-2 lead into the sixth.
5:22 p.m.: Four innings done and the Mariners still lead it 5-2. Brett Cecil got reamed out by his manager in the dugout after that four-run Seattle second and has managed to get through two unscathed innings despite allowing four more baserunners.
Michael Pineda is gathering steam as we move along, having struck out four of the last six batters.
4:43 p.m.: Greg Halman just accomplished with one swing what the Mariners could not do in four games against the Texas Rangers — generated three runs. Halman hit a three-run homer off a shaky-looking Brett Cecil to give the Mariners a lead in the top of the second inning. Brendan Ryan — of all people — then went deep to left field as well to make it 5-2 for the M’s.
The M’s had not gone deep since Dustin Ackley connected back on July 5 against the Oakland Athletics.
They have not scored five runs in a game since beating the Padres back on July 1. That was 14 games ago.
Mike Carp led the inning off with a double off the wall in left field. Chone Figgins then bunted to the right side for a hit to put runners at the corners. Cecil then fell behind Halman 2-0 before the next pitch was drilled into the seats.
4:32 p.m.: Well, that didn’t go very well. The Mariners had the lead for half an inning, but then Adam Lind cranked a two-run homer to right off Michael Pineda in the bottom of the first to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.
Yunel Escobar opened things up with a single, giving him 23 straight games in which he’s reached base. Pineda then got Eric Thames on a flyout to center and Jose Bautista on a fly ball foul down the right field line.
But Lind can hit a pitch and didn’t miss the 2-2 offering.
4:20 p.m.: Let’s see whether that pre-game meeting called by the players has any impact on how they hit the ball tonight.
The M’s have scored two runs their last four games combined. That clearly can’t continue…can it?
Well, maybe the meeting worked. The Mariners just scored a run in the very first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Brendan Ryan hit a one-out double to left, stole second base and then scored on a Dustin Ackley single up the middle.
Ryan stealing third was clearly a sign of his wanting to make something happen with a lefty on the hill and his back to the runner. When you’re scuffling like Seattle, you can’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. You have to take the game to the opponent and that’s what Ryan did.
Could have been a better inning, since Miguel Olivo singled after Ackley to put two on with one out. But Justin Smoak popped out to shallow right and Franklin Gutierrez grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Brett Cecil is a pretty good draw for a scuffling team, taking a 5.66 ERA into the game. Cecil gave up a pretty hard liner to left by Ichiro to start the game, even though it resulted in an out. The M’s were seeing the ball well against Cecil early and their bats weren’t missing.

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