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July 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Tampa Bay Rays at Mariners: July 29, 2011 game thread

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10:11 p.m.: Final: Tampa Bay 8, Mariners 0.
10:02 p.m.:A strong contingent of Sonics fans built up in the upper deck in right field, chanting “Super-Sonics! Super-Sonics! Super-Sonics!” In the ninth, they started to walk around the stadium chanting before ending up in the standing-room-only section in center field.
As far as the play on the field goes, it’s still 8-0 Tampa Bay, heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Mariners have been held to three hits.
A fan just ran out onto the field and slid in center field right as security caught up with him.
9:38 p.m.: The Mariners have three hits after picking up two here so far in the seventh. Adam Kennedy and Chone Figgins both singled and Niemann has been replaced by J.P. Howell.


9:03 p.m.: Niemann is cruising right now. He’s struck out five of eight batters he faced over the last two innings.
Only cheers now come when the former Sonics show up on the video board.
8:50 p.m.: The Mariners get a pair of walks in the fourth inning, but no hits and it’s still 8-0.
Hall of famer Lou Brock is in the building today. They just put him on the video board in center field.
8:34 p.m.: It’s still 8-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. The Mariners have one hit so far in this one, Dustin Ackley’s two-out single in the first.
It’s been a strong outing for Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann, who has the benefit of a nice cushion to work with.
8:03 p.m.: The top of the second inning has mercifully come to an end after the Rays score eight in the second.
There was a very sarcastic cheer from the crowd after the third out was recorded.
7:50 p.m.: Erik Bedard’s return to the mound was a quick one. He’s out of the game with one out in the second. He threw 57 pitches (29 balls). He allowed three runs on three hits. He walked four, including three straight with one out in the second.
Not a good audition for those scouts who are said to be in attendance tonight.
6:42 p.m.: If you look at the photo above you’ll see the name Rick in the dirt behind second base. That’s a tribute to Rick “The Peanut Man” Kaminski, who was honored before the game.
I’m posting the game thread a little early, because I am writing a story about the Sonics celebration here at the park before the game.

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