Michael Pineda made a nice turnaround after the second inning, retiring 11 in a row at one point and carrying a 6-3 lead through the sixth. But Josh Lueke just yielded a two-run homer to Ian Kinsler in the seventh that cuts Seattle’s lead to 6-5.
Jeff Gray just got the final two outs of the inning. But six outs to go is a big deal when facing the Rangers. The M’s need to add to their six-run, 10-hit total.
So, I’ve been watching the local FSN broadcast on my TV monitor. Good business opportunity for someone to open a second men’s shirt store in Dallas.
6:20 p.m.: Seattle just unleashed one of those offensive barrages rarely seen this season. They chased Alexei Ogando on six earned runs over 2 2/3 innings, taking a 6-3 lead in the process. Jack Wilson and Mike Carp singled — Carp extending his hit streak to 10 games — and then Adam Kennedy tripled to right field (I know) to bring both home. Miguel Olivo then hit a sac fly to deep right center and Ogando’s night was done when Franklin Gutierrez followed with a double. Hard to believe Ogando came in with a 2.88 ERA.
5:57 p.m.: We’re tied 3-3 after two innings of play as Michael Pineda issued a leadoff walk in the second and saw it come around to score on an Endy Chavez single. Chavez now 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI tonight.
Pineda was again fortunate to get out of the inning without any further damage as Josh Hamilton scorched a line drive that was snagged by leaping second baseman Dustin Ackley.
The M’s briefly regained the lead in the top of the inning, but the lone run was a bit hollow given that they’d loaded the bases with none out on a Miguel Olivo double, an infield hit by Franklin Gutierrez and a walk to Trayvon Robinson.
But Kyle Seager grounded into a double play that scored the run and Ichiro grounded out.
5:35 p.m.: Rough first inning for Michael Pineda, who threw 32 pitches and is fortunate to only be tied 2-2. Pineda gave up a solo homer to Endy Chavez and then a single to Josh Hamilton and what was nearly a two-run homer by Michael Young. But Young’s blast hit the very top of the wall in right center and bounced back towards the field for an RBI double.
Pineda issued a two-out walk to put two on, then got a lineout to right by Yorvit Torrealba with lefthanded-hitting Mitch Moreland on-deck. Could have been a real long inning instead of just a two-run affair. Very lucky. But also looking very rusty.
5:17 p.m.: Seattle leads it 2-0 after a half inning of play. Jack Wilson drew a one-out walk, took third on a single to right by Dustin Ackley, then scored on a Mike Carp groundout. Ackley took second on that and he too scored on an ensuing single to left by Adam Kennedy.
One year ago today, the Mariners fired manager Don Wakamatsu. Here we are once again, back in Wakamatsu’s hometown of Arlington, Tex. and the heat is still on.
No, not on the manager.
It’s just freaking hot outside. The in-stadium thermometer says 103 degrees, but they just announced it as 105 degrees, meaning it ties the all-time record for the team’s hottest game ever played. Let’s just say I’m glad the pressbox has air conditioning.
The two guys on the mound tonight, Michael Pineda and Alexi Ogando, know a little something about heat. We should be seeing a lot of it.