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August 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rays, Aug. 20: Mariners lose, 8-0

This one was a disaster in pretty much every aspect — poor starting pitching and no offense from the Mariners, plus another injury — shortstop Luis Rodriguez, day to day with a contusion on his right elbow. Jeremy Hellickson continues to own the M’s.
MARINERS EIGHTH: M’s get runners on second and third with one out in 8th against Hellickson with Ackley and Carp coming up — and don’t score. Ackley flied out to medium right — Ichiro didn’t challenge Zobrist — and Carp popped out. 5-0 Rays.
RAYS SEVENTH: A 25-pitch inningfor Chance Ruffin, but he gets out unscatched, leaving runners on first and second. 5-0 Rays.
MARINERS SEVENTH: The M’s are single-handedly boosting Hellickson’s Rookie of Year credentials. He was 2-0, 1.26 vs. them coming in, and has added seven scoreless. 5-0 Rays.
RAYS SIXTH: Nine in a row retired by Tom Wilhelmsen, who has restored order. But M’s still trail, 5-0. Chance Ruffin up in Mariner pen.
MARINERS SIXTH: Hellickson is rolling. He retired the Mariners easily — Gutierrez, Ackley and Carp — and has blanked them on three hits through six. 5-0 Rays.
RAYS FIFTH: Tom Wilhelmsen turns in the M’s first 1-2-3 inning of the night. He’s retired six straight since hitting the first batter he faced, Desmond Jennings. 5-0 Rays.
RAYS FOURTH: Wilhelmsen strikes out Longoria and Zobrist to strand Desmond Jennings at third. Jennings is running at will against Miguel Olivo, with three stolen bases already. 5-0 Rays.
MARINERS FOURTH: The good news is Mike Carp led off with a single to extend his hit streak to 19 games. The bad news is he was immediately erased on a double play. Tom Wilhelmsen is replacing Furbush to start the fourth. 5-0 Rays.
RAYS THIRD: Furbush doesn’t have it today. He gave up four more hits, plus an intentional walk, plus a hit batter, as the Rays scored three more to go up 5-0. They left the bases loaded. Tom Wilhelmsen was up in the bullpen. Rays 5-0.
MARINERS THIRD: Hellickson, who has limited the Mariners to eight hits and two runs in 14 innings in two previous starts (and wins) this year, retired them 1-2-3. Rays 2-0.
RAYS SECOND: Good pitching by Furbush to get out of another jam unscatched. With a runner on third and one out (via single, passed ball and ground out), he struck out Kelly Shoppach and Elliott Johnson — both hitting .179. Rays 2-0.
MARINERS SECOND: It looked like the Mariners might have lost another infielder when Luis Rodriguez was hit painfully on his right elbow by Hellickson. Rodriguez stayed in the game, but after the inning, he came out. Kyle Seager moves to shortstop, and Adam Kennedy takes over at third. Brendan Ryan is still not quite ready to play, despite coming off the DL. The Mariners, BTW, stranded two runners in the second. 2-0 Rays.
RAYS FIRST: Charlie Furbush got hit around a little bit — a one-out standup triple by Johnny Damon, who may be 37 but can still fly, followed by a majestic two-run homer by Evan Longoria on a 3-0 pitch. Ben Zobrist followed with a single, making the Rays only a double short of the cycle in the first inning, but B.J. Upton bounced into a double play. 2-0 Rays.
MARINERS FIRST: Dustin Ackley returned to the lineup after Friday’s day off and promptly sliced a double into the left-field corner with two outs. But Mike Carp flied out to center. 0-0.

A reminder to those who plan to listen to the game on the radio — it’s on 770 AM, not 710.
One quick followup on Trayvon Robinson’s great catch last night — a sprawling grab to rob Rays leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings in the first inning.
“I was kind of off guard,” Robinson said. “Usually, the first couple of inning you just want to get loose. He hit that line drive, I said, Well, it’s my shot. I’ll get loose right here.’ I just laid out for it. This is my first time playing on turf, too. It had a little burn to it. My adrenalin was going more than anything. It was awesome.”
But not more awesome than his homer-robbing catch of Torii Hunter in Anaheim in his first major-league game.
“I think that will be No. 1 forever,” he said. “First time there, made a play like that; it was a close game, too. That will always be one of my best catches, and favorite catches.”
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Friday’s grab, “It was a great catch – aggressive, off on the ball. The ball didn’t have a lot of air on it, either. It got out there quick. That was a great catch. Believe me, Felix recognized it, we all did. He got a little too much air under that throw later in the game, but we’ll work on that.”

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