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August 23, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Game 1 thread, Mariners vs. Indians, Aug. 23: M’s lose 7-5

Three-run walkoff homer by Shin-Soo Choo off Brandon League.
MARINERS NINTH:The Mariners take a 5-4 lead on a huge two-run double by Trayvon Robinson off closer Chris Perez. It’s League time.
INDIANS EIGHTH: Jamey Wright worked out of trouble (two on, two out), and the M’s will now face Justin Masterson, trying for a complete game, down 4-3.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Masterson has hit a groove. After retiring the Mariners in order, he has allowed just one hit since Gutierrez’s RBI double in the fifth, which gave Seattle a short-live 3-2 lead. It’s 4-3 Indians.
INDIANS SEVENTH: They take a 4-3 lead on a two-out RBI single by Carlos Santana off Jamey Wright, who had just replaced an injured Dan Cortes. Cortes walked the first man he faced, No. 9 hitter Luis Valbuena, hitting .129. He got two outs before walking Shin-Soo Choo, then left with an apparent blister. 4-3 Indians.
iNDIANS SIXTH: They tied it up on a one out single by Fukudome, a double by Chisenhall that got him to third, and a sac fly by LaPorta, 3-3.
NDIANS FIFTH: Beavan withstands a one-out double by Carrera by getting Cabrera on a popup and Choo on a comebacker. 3-2 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Earthquake update: Heard from someone in the upper deck, right above the press box, who said “we were swaying like crazy” in the third inning. Meanwhile, the M’s took a 3-2 lead in the third inning, all with two outs. Robinson doubled and came home on Ichiro’s single to right. Ichiro took second on the throw home and scored on Gutierrez’s ouble off the wall in center. 3-2 Mariners.
INDIANS FOURTH: They move ahead on a double by Fukudome and a single by Chisenhall to start the fourth. 2-1 Indians.
INDIANS THIRD: Wow. There was unmistakably an earthquake in the middle of the inning. The press box was noticeably swaying. I’ve experienced plenty of earthquakes, growing up in California,and there was no question about this one. I’m hearing reports of others feeling quakes across the East Coast feeling a quake, so I don’t know what’s going on. Apparently, however, it didn’t affect anyone on the field. The Indians went down in order, by the way. (Check that, Choo had a two-out double, but Santana flied out). 1-1.
INDIANS SECOND: Beavan gets back on track with a 10-pitch, three-up, three-down inning. 1-1.
MARINERS SECOND: The M’s got three straight two-out hits off Masterson and tied it 1-1. Miguel Olivo’s single to center drove in Adam Kennedy, who had doubled. Kyle Seager added another single, but Trayvon Robinson grounded out. 1-1.
INDIANS FIRST: Some defensive confusion in the outfield cost the Mariners a run. Leadoff hitter Ezequiel Carrera hit a fly between Gutierrez and Robinson that fell between them. I thought Gutierrez had it all the way, but he seemed to think Robinson was going to get it. Cabrera and Choo made outs, but Carlos Santana walked and Fukudome delivered an RBI double. All told, 26 pitches for Beavan. 1-0 Indians.
MARINERS FIRST: An eight-pitch first inning for Justin Masterson, who gave up an infield single to Gutierrez, then got Ackley to hit a comebacker he turned into an inning-ending double play. 0-0.
Everyone ready for a long day of baseball? Blake Beavan is looking to rebound after two straight losses, in which he gave up 17 hits and 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings against Boston and Toronto. That followed six straight quality starts.



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