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September 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Kansas City Royals at Mariners: Sept. 9, 2011 — game thread

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Top of the ninth: Jamey Wright on to close this one out. Perez strikes out. Escobar is hit by a pitch and advances to second on a stolen base/wild pitch (they both happened at the same time). Gordon flies out. Cabrera strikes out and this one is over. Mariners win 7-3. Thanks for logging in!
Bottom of the eighth: Ichiro reaches on an error and steals his second base of the game. He has 39 on the season. Play corrected to a base hit for Ichiro, so he has four on the night and 167 on the season. Olivo gets his chance at the cycle, but grounds into an inning ending double-play. M’s up 7-3 as we go to the ninth.

Top of the eighth: Wells made a nice leaping catch on a deep drive by Hosmer and not much else comes from the inning. Let’s see if Olivo gets another shot at history. Seattle up 7-3.
Bottom of the seventh: Nathan Adcock out for Kansas City. Jesse Chavez in. He gets three strikeouts (Wells had a single in there) as we go to the eighth inning, Mariners leading 7-3.
Top of the seventh: The Royals have pulled a run back and that’s it for Beavan. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. Shawn Kelley is in and closes the inning. It’s stretch time with Seattle up 7-3.
Bottom of sixth: Crowd gets excited as Olivo comes up with a chance at the fifth cycle in team history. On the first pitch he flies out to left, sounded like his bat broke. He might get another chance in the eighth. Smoak strikes out to end the inning. Still 7-2 M’s.
Top of the sixth: Beavan’s run ends at 13 batters in a row retired. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each record singles, but both are stranded as Smoak makes a great catch in foul territory to end the inning. 7-2 Seattle.
Bottom of the fifth: There’s a triple for Olivo! He has three hits and just needs the single for the cycle. Smoak brings him in with a single, his third hit of the day. Now Pena with a double and Seattle has 12 hits. After five, it’s 7-2 for the home team.
Top of the fifth: Beavan is cruising now and has retired 12 straight. He’s picked it up, as have his teammates after that rough top of the first. Mariners lead 5-2.
Bottom of the fourth: Alex Liddi gets his first hit as a Mariner, driving a double over the head of Gordon. Ichiro drives him in with his third of the game — and 166th of the season — with a sharp grounder up the middle. That’s Francis’ last batter and Nathan Adcock comes in. Ackley robbed again by Francouer to end the inning. Seattle up 5-2.
Top of the fourth: Three up, three down for Beavan again. That’s four in a row retired. Still 4-2 Mariners.
Bottom of the third: Big inning for the Mariners that could’ve been bigger. Ichiro and Olivo hit home runs, but Ackley also should’ve had one. The rookie drove a pitch over the right-field wall that Francouer caught in spectacular fashion. Replays show the ball hit a fan’s glove and should’ve been ruled dead and a home run. Controversy aside, Seattle takes a 4-2 lead.
Top of the third: That’s six in a row retired by Beavan, who has settled after a rough start. The pitcher made a nice play to end the inning, knocking down a shot by Jeff Francoeur and throwing him out at first. Spoiler alert, during the Hat Trick on the big screen the ball was under Hat No. 2. Still 2-2.
Bottom of the second: Easy work for Jeff Francis in that frame. The Royals starter struck out two (Casper Wells and Alex Liddi) in a 1-2-3 inning. Onto the third we’re tied at 2-2.
Top of the second: Beavan allows a leadoff single to Salvador Perez, but gets three-straight fly outs to get out of the inning. Four runs and eight hits already in this one. Still level at 2-2.
Bottom of the first: The Mariners respond immediately. First, Ichiro led off with a single to left, his 164th hit of the season. Brendan Ryan hits into a fielder’s choice, but gets to second on a wild pitch, eventually scoring on a ground-rule double by Miguel Olivo. Justin Smoak brought the catcher home with a single up the middle. Wily Mo Pena stuck out to end the inning. We’re tied at 2-2.
Top of the first: Not exactly the start Beavan wanted. Alex Gordon crushed his 21st home run of the season on the first pitch of the game. That’s four leadoff HRs for him this season. Melky Cabrera followed that up with a deep drive to center that bounced in and out of Trayvon Robinson’s glove. Cabrera wound up on third and scored on Billy Butler’s ground out. Beaven allows two more hits in the inning, but the damage is limited to two runs on a nice catch by shortstop Brendan Ryan for the third out. Royals up 2-0.

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