I’ll be providing game updates here in what will be Michael Pineda’s last start at home this season. Seattle has won the first two in this four-game series and three of four overall.
The Mariners have done quite well against Kansas City here at Safeco Field. In fact, a .620 winning percentage against the Royals (31-19) is the team’s second highest at home since Safeco opened. Seattle has only been better here against Baltimore (.650).
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Bottom of the ninth: Closer Joakim Soria strikes out pinch hitter Trayvon Robinson and Ichiro to start the inning. Ryan flies out to right to end it. It’s a final. Royals win 4-2.
Top of the ninth: Tom Wilhelmsen allows a homer to Francoeur. It’s 4-2 now as we go to the bottom of the ninth.
Bottom of the eighth: Greg Holland in and picks up where Paulino left off, striking out the side, Kennedy, Olivo and Seager. 3-2 KC into the ninth.
Top of the eighth: FYI, Pineda has 170 K’s this season, tying him with Fredy Garcia (1999) for the most in a season by a rookie. Scratch that, Pineda strikes out Gordon to give him 171 and second place by himself. Cabrera is thrown out stealing after a single. Butler flies out to end it. That’s a career-high eight innings pitched for Pineda. It’s 3-2 Royals.
Bottom of seventh: Paulino has 11 K’s which ties a career high. Then Francoeur with another great catch in right field. Not sure if Carp’s drive would’ve been a homer, but it was a great catch at the wall. Smoak tags the ball too, but it’s caught in center. Paulino at 108 pitches. KC up 3-2.
Top of the seventh: Attendance tonight: 17,884. Two mores K’s for Pineda gives him seven on the night. Only six hits combined tonight. The M’s only have two, the homers by Smoak and Carp. 3-2 Royals.
Bottom of the sixth: Saunders flies out to left to start the inning and Ichiro follows it up with a strikeout looking. Not sure if umpire Brian Runge has early dinner plans or what, because that one looked to be a ball for sure. The crowd let him hear about it. Ryan grounds out to third to end things. Paulino has 10 K’s but has thrown 95 pitches. KC up 3-2.
Top of the sixth: Quick work again by Pineda. Butler flies out to right, Butler hits it hard but lines out to center and Francoeur flies out to center also. 3-2 Royals.
Bottom of the fifth: Moustakas can’t quite get to a Kennedy pop up near the seats, but the Seattle DH strikes out swinging. That’s nine K’s in less than five innings for Seattle. Only Olivo hasn’t struck out (Kennedy has twice). The catcher reaches when Moustakas throws high to first on a grounder. The inning ends on a double play, Seager lined out to center and Cabrera threw Olivo out at first. Didn’t see the tag there. Wedge came out to discuss the call. Either way it’s 3-2 KC and we’re off to the sixth.
Top of the fifth: Quick work by Pineda, who has really settled in. Escobar flied out to right, Gordon grounded out to second and Cabrera lines out to center (he hit it hard). Pineda has allowed just one hit since the first inning. It’s 3-2 Kansas City.
Bottom of the fourth: You guessed it, another strike out looking to start the inning. This time Brendan Ryan was the victim. Ackley goes down swinging and that’s seven K’s for Paulino. Amazing stuff from him so far. Spoke too soon. Carp takes him deep the opposite way for his ninth homer of the year. Smoak ends the inning with, you guessed it, another strike out. Make that eight total for Paulino but the M’s cut the deficit to 3-2.
Top of the fourth: Pineda gets strikeouts to start and end the inning on Francoeur and Getz respectively. Moustakas popped out in between. Perez also singled when Pineda couldn’t handle the hot-shot grounder up the middle, but nothing came of it. KC up 3-1.
Bottom of the third: That’s another called third strike against the M’s. This time Kyle Seager is out. The pitch was close from what I saw. Then Saunders is called out on strikes! No doubt about that one. Paulino strikes out the side, getting Ichiro (swinging at least) to end the inning. 3-1 Royals.
Top of the third: Cabrera pops out to third to start the inning and then Butler strikes out. That’s three K’s for Pineda so far, who then makes a nice play on Hosmer’s grounder to throw him out. Kansas City up 3-1.
Bottom of the second: After getting a night off Friday, Mike Carp strikes out looking in his first at bat. Justin Smoak comes up next and crushes a home run to right field. The blast, his 14th of the season, pulls a run back for the Mariners. Adam Kennedy strikes out looking. Not sure the M’s like umpire Brian Runge’s strike zone so far. Olivo grounds out to second to end the inning. Royals up 3-1.
Top of the second: Salvador Perez strikes out looking to start the frame. Chris Getz walks and then steals second, his 21st of the year we’re told. Alcides Escobar pops out to first and meanwhile Getz gets to third on a wild pitch. Gordon flies out to left to end the inning. KC up 3-0.
Bottom of first: Ichiro leads off with a line out to third. Brendan Ryan also lines out — his was hit harder and to first. Dustin Ackley makes it a 1-2-3 inning grounding out to first with starting pitcher Felipe Paulino covering. 3-0 Royals.
Top of the first: Another fast start for Alex Gordon and the Royals. The left fielder doubles to right on the second pitch of the game. Melky Cabrera moves him over with a grounder to second. Billy Butler hits a grounder to Justin Smoak at first base and there’s a chance to get Gordon at home, but Smoak’s throw is off line. Butler to first on the fielder’s choice. Eric Hosmer follows it up with an opposite-field home run and quickly it’s 3-0 Royals. Pineda gets the next two outs quickly: Jeff Francoeur strikes out and Mike Moustakas flies out to center. Kansas City up 3-0 early.