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September 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Kansas City Royals at Mariners: Sept. 11, 2011 — game thread

mariners4 2011.JPGGood afternoon folks. This will be my last time covering the Mariners this season and I thank you for your patience over these last three days. Seattle can win the four-game series with the Royals today after taking two of the first three.
Leftie Anthony Vasquez (1-2, 9.00 ERA) will be on the mound for the M’s and Kansas City counters with left-hander Everett Teaford (0-0, 3.21).
Today the Mariners will join leaguewide efforts to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and have a number of things planned. I’ll provide updates from the game action below.

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Bottom of the ninth: Soria comes on and gets Ackley to fly out to left. Then Carp strikes out. Smoak singles to get the tying run on board. Trayvon Robinson pitch runs. After a long battle, Miguel Olivo flies out to left to end this one. Royals win 2-1 and earn a split of the four-game series.
Top of the ninth: Great showing by Delabar, who gets Escobar to fly out and then strikes out Gordon and Cabrera to retire the side in order. On we go to the bottom of the ninth. It’s 2-1 Kansas City.
Bottom of the eighth: Ichiro hits a two-out RBI double to bring in pinch runner Michael Saunders from first base. Brendan Ryan can’t continue the rally, however, and flies out to center. Steve Delabar comes in for Seattle to make his major-league debut. Mariners down 2-1.

Top of the eighth: Ruffin gets two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning for the M’s but Seattle is running out of outs. Greg Holland comes on in relief for KC leading 2-0.
Bottom of the seventh: The woes continue for the M’s at the plate. Both Carp and Olivo strike out in the inning. Smoak had grounded out to second. Chance Ruffin coming in for Seattle, which is losing 2-0.
Top of the seventh: Vasquez gives up a single to Pena, then can’t make the play on a sacrifice by Getz and there are two on with no outs. Shawn Kelley comes on in relief and strikes out Escobar on a failed sacrifice. KC tacks on another double with a Gordon RBI double, but Butler pops to second and Hosmer flies out to deep center to limit the damage. It’s 2-0 Royals.
Bottom of the sixth: Teaford done after five shutout innings and Blake Wood comes in. Attendance today: 20,951. Wood goes 1-2-3, with Ichiro grounding out, then Ryan and Ackley striking out. That’s five K’s in the last six outs for the M’s, who are losing 1-0.
Top of the sixth: Hosmer doubles, but KC doesn’t get anything out of it as Vasquez gets two grounders to short and a pop up to second. KC 1-0.
Bottom of the fifth: Teaford with three K’s in the frame, striking out Olivo to start. Wells drew a base on balls but was stranded when Bard and Liddi also went down on strikes. On to the sixth, it’s 1-0 Royals.
Top of the fifth: Royals threaten with two men on after Getz was hit by a pitch and Escobar singled. Vasquez got out of trouble when Casper Wells made a nice diving catch in center to rob Cabrera and end the inning. KC up 1-0.
Bottom of the fourth: Ackley bunts to get on base, but he’s doubled off by KC right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who a hard line-drive off Carp’s bat. Smoak then connected well, but Gordon made a nice catch in left to end the inning. More great contact by the M’s but no luck as they trail 1-0.
Top of the fourth: Butler leads off the inning with a hit to right field, one that Ichiro appeared to could’ve caught. The ball short-hopped into his glove. Hosmer and Francoeur then flied out, and Navarro popped out to retire the side. Royals up 1-0.
Bottom of the third: Quick work there as Alex Liddi makes good contact but lines out to short to start the inning. Ichiro grounds out to second and Ryan grounds out to third to end it. 1-0 Kansas City.
Top of the third: Mike Carp can’t find a fly ball in the sun off Gordon’s bat and Alcides Escobar, who singled earlier, is able to come around and score on the double. Tough luck for Vasquez, who had been cruising. Royals take a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the frame.
Bottom of the second: Justin Smoak hits a hard line-drive to start the inning but Alcides Escobar makes a great diving grab at shortstop. Miguel Olivo follows it up with a single and the M’s already have as many hits as they had last night. Casper Wells hits into a fielder’s choice (5-4) and Josh Bard lines out hard to left to end the frame. Still 0-0 here.
Top of the second: Easy work in the second for Vasquez. Eric Hosmer grounds out to second. Jeff Francoeur lines out to third. Yamaico Navarro flies out to center. No score.
Bottom of the first: Ichiro flies out to left to start, but then Brendan Ryan singles on a high chopper to short that didn’t draw a throw. Ryan steals second and makes it to third on a wild pitch, but Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp strike out swinging to retire the side. Mariners already have more runners left on base than yesterday. Scoreless after one.
Top of the first: Vasquez off the best start I’ve seen in these three games. He strikes out Alex Gordon to start the inning and then gets Billy Butler to ground into a 6-4-3 double play after Melky Cabrera singled. It’s 0-0.

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