Three more innings have gone by and not much is happening, with the M’s still ahead 3-0. Blake Beavan was in trouble in the sixth when the first two Rangers reached base on singles.
But then Beavan got a double-play grounder from Ian Kinsler and a popout by Elvis Andrus and is looking good as we begin the seventh.
8:17 p.m.: The Texas Rangers sure didn’t look like much of a playoff contender in the third inning, booting the ball around with two out to the tune of three Seattle runs and a 3-0 M’s lead.
With one on and one out, Brendan Ryan singled to left, then Dustin Ackley hit a slow hopper that second baseman Ian Kinsler got to in time. But Kinsler rushed his throw and sent it bouncing towards the M’s dugout, scoring one run and sending the lead runner to third.
A wild pitch by C.J. Wilson brought Ryan home, then an infield single put two on again and an ensuing run scored when a bouncing ball towards second hit the bag and scooted past shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Wily Mo Pena was later hit by a pitch, but that was all the scoring the M’s would do.
7:47 p.m.: Miguel Olivo sure thought his pitcher was through three perfect innings. Unfortunately, Olivo began jogging back to the dugout after catching a third strike for the second out of the third inning. He laughed and headed back behind the plate, only to see Endy Chavez single to snap Blake Beavan’s streak of eight outs in a row to start the game.
Beavan managed to get Ian Kinsler to fly out to left to end the inning.
7:29 p.m.: The Mariners send Blake Beavan to the mound tonight against his “hometown” Rangers, who can pretty much finish off the Angels with another win tonight. Angels are losing and Rangers are already 3 1/2 games up with fewer than two weeks to go.
No score after an inning of play, with the M’s striking out twice in the first inning. Dustin Ackley had a single up the middle with two out, but Miguel Olivo swung and missed to end the inning. Seattle had struck out 27 times the past two games heading into tonight.
If you missed it earlier, the Mariners have hired former major league pitcher Pete Vuckovich, 58, as a special assistant to GM Jack Zduriencik.
Vuckovich has filled multiple coaching and front office roles since retiring as a player. You might remember him as ficticious Yankees slugger Clu Haywood from the movie Major League (see photo). Not 100 percent sure, but Charlie Sheen might eventually be brought in as (mental) performance coach to replace the one who was fired last year. Just thank me later.
I’m told that he’ll be replacing John Boles, who will not be back next year after a longtime role as an special assistant to the GM for the M’s. Boles was one of the final remnants of the Bill Bavasi front office.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
20 Mike Carp (L) 1B
29 Wily Mo Pena DH
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
33 Casper Wells CF
49 Blake Beavan RHP
5 Ian Kinsler 2B
1 Elvis Andrus SS
32 Josh Hamilton (L) LF
10 Michael Young 3B
29 Adrian Beltre DH
7 David Murphy (L) RF
8 Yorvit Torrealba C
18 Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
9 Endy Chavez (L) CF
36 C.J. Wilson LHP