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September 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Texas Rangers at Mariners: Sept. 18, 2011 game thread

Big insurance run scored by the Rangers in the sixth as Elvis Andrus doubles down the left field line to bring home Ian Kinsler all the way from first base for a 3-0 lead. The ball struck the short retaining wall and bounded back a few feet towards the direction of the infield, preventing left fielder Trayvon Robinson from getting to it for quite a while.
2:13 p.m.: Felix Hernandez probably wants that 0-2 pitch to Adrian Beltre back. Beltre drilled the ball over the wall in left center with a runner on to make it 2-0 for Texas midway through the fourth inning. Hernandez was a strike away from ending the frame until old pal Beltre turned the tables. Second homer in two days for Beltre at Safeco Field. Had he done that while playing for the M’s, he’d have had 162 home runs in one season just in home games.
Reality was significantly less than that.
1:54 p.m.: Still scoreless after three innings of play, but it took a video replay review to keep things that way in the third inning. Ian Kinsler lined one to left field that looked foul, but then was called a two-run homer b y third base ump Brian Gorman.
Wrong!
Replays showed the ball was easily foul. Eric Wedge went out to argue for the second time in the inning — the first was on an infield single by Endy Chavez — and this time the umps huddled, the went for the cameras.
The home run was overturned and Kinsler hit into an inning-ending double play.
12:59 p.m.: Felix Hernandez goes for the Mariners in today’s finale. Alex Liddi gets the start at third base today, which should make an entire country happy.
Speaking of third basemen, Chone Figgins has been shut down for the year. He won’t accompany the team on its next road trip. Has he played his final game for the M’s? We’ll know more this coming winter.
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On Hernandez, if you missed it yesterday, our local Baseball Writers Association of America chapter voted him the team’s top pitcher for the fourth consecutive year. I gave him the award prior to yesterday’s game.
Photo Credit: John Lok/Seattle Times

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