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March 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Mariners-Giants game thread, March 15

GAME OVER — Three up, three down for the M’s in the ninth, so the streak ends at three and the Mariners are now 10-4-1 on the spring.
TOP NINE — Nothing for Giants so M’s head to bottom needing two runs to try to keep their three-game winning streak alive (you search for the drama where you can this time of year).
BOTTOM EIGHT — Three up, three down for M’s. We’re told now the attendance tonight is the largest of the season. About half Giants fans it appears.
TOP EIGHT — Shawn Camp gave up a single but that was all in the top of the eighth which was highlighted by a nice play at third by Catricala when he caught a hard shot on one bounce and made the throw to get the final out. Crowd of 11,518 here tonight.

BOTTOM SEVEN — The M’s got two runs to cut the lead to 7-5 thanks to walks to Sucre and Rodriguez and a single by Seagar that loaded the bases with no outs. A Wells sacrifice fly and a Carp grounder got two home, but the rally ended there.
TOP SEVEN — George Sherrill got hit around a bit in the seventh, allowing three runs, so the Giants now lead 7-3 going to the bottom of seven. Though Sherrill has well-documented issues pitching in the spring, he had been good up until tonight.
Big crowd tonight, but heavily fortified by Giants fans, who just about drowned out the Mi’s fans during the singing of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
BOTTOM SIX — Mariners got a run on an Olivo two-out double, a passed ball and a wild pitch to make it 4-3.
We were talking to Ramirez during that time and he said he was having trouble with his curveball, leading it too high, and that was the issue early on. Otherwise, he said he felt good and was happy enough with his overall performance.
TOP SIX — Finally, a Giant uprising as SF gets three runs off Kuo, who is having a tough spring — he came in having allowed six runs and eight hits in 3.2 innings. Kuo didn’t help himself not controlling a throw at first that could have turned a double play and gotten out of inning. Brandon Crawford then launched a 2-run HR. Three runs on three hits for the Giants to take a 4-2 lead heading to bottom six.
BOTTOM FIVE — M’s go down 1-2-3 against Santiago Casilla so it remains 2-1. Kuo retaining his status on the mound for another inning.
TOP FIVE — Quick 1-2-3 for Kuo so it remains 2-1 Mariners.
BOTTOM FOUR — M’s got a one-out single by Wilson off Zito, but that was all. Still 2-1 to the fifth. Ramirez is now out having allowed four hits and one run in four innings along with one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 50 pitches, 34 strikes. Kuo now pitching.
TOP FOUR —- Ramirez allowed a walk, but nothing else, so it remains 2-1 heading to the bottom of four.
BOTTOM THIRD — Mariners got on the board as Mike Carp hit a two-run opposite field HR off Zito following a walk to Wells. 2-1 M’s to top four and Ramirez still on the hill.
TOP THIRD — Giants two hits but no runs off Ramirez in third, so still 1-0 SF.
BOTTOM SECOND — Mariners a hit (Olivo) and walk (Wilson) in the second, but no runs off Zito. Still 1-0.
TOP SECOND — Three up, three down for Giants in second as Ramirez settled down some.
BOTTOM FIRST — M’s got a one-out single from Wells but nothing more in bottom of first.
TOP FIRST — Giants got two hits off Ramirez to take a 1-0 lead — a leadoff single by Gregor Blanco who advanced to second on an error by Mike Wilson in right, and then a two-out double by Brett Pitt to drive him in.
PRE-GAME — The Mariners are getting ready for their second of three straight night games, a contest again televised live on ROOT Sports in the Seattle area. First pitch against the Giants is 7:05 p.m.
Here’s Seattle’s lineup:
Kyle Seager, 2B
Casper Wells, CF
Mike Carp, 1B
Vinnie Catricala, 3B
Carlos Peguero, LF
Miguel Olivo, C
Mike Wilson, RF
Jesus Sucre, DH
Luis Rodriguez, SS
Erasmo Ramirez, P
(Fixed the original lineup which transposed a couple positions).
Others scheduled to pitch are: Hong-Chih Kuo, Sean Henn, Aaron Heilman, George Sherrill, Shawn Camp and Chance Ruffin.
And the Mariners have a thin bench, as the only Major League players listed are Alex Liddi and Guillermo Quiroz.
Part of that is because a number of guys saw action this morning in a B game against the White Sox in Glendale.
And here is SF’s lineup:
Gregor Blanco, CF
Freddy Sanchez, DH
Brandon Belt, 1B
Brett Pill, LF
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Mike Fontenot, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
Chris Stewart, C
Barry Zito, P



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