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April 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Kevin Millwood tries to get Mariners a win against the Rangers

Kevin Millwood did us all one better by throwing in the sixth inning for good measure. How he made it through six after a 35-pitch first is an even greater wonder than what Yu Darvish pulled off the other night. He finishes with four hits allowed, the one run and seven strikeouts against three walks.
Threw 103 pitches. Not bad for a “mature” gentleman.
Still, the M’s trail 1-0. They have gone 23 innings without scoring. Seve Delabar now on the mound in the seventh with Lucas Luetge warming up.
Seattle had a chance to tie it in the top of the seventh, but Alexi Ogando replaced starter Colby Lewis with two out and a runner on second and fanned Brendan Ryan.
6:52 p.m.: Great job by Kevin Millwood to keep his team in a 1-0 game. After Ian Kinsler led off the fifth with a double and was sacrificed to third base, Millwood got both Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre to pop out to shallow center.
Millwood is probably done for the night. But what began as a shaky-looking debut actually turned out OK. This is still a winnable game for the M’s, but they’ve got 21 straight innings without a run and must change that soon.

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6:27 p.m.: That’s now 20 consecutive innings without a run for the Mariners after a leadoff double by Justin Smoak in the fourth went by the wayside. Kyle Seager had a great at-bat, but then popped out on the 11th pitch without advancing the runner. Jesus Montero grounded out to the right side and then Michael Saunders struck out on a pitch down near his shoelaces and directly some frustrated profanity at himself.
Mariners trail 1-0. Kevin Millwood had a better third inning and is now at 62 pitches. A bit more manageable.
5:51 p.m.: Kevin Millwood was fortunate to get out of a 35-pitch first inning trailing just 1-0 after David Murphy swung at two Ball Four pitches with the bases loaded and wound up striking out to end the frame. But Millwood is already in pitch count trouble here, thanks largely to a 10-pitch walk by Nelson Cruz.
Millwood got two quick outs, then Josh Hamilton blooped a ball past a lunging Chone Figgins — who has to do a better job of keeping it in front of him — for a double. Adrian Beltre walked and Michael Young lined a 3-1 pitch up the middle for the run.
Cruz then walked and Murphy would have had he not chased a pitch low and then high for the strikeout. Millwood has to settle down. Really missing his spots. Looks like a release point issue at times.
5:14 p.m.: Kevin Millwood becomes the final Seattle starting pitcher to make his debut, taking on Colby Lewis, who has already pitched once. Hisashi Iwakuma will be the final Mariners player still waiting to get in a game.
The Mariners got a one out double from Dustin Ackley in the first inning, but the rally died when Ichiro flied out to center and Justin Smoak whiffed.
As usual, you can follow along here, or at my @gbakermariners Twitter account.

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