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April 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Lack of offense, poor relief pitching doom Mariners in bid to split series with Texas

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Once again, the Mariners waited until late in the game to mount any type of serious offensive rally. They got close on that mammoth Kyle Seager home run in the seventh, but then that old bugaboo known as the bullpen helped torpedo any chance at a second straight comeback.
Erasmo Ramirez looked good in his debut a few nghts ago, but not so great today. He came in with two out and a runner on third in the seventh and gave up an RBI double to Ian Kinsler and a run-scoring single by Michael Young in an eventual 5-3 loss that ended this four-game set with the M’s winning just once.
Bottom line is, three runs usually won’t be enough to win against the Rangers. Especially when the third run comes with two out in the ninth.
The M’s got some very good starting pitching this series, other than Hector Noesi in the opener. In Safeco Field, the results might have been different. Not here.
As for the bullpen, the Mariners clearly need some help getting to Brandon League. Outside of him, Tom Wilhelmsen is the best bet, but he can’t pitch every day.

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