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April 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Mariners-Indians game thread, April 19

IT’S OVER — Three up and three weakly down for M’s in the ninth and that’s a brutal loss for the M’s and Felix.
TOP NINE — Don’t have time to recap it. But League blew his first save this year after five successful attempts on two walks and two hits, the key a two-run single by Hanahan just under Seager. It’s 2-1 and M’s send up Ichiro, Smoak, Seager to try to keep it going.
BOTTOM EIGHT — M’s go quickly 1-2-3 and League now coming in.
TOP EIGHT — The few fans here are seeing a classic Hernandez performance as he struck out Kipnis and Choo after the bases were loaded on three singles — two of the infield variety. Hernandez leaped off the mound after the strikeout of Choo, his 12th of the game.
ATTENDANCE — It’s 12,942 tonight, so a little bigger than the 11,343 of last night that was a record low if I’ve done my math right.
BOTTOM SEVENTH — Olivo doubleD with two outs but it ends there as Jaso then grounded to second. Still 1-0 to the eighth and Hernandez back out.
TOP SEVEN — Felix gave up his second hit, a two-out double by Hafner. But he then got no one’s favorite ex-Mariner, Casey Kotchman, looking at a 93-MPH for the final out. That’s his ninth strikeout. He’s thrown 100 pitches and looks like he’ll be throwing some more.
BOTTOM SIX — Three up, three down for Tomlin in the six, including strikeouts of Ackley and Smoak. So it remains 1-0 as Felix comes back out for the seventh.
TOP SIX — Another 1-2-3 inning for Felix, this one on just 9 pitches. He’s thrown 84 for the game and leads 1-0. He also has eight strikeouts.
BOTTOM FIVE — Mariners get the only run they might need the way Felix is pitching on a Saunders double, a nicely executed Olivo sacrifice bunt, and then a grounder by Jaso to second thrown away by Jason Kipnis in a futile attempt to get Saunders at home. 1-0 to the top of six.
TOP FIVE — Nicely efficient inning there for Felix as he gets three quick outs and has now thrown 75 pitches in five shutout innings.
BOTTOM FOUR — No runs for the Mariners though another threat as Ackley doubled to lead off then reached third when Ichiro struck out on a wild pitch. But Smoak then hit it 100 miles an hour at Kotchman who caught it, and Donald turned a solid 6-3 to get Seager by a step and end the inning. Still 0-0.
TOP FOUR — No runs but finally a hit for the Indians as Santana hit a 92-mile an hour fastball into right-center for a double with two outs. But Hafner then got the okay to swing at a 3-0 pitch and grounded it right to Smoak for the final out. Still 0-0. Felix has thrown 66 pitches, though.
BOTTOM THREE — Indians starter Josh Tomlin isn’t pitching like Felix. But same end result so far as he gets M’s 1-2-3 in the third, so still scoreless here.
TOP THREE — This looks like vintage Felix here tonight as he struck out the side in the third, again hitting 93 pretty consistently on the speed clock here. He has five strikeouts and has allowed only a walk in three innings.
BOTTOM SECOND — Mariners had a chance after a Seager double and then a Saunders single with one out that sent Seager to third. But in a play that won’t soothe the Olivo bashers, Olivo then hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
TOP SECOND — The Indians made Felix work for it a little bit again in the second as he’s up to 34 pitches. But other than a Hafner walk, that was it for the Tribe as we head to the bottom of the second still scoreless.
BOTTOM FIRST — No leadoff homers tonight as Figgins struck out swinging on a full count. Ackley went down on a called strike on a full count and Ichiro then flew out. No score to the second.
TOP FIRST — Lots has been made of Hernandez’s speed on his pitches of late. Wasn’t an issue in the first as he consistently hit 93 MPH getting three up and three down. It took a few more pitches than he might have liked as he threw 18 total, going to full counts on the first two batters.
AND WE’RE OFF — About 25 minutes to first pitch as I type and there’s at least a thousand or so people here. So good seats still available if you’re driving by (though I understand that if you’re reading this you probably aren’t). If you can’t watch or are otherwise incapacitated, we’ll keep you updated here.

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