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April 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Game thread: Mariners vs. White Sox, April 20: Mariners lose 7-3

The Mariners got great relief work from Ramirez and Iwakuma — after a stinker of a start by Noesi — but lose 7-3. Those two combined to allow two hits and one run over the last 7 2/3 innings.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Mariners chip away with another run on RBI single by Ichiro off Matt Thornton, scoring Ryan, who had doubled. 6-3 White Sox.
WHITE SOX SEVENTH: Another scoreless inning for Goose Iwakuma
MARINERS SIXTH: Jesus Montero blasted his second homer — once again to dead center — that that’s it. 6-2 White Sox.
WHITE SOX SIXTH: Hasashi Iwakuma finally debuts, and turns in a sparkling inning. Rios pops out, and then Iwakuma fans both Ramirez and Viciedo. It’s his first game appearance since an exhibition contest in Peoria on April 2 against Colorado. 6-1 White Sox.
WHITE SOX FIFTH: Ramirez with another 1-2-3. He’s worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. Iwakuma’s warming up. This could be the night. Or not. 6-1 White Sox
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners strand another runner in scoring position — that’s five through four. This time, they get first and second, one out, on single by Liddi and walk by Wells. But Ryan popped out and Figgins struck out. Brutal night all around so far. 6-1 White Sox.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s get on the board on a one-out walk by Ackley, who scores all the way from first on Ichiro’s double into the RF corner. But that’s it — Smoak grounds out and Montero whiffs. 6-1 White Sox.
WHITE SOX THIRD: Finally, the Mariners hold the White Sox scoreless, thanks to a double-play ball by Ramirez after a Rios single. 6-0 White Sox.
MARINERS SECOND: While White Sox are scoring rampantly, the M’s have blown two chances. This time, they got runners to second and third on a walk and Casper Wells’ double off the RF wall. But Brendan Ryan struck out. 6-0 White Sox.
WHITE SOX SECOND: So much for Noesi. The Sox blasted him out of the game with four runs, the final three coming on Adam Dunn’s homer to center. Erasmo Ramirez took over at that point. I’m completely baffled why Hasashi Iwakuma didn’t finally make his debut in a situation that seems ideal. If not now, then when? And if not now, why is he even on the roster. Noesi lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and six runs. 6-0 White Sox.
MARINERS FIRST: The Mariners blew a golden opportunity. An infield single by Chone Figgins, followed by a solid single to center by Dustin Ackley, put runners on the corners with no outs. But Ichiro struck out, and Justin Smoak grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. M’s simply can’t squander a chance like that. But they did. 1-0 White Sox.
WHITE SOX FIRST: A struggling first for Noesi, who needed 38 pitches to get out of the inning. But not before giving up two runs — one on a double by Adam Dunn, the other on a saf cly by Alex Rios. A.J. Pierzynski didn’t help Noesi by working an 11-pitch walk. 1-0 White Sox.
Eric Wedge said he was invited to the Red Sox celebration of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park, which occurred today. He quipped of the invitation. “That was nice. I knew something was really wrong, though, if I was able to go to that.”
Here’s the White Sox lineup:
Alejandro De Aza CF
Brent Morel 3B
Adam Dunn DH
Paul Konerko 1B
A.J. Pierzynski C
Alex Rios RF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Dayan Viciedo LF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Chris Sale LHP (1-1, 3.09)

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