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May 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rays, May 2: M’s lose fifth straight, 5-4

Seattle’s last chance expired in the eighth when they got first and third with one out but couldn’t score the tying run. Liddi fouled out and Smoak flied out to right.
RAYS SIXTH: They take 5-4 lead when Michael Saunders, on leaping attempt, tips Luke Scott’s drive over wall in CF.
MARINERS SIXTH: Kyle Seager is having himself a night. He homered again off Shields to tie the game at 4. It’s his first two-homer game in the majors. 4-4.
RAYS FIFTH: Beavan restores order with 1-2-3 inning. 4-3 Rays.
MARINERS FIFTH:The good news is that Shields struck out only one Mariner. The bad news is they didn’t score, again, though Ichiro got a two-out single. 4-3 Rays.
RAYS FOURTH: The Mariner lead disappeared on a two-run double by Jose Molina, after a popup by Luke Scott hit a wire in the catwalk and fall between first baseman Alex Liddi and second baseman Dustin Ackley. Molina got to third on a Montero passed ball but didn’t score. 4-3 Rays.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners got two on base against Shields, but he struck out the side, and now has 10 K’s through four. That’s halfway to the record 20 of Kerry Woods and Roger Clemens. 3-2 Mariners.
RAYS THIRD: Tampa Bay gets two runs back on a two-run homer by Sean Rodriguez, who was hitting .182. It was a laser shot to left-center after an infield single by lumbering catcher Jose Molina. Beavan then walks two — equalling his total in 25 previous innings this season — but got out of it on towering fly by Carlos Pena. 3-2 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: Good news for Mariners: They lead, 3-0. Bad news: They’ve struck out 7 times through 3 innings.
MARINERS SECOND: Shielders recovers with 1-2-3 inning, striking out both Brendan Ryan and Chone Figgins. 3-0 Mariners.
RAYS FIRST: Blake Beavan needed just 14 pitches to put the Rays down in order. 3-0 Mariners
MARINERS FIRST: Well, the 0-for-30 stretch with runners in scoring position ended in a big way, as Kyle Seager blasted a three-run homer off James Shields after a two-out walk to Ichiro and single by Jesus Montero (his sixth consecutive hit). 3-0 Mariners.
Got a chance to talk to Jesus Montero before the game about the disparity in his stats — As catcher, he’s hitting .542 (13×24) with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, BB, 3 K, .538 OBP, 1.000 SLG. As a designated hitter, it’s .197 (12×61) with 3 runs, 1 home run, 5 RBI, BB, 15 K, CS, .206 OBP, .246 SLG.
“Wow, unbelievable. I didn’t know that,” he said.,
As a catcher, he said, “I don’t think about hitting. I try to make good contact every time. I worry more about my pitchers. I want to win, I want to call the right pitch. When I’m DHing, we create a routine in here. I’m running, trying to get loose, doing some catching, so I’ll get to be warm and ready.”
Last year with the Yankees, he had more success at DH. He was 17-for-50 (.340) with four homers and 10 RBI as DH, 3-for-10 (.300) with no homers and 2 RBI in brief time catching.
“For me, you have to create a routine. It’s hard sometime. Edgar (Martinez) told me he had a routine every time between innings so get ready. Medicine ball and all that. Do a lot of things to be ready for the game and be sweating.”

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Jesus Montero

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