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May 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Felix Hernandez tries to halt Mariners skid at seven

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Well, this game is now officially over as the Mariners scored five runs in the seventh off the Twins bullpen for a 7-0 lead. The Mariners loaded the bases with none out on Anthony Swarzak, then saw Brendan Ryan hit a sacrifice fly.
Matt Maloney came on to pitch and Ichiro hit a two-run triple to the right-center gap. Jeff Gray tried to stop the bleeding, got one out, then saw Kyle Seager golf his first pitch into the right field stands.
Felix Hernandez has allowed one single so far. Guess who’s going to win?
7:23 p.m.: Finally, somebody scored in this game! Kyle Seager delivered a two-out single off Jason Marquis to make it 2-0 for the Mariners as we head to the seventh. Dustin Ackley led off with an infield single, followed by a Brendan Ryan bunt. Ichiro walked to put two on before a groundout moved the runners ahead 90 feet.
Marquis fell behind 2-0 to Seager, who didn’t miss the next pitch, lining it up the middle.
7:23 p.m.: We’re heading to the bottom of the fifth in what is still a scoreless game. The Mariners have grounded into three double plays, while Felix Hernandez has allowed just one single and a couple of walks to this point.
Minnesota loaded the bases with two out last inning, but Chris Pamelee flied out to left field to end the threat.
I’ve been busy the past two innings, since it’s Kids Day at the ballpark. I have Jacob LaRoque, 13, from the town of Touchet in southeastern Washington (wine country) here with me as a guest reporter. That’s us up on the big screeen in the accompanying photo.
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6:40 p.m.: We’re scoreless after two innings (surprise! surprise!) as Felix Hernandez has set down six in a row and the Mariners have let Jason Marquis off the hook. The Mariners put two on against Marquis in the second with an infield hit by John Jaso and a Smoakamotive walk. But Mike Carp grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and that was that.
6:02 p.m.: You’ll all remember last season, when the Mariners lost 17 in a row. Well, it didn’t always look like that’s how far the streak would go. There were several pivotal games along the way where the M’s had shots at winning and failed to.
Tonight’s game is one of those types. You have Felix Hernandez taking on a gosh-awful team from Minnesota, which somehow pulled out a win last night only after Tom Wilhelmsen essentially handed the Twins the game with two walks and a “brain fart” on a comebacker.
We told you last weekend, when it was only two losses in a row, that the M’s had to take care of business with Hernandez taking the mound against the Rays on Monday night. That didn’t happen and the M’s lost a close one — not to mention four in a row after that.
Now, here we are with Hernandez again. Against an easily beatable opponent. The Mariners must end it here.
If not, they roll the Hector Noesi dice tomorrow, then get the Detroit Tigers coming to town with Justin Verlander and Drew Smyly pitching this time. No cakewalk like at Comerica Park when the M’s missed the Tigers’ two best pitchers. Oh yeah, some dude named Doug Fister will also be pitching the opener of that series in his season debut.
I think Fister once did OK at this park.
Time for the Mariners to win a game tonight. If not, look out.


The lineups:
TWINS
CF Denard Span
SS Jamey Carroll
DH Joe Mauer
LF Josh Willingham
C Ryan Doumit
1B Chris Parmalee
3B Danny Valencia
RF Erik Komatsu
2B Casilla
RHP Jason Marquis
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ichiro
C Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
LF Mike Carp
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Felix Hernandez

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