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May 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Mariners try to find some offense in Cleveland

UPDATE: Mike Carp was scratched for precautionary reasons with stiffness in his right shoulder. We’re told he’s available to pinch-hit and play the field.
For those just tuning in, Felix Hernandez got destroyed tonight, chased after just 3 2/3 innings down 8-3. Hernandez threw 104 pitches and was fortunate the score wasn’t worse, which it might have been had Dustin Ackley not snagged a grounder headed for the outfield back in the first.
As it stands, he allowed eight runs — six earned — on 10 hits with three walks, three strikeouts, a wild pitch and a hit batter.
Shawn Kelley “finished off” the inning by allowing a bloop single and then seeing the runner get hung up between bases tryin to advance. Ugly. Hisashi Iwakuma warming up to come in for the fifth.

5:17 p.m.: Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez in the third to cut Cleveland’s lead to 4-3. Michael Saunders then drew a walk and stole second with none out, but Ichiro flied out to left and forced the runner to hold.
Saunders then broke for third and Jesus Montero swung and popped the ball up behind first base, where it was caught. Saunders was doubled off third as he scrambled to get back. Hit-and-run? Not sure. We’ll ask later.
4:47 p.m.: The Mariners opened the scoring in the first inning, but then saw Felix Hernandez get in all kinds of trouble in the bottom of the frame and now trail 4-1. Hernandez gave up singles to Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis to start things off, then hit Asdrubal Cabrera with a pitch to load the bases with none out.
A passed ball charged to Jesus Montero brought the tying run home, then a groundout by Travis Hafner made it 2-1. A great snare by second baseman Dustin Ackley on that grounder, by the way, to keep it from going into right field and really prevent a huge inning. Hernandez then walked Carlos Santana to put two on, but fanned Michael Brantley.
Then, disaster.
Santana broke for second on a steal attempt. Montero pump-faked to second, drew Cabrera off the bag, then threw the ball into left fied. Cabrera got a late jump from third towards home and left fielder Chone Figgins had a shot at him, but threw the ball wildly and missed Montero at the plate.
The ball got so far away from the catcher that Santana was able to make it all the way home.
Hernandez walked the next guy, but ended the inning on a pair of strikeouts. Damage still done.
Seattle saw Ackley and Michael Saunders start with singles to put runners at the corners for Ichiro. A wild pitch moved Saunders up to second.
Ichiro did get the run home on a groundout to the left side after fouling off several two-strike pitches. But Saunders had to hold his ground and the Mariners could go nowhere further. They had Ubaldo Jimenez on the ropes, looking for a big hit, but never could get it.
Now, they’re in a deep hole.
4:01 p.m.: Felix Hernandez is on the mound tonight, so the Mariners might not fall behind early this time. But they’ll eventually have to figure out how to score. Only 11 runs in five games on the trip — six in one contest and five in the other four. Not surprisingly, they’ve won just once.

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