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May 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rockies, May 18: Mariners win 4-0 on Millwood two-hitter

Millwood hurls masterful two-hit shutout, his first since 2003.
ROCKIES SIXTH: Sorry, major wireless issues tonight at Coors. Millwood lost his no-hitter with two outs in the sixth on an infield single off Kyle Seager’s glove — though the official score didn’t announce his decision until Jordan Pacheco had delivered a clean single to center, on which Scutaro was thrown out at third to end the inning. 3-0 Mariners.
ROCKIES FOURTH: Another 1-2-3 inning for Millwood, albeit with a rocket at third baseman Kyle Seager by leadoff man Jordan Pacheco. Through four, Rockies only baserunner is a one-out walk by Dexter Fowler in the third. 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Smoak delivered a one-out single and is now 11-for-31 (.355) on this road trip. He was promptly erased on a 4-6-3 double-play ball by Jaso. Millwood still hasn’t given up a hit. 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: Ichiro gets a two-out single but Seager strikes out. 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Mike Carp, lugging a .132 average, lofted a homer to dead center for a 2-0 Mariner lead.
ROCKIES FIRST: Nice easy 1-2-3 inning for Millwood against his old Rockies teammates. He made nine starts for Colorado last year. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: After a one-out triple by Michael Saunders, Ichiro grounded weakly to shortstop, with Saunders having to hold. The Mariners have been 2-for-43 with runners in scoring position in their six losses on this road trip. But Seager came through with a clutch two-out single, as he has done often, scoring Saunders for a 1-0 Mariner lead.
I’m trying to wrap my arms around this weird 6:40 start, but it just doesn’t feel right.
I asked Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager about facing their old college teammate, Alex White. They’ve each faced him only once as a pro, earlier this year in spring training. Ackley grounded out and Seager grounded into a double play.
“I faced him a lot in college, scrimmages and what not,” Seager said. “I’ve seen him throw many, many times. I think we’re both familiar with each other, same with Dustin. Dustin has seen him just as much as I have. We played together in high school, all three of us. We go way back.”
“He was always a competitor,” Ackley said. “He was a bulldog that would go out there, give it all he had. I played with him in college, and I played with him in some summer ball before that. He’s always been a fun guy to play behind and with, that’s for sure.”
In their freshman year, their North Carolina team lost in the College World Series final to Oregon State.



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