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May 30, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Mariners look to win a rare series in Texas

Justin Smoak hit a three-run bomb to the upper deck in right field to cap a four-run eighth inning and make it 21-7 for the Mariners. First multi-homer game of Smoak’s career leaves the Mariners one run shy of their single-game mark with three outs to go.
A career-high six RBI night for Smoak.
Kyle Seager delivered his fourth hit of the night — and second double — to start the inning’s scoring. I’d venture to say that the Mariners, in their wisdom, will likely have Seager batting third again on Friday in Chicago.
7:52 p.m.: Two more runs for the Rangers in the seventh inning makes it a 17-7 game. Both runs came off Hisashi Iwakuma, making his first relief appearance in exactly two weeks. Iwakuma gave up a single to Alberto Gonzalez, then a double to Ian Kinsler before a groundout by Michael Young got the run home.
Josh Hamilton then hit a flyball into the wind that tied left fielder Alex Liddi up in knots for another double that brought a second run home in the inning. Bad defense there. The M’s have not looked good in the corner outfield tonight.
7:30 p.m.: Blake Beavan won’t be happy with what that inning just did to his ERA. The Rangers scored five times in the sixth inning and are now down by only a dozen at 17-5. Alberto Gonzalez led things off with a triple to the right field corner that Chone Figgins had all kinds of trouble with.
A sacrifice fly by Ian Kinsler got Texas on the board. Then, Michael Young singled, Josh Hamilton doubled and Adrian Beltre and David Murphy both singled to bring in two more runs and all of a sudden things were getting heated.
Nelson Cruz struck out after that, which, in hindsight, probably kept the inning from being a complete disaster. But Beavan left one up to Mike Napoli, who laced a two-run double to the left field corner and so here we are.
6:46 p.m.: This was what my scorecard looked like after the third inning. It’s gotten a little out of control.
Alex Liddi added a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to make it 17-0 for the Mariners. The most runs they’ve ever scored in this building.
Seattle is one run shy from tying for the most scored by a team in any game this year.
Lost in all the fun: the Mariners are about to win a series in Texas.

6:35 p.m.: Not sure whether I should continue trying to score this game or get to an underground shelter quick because the universe is not unfolding as normal tonight. The Mariners lead it 16-0 and we just finished the third inning.
Eight more runs for the Mariners in the third, meaning they just surpassed their prior season-high for runs in an inning in each of the last two frames. The season-high for total runs in any game this year is 18 by the Rockies and the Rangers, so the M’s have a good chance of destroying that mark.
They destroyed relief pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama in the third, getting eight runs — six earned — off him and knocking him from the contest after 40 pitches in the frame. Michael Saunders had two doubles in that inning while Justin Smoak hit a home run. Tateyama’s ERA goes from 5.79 to
I’ve gotta run, or else my scorecard will get even more out of hand than it already is.
5:49 p.m.: Well, that wasn’t quite the script we expected to see, was it? The Mariners just scored eight runs off Derek Holland in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead. Holland was finally pulled with two on and two out that frame and Yoshinori Tateyama came on to finish the frame off.
But it was the biggest inning for the Mariners this season, coming on the heels of that six-run eighth last night. Miguel Olivo got it started with a two-run single, followed later by a three-run homer from Dustin Ackley.
Kyle Seager later singled to get Chone Figgins home from second and then Jesus Montero hit a home run that bounced off the top of the wall in right center and over it.
Holland then walked a pair of batters before finally being pulled 41 pitches into the inning. He threw 51 on the game and will want to forget all about this. Seattle had a season-high eight hits off him that frame and sent 13 batters to the plate.
Holland’s EA jumped from 4.05 to 5.11 that inning.
5:04 p.m.: Hard to take baseball too seriously with the terrible news unfolding about those two separate shootings and the four people already dead in Seattle. But we’re here to take your minds off things for a while.
The last time the Mariners won a series here against the Texas Rangers was back at the end of the disastrous 2010 season. Back then, the Rangers were resting many of their regulars and getting ready for a playoff run.
You might remember that the Mariners nearly swept that series as well before losing the final game on a wild pitch in which a runner scored all the way from first base. Look it up. It was pretty comical, though, not, I suppose, if you were the Mariners.
This Texas team is a bit more legit, so a series victory by the M’s would be impressive.

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