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June 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Mariners try to keep offense going at a ballpark they have a tough time in

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The top and middle of the order produced big for Seattle in the eighth inning and tied this game up 4-4. Ichiro hit a one out single, made a tough steal of second with a left-hander on the mound, then — after Dustin Ackley walked — came around to score on a single to right by Kyle Seager.
With two out and Ackley at third, Justin Smoak delivered the tying run on his single to right field.
7:06 p.m.: Kyle Seager just did what a good No. 3 hitter is supposed to, driving a ball into the right field stands for a two-run homer that cuts Chcago’s lead to 4-2 in the seventh. Dustin Ackley led the inning off with a double for the first legitimate hit by the Mariners all night off Jake Peavy. The other had come on a dropped popup by catcher A.J. Pierzynski, so this one really let the scorekeeper off the hook.
6:42 p.m.: Felix Hernandez gave up his second homer of the game to Gordon Beckham, then a monster shot over the right field wall by Adam Dunn and now trails 4-0 after five innings. Beckham’s homer, like his first one, went over the left field wall by a couple of feet. The distance on his two homers was 358 feet and 368 feet for the last one.
Hernandez is now done and Brandon League is out to work the sixth.


5:31 p.m.: The Mariners have won only two of the last 16 games they’ve played at U.S. Cellular Field. Then again, none of those games were coming off a 21-run outburst. And the Mariners have Felix Hernandez going tonight, against a tough opposing starter in Jake Peavy. Usually brings out the best in him.
Hernandez is in a 2-0 hole already after an inning of play. He hit Alejandro De Aza with a pitch, though I have to say, the batter was leaning in and the ball looked like it was right down the middle of the plate. The next batter, Gordon Beckham, lined a screamer over the left field wall for a two-run homer.
Ichiro saw nine pitches in his first leadoff at-bat before grounding out. He swung away at most of them and kept fouling them off, so he at least got Jake Peavy’s pitch count up.

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