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June 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Dodgers, June 10: Mariners lose, 8-2

M’s get a meaningless run in the ninth on a Smoak single followed by a Saunders double, but an altogether lackluster showing by the Mariners all the way around today. They continue to struggle scoring runs at Safeco Field.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Well, the Mariners finally got another hit — Ackley’s one out single after a Ryan walk. It was their first hit since Smoak’s single leading off the second. But it went nowhere, as Seager flied out and Montero grounded out. 8-1 Dodgers.
DODGERS EIGHTH: Eric Wedge was raving before the game about Brandon League’s progress, but this was a regression. He gave up four straight one-out hits for two runs. Dodgers are routing the Mariners, 8-1.
MARINERS SEVENTH: They aren’t even making Billingsley sweat — 3 up, 3 down again. Eight in a row put down since Ryan’s one-out walk in fifth. 6-1 Dodgers.
DODGERS SEVENTH: Furbush has retired all eight batters he’s faced, three by strikeout. 6-1 Dodgers.
MARINERS SIXTH: The M’s don’t have a hit since the second. Another easy inning for Billingsley, who gets Mariners in order, including a popup by Seager and a strikeout by Smoak. 6-1 Dodgers.
DODGERS SIXTH: Furbush turns in first 1-2-3 inning of the day for Mariners, striking out two. 6-1 Dodgers
MARINERS FIFTH: A one-out walk by .160-hitting Brendan Ryan, but Ichiro flied out and Ackley struck out (for the second time). Seven K’s through 5 for the Mariners, who trail 6-1.
DODGERS FIFTH: Furbush replaced Iwakuma after a one-out walk and got out of it, but Mariners still trail, 6-1
MARINERS FOURTH: Two more strikeouts — that’s 20 by Mariner hitters over the last 13 innings. 6-1 Dodgers.
DODGERS FOURTH: Ackley starts a nifty 4-6-3 DP to end the inning, flipping the ball out of his glove to Ryan. Tony Gwynn opened the inning with a bunt single but was throwing out stealing by Olivo. 6-1 Dodgers.
MARINERS THIRD: Billingsley wanted nothing to do with Seager after the first inning homer and walked with two outs. A wise decision, as Montero struck out for the second time. M’s have fanned four times already, after 14 K’s yesterday. 6-1 Dodgers.
DODGERS THIRD: Iwakuma comes in and restores order after Beavan is sent packing after two innings, giving up five hits, two walks and six runs. Obviously, Beavan’s rotation spot is in danger. Iwakuma is one possibility, but I’d think Erasmo Ramirez, pitching very well in Tacoma, is a more likely replacement. 6-1 Dodgers.
DODGERS SECOND: Disastrous inning for Beavan, who gives up six runs, capped by Andre Ethier’s grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. All the runs came with two outs. 6-1 Dodgers.
MARINERS FIRST: Kyle Seager blasted a long home run to right on a 1-0 pitch from Billingsley, his eight. Of course, it was with two outs. He has 24 two-out RBIs, most in the American League. The MLB leader, with 25, is Andre Ethier of the Dodgers. 1-0 Mariners.
DODGERS FIRST: Beavan needs just 10 pitches to get through the first, even with a one-out single by Elian Herrera. Jerry Hairston, hitting .366, smashed the ball to center but right at Saunders for the third out. 0-0.
The Mariners try to win the series against the team with the best record in baseball. They are 6-5 over their last 11 games against the Rangers, White Sox, Angels and Dodgers, four teams with a combined .569 winning percentage.
Blake Beavan needs a good outing after giving up 18 hits and 11 runs over 11 innings in his last two starts.
Pretty confident there won’t be a no-hitter today, because I’m here.

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