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June 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Erasmo Ramirez makes starting debut for Mariners, hoping to snap four-game losing skid

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For those of you just tuning in, the Padres notched six straight hits in the sixth, scored three runs and lead 6-0. The Mariners have gone 15 consecutive scoreless innings at home against the team with the worst record in baseball.
The highlight of the sixth inning was seeing Hisashi Iwakuma come on in relief of Erasmo Ramirez. Iwakuma gave up a single to the only batter he faced before getting pulled. Yep, that’s your long man.
8:48 p.m.: We’re midway through the game and the Padres lead it three-nil after bunching some headers, er, hits together off Erasmo Ramirez.
Chris Denorfia led off the fifth with an infield single, then Jesus Guzman — we have two guys named Jesus and two guys from Nicaragua squaring off tonight, as well as a couple of Bakers in this one (one playing, one writing) — managed a single as well. John Baker — one of the fabulous Baker Boys on-hand tonight — then bunted a ball up the third base line and Ramirez didn’t know quite what to do or where he should be as it rolled on by him for a hit.
Munenori Kawasaki snared a scorching liner for the first out, but then Will Venable singled to open the scoring. Every Cabrera, one of the Nicaraguans, then hit a double-play grounder off his fellow countryman. But Dustin Ackley bounced the throw on the backend of the 5-4-3 attempt and it got by Justin Smoak for an error.
Two runs scored on the play. We’re now at halftime.


8:02 p.m.: We’re still scoreless heading into the third inning. Franklin Gutierrez was welcomed back to the majors by getting hit on the back by the first pitch thrown his way by pitcher Edinson Volquez.
That put two on with two out, but Munenori Kawasaki wet down swinging.
Erasmo Ramirez had quite a first inning battle with countryman Everth Cabrera in an all-Nicaragua showdown. With the count 2-2, Cabrera fouled off seven pitches in a row and later worked a 13-pitch walk.
Ramirez just made it through the third inning on 54 pitches, so keep an eye on that count.
7:04 p.m.: Erasmo Ramirez takes the mound tonight in place of Kevin Millwood, who goes Saturday instead so he can rest his sore groin a bit longer. Millwood and five other Mariners pitchers were just honored on the field pre-game for their part in Friday’s combined no-hitter — the last time the M’s won a game.
They were selling $6 tickets in some sections tonight to honor the no-hit six. Even better would be the Mariners themselves notching six runs tonight. Thatd be about a week’s worth of their Safeco Field quota.
Keep following along here, or join me at my @gbakermariners Twitter feed.

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