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June 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Giants, June 17: Mariners win, 2-1

Justin Smoak is the hero, delivering a one-out single to left to score pinch-runner Kawasaki from second base for a 2-1 Mariners victory. It’s the first walk-off hit for Smoak. Seager and Montero delivered back-to-back singles to start the rally. Saunders bunted into a force before Smoak delievered.
GIANTS NINTH: Mariners escape a bases-loaded, one out jam. The key out was Wilhelmsen striking out Melky Cabrera on three pitches for the second out. He went full to pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz before retiring him on a gounder to second. It’s Seager, Montero and Wells for the Mariners in bottom of ninth against Sergio Romo.
Wilhelmsen is coming in to pitch the ninth for the Mariners.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The Mariners had a golden opportunity to take the lead but couldn’t score. With one out, Ackley walked — ending a streak of 18 straight batters retired by Bumgarner — and Ryan followed with a single, the Mariners first hit since the second. That put runners on first and second, but Ichiro hit a comebacker to Bumgarner, who got a force at second. With runners on first and third, Gutierrez struck out. 1-1.
GIANTS EIGHTH: Brandon League escapes, but it took a great defensive play by Justin Smoak to do so. With runners on first and second, two outs, Sanchez hit a sizzler headed for right field, but Smoak made a diving stop and threw to League covering for the inning-ending out. 1-1.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Bumgarner is just toying with them. He’s retired 17 in a row now. 1-1. Brandon League coming in for Mariners to pitch eighth.
GIANTS SEVENTH: Brandon Crawford got a leadoff single, but Miguel Olivo pounced on a sac bunt attempt by Buriss and threw out Crawford at second. Great play by him and also shortstop Brendan Ryan on the stretch. Hernandez then got a fly out and struck out Sandoval to end the threat. He’s at 113 pitches and probably done for the day. It was vintage Felix — he pitched great, and the Mariners didn’t given him any run support. 1-1.
MARINERS SIXTH: An extremely quick inning for Bumgarner, who has retired 14 in a row now. 1-1
GIANTS SIXTH: Another 1-2-3 inning for Hernandez, who hasn’t allowed a hit since the third inning. Today’s crowd is 40,603, biggest since Opening Day. Still 1-1.
MARINERS FIFTH: Still tied at 1-1. Madison Bumgarner is at 72 pitches, Felix at 86. Eleven straight Mariners have gone down since Olivo’s double in the second.
GIANTS FIFTH: Hernandez breezed through the inning, striking out Posey for the second time to end it. 1-1
MARINERS FOURTH: Mariners go down 1-2-3, still 1-1.
GIANTS FOURTH: Felix is really settling into this game. He had to throw a few extra pitches because of a Kyle Seager error, but got out of it with a couple of popups. He’s thrown 72 pitches. 1-1.
MARINERS THIRD: Kyle Seager strikes out to end third. He is 3-for-28 (.107) on this homestand, with nine strikeouts.
GIANTS THIRD: The bad news is Felix has given up five hits through three. The good news is few have been hit hard, and he’s fanned five as well. My opinion: He looks much better today. 1-1.
MARINERS SECOND: The M’s tied it up on a sac fly to medium center by Dustin Ackley, scoring Wells, who made a great slide to avoid the tage by Hector Sanchez. Wells had singled and moved to third on Miguel Olivo’s double. 1-1.
GIANTS SECOND: Hernandez gives up a two-out single to Gregor Blanco but gets Kung Fu Panda to fly out to center. He’s struck out three through two innings, but trails, 1-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Gutierrez gets on with one out on an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford, but Seager and Montero flied out. It’s a tough day for outfielders with a slight breeze and what seems to be a difficult sky. Every ball in the air so far has been a struggle. 1-0 Giants.
GIANTS FIRST: Felix gave up three hits and a walk, threw 30 pitches, but allowed just one run, stranding the bases loaded. It’s not like the Giants were hitting him all over the park — one hit was off Brendan Ryan’s glove, and another was a soft single into left. Felix’s stuff looks pretty good to me, and he seems fired up today. 1-0 Giants.
The Mariners, after ending their six-game losing streak, try to win the series. But more importantly, they are looking for Felix Hernandez to get back on track. He is 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA over his last six starts.
Ichiro sits at 2,499 hits, and with his next hit will become the third active player with at least 2,500 hits and 400 steals in his career. The others are Omar Vizquel (2,851 hits, 402 steals) and Johnny Damon (2,743 hits, 405 steals).
The Mariners’ relievers are working on a streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings. Mariner relievers have the best ERA in the majors in the month of June (1.36).

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