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July 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, July 4: Mariners lose, 4-2

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The M’s scored two in the ninth and actually brought the tying run to the plate, but Olivo flew out to right, just in front of the track, to end it. Tillman was brilliant, Noesi not so much in falling to 2-11.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The Mariners got a baserunner when Wilson Betemit let Kawasaki’s grounder go through his legs, but Ichiro struck out to end the inning. The Mariners are fortunate they’re not being no-hit through eight. The lone hit, by Saunders in the fourth, was not that far from being fielded by the shortstop. 4-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES EIGHTH: League has a 1-2-3 inning. Mariners still have just one hit, as they did last night heading into the eighth. Chris Tillman back out for the eighth, leading 4-0.
ORIOLES SEVENTH: Delabar has worked two scoreless innings with four strikeouts. The only Orioles baserunner is via a walk. But the Mariners’ offense is non-existent today. 4-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES SIXTH: Delabar replaces Noesi and has a nine-pitch inning. Noesi’s line: 5 ip, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 0 BB, 4 strikeouts, one homer, one balk, one wild pitch.
MARINERS FIFTH:A leadoff walk for Seager, but nothing more. Tillman has given up one hit through five. 4-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIFTH:Jesus Montero had to come out of the game after taking a foul ball off his mask. He was wobbly and seemed to lose his balance when he stood up. Miguel Olivo came in to take his place.
MARINERS FOURTH: The perfect game watch won’t be as extensive as last night. Saunders singled with one out — followed by strikeouts by Wells and Jaso. Tillman has now worked 10 scoreless innings in his career against Seattle.3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FOURTH: Nice bounceback inning for Noesi, who gets Orioles 1-2-3 with a strikeout of Betemit. 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS THIRD: Chris Tillman is perfect through three, which is getting to be a nightly occurence for the Mariners’ pitching foe. Chris Davis made a diving catch of a Kawasaki looper to end the third. 3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES THIRD: They used two singles, a sacrifice, RBI groundout and two-run single by Chris Davis for two more runs. 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS SECOND: Here we go again: Six up and six down for Orioles starter Chris Tillman. If that name sounds familiar, he went from the Mariners to the Orioles in the Erik Bedard trade. Along with Adam Jones, who hit a second-deck homer off Noesi in the second. 1-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIRST: So far, so good for Hector Noesi, who puts Orioles down in order, with two strikeouts, in first
Well, I survived the hot-dog chowdown, though I didn’t cover myself with glory. Only mustard and frankfurter juice. The world of competitive eating might look glamorous, but let me tell you, behind the scenes, it’s not pretty. I managed to eat two (2) hot dogs (in 3 minutes), tying for last place with Mike Salk and Bill Wixey. KJR’s Kevin Shockey and King 5’s Jesse Jones tied for the title with seven, which I find mind-boggling. Ryan Divish redeemed himself after last year’s woeful performance with five. I give them props (and then I’m giving them a wide berth). My biggest problem was chewing and swallowing. I could not get them down fast enough to do some power eating. I guess I’m just not cut out for this line of work. But the way I look at it, we’re all wieners.
Oh, yeah, there’s a ballgame today, too. More on that story as it develops.

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