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July 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Mariners and Kevin Millwood try to regain some momentum before the break

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Kevin Millwood pitched his heart out but won’t get the win tonight. Charlie Furbush yielded a one out double off the top of the right field wall by pinch-hitter Brandon Hicks in the eighth and then Tom Wilhelmsen gave up the game-tying single to Jemile Weeks.
We’re tied 1-1 heading to the ninth.
Wilhelmsen had not blown a save since May 4. He’d converted seven in a row as the closer since then.
Millwood tossed seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball with seven strikeouts. Not enough for the win. He can thank his offense, AWOL since the first inning.
Tommy Milone went seven innings for Oakland, striking out a career-high nine.
8:50 p.m.: Kevin Millwood has spent the past four innings shutting down the Oakland Athletics and has a 1-0 lead as we enter the seventh inning. Millwood has allowed just one hit since the second inning — an infield single in the sixth by Jemile Weeks.
Otherwise, a very effective outing after the rough start. Just three hits total allowed on the night. Good news for those wanting him to build trade value ahead of July 31.
The M’s need some offense. Carlos Peguero leads off the seventh.
8:17 p.m.: Four innings in and it’s still a 1-0 lead for the Mariners. Kevin Millwood didn’t start off this game wellm giving up six hard hit balls to the first six batters he faced. Two of those went for singles and the other four for long outfield catches — two of them saving ones for the pitcher.
Since that time, Millwood has logged four strikeouts around a couple of walks and has actually looked quite good.
The Mariners have not looked very good at the plate since the first inning. They had a six-pitch third versus Tommy Milone and the left-hander has now retired seven in a row.


7:20 p.m.: Well, that didn’t take very long. Three singles by the Mariners in the first inning and they lead it 1-0. Casper Wells notched a one-out single, Miguel Olivo a two-out hit and then Kyle Seager lined a single to center. That’s three hits versus Tommy Millone so far — one more than Seattle had all game versus Chirs Tillman their last time out.
7:05 p.m.: We’ll see Kevin Millwood take the mound for the Mariners tonight for the first time since he tweaked that previously-injured groin last week. The Mariners had hoped to be able to move Millwood at the trade deadline, but need to see him regain some momentum first if he’s to have any real value.
The Mariners could use a little momentum themselves. They can start by scoring some runs.

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