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July 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, July 15: Mariners lose, 4-0

MARINERS NINTH: A very quick 1-2-3 ninth for Harrison as Mariners get shut out for the 11th time this year. They managed five hits. Can’t wait to hear what Wedge has to say about this one.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Matt Harrison is three outs away from his second shutout of the season. It would be the 11th time the Mariners have been blanked this year, which would tie Oakland for the major league lead. They have Smoak, Seager and Olivo due up in 9th. 4-0 Rangers.
MARINERS SEVENTH: The Mariners have had a few opportunities, but keep squandering them. This time, they got first and second with one out (Saunders single, Figgins walk), but Ryan grounded into a 5-4-3 DP, capped by a great scoop at first from Michael Young. Still 4-0 Rangers.
RANGERS SEVENTH: Another strong inning for Delabar, who has retired all six batters he’s faced with three strikeouts. But Mariners are running out of chances to score. 4-0 Rangers.
MARINERS SIXTH: Three groundouts make for a quick inning for Harrison. Smoak’s grounder to third dropped him under .200 at .199. It’s the first time he’s been under .200 since May 12. 4-0 Rangers.
RANGERS SIXTH: Steve Delabar replaced Iwakuma and struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning. Iwakuma didn’t have any strikeouts in five innings. His line: 5 ip, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts. Still 4-0 Rangers.
MARINERS FIFTH: Tough inning — Saunders let off with a single, and Figgins hit a rope, but right at 3B Beltre, who doubled off Saunders. Ryan doubled and Ichiro walked but Wells field out to center. The Mariners have stranded six through five innings, and trail 4-0.
RANGERS FIFTH: Iwakuma’s first pitch of the inning was drilled over the left-field wall by Kinsler, his 10th homer. Iwakuma got out of the inning without further damage, but he’s thrown 84 pitches already. 4-0 Rangers
MARINERS FOURTH: Groundhogs Day: Mariners are being blanked on two hits by Harrison through four, trail 3-0.
RANGERS FOURTH: Iwakuma gives up a two-out single to Craig Gentry, but Olivo guns him down trying to steal. 3-0 Rangers.
RANGERS THIRD: Two more for the Rangers on a bases-loaded single by Adrian Beltre — right after Josh Hamilton was walked intentionally. 3-0 Rangers
MARINERS SECOND: They strand two more runners as Brendan Ryan lines out to second with men on first and second. Olivo had singled with one out, and Figgins walked with two outs (boosting his .245 OBP). 1-0 Rangers.
RANGERS SECOND: Iwakuma bounces back with an 11-pitch second, even with a leadoff walk (erased by 4-6-3 DP). 1-0 Rangers.
MARINERS FIRST: Hey, Jesus Montero got a hit — a solid single to center. That ended an 0-for-23 skid for him, and put runners on the corners with two outs (Wells had walked ahead of Montero). But Justin Smoak grounded into a force at second, and Harrison wriggled out of trouble. Seattle needs to take advantage of opportunities against Harrison. He’s 8-1, 2.51 in 15 games/11 starts vs. the Mariners. 1-0 Rangers.
RANGERS FIRST: Iwakuma labored through a 26-pitch inning, but only gave up one run. Kinsler walked on a full count, then went to second on a passed ball by Olivo. Andrus grounded out on another full count, with Kinsler going to third, and he scored on Josh Hamilton’s ground out (his 76th RBI). Beltre reached on an infield single, but Young grounded out. 1-0 Rangers.
Here’s a good stat, from Elias: Felix Hernandez’s outing yesterday was just the 36th shutout since 1900 to meet the following criteria: 12-plus strikeouts, zero walks, and 3 or fewer hits. That makes it rarer than a no-hitter (220 of those by individual pitchers since 1900). Hernandez is just the fifth player in the last 10 seasons to turn the trick, joining Matt Cain (6/13/12), Chris Capuano (8/26/11), Erik Bedard (7/7/07) and Randy Johnson (5/18/04).
Today is the rubber game of this three-game series. Talk about obscure stats: The Mariners lead the majors in rubber games, having played 16 previously this season. They are 7-9 in rubber games. Colorado and Pittsburgh each played their 15th rubber game today. This is the Mariners’ seventh consecutive three-game series in which they split the first two games.

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