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July 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Mariners look to send a third Royals starting pitcher packing

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Billy Butler ended it on a walkoff homer in the ninth off Josh Kinney. The Mariners take an 8-7 loss despite scoring at least seven runs for the third straight game.
7:44 p.m.: This back-and-forth game just took another turn as the Mariners scored once in the sixth and three more times in the seventh to tie it up 7-7.
The M’s looked like toast until Casper Wells got on with a single in the sixth, took second on another single and scored on a Miguel Olivo single to right. Wells ran right through the stop sign of third base coach Jeff Datz and used a terrific slide to beat the tag.
Then, in the seventh. Ichiro hit a one out single and took third on a single to center by Wells. Jesus Montero then singled up the middle to score a pair of runs. Montero later moved up to second on a pitch in the dirt.
Kyle Seager then tied the game with a two-out double to right. That gives him 33 two-out RBI this season, tying for the MLB lead.


6:39 p.m.: Things have fallen apart a bit for Kevin Millwood and the Mariners, who now trail 7-3 in the fifth inning. The Royals scored twice in the fourth on a Brayan Pena single and then back-to-back doubles by Chris Getz and Alex Gordon.
Then, Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer to left field off Millwood in the fifth. That’s where we now stand.
6:12 p.m.: Much more exciting game tonight as these teams go back and forth, locked in a 3-3 draw idway through the fourth.
Casper Wells just tied it off Bruce Chen with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth after an Ichiro single. Kyle Seager had gone deep off Chen to open the scoring in the second only to have KC roar back with three runs in the bottom of the inning off Kevin Millwood.
That rally began with singles by Billy Butler and Lorenzo Cain, followed by an RBI double from Mike Moustakas. Brayan Pena drove in another run with a groundout to the right side and then Chris Getz dropped a perfect bunt single up the third base line to bring the remaining runner home.
5:07 p.m.: These aren’t great times to be a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Today, the Royals sent Ryan Verdugo back to Class AAA, one night after he was taken apart the first two innings by the Mariners. Yesterday, Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment one day after the Mariners tore his to shreds the oening two frames.
So, tonight, Bruce Chen had best be looking over his shoulder. At the very least, he should try to get through the first two innings.
Tomorrow’s sacrificial Royals starter will be none other than Will Smith. He is being called up from AAA as well. (photo may not be an exact likeness).
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So, those of you who wanted to see young M’s hitters sent to AAA to get over their recent struggles. This series has pretty much been the equivalent. Justin Smoak ad company have seen more fastballs right down the pipe here than they have in a long, long time.
Gametie temperature here is a cozy 103 degrees, making this the 17th game in club history played in weather above 100.
The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
LF Casper Wells
C Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
3B Kyle Seager
DH Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Kevin Millwood
ROYALS
LF Alex Gordon
SS Alcides Escobar
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
CF Lorenzo Cain
3B Mike Moustakas
RF Jeff Francoeur
C Brayan Pena
2B Chris Getz
LHP Bruce Chen

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