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July 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Game thread: Mariners vs. Yankees, July 25: Mariners lose, 5-2

The Mariners get three hits — two in the first inning, and a two-out single by Wells in the ninth — and fall to the Yankees. They clung to a 2-1 lead heading into the 8th, but the Yankees exploded for four to win it. The Mariners still can’t hit at Safeco.
YANKEES NINTH: Delabar puts them down in order, but the Mariners have just three outs left, and will face Soriano in bottom of 9th.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Three up, three down. Mariners still hitless since the first inning, trail 5-2.
YANKEES EIGHTH: Didn’t I say 2-1 wouldn’t hold up? The Yankees exploded for four, the big hit a bases-loaded, base-clearing double by Jayson Nix off Shawn Kelley. Russell Martin added an RBI single. This inning started to go bad right from the start, when Kinney hit Derek Jeter, another in a long line of celebrity plunkings by the Mariners. 5-2 Yankees.
MARINERS SEVENTH: The M’s have two hits — none since the first. But they are six outs away from a victory, and winning the series against the Yankees. Josh Kinney back out for 8th. 2-1 Mariners.
YANKEES SEVENTH: Great inning by Josh Kinney — strikes out Andruw Jones and Russell Martin, gets Ichiro on popup. M’s clinging to 2-1 lead.
MARINERS SIXTH: A promising inning fizzled. The first two hitters walked (John Jaso for the third time), but Carp grounded into a double play and Wells struck out. Carp is hitting .148. 2-1 Mariners.
YANKEES SIXTH: A solid 1-2-3 inning for Oliver Perez (one of them a fly to the track by Granderson). He strikes out Eric Chavez for the third out. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: In typical Mariners fashion, they’ve stopped hitting — no hits since the first inning (two walks). They’re clinging to a 2-1 lead. This reminds me of those two games in Tampa Bay in which they scored early and held on to win 2-1. But the Yankees aren’t the Rays. I doubt two runs will hold up. Ollie Perez in to pitch.
YANKEES FIFTH: Iwakuma gave up three hits and stranded two more runners (Montero gunned down Ichiro trying to steal second after a single — maybe his best throw as a Mariner. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: They got a leadoff walk from Carp — Nova’s fourth base on balls — but couldn’t advance him. 2-1 Mariners.
YANKEES FOURTH: Like Hernandez yesterday, Iwakuma is doing a good job walking the tightrope. This time, he left two runners on base (via walks) with a couple of strikeouts and a fly out by Andruw Jones. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: John Jaso drew a two-out walk, but Seager struck out. Seager, BTW, has 60 RBIs — two fewer than last year’s team leader, Miguel Olivo. 2-1 Mariners.
YANKEES SECOND: Some nice pitching by Iwakuma after Granderson reached third with one out. He got Chavez on a grounder to second, the runner holding, then struck out Andruw Jones. Still 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s jump on Nova for two runs to take the lead. They loaded the bases with one out on singles by Saunders and Montero, and a Jaso walk. Seager fell behind 0-2, then worked a walk to drive in his 60th run, and Carp drove in another on a fielder’s choice. Nova has already thrown 30 pitches. 2-1 Mariners.
YANKEES FIRST: Ichiro once again stepped out of the box and bowed to the crowd to acknowledge his ovation — then grounded out to second. This will be his final game in Seattle this season (unless the Mariners and Yankees meet in the playoffs, ha ha). Jeter followed with a homer into the Mariners bullpen (after a tight pitch from Iwakuma). So the Mariners have the Yankees right where they want them. Yesterday, the second hitter, Curtis Granderson, also homered, and the Mariners won, 4-2. It’s 1-0 Yankees.
Will there be any funny business after Felix Hernandez hit three batters last night, and Lucas Luetge low-bridged Raul Ibanez? I don’t think so — the Yankees apparently were unanimous in believing the HBPs by Felix were not intentional — but it bears watching.
The Mariners are going for their third consecutive series win after not winning one since June 15-17 against the Giants. They are 7-5 since the All-Star break. Ichiro will step into the box to start a game for the first time at Safeco Field since the Mariners were visitors last year in their own park against the Marlins.

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