Prior to the game, we were scanning all the sub-.200 hitters the Mariners had stuffed into tonight’s lineup. Well, the last of those, Carlos Peguero, just snapped an 0-for-12 slump with an RBI double down the right field line to make it 4-1 in the sixth.
The guy he drove home? Miguel Olivo, who also had a double in the inning to go with an earlier single. This after entering the game batting just .198.
Mondoza was later yanked from the game when he jumped ahead 0-2 on Brendan Ryan, another sub-Mendoza guy with a hit already, and somehow wound up walking him. So, not too much to write home about for the Royals while some M’s hitters in desperate need of a stats boost are getting it tonight.
8:28 p.m.: The Mariners regained a two-run advantage in the bottom of the fourth, making it 3-1 on a run-scoring single to left by Brendan Ryan. Mike Carp had opened with a single, followed by a single to Miguel Olivo.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza is living up to his name in that all sub-Mendoza line hitters (Ryan, Carp, Olivo0 are creeping back closer to .200 thanks to the latest Class AAA effort by a KC pitcher. I mean, no offense, the M’s are squaring up on the ball. But Mendoza has allowed nine baserunners in four innings and looks to be vying for the role as the third Royals starter knocked out of the big leagues by Seattle in just over a week.
The good news is, the hits and runs all count and the Mariners have more of them.
Jason Vargas? He’s allowed two baserunners and just one hit through five.
8:01 p.m.: Jason Vargas retired his first 11 batters in a row, but then walked the speedy Lorenzo Cain with two out in the fourth. Billy Butler followed with his 200th career double — to left-center — and Cain had no trouble coming around to score and cut Seattle’s lead to 2-1.
The M’s again scored in the first, but have nothing since. They need to add to their lead at some point and not wait all game like they did yesterday.
7:44 p.m.: Sorry for the late game thread post, but for some reason, the software did not publish our last one.
The Mariners have a 2-0 lead after two innings of play, with Mike Carp driving in both markers with a single up the middle. Jason Vargas is toying with the Royals so far in what could be his final home start at Safeco Field with next wekk’s trade deadline fast approaching.
The Mariners coming in had managed just 30 hits their last six games — one of those contests lasting 14 innings.
They have hit better tonight. In fact, they haven’t hit this well since, since…why, since the last time they faced the Royals just last week. KC starter Luis Mendoza has done nothing so far to shake his squad’s rep as a bunch of Class AAA caliber arms. But it’s only the third inning. He’s still got time.