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July 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Blake Beavan tries to duplicate his success from last weekend: official “baseball purists” game thread

Mike Carp just notched his fourth hit in two days, a home run to right center field to make it 6-1 for the Mariners in the sixth inning. Somehow, Jeremy Guthrie made it this far without giving up double-digits on the scoreboard. Sort of follows the pattern of the M’s scoring all their runs the first two innings, then tapering off. But these are the Royals they’re facing and they are spotting them a run here and there later on the past two nights.
Blake Beavan is in total control. He did put two guys on to start the fifth inning, but then got out of it with two striekouts and a flyout.
8:03 p.m.: John Jaso has four RBI already after his sac fly to left in the second inning made it a 5-1 game. Dustin Ackley drove in the fourth run of the night with a double to the right-center gap to bring home Brendan Ryan with his third hit — and second double — in two nights. He’d been in an 0-for-20 slump prior to this series.
Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is pitching like a sack of rotten potatoes right now. If you’ve ever wondered how that looks, take a gander. He’s given up seven hits and hit a batter just two innings in.
The Royals already have the bullpen warming up.
7:37 p.m.: The Mariners jumped all over Jeremy Guthrie for three runs on five hits in the first inning, the biggest being a three-run homer to right by John Jaso — getting a rare start at catcher tonight. Michael Saunders opened things off with an infield hit, Jesus Montero singled him over to third base and then Jaso brought everybody home with his bleacher shot.
Don’t forget, the Royals acquired Guthrie for the pitcher — Jonathan Sanchez — that the M’s blasted right off the Royals roster in just 1 1/3 innings. I’d say it was a pretty even trade.

7:28 p.m.: Blake Beavan faced the three-batter minimum after getting a timely 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to end the first inning. Brendan Ryan made a nice play from deep in the hole to throw out Alex Gordon to open the game.
7:02 p.m.: Blake Beavan went out last Sunday in Tampa Bay and tied the Rays in knots. He allowed only one run over eight strong innings and that held up for a Mariners squad that had trouble scoring outside of the early frames.
Beavan allowed only four hits in that game while striking out five. He’s still 5-6 with a 5.54 ERA on the season, but has a 3.86 ERA in two July outings.
Tonight, he faces a Royals team that couldn’t hit its way out of a paper bag. But usually, the Royals are better than that.

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