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July 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Mariners honor Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, go for series win over Royals

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left the game with a right knee sprain in the second inning after trying to make a first-inning play on a ball hit up the line by Casper Wells. Yuniesky Betancourt moves to third, Chris Getz comes in to play second.
Wow, the Royals suddenly woke everybody up in the eighth inning of a game that seemed long over. That’s the problem when you don’t score runs and allow teams to stick around, as the M’s have done today.
Alex Gordon doubled with one out in the eighth and then Alcides Escobar tripled to make it a 3-2 contest. The tying run was at third with one out, but League got Chris Getz to ground out to secod with the infield playing in — forcing Escobar to hold at third. Then, after the unusual move to walk Billy Butler (which I agreed with, even though it put the go-ahead run on base) our old friend Yuniesky Betancourt hit a harmless grounder to third to end the inning.
That was close.
3:02 p.m.: We’re on to the seventh inning here and it’s still a three-run game. Brendan Ryan is giving a defensive clinic out there, making a brillinat play on a Yuniesky Betancourt grounder deep in the hole in the sixth and throwing him out by a half-step from about 10 feet into the outfield grass.
In the fifth inning, Ryan nearly collided with left fielder Trayvon Robinson racing back for a Jarrod Dyson popup down the line in shallow left.

2:15 p.m.: The Royals turned back into the Royals again in the third inning and the Mariners made them pay with three runs to take a 3-1 lead. Bruce Chen allowed a one-out single to Casper Wells, then got taken deep to left by Jesus Montero for the rookie’s 10th homer this year to put Seattle ahead.
Then, it got ugly as left fielder Alex Gordon lost a routine flyball by Kyle Seager in the sun and let it drop in for a double. Miguel Olivo then singled to right field to bring home the third Seattle run.
I’m told things got kind of tense in the visiting clubhouse after last night’s game. Many Royals coaches and players were not happy with the performances turned in by KC the first two nights here and I’m not surprised. The Royals have been a poor excuse for an MLB team the first two nights. It’s one thign to not have any pitching show up, which has been the case with the Royals for a good part of the year. But they do have a decent offensive squad and so far, only Billy Butler has come close to doing anything at the plate. And believe me, as much as I’d like to say it, it isn’t all because of Seattle’s pitching.
1:56 p.m.: Two innings in and the Mariners trail 1-0 after the Royals scored a run in the first inning thanks in part to a throwing error by Kyle Seager. Alcides Escobar was about to beat out an infield single on a ball dribbled up the third base line. Seager then threw the ball away, sending Escobar to second base.
Billy Butler came through with a single to right field after that for the game’s only run.
12:46 p.m.: The Mariners just got done honoring Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson by inducting them into their Hall of Fame.
Now, the present-day team will attempt to secure a series win over the Royals. Bruce Chen is probably the only Kansas City pitcher with a shot at a victory this series, having helped beat the M’s in KC last week.
With Felix Hernandez going tomorrow, this will likely be the Royals’ last realistic hope. Will probably also be Kevin Millwood’s final start for Seattle as the M’s look to deal him by next week’s trade deadline.

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