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September 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Erasmo Ramirez tries to get Mariners back to winning at home again

The Mariners lose it 4-2 in 18 innings of a game that spanned five hours, 44 minutes.
12:38 a.m.: This one is headed to the 18th inning — tying it for the fourth longest game in Mariners history — after the Mariners failed to take advantage of a leadoff double by Kyle Seager in the 17th. Seattle is 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Lucas Luetge is into his second inning of relief.
12:21 a.m.: Miguel Olivo set a new career high by drawing his third walk of the night to lead off the 16th inning. But he was stranded on the basepaths so we’re on to the 17th frame now of a game that’s tied for fifth longest in Mariners history and second longest in the history of this ballpark.
Olivo’s two-run homer is still the only Seattle offense in a 2-2 game.
11:53 p.m.: We’re heading to the 16th inning of what is the longest game the Mariners have played by innings count this season. We’re all tied up at 2-2 after some stellar bulpen work by Josh Kinney and Stephen Pryor to get us through innings 10-through-14 and then a scoreless 15th tossed by Oliver Perez.
At this point, the seagulls might outnumber fans in another inning or so.
The Mariners put two on with two out in the 15th, but Casper Wells grounded out to end the threat.
11:07 p.m.: We’re on to the 13th inning here, still tied 2-2. The Baltimore Orioles have made a habit of this type of game.
They have won 13 extra-inning affairs in a row and this is their ninth game of 12 innings or more.
The Mariners have gone down swinging to end the last six innings. Trayvon Robinson whiffed to end the 12th after a leadoff double by Dustin Ackley.
Why was Robinson even in the game? Because Michael Saunders got tossed arguing a strikeout that ended the 10th. That’s why.
Chone Figgins is in the game at third, Carlos Triunfel at shortstop. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mess. A bit of a wonder the Mariners are still playing. Josh Kinney kept them in it the last two frames and now it’s up to Stephen Pryor.

9:50 p.m.: Well, after an 11-pitch eighth inning, Erasmo Ramirez did get to go back out for the ninth at 95 pitches to try for the complete game. But his first two offerings were hammered for singles by Robert Andino and Nate McLouth, which ended Ramirez’s night and brought in Tom Wilhelmsen.
But a bunt moved the runners up and then a single by Chris Davis tied the game 2-2.
The Mariners saw Miguel Olivo draw a two-out walk in the ninth, but then pinch-hitter Alex Liddi struck out against lefty Brian Matusz to send us to extras. The Orioles have won their last 13 extra inning games in a row.
9:21 p.m.: Erasmo Ramirez is having quite the night and is now out of the eighth inning, still up 2-0, on just 95 pitches after two quick pop-outs to the outfield and a harmless groundball. We’ll see how long Eric Wedge lets him stay in there for the ninth.
This is Ramirez’s final scheduled start of 2012, so you’d have to think he has somewhat of a leash as he goes for the complete game.
8:25 p.m.: Looked like we were going to be scoreless after four innings until Casper Wells drew a two-out walk. Miguel Olivo then deposited a Wei-Yin Chen pitch well beyond the left field wall for his 11th home run of the season.
The homer came on a 1-2 pitch and has given the Mariners and Erasmo Ramirez a 2-0 lead. Ramirez has allowed just a leadoff single in the fourth inning so far. He’d retired nine straight to open the game — benefitting from some great defense in the third on a running catch in right by Wells and a diving snare of a liner by Kyle Seager at third base.
6:55 p.m.: After a pretty good stretch of winning baseball at home, the Mariners have fallen on some hard times of late. They have dropped their last four games at Safeco Field to Oakland and Baltimore by scores of 6-1, 6-1, 4-2 and 10-4 last night.
Erasmo Ramirez was a 4-3 winner at Toronto last week, picking up his first career victory. Tonight, the opponent gets a little tougher, with the Orioles entering the night a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

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