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September 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Mariners finally get a hit with runners in scoring position

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(Miguel Olivo is greeted by Felix Hernandez after his eighth-inning home run on Friday night. Photo by Associated Press).
In their first at-bat with a runner in scoring postion on Friday — Justin Smoak on second base in the second inning — Miguel Olivo struck out. It was a familiar outcome, the 23rd straight time the Mariners had failed to get a hit in such situations. That goes back to one at-bat on Monday, their brutal 0-for-17 on Tuesday, and 0-for-4 on Wednesday.
But then, lo and behold. Casper Wells drove a double that brought in Smoak, and broke the streak. The Mariners would then proceed to go 0-for-6 with RISP the rest of the game, but, hey, it’s a start. They did get a couple of clutch hits, albeit not with runners in scoring position: a double by Carlos Triunfel in his first major-league start that brought in Wells from first base in the fourth inning, and especially a two-run homer by Olivo in the eighth.
Olivo’s homer stretched a 4-3 lead to 6-3, and made it a lot less tense when Tom WIlhelmsen gave up a leadoff single, followed by an Alex Liddi error, to start the ninth. The Mariners then turned their third double play of the game, and Wilhelmsen struck out Mitch Moreland to end it. Wilhelmsen’s 28th save preserved the win for Hisashi Iwakuma, who had a good, solid outing for his seventh win.,


The Mariners are now 8-9 this year against the mighty Rangers, which Eric Wedge sees as a good sign.
“As we continue to get better, even with some of the tough losses of late, for the most part we’re right in there and have one play, one at-bat or one pitch away from winning those games,” Wedge said. “You’re always looking to play well against the teams ahead of you in your division. It’s what you have to do.”
Carlos Triunfel had a nice showing in his first major-league start. He made a nice play in the hole to rob Nelson Cruz of a hit, turned those three double plays very nicely, and got that double on a hard-hit ball that bounced over the head of third baseman Michael Young (playing in place of Adrian Beltre, who missed the game due to illness, as did Josh Hamilton). What I took away most was this: Triunfel has an absolute cannon for an arm. His throw to first base on the first double play looked like a Felix Hernandez fastball. I imagine first baseman Justin Smoak came away with a sore palm.

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