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April 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Mariners can’t get enough offense going until late in 4-3 loss

White Sox closer Addison Reed put the Mariners down 1-2-3 in the ninth during today's 4-3 loss for Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field.

White Sox closer Addison Reed put the Mariners down 1-2-3 in the ninth during today’s 4-3 loss for Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field.

Felix Hernandez and the Mariners fell behind by three runs in the seventh inning and by the time the Mariners started scoring themselves, it was too late. The Mariners had only three hits until the seventh inning, then began stranding runners frame by frame and the would prove costly in a 4-3 loss.

Raul Ibanez struck out three times, including with two on and one out in the eighth inning after a two-run homer by Michael Saunders got Seattle back within a run. Ibanez also went down swinging with two on and two out in the sixth versus left-hander Donnie Veal.

I know many were clamoring for Eric Wedge to go with the right-handed bat in that earlier situation, but, with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth, it was still early. In the end, leaving Ibanez in there gave him the opportunity to face the right-hander in the eighth (which did not work out). It also gave the option of still havingJason Bay around to pinch-run for Kendrys Morales in the eighth and then another right-handed bat off the bench in Franklin Gutierrez and Jesus Montero in the ninth.

Those bts didn’t come through. But the strategy still held.

In the end, the Mariners lost because their ace pitcher hing an 0-2 pitch to Alex Rios and he beat them with a home run. Felix Hernandez didn’t make it out of the seventh inning today, which happens in this park. But when it does happen, the odds of the Mariners winning go way, way down.

This is what a .500 team hoping to catch breaks here and there will look like. It will frustrate and delight you one day at a time. Still far too early to get all worked up over any one game.

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