Hisashi Iwakuma had retired 16 in a row before Alex Rios lined a ball over the left field fence to open the seventh and tie it 3-3. That’s the third game in a row Rios has gone deep against the Mariners. Iwakuma got out of the rest of the inning 1-2-3. Chris Sale is now done for the day after seven innings. Right-hander Matt Lindstrom is now on for the White Sox.
12:46 p.m.: Kendrys Morales just hit his first home run as a member of the Mariners, an estimated 402-foot shot to left center off Chris Sale in the sixth to put Seattle on top 3-2. Hisashi Iwakuma has retired 13 batters in a row since giving up that tying homer to Adam Dunn back in the first inning.
11:30 a.m.: Hisashi Iwakuma left some pitches up in the bottom of the first and paid for it, with Alexei Ramirez lining a ball to the left field corner for a double and then Adam Dunn clubbing a two-run, tying homer to right-center. So, it’s a 2-2 game after an inning of play.
Michael Morse had given the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the top of the inning, burying a Chris Sale pitch in the left field stands with two out. That’s the fifth home run in this first week by Morse, second on the Mariners all-time list in that department behind Ken Griffey Jr. Back in 1997, Griffey hit six homers his first week (we still have eight innings to go for Morse today) and also clubbed No. 5 in his fifth game that year. Jason Bay was on first base after drawing a walk and scored on the Morse blast.
10:50 a.m.: With the home opener tomorrow at Safeco Field, the Mariners today will try to salvage a winning record from a tough opening road trip to start the season. And it won’t be easy, with White Sox No. 1 starter Chris Sale getting the call and the Mariners going with their extreme right-handed lineup.
The only left-handed hitter in there today will by Kyle Seager.
The Mariners began this trip 2-0 but have since dropped three of their last four. Of all days, this is one in which Hisashi Iwakuma needs to keep his pitches down and avoid his penchant for serving up “gopher balls” out of nowhere.
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