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April 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Tigers, April 17: Mariners lose, 2-1, in 14


Crazy ending as Justin Smoak is thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Dustin Ackley’s double into the right-field corner. He was out pretty handily, tried to jar the ball from catcher Bryan Pena, who held on. The Tigers had pushed across a run in the top of the 14th on a single, walk, botched sacrifice (Montero threw too late to third), followed by an RBI ground out by Pena.

Sorry, I’ve had to work on my game story. The Mariners have equaled their all-time  record for strikeouts in a game — 21. And the combined 40 strikeouts (so far) are just three off the major-league record of 43 (A’s and Angels, July 9, 1971).

MARINERS NINTH: The Mariners had a golden opportunity to win it, but after a Morales single and Morse walk, Raul Ibanez grounded into a DP, and Smoak struck out. Not sure why Ibanez wasn’t asked to bunt against the lefty Phil Coke. Heading to extras. 1-1.

MARINERS SEVENTH: They tie it on a leadoff double by Morse and an RBI single from Ibanez. But the rally fizzled when Smoak grounded into a double play. 1-1

TIGERS FIFTH: The Tigers got an unearned run on an error by Ryan (a tough error on a bad hop), a double by Dirks, and a ground out by Peralta. It was hit sharply to Ryan, who thought about going home with it but threw to first as Martinez scored. I think he had a shot at getting him at home. 1-0.

MARINERS FOURTH: Well, at least the Mariners won’t be no-hit tonight as Gutierrez leads off with an infield single (a play that third baseman Cabrera probably should have made). But the Mariners could do nothing with it as Seager popped up and Morales and Morse struck out. 0-0.

TIGERS FOURTH: Hernandez ends the fourth by getting Prince Fielder looking. That’s six strikeouts in seven at-bats this series for Prince. Felix has been brilliant so far, but will it be for naught? 0-0

MARINERS THIRD: Scherzer is matching Hernandez zero for zero — and doing even better. He fans the side in the third (Montero, Ackley and Ryan) and has five strikeouts, one more than Felix. The Mariners don’t have a baserunner through three. 0-0.

TIGERS  THIRD: Hernandez rolls through a quick 1-2-3 inning. He’s needed just 33 pitches to get through three innings. 0-0

MARINERS SECOND: Another lackluster offensive start for the Mariners, who have gone down six straight without a ball leaving the infield. Hernandez, meanwhile, has struck out four through two innings, giving up only a two-out single by Cabrera in first. 0-0.

TIGERS  FIRST: An impressive start for Hernandez, who struck out the side, interrupted by a soft two-out single from, yup, Miguel Cabrera, who is now 10-for-22 in his career off Felix. But Hernandez looks like he has electric stuff.

Felix Hernandez  is looking for his first win since Opening Day, against a team he is 9-2, 2.65 in his career — including nine straight wins. This will be Hernandez’s third attempt at his 100th career victory. Max Scherzer, the Tigers’ starter, is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts against the Mariner (2-0, 3.00 in two outings at Safeco.



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