After getting just three hits in Sunday’s loss, the Mariners had just five tonight in falling to the Pirates.
PIRATES EIGHTH: The Mariners were one out — one pitch, really — away from going to the ninth down one. But with a 2-2 count, two outs and Andrew McCutchen on first (breaking for second), Garrett Jones crushed a Carter Capps pitch and sent it deep into the right-field bleachers. So now the Mariners face a 4-1 deficit.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Seattle finally got on the board on a one-out single by Ackley, who moved to second on a ground out and scored on a two-out, pinch-hit double to the gap by Raul Ibanez. Ibanez hit for Jesus Montero, the announced pinch-hitter for Brendan Ryan. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle countered by bringing in veteran Jose Conteras, and Wedge sent up Ibanez for Montero. Ibanez was 9-for-15 in his career off Contreras and lined the first pitch to the right-center gap. Endy Chavez hit for Harang and grounded out. With Andino running for Ibanez, Kendrys Morales is the only player left on Seattle’s bench. 2-1 Pirates.
PIRATES SIXTH: Harang worked out of another jam, stranding Andrew McCutchen at third. He’s blanked the Pirates since the first, but M’s need to score.
MARINERS FIFTH: The late pitching change from James McDonald to Jeanmar Gomez is not working out well for the Mariners. They’ve been blanked on two hits through five, still trail 2-0.
PIRATES FOURTH: Harang has settled down, retiring the Pirates in order with a couple of strikeouts. 2-0 Pirates
PIRATES THIRD: Justin Smoak snares a liner by McKenry to end the third, saving a run with two aboard. Still 2-0 Pirates.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s got a two-out rally going on a single by Saunders (their first hit off Gomez), a stolen base (Saunders is now 5-for-5 this season), and Jason Bay’s second walk. But Seager flied out to right. 2-0 Pirates
PIRATES FIRST: The Pirates got a break right away when Starling Marte beat out a slow roller to first, beating Harang covering by a half-step. And they made the most of it with booming doubles by Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen for two runs. But he got three outs to limit the damage. 2-0 Pirates.
MARINERS FIRST: Jeanmar Gomez, substituting for injured James McDonald, struck out Mike Morse to end the first with Jason Bay on base. Bay had walked. 0-0.
The Mariners have played in Pittsburgh just once before, on June 18-20, 2004, sweeping a three-game series. And despite the earlier rain, it looks like this one is going to start on time. The Mariners are 153-131 (.539) all-time in interleague play. Last year, they went 8-10, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive seasons over .500.