June 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM
Game thread: Mariners 9, Angels 8, bottom 8th
Kyle Seager just matched his career high with his fourth hit, a sinking liner that delected off right fielder Josh Hamilton for an RBI double that makes it 9-8 for the Mariners in the eighth. Brendan Ryan opened the inning with a single, took second on a bunt, then came home on Seager’s second double of the game.
Had that ball gotten by Hamilton, it might have gone for a triple or even an inside-the-park homer. Remember, Seager needs a triple for the cycle. Came awfully close.
Danny Farquhar is now positioned for the win and will have earned it based on how he got out of the last two innings. Carter Capps on to pitch the eighth and then, if he holds the lead, get set for the latest closing adventure of this trip.
9:40 p.m.: Danny Farquhar just gave up the lead in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Albert Pujols that ties it 8-8. Farquhar did do a good job of notching a pair of strikeouts to end the inning with runners at the corners. It’s tough to remember right now, but the Mariners still have a shot at winning this game…if they remember how to hit again. Looks like they’ve forgotten the past few innings.
9:03 p.m.: Well, that fifth inning went about as badly as it possibly could for Felix Hernandez without his giving up the lead. Hernandez still leads it 8-7 as we head to the sixth. But he gave up seven consecutive hits that fifth frame — including a three-run homer by Mark Trumbo and a solo shot by Peter Bourjos, as the Angels put up a five-spot.
Howie Kendrick may have saved Hernandez that inning as he foolishly attempted to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out. When you’re pounding on a pitcher like that, the last thing you want to do is give away the first out of the inning. Kendrick had the sixth consecutive Angels hit and then Alberto Callaspo added No. 7 before Hernandez escaped further trouble.
That Kendrick gaffe could loom rather large.
Hernandez is now done after five. Danny Farquhar on to pitch.
8:55 p.m.: The Angels are creeping back into this thing, albeit they still have a long, long way to go. Peter Bourjos just hit his first home run in two months, off Felix Hernandez, in the fifth and Albert Pujols added an RBI single to make it an 8-4 game. A Hernandez throwing error and wild-pitch helped the Angels to a prior run in the fourth inning on a Josh Hamilton sacrifice fly. It was only the second earned run allowed by Hernandez in his last three starts.
8:28 p.m.: The Angels got an unearned run in the third with help from a passed ball, but the Mariners got it right back in the fourth when Kyle Seager notched his third hit of the night — a single — took second on a ground out and score on a Raul Ibanez single that makes it 8-1. Seager needs a triple for the cycle.
Felix Hernandez isn’t used to this type of support, the most he’s had all season already. For his career, the most he’s had is 14 runs of support in one game, done twice — most recently with Jeremy Bonderman starting for the Tigers against Seattle in Sept. 2007.
8:13 p.m.: That was a real long top of the third inning, in which the Mariners scored four runs, took a 7-0 lead and knocked Angels starter Tommy Hanson from the game. Nick Franklin got it all going with a walk, followed by a double from Kyle Seager that left runners at second and third. Kendrys Morales lined an RBI single up the middle, then Raul Ibanez ripped a single off the glove of Albert Pujols for the fifth run by Seattle and the end of Hanson’s night.
Garrett Richards came on to pitch and gave up a fielder’s choice groundout that brought another run in from third. Michael Saunders then singled up the middle, followed by a walk and then a fielder’s choice groundout by Brendan Ryan in which a takeout slide by Henry Blanco at second prevented the double play and allowed another run to score.
7:13 p.m.: The Mariners saw their first three batters collect hits off Tommy Hanson while scoring three runs in the process to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Endy Chavez led off with a double that Josh Hamilton failed to cut off in right-center. Nick Franklin singled to center to bring Franklin home and then Kyle Seager unloaded for a home run to right field.
Not a bad start. Felix Hernandez might have enough already.
7:05 p.m.: The Mariners aren’t scoring very many runs these days, so they need Felix Hernandez to do his thing — again — and hold down the Los Angeles Angels. The last time Hernandez pitched, the Mariners got all of their runs on a Henry Blanco grand slam.
Blanco is back in the lineup again for the first time tonight. But it will be a bit much to ask him to replicate his home run feat.
The Mariners will likely have to score in another fashion. Trouble is, they lack basepath speed, the guys who have some aren’t getting on base and…well, that’s about it.
Cross your fingers.