That was quite a turnaround for this game in the eighth inning as the Mariners tied it 4-4 with doubles by Nick Franklin and Kendrys Morales and then a one-out triple to left by Raul Ibanez. The slicing liner by Ibanez got by sliding left fielder Brian Bogusevic and left the go-ahead run at third with only one out.
After an intentional walk, Dustin Ackley chopped a ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who held Ibanez at third and fired on to second for a force out. Mike Zunino then took a called third strike. So, a missed opportunity there, but a tie game nonetheless.
9:15 p.m.: Jason Bay reached on a walk in the seventh, then took third when Mike Zunino drove a double that got between center fielder Ryan Sweeney and right fielder Nate Schierholtz — who nearly collided on the play. Brad Miller then grounded a ball to the right side. The Cubs got a force out at second but that was it and Miller had his first RBI, cutting Chicago’s lead to 4-2. Miller later stole second — his first swipe in the majors — but was stranded.
8:58 p.m.: Hisashi Iwakuma can give up his share of home runs. He yielded a pair of solo shots in the seventh inning to Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro and now trails 4-1. Mariners have just three hits so far.
8:40 p.m.: Jason Bay led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field, cutting Chicago’s lead to 2-1. It’s the ninth home run of the season by Bay.
7:28 p.m.: That was one ugly -looking sequence in the top of the second, when Ryan Sweeney hit a run-scoring triple, then scored himself on a throwing error for a 2-0 lead for the Cubs. Kendrys Morales was a bit slow to react to Sweeney’s hard shot to his left. The ball got by Morales and into the right field corner. Endy Chavez made the throw to cutoff man Nick Franklin, whose throw home got by Mike Zunino and bounded into the visiting team dugout.
Both runs are earned, charged to Hisashi Iwakuma.
6:56 p.m.: Well, that whole “new look” Mariners thing didn’t go all that well the first half of the season. Now, the Mariners are going with their “newest look” which includes replacing Brendan Ryan with Brad Miller at shortstop and sticking Dustin Ackley in center field.
You’ve also got Nick Franklin at second base and Mike Zunino behind the plate.
You like playing the kids? You’re gonna love this newest look.
If winning is your thing, the Mariners actually have a shot at doing that tonight. The rebuilding Cubs are 33-34, so, they’re about as bad as the 34-45 Mariners.
And while Cubs left-hander Travis Wood is a pretty good arm (his team has given him more than three runs of support just once his last six starts) the Mariners have one in Hisashi Iwakuma as well.
It’s the battle of the rebuilding plans tonight. May only the strong survive. Actually, check that. Let’s hope everyone survives.
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