July 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Reds, July 5: M’s win, 4-2
Perez strikes out the side to save the win for Aaron Harang. Mariner relievers worked three scoreless, hitless innings. Two triples for Brad Miller, and homers for Franklin and Saunders.
Oliver Perez coming in to work ninth for Mariners, trying to protect 4-2 lead.
REDS EIGHTH: Great job by Furbush navigating through heart of Reds order. He’s retired all four batters he’s faced. 4-2 Mariners
MARINERS EIGHTH: The Mariners led 4-0 after four and have done nothing since then. They’ve hit into double plays in the last three innings. They need six more outs. 4-2 Mariners
REDS SEVENTH: M’s wriggled out of trouble after a leadoff two-base error by Morales on a ball off his glove. Medina got the next two outs and then Furbush came in and struck out Choo looking. Still 4-2 Mariners.
Sorry, folks, my internet was down for about four innings before a nice technician finally gave up on fixing it and set me up with a hard wire. It’s 4-1 Mariners heading to the bottom of the sixth. Since I was last here, we’ve had Michael Saunders driving in two runs, one with a homer, another with a sacrifice fly. And we’ve had Brad Miller with his second triple of the night, becoming the first player in the history of Great American Ballpark (it opened in 2003) to have two triples in a game. No Mariner had done so in any game since Carlos Guillen on May 9, 2003 against the White Sox. Miller tripled with one out, and the Mariners couldn’t get him home. The Reds, meanwhile, scored one run in the fifth on an RBI double by ex-Mariner Shin Soo Choo, and just added one on a mammoth homer to center by Joey Votto. In other words, 4-1 has become 4-2. Oh, Nick Franklin fouled a ball painfully off his knee in the third. He stayed in, but is clearly hurting. And Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino were hit back to back in the top of the sixth, Seager getting the worst of it. He was hit on his leg and was in some pain.
REDS FIRST: With a light rain starting to fall, quick innings would be a good thing as long as the Mariners have a lead. And Harang got one, retiring the side in order. 2-0 Mariners
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s got off to a huge start as new leadoff man Brad Miller ripped on 0-2 pitch to the gap in right-center off Mike Leake and raced to third with a triple. He can fly around the bases. But he didn’t have to, as Nick Franklin hit the very next pitch deep into the right-field bleachers for a 2-0 M’s lead. Kyle Seager got a two-out single before Leake finally got out of the inning. 2-0 Mariners.
The Mariners have played at old Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, but this is there first series at Great American Ballpark. That makes it the 46th ballpark in which the franchise has appeared (regular season only). The Mariners swept a three-game series at Riverfront (then called Cinergy Field) in 2002. Yes, they have a stat for everything: The Mariners are 15-30 all-time in their first-ever game in a ballpark.
Aaron Harang faces his old team in Cincinnati for the first time since he left the Reds after the 2010 season. He beat them last year at Dodger Stadium. Harang has more strikeouts at Great American Ballpark, which opened in 2003, than any other pitcher (594). He is 37-39 in 113 games (112 starts) at GAB.