July 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM
Game thread: Red Sox 11, Mariners 8; bottom of 8th
Sorry, you should not have blinked because we just had another home run in this game, with Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting the fourth by Boston tonight, a solo shot in the fifth inning to make it 8-7 Red Sox. Blake Beavan got the first two outs of the inning, but then Bradley got him.
9:04 p.m.: Blake Beavan hadn’t pitched in nine days when he came on to replace Hisashi Iwakuma to start the fourth inning. Beavan promptly hit a batter on an 0-2 pitch, walked the next guy, then served up an RBI single to Dustin Pedroia before finally getting some outs. But we’re now tied 7-7 heading to the fifth after the Mariners somehow managed not to score in the bottom of the fourth.
8:35 p.m.: All I can say is, the ball is really carrying tonight, as Kendrys Morales just opened the bottom of the third with his second homer of the night to tie the game, followed by a Kyle Seager single and then a Michael Saunders triple that puts Seattle back on top 7-6. This has been one heck of a third inning so far.
It’s a good thing that all-star nod for Hisashi Iwakuma already was finalized over the weekend or he might be getting the invite rescinded. Iwakuma gave up two more homers in the top of the third — that’s three so far and 10 over the past four outings — to fall behind 6-5 after the Red Sox posted a five-spot off him. Shane Victorino hit a one-out single and then Dustin Pedroia blasted one over the right field wall to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-3.
David Ortiz then douled to right center and Mike Napoli followed with a two-run bomb to right center as well. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then hit a ground rule double, took third on a strieout-wild-pitch uncorked by Iwakuma and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to right by Brock Holt.
Blake Beavan was warming up when the inning ended. We might have seen the last of Iwakuma.
8:03 p.m. David Ortiz homered to get the Red Sox on the board, but Seattle roared back with three more runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. Brad Miller had the big blow with a bases-loaded double into the right field corner that cleared the bags. Justin Smoak led the inning off with a single, followed by walks to Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley before Miller delivered. Miller just more than doubled his prior RBI total of two with that one swing.
7:36 p.m.: Kendrys Morales just gave the Mariners a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, taking a 2-2 pitch from Allen Webster over the wall in left-center. Nick Franklin had lined a one-out single to center, followed by a fielder’s choice grounder by Raul Ibanez, who was still on first base when Morales hit it out.
That was the 12th homer of the season by Morales, second on the team behind Ibanez.
6:57 p.m.: The Mariners have won five of seven and tonight send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound looking to take their second in a row from the visiting Boston Red Sox. Iwakuma may have made the all-star team, but he hasn’t won a game in a month and has given up four earned runs in each of his past four outings.
More concerning are the home run balls he’s starting to yield the way he did at times last year. He has given up seven homers his past three outings after giving up just 10 in the 15 starts prior to those.
The Red Sox have a better looking outfield in there tonight, so it might be tough for the Mariners to notch 15 hits the way they did last night. A good four or five were aided by terrible outfield coverage in center and the gaps.