Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a pair of singles to put runners at the corners with none out in the ninth. But then a huge, quirky 5-4-2-6 double play on a grounder to Kyle Seager got two quick outs to help secure this eighth consecutive win for the Mariners, 4-3 over the Cleveland Indians.
Wilhelmsen got a called strikeout on Michael Bourn to end it. Wow.
9:00 p.m.: The Mariners took a 4-3 lead in a quirky, three-run third inning that initially looked like it would be a disappointment, then turned out fine in any event. They got a run on back-to-back doubles by Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales, then Kyle Seager followed with a single to right. Third base coach Daren Brown for some reason waved Morales around on what was going to be a close play with still no outs in the inning.
Morales made it in time, but his slide was terrible and his feet got tangled up and never made it to the plate before he was tagged out. Good call by umpire Adrian Johnson. Michael Saunders later followed with a two-out double to center, with Seager holding at third. It looked like the Mariners might have to settle for just one run in a three-double, one-single inning, but pitcher Zach McAllister helped out big-time with a wild-pitch that scored Seager and sent Saunders to third.
Mike Zunino then lined a single to bring a go-ahead run home.
7:50 p.m.: Erasmo Ramirez isn’t doing all that well with two outs tonight. He yielded a two-out single to Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning and then a two-run bomb to left by Yan Gomes right after that, giving Cleveland a 3-1 lead.
Ramirez allowed a third straight hit on a single to Michael Bourn before logging a strikeout to end the inning. For Gomes, that’s seven homers on the year — three of them off Seattle pitching.
7:42 p.m.: Poor Zach McAllister isn’t getting much help out there his first night back off the DL. The Mariners just scored a run to tie it 1-1 in the bottom of the first after a walk, then an error on a routine grounder to second by Kendrys Morales, followed by another grounder that ate up first baseman Mark Reynolds. The official scorer ruled it a double, largely due to the late-hop taken by the ball.
Reynolds did get his glove on it and isn’t the greatest fielder. Anyhow, Kyle Seager was awarded an RBI double on the play and it left runners at second and third. Justin Smoak then hit a popup in foul territory near third that was dropped. Smoak finally fouled out to end McAllister’s misery.
7:22 p.m.: Erasmo Ramirez got two quick outs in the top of the first, then yielded a double to right center by Jason Kipnis and an ensuing single to center by Asdrubal Cabrera to bring the run home. So, it’s 1-0 Indians after a half-inning of play.
6:47 p.m.: Erasmo Ramirez takes the mound tonight, going up against Zach McAllister, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list earlier today after being out since June 8 with a sprained right middle finger. Thing is, when you throw right-handed, there is no such thing as a simple finger sprain.
Prior to the injury, McAllister was 4-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts, including one against the Mariners back in May when he gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings and left with a 4-2 lead. The Mariners, you may remember, came back and tied that game with a pair of home runs in the ninth, only to lose it in the bottom of that inning when Jesus Montero took his foot off home plate reaching for a Brendan Ryan throw on a force play.
That play was pretty much the end of Montero’s catching career with the Mariners.