Follow us:

Mariners blog

Daily coverage of the Mariners during the season and all year long.

August 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Game thread: Mariners 8, Orioles 4, bottom 9th

Brad Miller wound up lining the game's first pitch into right field for a single. The Mariners are trying to snap a four-game losing streak.

Brad Miller wound up lining the game’s first pitch into right field for a single. The Mariners are trying to snap a four-game losing streak.

Baltimore scored twice in the seventh to cut Seattle’s lead to 6-4 and make things interesting yet again. Manager Buck Showalter was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the inning’s very first at-bat and it seemed to wake the Orioles up. Nick Markakis singled to right field and then Adam Jones doubled to right to put runners on second and third.

Erasmo Ramirez was pulled at that point and Charlie Furbush came on and yielded a sacrifice fly to left by Chris Davis and then an RBI single to center by Matt Wieters.

The Mariners had best score some runs because, remember, they are doing the closer-by-committee thing again and that could get adventurous.

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2583090600001″/]

This video shows Shelton Adams, an Orioles fan who pays his way into games, then stands between innings and gives his fellow spectators some unofficial public address announcing. He’s been doing it for years and the Orioles’ staffer apparently gave him a broken microphone they had lying around so he could use it as a prop. Also goes to Washington Nationals games, as well as some NBA Wizards and NHL Capitals contests.

5:25 p.m.: The Mariners just broke the game open with a  four-run fifth inning to go up 6-2. All of the runs scored with two out and three of them came on a Michael Saunders homer to right off of newly-installed relief pitcher T.J. McFarland.

The inning began when Kyle Seager drew a leadoff walk, stole second on a strikeout by Raul Ibanez and scored on a broken-bat single to right by Michael Morse to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead. An ensuing single to center by Justin Smoak ended a mediocre night for pitcher Scott Feldman, who yielded seven hits and four walks and wound up charged with five earned runs.

5:10 p.m.: Baltimore hit its second homer of the night in the bottom of the fourth when Manny Machado took Erasmo Ramirez deep to left, tying it 2-2.

The Mariners had taken the lead in the top of the fourth on a double by Michael Morse, a walk by Justin Smoak, then a single to right by Humberto Quintero and a blooper to left field by Brad Miller that dropped in. The play was not ruled a single because left fielder Nate McLouth picked the ball up and threw out Smoak — who had hesitated waiting to see whether the ball would be caught — at third base on the force.

So, it goes down as a fielder’s choice and an RBI for Miller.

4:42 p.m.: Justin Smoak’s childhood buddy from Goose Creek, S.C., Matt Wieters, just drilled a tying homer in the second inning off Erasmo Ramirez, so it’s a 1-1 game. Smoak’s dad and Wieters’ father used to play softball together before their kids were even born.

4:29 p.m.: Justin Smoak came up in the top of the second inning and hit a solo home run to right field off Scott Feldman, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

4:08 p.m.: The Mariners will need better pitching tonight if they’re going to end this four-game losing streak. Erasmo Ramirez gets the start tonight against Scott Feldman.

The Mariners were down 4-0 after one inning last night, so Ramirez doesn’t have to raise the bar too much to rate as an improvement.

Comments | Topics: shelton adams; justin smoak; erasmo ramirez; scott feldman

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►