August 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Game thread: Mariners 4, Rays 3, bottom 9th
Charlie Furbush retired all five batters he faced after taking over for Aaron Harang, three of them with two on and none out in the sixth. He’s a big reason the Mariners still lead it 4-3 as we head to the bottom of the eighth with Yoervis Medina into his second frame of work.
6:18 p.m.: Aaron Harang took the mound with a three-run lead in the sixth, but served up a double off the wall in left by Evan Longoria, then a two-run homer to left by Wil Myers. Mariners now lead only 4-3 and Charlie Furbush is warming up.
5:45 p.m.: Huge fifth inning for Seattle’s two Florida rookies as Brad Miller tripled to drive in a pair, followed by a Nick Franklin double down the left field line that makes it a 4-1 game. As has been an ongoing theme for David Price tonight, he got two quick outs to start the inning, then issued a walk to Dustin Ackley and an infield hit to Humberto Quintero before Miller drove a ball to the deep gap in left center.
Good thing the ball was hit such a long way because I was starting to wonder whether Quintero would make it home. But he did.
5:33 p.m.: Tampa Bay tied it 1-1 in the fourth inning when James Loney singled to center to score Matt Joyce. It was Joyce who opened the inning with the first hit off Aaron Harang, then took second base on a walk issued to Even Longoria.
4:20 p.m.: The Mariners have again opened the scoring in the first inning, with Kyle Seager getting hit by a pitch with two out, stealing second, taking third on a wild pitch and then scoring on a Kendrys Morales grounder up the middle. So, it’s 1-0 Mariners against David Price, with Aaron Harang now taking the mound. Don’t pencil in the win just yet.
3:55 p.m.: With two cracks at a series win here, this one will certainly be the more difficult for the Mariners, given how it comes against David Price. The Rays’ ace is 6-5 with a 3.17 ERA and the Mariners simply allow themselves to be dominated too often by left-handed pitching. Bad combo.
Throw in Aaron Harang and it’s the recipe for a tough night. Harang has been Harang-ued his last few times out and might be just the tonic the struggling Rays — losers of six straight — are looking for.