August 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM
Game thread: Mariners 3, Rangers 1, bottom 9th
Justin Smoak returned to his old stomping grounds with another homer, deep to right, to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead. Danny Farquhar now on to try and close it.
7:56 p.m.: Kyle Seager had been in a career-worst 0-for-21 slump. That’s now past tense, because he just took Neal Cotts deep to right field for a two-run homer that’s given the Mariners a 2-1 lead. Cotts had just entered the game in place of starter Derek Holland, who yielded just two hits over seven innings.
But after striking out Brad Miller, Cotts issued a walk to Nick Franklin, then served up the Seager bomb. Hisashi Iwakuma still the pitcher of record for Seattle.
6:32 p.m.: Texas opened the scoring in the fourth inning when A.J. Pierzynski singled to left-center to bring home Ian Kinsler. But it could have been worse for the Mariners, as Pierzynski tried for a double and was ruled out when he overslid at second base. Third baseman Kyle Seager then made a great stab of a rocket shot to his corner with a runner on third. Stared the lead runner back and three out the runner at first for the second out and Hisashi Iwakuma escaped from there.
The Mariners had two on with two out in the top of the fifth, but Brad Miller flied out.
So, it’s still 1-0 for Texas.
5:10 p.m.: Things get tough for the Mariners starting tonight and continuing on through the next week. Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers is the first of two left-handed starters in a row Seattle will face, followed by Yu Darvish.
At least the Mariners will have Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound for them tonight, followed by Felix Hernandez tomorrow. But they’ll need to score some runs and they don’t do that very well facing southpaws.