Don’t ask what just happened in the bottom of the eighth.
6:55 p.m.: The Mariners had kept the deficit to two runs for most of the night, but the Rangers doubled that in the seventh when pinch hitter Craig Gentry ripped a double to the left field corner to put Texas up 7-3. Carter Capps had started his second inning of relief by getting a groundout, then giving up a single and a walk before Jurickson Profar lined one deep to center that Dustin Ackley made a nice play on.
Perez came in from there, though, and the game got a lot less winnable for the Mariners in a hurry.
6:07 p.m.: Kyle Seager launched a ball into the second deck in right field in the third inning to cut a Texas lead to 5-3 after the Rangers erupted in the second inning and erased a 2-0 deficit.
Things fell apart for Felix Hernandez in the second inning, as he allowed five runs and is fortunate the tally wasn’t bigger. The Rangers loaded the bases with nobody out before Hernandez rallied for a strikeout. But then came the inning’s key moment, when Jurickson Profar hit a flyball to right center that Dustin Ackley got a poor jump on and then allowed to drop in front of him for an RBI single.
There is an argument to be made that Ackley played it safe by not diving and risking a three-run double. The problem is, had he gotten to the ball in the adequate time he had allotted, then the need to dive at all would have been eliminated. But his read on the ball off the bat was slow. It was equally slow when David Murphy drilled a ball over his head in center. The ball was not catchable, but Ackley stopped and played the carom several feet short of where he should have been. Fortunately for him, the ball was rocketed and the carom bounced back perfectly to him — avoiding further trouble.
But the double brought two more runs in. Then, a suicide squeeze by Leonys Martin brought Profar home for a fourth run and an Elvis Andrus single scored another. But with runners on second and third and only one out, Hernandez did manage to shut things down with a pair of groundouts.
Now that Seager has homered, we’ll see what happens.
5:34 p.m.: Brendan Ryan has been squeezed out of the picture at shortstop by Brad Miller and has barely played in the lst two months as a result. But he’s getting a rare start tonight with Nick Franklin out, Miller at second and a vacancy at the shortstop position.
And so, in his first at-bat in the second inning, Ryan, naturally, lined a single to left field that brought home Dustin Ackley from second to make it 2-0 for the Mariners. Ackley had reached on a single and then stole second.
5:21 p.m.: Brad Miller opened with a double to right and Kyle Seager promptly singled after that to open the scoring and give the Mariners a 1-0 lead after a half-inning of play.
5:05 p.m.: Felix Hernandez typically does not do very well in the won-loss department against the Texas Rangers. He is 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in three starts against the Rangers this year and 12-18 lifetime with an ERA of 3.83.
The ERA isn’t so bad but the 18 losses are the most he’s suffered against any one team. That’s six more losses than the next closest team, the Angels, have inflicted on him.
At this ballpark, he’s 5-8 with a 4.23 ERA in 17 career outings.
So, he’s hoping to change some of that here.
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