August 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Final: Rangers 12, Mariners 4, game thread
Final — Rangers 12, Mariners 4. That’s six losses in a row for Seattle, which didn’t salvage anything from this homestand.
3:27 p.m. — Hard some technical difficulties on my end, so apologies for the lack of posts (not like you were desperate for them, I’m sure). The Rangers lead 12-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, having battered M’s pitching — naming Felix Hernandez — for 17 hits, including three home-runs.
2:45 p.m. — Kyle Seager absolutely crushed a home run in the sixth to right, but Mitch Moreland answers with one in the seventh, and it’s 11-2 Texas.
2:26 p.m. — Dustin Ackley puts Seattle on the board with a solo home-run in the fifth. He continues his hot hitting since the All-Star break, particularly in August, but the M’s are going to need a lot more.
2:09 p.m. – Best I can tell, the eight earned runs allowed by Hernandez are a career worst. The nine runs total were second worst to 10 allowed May 16, 2006, against Oakland.
2:03 p.m. — Seattle gets its first hit, a single by Kyle Seager, which is greeted with sarcastic applause. Kendrys Morales nearly follows that with a home run, but it’s off the top of the wall and he’s thrown out at second.
1:53 p.m. — And it’s 10-0 as Maurer comes in and allows a home run to Adrian Beltre. Nine of those will go to Hernandez and it sounds like eight will be earned.
1:47 p.m. — Make that 8-0, and Hernandez is pulled. Here comes Maurer. The eight runs allowed are a season worst for Felix.
1:46 p.m. — Hernandez has allowed two more to start the fourth, making it 7-0, and Brandon Maurer is up in the bullpen.
1:40 p.m. — On the other end, just one base runner for the Mariners through three innings, and that came on a walk by Ibanez. Texas starter Martin Perez has faced just one over the minimum
1:29 p.m. — Raul Ibanez can’t make a diving catch in left field as Geovany Soto brings in two more runs, again with two outs, to make it 5-0. Hernandez has already given up seven hits and is at 69 pitches through three innings.
1:06 p.m. — Hernandez continues to struggle into the second. He gives up base hits to Mitch Moreland and Geovany Soto, and then a two-out, three-run home run to leadoff hitter Leonys Martin on a 2-1 pitch. Rangers lead 3-0.
12:46 p.m. — Felix Hernandez allows a couple of hits, and Elvis Andrus made it to third base, but Alex Rios grounds into a fielder’s choice to end the first inning. This is my first time covering a Felix start and, thus, seeing King’s Court. Not that I’m unfamiliar with covering home games with a hyped up supporters section.
Pregame: We’re counting down to the Mariners final game against the Rangers this season. I’ve posted a few notes from our meeting with manager Eric Wedge in the previous post. Among other things, he said some veterans have disappointed when it comes to leadership this season and the middle of the order hasn’t been producing nearly enough.