September 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Final: M’s 6, Tampa Bay 4, game thread
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FINAL — Mariners 6, Rays 4. Here is the last bit from my story:
The rally began in the eighth inning began when Kyle Seager hit a ball to deep left-center field that popped out of the glove of a sprinting Desmond Jennings, denying what would have been a great catch by the center fielder. Seager ended up on second and Kendrys Morales followed up with a walk, setting up the big hit one out later by Smoak.
The first baseman crushed a line drive to right field off Joel Peralta (2-6) that just eluded the diving effort of Wil Myers, scoring Seager and pinch runner Abraham Almonte. Closer Danny Farquhar made sure the advantage wasn’t blown in the ninth, earning his 13th save in front of 14,796 fans.
10:15 p.m. — Tampa loads the bases but can’t find the go-ahead run as Zobrist grounds out to Seager to end the inning.
10:04 p.m. — The Rays got two on with nobody out to start the eighth inning when James Loney walked and Wil Myers singled. Capps got a big first out by picking off pinch runner Sean Rodriguez at second base. Pinch hitter David DeJesus then hit a heart-stopping deep fly to left field that was caught by Michael Saunders at the wall. Pinch hitter Luke Scott just scored Myers from first base. We’re tied 4-4.
9:37 p.m. — Two on here against Medina in the seventh inning, and Carter Capps is warming up, but Young strikes out! Big moment there.
9:29 p.m. — Loud groan from a suite next to the press box as Yusmeiro Petit’s perfect-game bid is broken up with two outs in the ninth inning. They were watching on TV.
9:09 p.m. — International walk to Matt Joyce puts two on for Jose Molina, who delivers on the spot. His single to right scores Young from second and Iwakuma has been pulled after 5.2 innings. Yoervis Medina in.
8:49 p.m. — Nick and quick 1-2-3 fifth inning for Iwakuma in the fifth. He’s at about 82 pitches, I think, which means he could have one or two more.
8:28 p.m. — Raul Ibanez leads off the fourth inning with a solo home-run to right. That’s his 27th of the season, third most of any MLB player 41 years or older. Mariners lead 4-2. Here is the list:
1. Ted Williams, 29 in 1960 (41 years)
2. Barry Bonds, 28 in 2007 (42 years)
3. Raul Ibanez, 27 in 2013 (41 years)
4. Barry Bonds, 26 in 2006 (41 years)
8:25 p.m. — Rays get a couple on in the fourth, but Iwakuma gets Yunel Escobar to ground into a 6-4-3 douple play to end the inning.
8:20 p.m. — Iwakuma up to 62 pitches with no outs in the fourth. He hasn’t had more than 108 pitches this season.
8:17 p.m. — Once again a lead is short-lived as the Mariners manufactured two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Franklin was the tying run when he reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second (his sixth of the season), advanced to third on a Miller groundout and scored on a Gutierrez single up in the middle. Gutierrez stole second himself and scored on a single by Kyle Seager as Seattle took a 3-2 lead. Morales struck out to end the inning, twice losing a hold of his bat, which flew into the stands.
7:59 p.m. — The Rays load the bases in the third inning and take a 2-1 lead on a wild pitch. Young grounds out to end the inning.
7:37 p.m. — Iwakuma battles Wil Myers on a 13-pitch at bat, but gets the strikeout, then K’s Jose Molina to end the inning.
7:28 p.m. — Delmon Young just crushed a solo home-run to left-center field. My goodness. That’s his first as a Ray. We’re tied 1-1. Just the fifth home run given up by Iwakuma in his last 11 starts.
7:23 p.m. — The Mariners have taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brad Miller led off with a double, Franklin Gutierrez moved him to third with a groundout and Kyle Seager brought him home with a sacrifice fly that required a leaping catch by center fielder Desmond Jennings.
7:13 p.m. — Ben Zobrist smashes the ball past Nick Franklin in the first inning and the Rays’ streak ends at 0 for 31 here in Seattle.
Pregame: According to the pregame notes, this is Tampa Bay’s first time back since Felix Hernandez’ perfect game on Aug. 15, 2012. The Rays are on an 0-for-30 streak from the plate here.
Pregame: It’s actually turned out to be a nice Friday night here at Safeco Field after last night’s thunderstorm. I’ve added some notes from manager Eric Wedge in the previous post, including his thoughts on James Paxton’s debut coming up, Felix Hernandez’ recovery from the back injury, the six-man rotation going forward and more.