Carter Capps came on to work the fifth and gave up a single, a mammoth two-run homer to Matt Adams and then a double before being yanked. That sent his overall OPS against up over the .900 mark to .907. Daniel Descalo hit an RBI double off Bobby Lafromboise after that and then John Jay drove him home with a single to make it 9-2 for the Cardinals.
So, the bullpen is getting its work in today and will have Joe Saunders and Brandon Maurer making starts in Detroit the next two nights. This could get interesting.
12:48 p.m.: The Mariners got an unearned run back in the fifth inning as pinch-hitter Endy Chavez reached on an error, then took third on a single by Dustin Ackley. Abraham Almonte delivered a sacrifice fly to left, cutting the deficit to 5-2.
Erasmo Ramirez is done after four innings, with Chavez pinch-hitting for him. He threw 80 pitches, only 45 of them for strikes. Carter Capps is on to work the bottom of the fifth.
12:28 p.m.: St. Louis sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring four times off Erasmo Ramirez to take a 5-1 lead. An infield single by Yadier Molina was followed by a Matt Adams single and then a hit-by-pitch on David Freese that loaded the bases. Daniel Descalo then singled to score one run and — one out later — Matt Carpenter singled over the glove of leaping shortstop Carlos Triunfel to bring two more home. Ramirez then hit his second batter of the inning, Jon Jay, to load the bases back up and then Matt Holliday notched an infield single on a hard grounder that nicked Ramirez’s glove.
The Mariners had done a great job of avoiding the big inning against this potent Cards offense — until now. That inning will probably cost them the series.
12:20 p.m.: The Mariners tied it in the fourth inning as Abraham Almonte led off with a double and took third on a groundout. Kendrys Morales walked and then Franklin Gutierrez lined a single up the middle to even the score at 1-1.
11: 42 a.m.: Yadier Molina hit a 402-foot solo homer to left field in the second inning to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. The first run St. Louis has scored all series without the help of a Seattle fielding miscue.
10:57 a.m.: Erasmo Ramirez takes the mound this afternoon as the Mariners try for an improbable series win over a St. Louis Cardinals team that has yet to see its vaunted offense show up for this series. In fact, the Cardinals have yet to score a run in this series that wasn’t the result of some defensive mishap by the Mariners.
Dustin Ackley is batting leadoff today with Brad Miller out a few days with that hamstring issue.