September 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Final: Royals 6, M’s 5, Sept. 23 game thread
Final — Kansas City 6, Seattle 5. Long night. Controversial call on the check swing, too.
10:44 p.m. — Seager nearly scores in the 10th, but Alex Gordon throws him out after an Endy Chavez fly out. We keep going.
10:09 p.m. — Extra inning it is.
10:03 p.m. — Farquhar allows a leadoff double but gets out of the inning. Onto the bottom of the ninth.
9:48 p.m. — WOW! Back to back home-runs for Gutierrez and Saunders in the eighth. I keep having to rewrite my story, but forget about that, it’s 5-5!
9:32 p.m. — Wow. The M’s can’t convert the double play and Alex Gordon scores to make it 4-3 Royals. Franklin bounced the throw and Ackley couldn’t handle it.
9:30 p.m. — Back and forth we go as the Royals have tied it 3-3 in the eighth off Charlie Furbush. Emilio Bonifacio had the big hit, scoring Alcides Escobar.
9:18 p.m. — The M’s could add more as they load the bases with one out, but Almonte strikes out looking and Seager pops out to third base.
9:10 p.m. — Nick Franklin singles to left to score Zunino and Seattle leads 3-2! Franklin has matched a personal best with a seven-game hitting streak.
9:03 p.m. — The M’s have tied it in the seventh! A hard line-drive by Mike Zunino to center gets by Jarrod Dyson, allowing pinch runner Michael Saunders to score from third after a Justin Smoak walk. It’s 2-2. Wow.
8:55 p.m. — Seattle had the chance to add more as Kyle Seager drew a walk, ended Ventura’s night, but reliever Will Smith got Kendrys Morales to fly out to shallow right field to end the inning.
8:44 p.m. — The M’s are on the board in the sixth as Brad Miller draws a two-out walk, advances to second on a wild pitch and comes home on a single by Abraham Almonte. Shortstop Alcides Escobar knocked the ball down on a dive but couldn’t recover in time to make a throw home. Almonte has reached base in all 17 of his big-league games. It’s 2-1 Kansas City.
8:34 p.m. — Maurer has allowed just one earned run through six innings, a solid start for him. The other was allowed on Almonte’s throwing error.
8:24 p.m. — Ventura is making quick work of the M’s. He’s faced just one over the minimum and has thrown just 58 pitches through five.
8:22 p.m. — Announced attendance: 12,790.
8:14 p.m. — Ventura is looking solid as the Mariners have managed just one hit through four.
8:04 p.m. — Royals make it three straight hits to take a 2-0 lead. The second run was allowed to score on a wild throw from Almonte in right.
7:58 p.m. — Emilio Bonifacio with a one-out single in the fourth for the Royals first hit of the game.
7:54 p.m. — Ventura hit 79 MPH on a breaking ball and then struck out Miller for the second time, this on a 98 MPH fastball. The Royals starter has faced one over the minimum. Maurer is at the minimum as we’re scoreless through three.
7:51 p.m. — There’s a third foul-ball up here as that one from Nick Franklin heads into the adjacent suite. It’s head-on-a-swivel time.
7:48 p.m. — Close call as Ackley grounds out to second. Wedge came out to discuss it with Bill Miller at first base but heads back to the dugout.
7:43 p.m. — Maurer retired his first seven before giving up a walk to Jarrod Dyson. The 2-2 pitch looked pretty close to being a third strike called. A double play, though, ends the inning.
7:34 p.m. — Ibanez with the game’s first hit, a single to right. That’s No. 1,993 of his career. Smoak breaks his bat as he grounds into a double play. No K’s that inning for Ventura, who is making his second MLB start and hit 102 MPH his last game.
7:28 p.m. — Two Royals have hit balls into the press box now as Salvador Perez fouls one about 70 feet to my right. This is a dangerous gig. Maurer has retired everyone in order so far as we head to the bottom of the second.
7:23 p.m. — Wow. Ventura regularly hit 99 miles per hour as he strikes out the side. Here was Wedge before the game: “He wings it, man. He throws it up there. We don’t have much on him, but he rifles it up there. … We’ll have to check him out early and see what we can do from there. … Be ready to hit. … You throw 102, you’re going to get a few of them.”
7:16 p.m. — Eric Hosmer fouls a ball back into the press box, about 50 feet from me, but later strikes out to end the inning. Maurer retired the side in order.
Pregame: Last note before we get going, very small crowd tonight.
Pregame: Raul Ibanez was honored before the game for his 300th career home run and his 29th of the season, which tied Ted Williams for most in a season for players 40 years or older. There was also a moment of silence for Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Mariners owner who died last week.
Pregame: Believe it or not, Alex Gordon hit the Hit it Here Cafe sign in batting practice and broke a couple lights. The sign is turned off at the moment. I didn’t see it, but a couple people mentioned it on Twitter.
Pregame: I’ve added some pregame thoughts from Mariners manager Eric Wedge to the previous post, which included the note that Joe Saunders is unlikely to make another start this season.