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March 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Reds 10, Mariners 9 – a rally rebuffed

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OFFICIAL BOXSCORE … 03.07.14 Box Score

Down 8-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, it seemed as though the Mariners were on their way to being blown out. It seemed inevitable.

But not to this scrappy Seattle ball club.

The Mariners scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and tied the game in the sixth inning, scoring five runs with two outs to knot the score at 8-8. But alas, the Reds scored two runs in the eighth inning off of Nick Hill and the Mariners last effort comeback came up short. Cole Gillespie drove in the second of two runs on the day to cut it to 10-9.

 

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Randy Wolf got the start and pitched three innings, giving up four runs on three hits. But it was a pair of two out walks in the first and second inning hurt him.

In the first inning after going up 0-2 on Brandon Phillips, he walked him. And Chris Heisey followed with a two-run homer to left.

In the second inning, he walked Corky Miller and Kris Negron ripped a triple to right-center.

In the third inning, Brandon Phillips jumped on a hanging curveball and hit it over the wall in left field.

 

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But the walks irked Wolf more.

“Both of them hurt me,” Wolf said. “It’s pretty costly and those things can’t happen. The way I look at it,  it was sharp except for with two outs. If I pitched the way I should have pitched, I should have given up the home run to Phillips.”

Wolf said his curveball wasn’t sharp and he wasn’t able to use the splitfinger fastball he’s been working on with much efficiency. But he wasn’t too concerned because he felt healthy.

“When you feel good, that’s an encouraging thing especially what I went through the last year and a half,” he said. “Especially in spring training, people get really caught up with results. The ironic thing is I actually felt better than my last start.”

Here’s a nice catch by Abraham Almonte.

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Also the Mariners have flip flopped starters for tomorrow …. Erasmo Ramirez will start the day game against the Giants, and Blake Beavan will start tomorrow night against the Dodgers.

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