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April 26, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Game thread: Rangers at Mariners — April 26, 2014

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Umpires: HP Mike Estabrook (83), 1B Gabe Morales (47), 2B Mike DiMuro (16), Hunter Wendlestadt (21)

First inning

The last two times Elvis Andrus reached first base he was doubled off by a line drive. Last night it was to the end the game on Justin Smoak’s diving catch. Tonight, he could barely move when Prince Fielder’s rocket was caught be Robinson Cano at second and then tossed to first for the double play.

I guess a third scotch is a good thing. Michael Saunders leads off the game with a solo homer – the third time he’s done that in his career.

Mariners 1, Rangers 0

Second inning

Long inning for Felix – an 11-pitch walk  to Beltre and a fielder’s choice/error on Brad Miller caused issues. But he got Mitch Moreland to fly out and struck out Donnie Murphy and Leonys Martin to end the inning. He’s up to 41 pitches. He’ll need to get a little more efficient.

Kyle Seager continues to swing a hot bat. Seager led off the second inning with a solo homer. Mike Zunino was also hit by a pitch in the inning. He was the fifth Mariners batter to be hit by a pitch in the two games.

Third inning

A nice 1-2-3 inning for Felix that helped his pitch count.

Cano draws a two-out walk, but nothing comes from it.

Mariners 2, Rangers 0

Fourth inning

Another 1-2-3 inning for Felix. He’s at 69 pitches.

Mariners tacked on another run. Kyle Seager led off with a single to right. Smoak followed with a single right-center and Ackley drew a walk. With bases loaded, Mike Zunino hit a sac fly to right to score Seager and advance Smoak to third. But Brad Miller came up and swung at a first pitch out of the zone for a shallow pop up that wasn’t deep enough to score Smoak. Saunders struck out looking to end the inning.

Mariners 3, Rangers 0

Fifth inning

Felix channeled his inner Rodney in the inning. He gave three  straight singles and then walked No. 9 hitter Robinson Chirinos with bases loaded to score a run. Michael Choice singled home a run and Elvis Andrus scored a run with a sac fly. It could have been worse. But Hernandez got Fielder and Beltre to ground out to end the inning.

Cano with a one-out single. But Corey Hart is rung up on a questionable third strike call and Seager flew out.

Mariners 3, Rangers 3

Sixth inning

A 1-2-3 inning for Felix and he will be done after that. He threw 107 pitches in six innings of work.

Justin Smoak drew a lead-off walk and with two outs Brad Miller was called out at first on very close play at first on his ground ball to shortstop. McClendon appealed the play and ask for a replay review after a 2 and a half minute delay, the call was upheld.

Mariners 3, Rangers 3

Eighth inning

Furbush hits Fielder to start the inning. McClendon goes to Medina, who gives up a single a fielder’s choice and a sac fly to score the run.

Rangers 4, Mariners 3

Ninth inning

Beimel gives up two runs in the inning. Farquhar has to come in to get the final out.

Rangers 6, Mariners 3



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