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May 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Mariners 3, Royals 1 — Chris Young leads Seattle to a win

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Remember that 45-day advanced consent form? I don’t think that’s going to come in play for Chris Young. The big right-hander gave the Mariners another brilliant start on Saturday night, going eight innings, giving up one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

With the deadline looming on Wednesday, it’s safe to say that the Mariners won’t be letting go of Young and will happily pay his contract and potential bonuses for this season. He’s been that good. Young is now 3-0  with a 2.63 ERA in seven appearances (six starts).

“He’s a guy that gets a lot of flyballs and to do that in Safeco Field is pretty good,” said Justin Smoak.

Young isn’t overpowering. His fastball topped out around 88 mph. But he was effective at changing speeds. And with each start, the feel and command of his secondary stuff gets  a little better.

A night after racking up a plethora of hits, the Royals did nothing against Young.

“We couldn’t pick the ball on him,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You know he’s 6-10 with downhill action on his pitches and with the deception we just didn’t get good swings on him.”

McClendon didn’t hesitate to go to The Fernando Rodney Experience in the ninth with a 3-1 lead, despite Young 93 pitches. The combination of Young still coming back off of surgery from last year and having to face the top of the line-up for the fourth time in the game was why he decided against.

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The Mariners’ offense was provided by Justin Smoak, who belted a 96 mph fastball, off of Yordano Ventura over the right field wall for a homer. It was a laser of a homer and his fifth of the season. Smoak didn’t hit his fifth homer last year until June 25.

The other run came in the sixth when Dustin Ackley hammered a pitch from Ventura over the wall in right field to push the lead to 3-1.

“I was lo0king fastball and got a change-up up in the zone and was able to barrel it up,” Ackley said. “I’ll take it.”

James Jones went 1-for-2 with two walks. In 17 plate appearances, he has reached base nine times. He became a little more important with Michael Saunders suffering a hyper-extended left knee in the  third inning, trying to make a sliding catch in  right field.

Mariners medical staff said Saunders is day to day.

“He didn’t want to come out, but if you aren’t physically able to continue, you have no choice,” McClendon said.

As for this replay review and overturned call, McClendon said he felt like the replays weren’t conclusive with the foot on the bag or on the foot of the defender and also when the tag was applied in relation.


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