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May 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Game thread: Royals at Mariners — May 11, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Marcus Patillo (18), 1B Laz Diaz (63), 2B Scott Barry (87), 3B Jeff Nelson (45)
  • Mariners’ official game notes05.11.14 Game Notes
  • Royals’ official game notesRoyals game notes 5-11
  • Daily MLB statpack05.11.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE

Sorry for the delay … I managed to leave my coat in the truck. And while it’s very bright here, it’s not quite warm enough to go without the coat.

Field

First inning 

Elias gave up a lead-off single to Aoki, but gets Eric Hosmer to ground to Miller for the easy double play. Elias struck out Butler to end the inning.

Miller reached on a one out error. Cano’s ball to center died in the cool air and Miller was then picked off at first with Hart at the plate.

Mariners 0, Royals 0

Second inning

Kyle Seager looked a little rusty at third after missing the last few games with the flu. Seager didn’t come up a hard hit ball from Danny Valencia, which was ruled a single. Alex Gordon gorked a single into left field and then Seager misplayed a sure double play ball from Lorenzo Cain for an error. Elias came back strike out Johnny Giovatella, but then gave up a grand slam to Alcides Escobar.

M’s go down 1-2-3. Hart hit a hard fly ball to center, but it died at the warning track. It’s cool and there is a slight breeze blowing in. You’ll have to hit it to get it in center.

Royals 4, Mariners 0

Third inning

Elias found more trouble, giving up a lead-off double to Eric Hosmer, but he works his way out of it with a a couple of pop outs.

The M’s come to life. Dustin Ackley went down and got a low pitch and hammered it over the wall in center. Like many of his homers, it was a low screamer with some backspin. Brad Miller, mired in an 0-for-19 funk, doubled home a pair of runs. The M’s looked like they would tie the game. Cano hit a bullet to first base and Hoser made leaping grab, robbing a sure double. He calmly fired to second to double off Miller.

Royals 4, Mariners 3

Fourth inning

A fielding error on Justin Smoak allows an unearned run to score. Elias hasn’t been very sharp. Also home plate umpire Marcus Patillo has been shaky for both teams.

The Mariners have a lead. Justin Smoak singled hard to right field and Kyle Seager tied the game, pulling a homer down the right field line. Dustin Ackley followed with a homer to deep right-center. It was his second homer of the game and third homer in three plate appearances.

Mariners 6, Royals 5

Fifth inning

The lead-off hitter of the inning reaches for the fifth straight time. But Elias erases him with a 5-4-3 double play and then gets a ground out to end the inning. He’s at 87 pitches.

The Mariners tack on another run as Corey Hart singled up the middle to score James Jones, who started the inning with a double. It knocked Guthrie from the game. Smoak drew a four pitch walk and Seager appeared to walk twice, but Marcus Pattillo, a fill-in ump from the PCL, called two borderline strikes. Seager then grounded out.

Mariners 7, Royals 5

Sixth inning

1-2-3 inning for Leone.

Romero with a base hit, but a double play ends the inning.

Mariners 7, Royals 5

Seventh inning

The lead is gone. Danny Farquhar gave up  double to Hosmer, struck out Butler and then appeared to strike out both Valencia and Gordon (at least he thought so) – but Pattillo’s meandering strike zone didn’t agree. They both walked. A run scored on a sacrifice fly and then Giovatella hit a three-run homer.

Cano got his first hit of the day with a ground ball up the middle. It was his softest ball he’s hit today. The other three at-bats he hit line drives that were caught – baseball.

Royals 9, Mariners 7.

Eighth inning

Beimel works a 1-2-3 inning

M’s get a runner on with Dustin Ackey’s two-out single,  but pinch hitter Michael Saunders strikes out to end the inning.

Royals 9, Mariners 7

Time to write the running game story … see you postgame.

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