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May 12, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Game thread: Rays at Mariners — May 12, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Mark Ripperger (90), 1B Gary Cederstrom (38), 2B Kerwin Danley (44), 3B Lance Barksdale (23)
  • Mariners’ official game notes05.12.14 Game Notes
  • Rays’ official game notes5_12_14_PREGAME_NOTES_
  • Daily MLB statpack05.12.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE

Happy Felix Day

First inning

Felix worked a 1-2-3 inning and even striking out a better.

The M’s took a 3-0 lead. James Jones led off with a double. Steve Romero singled to right to score Jones. Cano doubled off the yellow line on the top of the left-field wall to score Romero. They reviewed it and it wasn’t a homer. Corey Hart did the same exact thing except in right field. And he was thrown out at second because he thought it was a homer. Cano still scored. Umpires reviewed both plays – but they weren’t charged as challenges to McClendon.

Mariners 3, Rays 0

 Second inning

Felix gives up his first hit after 34 straight hitless plate appearances against the Rays. Wil Myers reached on a groundball up the middle that Robinson Cano couldn’t quite complete his brilliant falling away throw. But that runner matter little. Felix got a weak groundout for a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

The M’s keep rolling. Mike Zunino led off with a homer to right field … something I called moments before. Need proof?

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While I was busy patting myself on the back, Brad Mille reached on an error, James Jones reached on a fielder’s choice and they both moved into scoring position on a throwing error. Romero drove home Miller with his second hit of the game and Jones scored on a shallow sac fly from Cano that only he and Jesus Montero could make. Another run scored on an error on Loney.

The Rays have no activity in their bullpen. Ramos is going to have “wear it” and give them some innings. Their bullpen usage has been pretty high of late.

Mariners 8, Rays 0.

Third inning

Felix gives up another hit, but it was erased by a double play.

The Mariners add another run. Jones singles, Cano singles and Hart singles home Jones.

Mariners 9, Rays 0

Fourth inning

1-2-3 inning for Felix with a tremendous sliding catch by Jones. Kid is playing well.

Ramos works his first 1-2-3 inning. He seems to be finally settling.

Mariners 9, Rays 0

Fifth inning

Loney singled to start the inning. But Felix came back to strike out two and get a fielder’s choice.

M’s go down 1-2-3

Mariners 9, Rays 0

Seventh inning

Sorry I’ve been working on my game story. Some of you may have noticed that Nick Franklin has been pulled from the game in Vegas. I’m being told it’s not because he’s being called up. But it’s because he made a mental mistake in the field that cost the Rainiers a run. This has been a problem for Franklin in the last few weeks down in Class AAA. There’s been a lack of focus on certain aspects of the game. That may be a reason we haven’t seen him called up yet.

Quick update again: Felix was ejected by HP umpire Mark Ripperger as he was leaving the game after being pulled by McClendon. Ripperger missed a few borderline pitches that led to the three run double from Ryan Hanigan. Ripperger is a AAA umpire, much like Marcus Pattillo was yesterday.

The reason for more AAA umps this year — Two crews of umps – total of 8 umps – most work the replay center in NYC. So that’s a reason. Also umpires get paid vacation during the season. So there is that.

 

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