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May 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Game thread: Mariners at Rangers — May 20, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Dan Bellino (2), 1B Jeff Kellog (8, CC), 2B Tom Woodring (75), 3B D.J. Reyburn (70)
  • Mariners’ official game notes05.20.14 Game Notes
  • Rangers’ official game notes05.20.14 Notes vs SEA
  • Daily MLB statpack05.20.14-Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE


Pregame ….

Apparently, Miguel Olivo is a little crazier than I thought. Olivo was an interesting guy in his second stint with the Mariners. He was fun and outgoing when he was starting. Once he lost his starting job, he was not such a nice guy.   Now  he’s entered Mike Tyson crazy, taking a bite out of a teammates’s ear in a fracas. Alex Guerrero had to have surgery to fix his ear. Olivo has to be done with the Dodgers. And after walking out on the Marlins last season, he’s running out of places to go.

First inning

Cano with a single, but nothing else going.

Iwakuma works a 1-2-3 inning, getting a nice diving catch from Michael Saunders on Choo’s liner to right field.

Mariners 0, Rangers 0

Second inning

Kyle Seager did what so many people say he should do – he bunted against the shift. And Adrian Beltre made an Adrian Beltre play to get him at first. Nick Franklin singled in his first at-bat, but was thrown out at third base trying to advance on Ackley’s base hit to left field. It was a curious decision.

Beltre gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead, hammering an Iwakuma pitch into the left field stands for a solo homer.

Rangers 1, Mariners 0

Third inning

The Mariners answer in a big way. Brad Miller gorked a single into left that Shin Soo-Choo didn’t dive for. James Jones dropped a perfect bunt single down and then Michael Saunders dumped a single into center. With a base open, Cano drew a walk. With one out, Seager blooped a single over the head of Beltre to score two runs. Cano made a brilliant read on the bloop and went first to third on the plate. It proved big because he scored on Nick Franklin’s sac fly to left.

Iwakuma with a 1-2-3 inning.

Mariners 4, Rangers 1

Fourth inning

The Mariners add another run. Mike Zunino was hit by a pitch. Miller walked and with two outs Cano hammered a single into right to score Zunino.

Kuma gives up a run. He issued an uncharacteristic lead-off walk. Kyle Seager then double pumped on a ground ball from Beltre for a one out single and Rios dumped  a single into center. But the inning ended with Moreland hitting into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Fifth inning

Franklin bled a single into right field to start the inning and then stole second. But the M’s couldn’t score him. Ackley and Zunino struck out and Miller flew out to center.

Kuma cleaned up the bottom of the order, going 1-2-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

Sixth inning

M’s go down 1-2-3.

Iwakuma gave up a one-out single to Andrus, but got a couple of ground outs from Choo and Beltre. That was a big inning for him.

Mariners 5, Rangers 2

Seventh inning

M’s tack on another run. Nick Franklin was hit by a pitch and scored from first on Dustin Ackley’s low stinger to left-center that rolled all the way to the wall.

Iwakuma gave up a one-out single, but worked through the inning unscathed.

Ok time to write the running game story.



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