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May 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Game thread: Tigers at Mariners — May 31, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Mike Estabrook (83), 1B Hunter Wendelstedt (21), 2B Jerry Layne (24, CC), 3B Mike DiMuro (16)
  • Mariners’ official game notes05.31.14 Game Notes
  • Tigers’ official game notesTigers_Notes_5-31
  • Daily MLB statpack05.31.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE

THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (May 31):

  • 1980 - The Mariners turned the third triple play in their history. The Indians Toby Harrah lined to 1B Bruce Bochte who relayed to SS Jim Anderson to retire Ron Hassey, the runner on second. Anderson’s relay to 2B Julio Cruz covering first beat Joe Charboneau back to the bag (3-6-4). Second inning.
  • 1999 - Team sets new ML record as quickest team to hit 100 HR (50 games).  Team ties ML record for most HR in any one month—58 in May.
  • 2001 - Aaron Sele gets career victory #100 in s 2-1 win vs. Baltimore.
  • 2003 - The Mariners match their season-hi win streak at 5.  The rotation wins (Garcia, Moyer, Meche, Pineiro, Franklin).
  • 2011 - Justin Smoak hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Mariners a 3-2 comeback win, finishing May with a 15-11 record. Entering the 8th inning, Seattle had only 3 hits off Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie.

First inning

A 1-2-3 inning for Chris Young

Mike Zunino drew a two-out walk, but Miguel Cabrera made a nice grab by the first base stands on Justin Smoak’s foul pop.

Mariners 0, Tigers 0

Second inning 

A 1-2-3 inning for Young again.

While some people lamented that this Mariners’ line-up could surely produce a no-hitter for Smyly, surely Smyly needed to comply. He didn’t. He gave up a hard single to left from Romero, a bloop single to Buck and a 65-foot dribbler infield single off the bat of Gillespie. Add it all up and it equals a run for the Mariners. The inning kept going. After Franklin struck out, Willie Ballgame singled through the left side to score Buck. That was a smooth 38 pitch inning for Smyly.

Mariners 2, Tigers 0

Third inning

Chris Young issued a two-out walk to Rajai Davis, but he got Kinsler to fly out to end the inning.

M’s get a two-out single from Seager, but nothing else

Fourth inning

Miguel Cabrera is good. He jumped all over a 0-2 fastball that was up in the zone, and yanked it off the upper level patio on in left field for his 10th homer of the season. It wasn’t quite a 0-2 Noesi. But it wasn’t a good pitch. Of course, Cabrera can hit even great pitches out of the park.

So Willie B just will not be denied. Gillespie reached on a throwing error by Romine, stole second and scored on Ballgame’s single to right field.

Mariners 3, Tigers 1

 Fifth inning

With two outs and runners on second and third, Young got Kinsler to pop out to end the inning.

Justin Smoak had an opposite field single to left to beat the shift. He’s making progress on that. Seagers double play ended the inning.

Mariners 3, Tigers 1

Sixth inning

1-2-3 for Young, including strikeouts of Hunter and Cabrera.

1-2-3 inning for reliever Evan Reed.

Time to get to writing. Check out the postgame blog

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