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June 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Game thread: Mariners at Rays — June 8, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Todd Tichenor (13), 1B Clint Fagan (82), 2B Tim Timmons (95), 3B Tim Welke (3)
  • Mariners’ official game notes06.08.14 Game Notes
  • Rays’ official game notes6-8 – Tampa notes
  • Daily MLB statpack06.08.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE


  • 1985 – Phil Bradley became the first Mariner to collect five hits in a game with a perfect 5-for-5 performance at Cleveland.
  • 1990 – Jay Buhner hits homers in both games of a double-header at Detroit.
  • 1997 – En route to a 2-0 shut-out of the Tigers, Mariners’ southpaw Randy Johnson strikes out 15 batters. It is the 74th time in the career of the ‘Big Unit’ has reached double digits in punch outs.
  • 2003 – The Mariners won their 15th consecutive game, extending their club record, in a 7-1 win vs. San Diego.
  • 2003 – The Mariners sweep the Mets in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium to complete an 11-1 roadtrip, spanning May 27-June 8…the 11 wins is the most ever by the club in one road trip.
  • 2011 – The Mariners avoided being swept by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field when Miguel Olivo doubled home two runs in the top of the 10th inning. He later scored on a squeeze play which gave the Mariners a 7-4 lead. Brandon League recorded his 17th save in the bottom of the tenth.
  • 2012 – Six Mariners pitchers (Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen) teamed up for the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League history in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers, who entered the game with the best record in the Majors. Millwood threw 6.0 no-hit innings, but had to leave the game with a strained right groin. The 5 relievers combined for 3.0 no-hit innings tie the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter. Kyle Seager provided the only run with a two-out single to score Ichiro in the 7th inning.

First inning

Archers retires the M’s 1-2-3

Kevin Kiermaier had a one-out hit, but that’s it against Felix.

Mariners 0, Rays 0

Second inning

M’s get a little something going. Zunino got hit with a pitch. Gillespie had a two-out infield single on a chopper. But Miller grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Felix wasn’t too pleased with a one-out walk to David DeJesus, but nothing came of it. He got Matt Joyce to line out and struck out Yunel Escobar looking.

Mariners 0, Rays 0

Third inning

James Jones with a two-out single. But Cano’s low stinger was caught by Escobar at shortstop.

Felix gave up a one-out single to Desmond Jennings, but struck out the side. His last strikeout of Evan Longoria to end the inning was the 18th of his career.

Mariners 0, Rays 0

Fourth inning. 

1-2 -3 for Archer.

Felix gives up a two-out double to David DeJesus, but got Matt Joyce to fly out to end the inning.

Mariners 0, Rays 0

Fifth inning

Mariners load the bases on a Miller walker, Willie B single and a single from Endy Chavez . But Chris Archer made a good play on James Jones hard comebacker to get the lead runner at home and then Matt Joyce made a deceptively tough catch on Cano’s line drive to the wall in left field to rob the Mariners of three runs.

Felix strikes out the side. Nine of the last 10 outs have been via K. That’s 11 strikeouts on the day.  It’s his  29th career 10+ K game, passing Mark Langston for sole possession of 2nd place in club history. This guy named Randy Johnson had 94 of them, so he has a few more to go. 

Sixth inning

1-2-3 inning for Archer

Another K for Felix.

Mariners 0, Rays 0

Seventh inning

M’s get a lead-off single from Gillespie and a sac bunt from Brad Miller. Maddon brings in Jake McGee, who strikes out Willie B and gets Endy Chavez to ground out to end the threat.

Felix finds his first trouble He gives up a lead off infield single to Zobrist, who steals second and then advances to third. But he struck out the side. That’s 15 Ks a career high.  It’s the 21st time in club history that a pitcher has struck out 15+ in a game (Randy Johnson, 15, July 11, 1998 vs. Anaheim).

Ninth inning

Five runs in the ninth inning off of closer Grant Balfour. Craziness.



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