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June 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Game thread: Mariners at Rays — June 9, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Clint Fagan (82), 1B Tim Timmons (95), 2B Tim Welke (3), 3B Todd Tichenor (38)
  • Mariners’ official game notes06.09.14 Game Notes
  • Rays’ official game notes6-9 – Rays pregame notes
  • Daily MLB statpack06.09.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE


  • 1979 – “Willie Horton Night” honors the Mariners DH who belted his 300th career home run June 6th, the 43rd player to reach that milestone.  A crowd of 40,314 was in the Kingdome.
  • 1985 – Phil Bradley, Ken Phelps, and Jim Presley each drive in three runs to help pace the Mariners to a 10-6 at Cleveland.
  • 1999 – Ken Griffey Jr. hits 3rd deck façade in RF (478’) at Coors Field to tie for 6th longest in Coors history, off Bohason.
  • 2009 – M’s select Dustin OF Dustin Ackley from the University of North Carolina with the 2nd overall pick in the 1st Year Player Draft.  Ackley was the M’s highest overall selection since Alex Rodriguez was chosen 1st overall in 1993.


S0rry this was a little late. I’ve been spending a fair amount of time explaining the concept of the 60-day DL and math on Twitter.

First inning

James Jones came up with a one out single and he also stole second. He leads the team with seven. Robinson Cano and his perceived lack of hustle are second on the team with six.

Erasmo walks the lead-off hiter, then gets two outs and then walks Loney and got Zobrist to line-out to center.

Mariners 0, Rays 0

Second inning

Zunino is rung up on a couple of tough pitches. Clint Fagan is the home plate ump and yes, he’s one of those roving umps that work Class AAA and get called up.

Erasmo gives up a two-out single to Yunel Escobar, but got Jose Molina to fly out. Progress.

Third inning

The Mariners have a lead. John Buck led off with a single to right. Willie Ballgame added a one-out single up the middle. James Jones dropped down a beautiful drag bunt to first base where no one could make a play. And Cano delivered, punch a 0-2 pitch to left field to score two runs. The guy rarely panics at the plate. Stefen Romero followed with a ground ball to second to score Jones, giving the M’s a 3-0 lead.

Erasmo strikes out Jennings, strikes out Longoria (that’s not a typo), walks Loney and gets Zobrist to ground out.

Mariners 3, Rays 0

Fourth inning

M’s go down 1-2-3

Erasmo gave up back to back singles to start the inning. But he wiggled out of trouble. He struck out Escobar and Molina and then got some help from Cano, who made a brilliant play on Jennings’ slow bouncer up the middle. Tampa manager Joe Maddon challenged the play but the call was upheld.

Mariners 3, Rays 0

Fifth inning

M’s get a one out bunt single from Willie B …. cause he can do those things. Cano drew a two-out walk. But Romero struck out to end the inning

Ramirez gets two quick outs, but gives up a double to Loney and then walks Zobrist. McClendon calls on Joe Beimel, who strikes out pinch hitter Jerry Sands to end the inning.

Mariners 3, Rays 0

Sixth inning

Price works a 1-2-3 inning.

Beimel retires Matt Joyce and is replaced by Dom Leone, who retires Escobar and Molina.

Mariners 3, Rays 0

Seventh inning

Felix Hernandez has been named the AL player of the week. In two starts, he was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP) with 23 strikeouts.

M’s go down 1-2-3. Price has allowed just one hit – the Willie B bunt single – since Cano’s two-run single in the second.

Farquhar gets into a bit of trouble in the seventh. He gave up a one-out double to Kiermaier and then walked Longoria. But he got Loney to ground into a 4-3 double play to end the innning

Mariners 3, Rays 0

Jones with a lead-off single. Cano hit  into a fielder’s choice. But Romero and Zunino struck out. Romero is 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and a RBI. Zunino takes the golden sombrero with a 0-4 and four strikeouts
1-2-3 inning for Farquhar.
Mariners 3, Rays 0
Time to get to writing …. postgame blog will be up …. well …. postgame.



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