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June 29, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Game thread: Mariners vs. Indians — June 29, 2014

Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Safeco Field (1:10 pm)
Cleveland Indians (39-41)   Seattle Mariners (43-38)
Player   Player
24 Michael Bourn (L) CF 8 Willie Bloomquist SS
22 Jason Kipnis (L) 2B 55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
23 Michael Brantley (L) LF 22 Robinson Cano (L) 2B
41 Carlos Santana (S) DH 15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
8 Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B 3 Mike Zunino C
7 David Murphy (L) RF 20 Logan Morrison (L) 1B
33 Nick Swisher (S) 1B 7 Stefen Romero RF
53 George Kottaras (L) C 4 John Buck DH
4 Mike Aviles SS 16 Cole Gillespie LF
Starting Pitcher Starting Pitcher
58 T.J. House (0-1, 4.88) LHP 34 Felix Hernandez (9-2, 2.24) RHP


Felix with another great inning, striking out Swisher and Kottaras for his eighth and ninth K’s of the game. And then a nice play by Morrison to snare a pop foul near the photo well to end the inning. Felix has thrown 107 pitches. Rodney appears to be warming.

Seattle gets another run in the eighth on a Zunino single that drives in Cano, who beat out a high chopper to second. Rodney now in to pitch the ninth for Hernandez.


Hernandez allowed a one-out walk to Santana, but otherwise was again sharp as the Indians went down easily. He has allowed one hit, three walks and just one runner as far as second base, throwing 91 pitches and holding a 2-0 lead.

Mariners go down in the seventh after a leadoff Buck single. Still 2-0 heading to eighth. Felix back on mound.


Felix another 1-2-3 inning and he’s allowed only one hit and no runs through six. He’s at 79 pitches. Game still scoreless.

Interesting inning there as Saunders leads off with a little bleeder that House throws away at first. That let Saunders get to third. Cano, up next, snapped out of an 0-14 skid in a big way with a no-doubt homer to right field on what was officially called an 83-mile an hour changeup. That was it for Seattle in the inning, but that could also be enough.


Well, the no-hitter is over as Chisenhall led off the fifth with a slow roller up the middle that found its way into center field. But the shutout is still on as Seager responded with a nice catch of a Murphy liner and a quick throw to first to double up Chisenhall. Swisher then walked, but Kottaras struck out to end the inning.

And in the broken-record department, Mariners go down 1-2-3 for third straight inning. Still scoreless heading to the sixth. Mariners have now gone 15 straight innings without a run dating to Endy Chavez’s seventh-inning HR Friday night.


Felix another 1-2-3 inning and has thrown 46 pitches through four. He’s allowed only a walk in the first. And really, only one moderately hit ball so far, a liner by Brantley caught by Bloomquist for the second out of the fourth inning. This is vintage Felix so far.

And Mariners also again go 1-2-3 in the fourth, leaving us scoreless heading to the fifth. Romero hit it pretty well to right but Murphy tracked it down for the final out. House has retired seven in a row and allowed only an infield hit in the last three innings.


Hernandez another easy 1-2-3 innings. He’s allowed only a walk through three innings.

House is now making himself at home at Safeco Field having retired seven of the last eight Mariners hitters, leaving it scoreless as we head to the fourth.


Felix a 1-2-3 second and has thrown 26 pitches. 0-0 heading to bottom second.

Mariners get a two-out infield hit from Gillespie but nothing more, leaving it 0-0 heading to the third.


Hernandez walked Brantley on five pitches but otherwise was sharp, retiring the Indians on 12 pitches in the top of the first.

And in the bottom of the inning, a big, blown opportunity by Seattle as the Mariners loaded the bases with two outs before Logan Morrison struck out swinging on an 82-mile per hour changeup pitch to end the inning. Seattle caught a break when Swisher dropped a throw for what would have been an inning-ending double play on a grounder by Cano. It’s been called an error for now.



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