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June 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Game thread: Mariners at Astros — June 30, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Clint Fagan, 1B Tim Timmons , 2B Tim Welke (CC), 3B Todd Tichenor
  • Mariners’ official game notes06.30.14 Game Notes
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  • Daily MLB statpack06.30.14 Stats
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THIS DAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (June 30):

  • 1995 - Edgar Martinez gets walked three times and for good reason as he finishes the month of June with 8 HR, a M.L. high 32 RBI, and a .402 average. As you might guess he was named A.L. Player of the Month.
  • 1997 - Infielder Paul Sorrento homers in his fourth consecutive game as the Mariners lost to San Francisco, 8-6 in 10 innings.
  • 2003 - Greg Colbrunn belts a pinch-hit, solo home run in the 9th inning of a 3-1 win at Oakland.  The blast marks Colbrunn’s 9th career pinch-hit homer.
  • 2010 - Felix Hernandez pitches a 2 hit shutout at New York.  Hernandez and Cliff Lee are only the third pair of teammates to toss complete game wins against the Yankees in the Bronx on back-to-back days since 1985. Roger Clemens and Al Nipper did it for the Red Sox in 1987 as did Mark Langston and Jim Abbott for the Angels in 1991.
  • 2010 - Michael Saunders is the first Mariner rookie since Jeff Clement in 2008 to have a multi home run game.  He is the 12th Mariner rookie to do so in club history.
  • 2012 - Chone Figgins hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

First inning

Endy Chavez drew a lead-off walk, but nothing came of it.

George Springer just did a very mean thing to a poor baseball. Springer crushed a fastball from Walker off the windows well above the left field wall. It was an absolute missile.

Astros 2, Mariners 0

Second inning

Mike Zunino answers Springer’s dinger with a two-run homer of his own. His had slightly  different trajectory. Zunino hit a towering fly ball that just carrying and carrying till it landed in the left field stands.

But the Astros answer. Walker left a 2-0 fastball up in the zone and Marwin Gonzales yanked it down the right field line off the foul pole to push the lead back to 3-2. It also got fans in attendance a free sandwich from Chik Fil A.

Astros 3, Mariners 2

Third inning

James Jones gets a one-out single and steals second and third to push his total to 16 on the season. But both Cano and Seager struck out. Perhaps they were lulled to sleep by Collin McHugh’s snail like pace.

Walker gave up a one-out single, but managed to get out of the inning.

Astros 3, Mariners 2

Fourth inning

Michael Saunders hammered a two-run homer into the upper deck to make it 4-3 and then Brad Miller followed with a two-out solo homer to right field – a line drive over the wall to make it 5-3.

Walker gave up a leadoff single but worked out of it with a few line  outs.

Mariners 5, Astros 3

Seventh inning

Robinson Cano with his second homer in as many days. An oppo three-run shot.

Walker is done after six innings. They weren’t pretty. But  he fought through them.

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