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July 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Game thread: Mariners at Astros — July 1, 2014

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  • 1985 – Al Cowens was the Mariner hero as he blasted a 3-run home run in the top of the 8th inning to upend the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, at Comiskey Park.  Frank Wills went 7.2 innings for the win, while Edwin Nunez picked up his 12th save.
  • 1992 – The Baseball Club of Seattle, L.P., assumes control of the Seattle Mariners. It is the first local ownership group in team history. Chuck Armstrong is named President.
  • 1998 – Ken Griffey Jr. ties a club record with 3 doubles in a 9-5 win vs. Colorado. Seattle records 11 extra-base hits in the game (4 HR, 7 2B).
  • 2009 – Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez both hit home runs at the new Yankee Stadium.  It was only the 2nd game in Major League history in which 2 players, each with at least 550 career homers, hit home runs.  The other was in a Braves-Giants game on May 8, 1971 when Hank Aaron (#603) and Willie Mays (#633) both homered.
  • 2010 – Chone Figgins steals a base in 7 straight games, beating the former record holder Julio Cruz’s club record of 6 consecutive games back in 1981.
  • 2011 – Jason Vargas threw a CG shutout, his 3rd since June 1, in a 6-0 win over the Padres. He became the first Mariner since Freddy Garcia in 2001 to throw 3 shutouts in a season.


First inning

The Mariners jumped on Jarred Cosart immediately. Endy Chavez drew a lead-off walk, James Jones singled to left and Robinson Cano plated to Chavez with a single to right-center. Jones scored on Kyle Seager’s ground ball to second base.

Hisashi Iwakuma wasn’t particularly sharp in the first inning. He gave up a lead-off single to the baseball elf that is Jose Altuve. Alex Presley followed with a single. After getting two straight outs, Iwakuma gave up a RBI single to Matt Dominguez. But he struck out Jason Castro to end the inning.

Mariners 2, Astros 1

 Second inning

The Mariners have another run. Dustin Ackley broke a 0-for-21 streak with a lead-off single. He later came around to score when Sweet James Jones singled to left field. It was his sixth hit in six at-bats.

Iwakuma gives up a two-out hit, but has a much better inning. A 10 pitch at-bat to Chris Carter didn’t help his pitch count. He’s at 40 after two innings.

Mariners 3, Astros 1

Third inning

M’s get a couple runners on, but Ackley flew out to center to end the inning.

Iwakuma gave up a lead off single, but nothing came from it.

It’s taken one hour and 20 minutes to play three innings. These Astros pitchers work at such a slow pace that even Miguel Batista would tell them to hurry up.

Mariners 3, Astros 1

Fourth inning

Mariners get a one-out double from Endy Chavez, but nothing comes of it.

Iwakuma works his first 1-2-3 inning of the game.

Mariners 3, Astros 1

Fifth inning

M’s got a couple runs on, but a base running mistake by Logan Morrison hurt and they didn’t get a run.

Iwakuma gave up a one out single but still worked out of the inning.

Mariners 3, Astros 1

Sixth inning …

So this happened …

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Just ridiculous.

Mariners 10, Astros 1

Seventh inning

M’s add two more.  James Jones tripled to right field to score Endy Chavez and pinch hitter Willie Bloomquist scored Jones with a ground ball.

Reliever Dom Leone struggled a little giving up a run. But that’s about it.

Mariners 12, Astros 2



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