September 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM
LET’S GO: It’s your favorite WNBA reporter back on the baseball beat. Uh, Jayda, in case you’re wondering who that is exactly. Anyway, I was told y’all don’t need much from me, just a comfortable space to rant. What’s left to say about these teams is a mystery to me, so I’ll be spying on your comments. Otherwise, here are your starting lineups…discuss amongst yourselves.
October 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM
The Angels win, but they still lose: No playoff this year after Oakland clinches at least wild card with a win over Texas.
ANGELS EIGHTH: Trout missed a chance for the cycle by grounding out to third against Hector Noesi. He needed a homer. Angels are facing elimination if Oakland can get three more outs to beat Texas. 7-4 Angels.
ANGELS SIXTH: Hernandez’s season comes to an end as the Angels knock him out with one out in the sixth on Mike Trout’s fourth hit — a two-run triple, and an RBI single by Torii Hunter. WIth seven earned runs allowed, Hernandez’s ERA jumps from 2.86 to 3.06. There will be no Cy Young in 2012. 7-1 Angels.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners left runners on first and second, and have now stranded eight runners through five. 4-1 Angels.
ANGELS FIFTH: Hernandez rebounds to strike out the side. He’s whiffed seven through five — but also given up eight hits and three walks. 4-1 Angels.
MARINERS FOURTH: The M’s leave the bases loaded on a first-pitch ground out by Dustin Ackley. They’re 0-for-3 with RISP, an ongoing plight of this team. 4-1 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: This just isn’t Hernandez’s night. He gave up two hits and two walks for another Angels run, coming on Mike Trout’s third hit of the game. Trout is putting heat on Miguel Cabrera in the batting race. Cabrera had three hits tonight and is at .329. Trout stands at .324. 4-1 Angels.
MARINERS THIRD: A leadoff single by Ackley — and then three straight outs, the final two strikeouts (Seager for the second time, and Montero). 3-1 Angels.
ANGELS THIRD: Hernandez gets back on track with a 1-2-3 inning, includin a strikeout of Mark Trumbo. 3-1 Angels.
MARINERS SECOND: M’s strand two as Ryan grounds out with runners on first and second (single by Olivo, walk by Robinson). 3-1 Angels.
ANGELS SECOND: Two more hits by the Angels, but no damage as Trout thrown out at second by Wells trying to stretch a single. Pujols struck out for the third out. 3-1 Angels.
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s got one run back on a one-out homer to left by Casper Wells, his ninth of the year. Wells now has two homers and a double in six at-bats off C.J. Wilson. 3-1 Angels.
ANGELS FIRST: So much for Felix Hernandez ending his season with a gem. He might recover to pitch well the rest of the way, but he got off to a horrible start, giving up four hits (including doubles to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols) for three runs. Hernandez also walked a batter, and threw 24 pitches. 3-0 Angels.
As mentioned, this will be the final start of the year for Felix Hernandez. It looks like one of the smallest crowds of the year at Safeco, and definitely the smallest King’s Court contingent (unless there’s a last-minute surge of fans).
Here’s how Eric Wedge assessed Hernandez’s season: “He had the best month I’ve ever seen in my life, whether it be as a player or as a manager. I think he’s been very consistent for us. Even when he had a couple of tough starts, the true test is how he comes back, and the way he gets back to the level we’re accustomed to seeing him.
“That means as much to me as anything, because you’re not going to perform at that level over the course of six months. These are big leaguers. They’re getting paid over there to come out and beat you. I’ve been really impressed with him handling the success, but when he does have a tough game, or a tough couple of games, I’m just as impressed with how he gets back on line. That means as much as anything. That’s what allows you to be consistent over 30 starts over the course of a season.”
September 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM
The Matt Harrison reign of terror is over, as Blake Beavan out pitches him, with major relief help from Josh Kinney and Tom Wilhelmsen. Michael Saunders’ HR in the second is the only run.
RANGERS EIGHTH: The M’s hold their 1-0 lead thanks to brilliant relief work by Josh Kinney, who replaced Beavan with two on and no outs. He struck out Kinsler, got Andrus to fly out, and struck out Michael Young.
MARINERS SIXTH: Justin Smoak, who just never gets out, lined a double (made it this time) with two outs, making him 15-for-30 over his last eight games. Saunders walked, but Liddi struck out for the third time. In his last two at-bats, Liddi has stranded five. 1-0 Mariners.
RANGERS SIXTH: This might be the best I’ve ever seen Blake Beavan, who gives up a two-out single to Young but gets Beltre to pop up. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Mariners looked at seven pitches in going down in order in the fifth. They still lead, 1-0.
RANGERS FIFTH: Beavan is through five shutout innings on a mere 53 pitches — and that’s without retiring the Rangers in order in any inning. This time, it was a one-out single by Moreland, followed by a double-play ball from Gentry. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: M’s may rue the day — or at least the inning — they loaded the bases with no outs and didn’t score. Saunders hit a broken-bat looper to second, Liddi struck out, and Jimenez grounded out. The way Harrison has owned them, they can’t squander a golden opportunity like that. 1-0 Mariners.
RANGERS FOURTH: Beavan’s shutout is still intact, but just barely. Cruz was thrown out at the plate to end the inning trying to score from first on Murphy’s double into the right-field corner. Nice relay from Wells to Seager to Montero. Earlier, Beavan had a hard grounder by Young go off his left foot (he scrambled to field the ball and throw out Young). Beavan was checked out by the trainer but stayed in. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: Harrison gets back on track with a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Gutierrez and Wells. 1-0 Mariners.
RANGERS THIRD: The Rangers got a leadoff hit for the third straight inning — a broken-bat single by Gentry — and again Beavan worked out of it, thanks to a 6-4-3 DP hit by Kinsler. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners jump on top with a solo homer by Michael Saunders — No. 17 — the first homer given up by Harrison at Safeco in 38 2/3 career innings. That came after rejuvenated Justin Smoak led off with a single to left-center — and was thrown out trying to stretch. 1-0 Mariners
RANGERS SECOND: Beavan nicely worked out of another jam after giving up a leadoff double to Nelson Cruz. The next three batters flied out. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: A promising start for the Mariners, as Gutierrez and Wells draw walks. But just when it looked like Harrison might be vulnerable, Seager grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, and Montero grounded out to second. 0-0.
RANGERS FIRST: Leadoff man Ian Kinsler reached on an infield single and got around to third with two outs before Adrian Beltre — back in the lineup after missing yesterday with abdominal pain — flied out. 0-0.
The big question: Can the Mariners finally figure out Matt Harrison? He’s ascended to the crown of top Mariner killer in baseball, having rolled up a 10-1 career mark in 17 games (13 starts) against Seattle with a 2.14 ERA. This year, he is 4-0, 1.10 in four starts and could become the first pitcher ever to beat the Mariners five times in a season. The last Texas pitcher to go 5-0 against a team was Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, vs. Oakland, in 1974. The last major-league pitcher to beat a team five times in a season was Detroit’s Justin Verlander last year against the White Sox.The only Rangers’ pitcher to beat one team more times consecutively than Harrison has beat the Mariners is Charlie Hough, with 13 wins against the Indians (1984-88).
Mariners starter Blake Beavan is 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA in five career starts against his original organization, 1-2, 3.72 in three starts this year. He gave up just two runs in seven innings six days ago in Texas but lost 2-1 to Harrison and the Rangers.
September 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM
The Rangers got the first two men on in the ninth on a single followed by an Alex Liddi error, but Seattle turned its third double play of the night. Wilhelmsen then struck out Mitch Moreleand to end it.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Big, big insurance runs on a two-run homer by Miguel Olivo off Alexi Ogando. 6-3 Mariners.
(Stephen Pryor is coming into the game to pitch the eighth for Mariners)
RANGERS SEVENTH: Iwakuma with a much-needed 1-2-3 inning. Nice outing for him, even with the absence of Hamilton and Beltre. I’d be surprised if he goes back out for the eighth 4-3 Mariners.
RANGERS SIXTH: They pulled within one run on a two-out homer by David Murphy, who has driven in all three Rangers runs. Murphy has a single, double and homer tonight, but I’m not sure he has a triple in him, but he does have three in 419 plate appearances, upon further review. 4-3 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Scott Feldman takes over on the mound and promptly strikes out the side — Montero, Smoak and Saunders. 4-2 Mariners.
RANGERS FIFTH: Iwakuma breezes through his easiest inning, retiring the Rangers in order.
MARINERS FOURTH: M’s regain the lead with two runs (one unearned, via a Michael Young error. That would have been Adrian Beltre at third had he not been ill). Carlos Triunfel had the big hit, a double down the left-field line that scored Casper Wells from first. 4-2 Mariners.
RANGERS FOURTH: With one out, the Rangers bunch four straight hits for two runs to tie the game, with both coming on a single by David Murphy with runners on second and third. Dustin Ackley is out of the game with a stiff neck. Alex Liddi took over at third, Seager moving to second. 2-2.
MARINERS THIRD: They got a second run on a leadoff triple by Gutierrez off the center-field wall (just eluding leaping center fielder Craig Gentry, and a wild pitch by Perez. Justin Smoak later added his second hit of the game, both of them scorched. 2-0 Mariners.
(There were some wireless issues that knocked out some of my previous posts. The Mariners scored in the second on an RBI double by Casper Wells, but squandered a chance for more with one out and runners on second and third).
RANGERS SECOND: Iwakuma works past a one-out double by David Murphy, striking out Soto and getting Moreland to ground out. First out was a nifty play by Triunfel, who backhanded a ball in the hole and sent a bullet throw to first to nail Cruz. The guy’s got an arm, no question about it. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: A one-out walk by Gutierrez, but he gets nowhere.
RANGERS FIRST: The Mariners turned a nice 4-6-3 to get out of the inning after an infield single by Elvis Andrus. Carlos Triunfel bobbled Andrus’s ball after a backhanded stop, but he showed a strong arm in completing the DP.
The Rangers, without Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, send 21-year-old rookie lefty Martin Perez to the mound, while the Mariners counter with Hisashi Iwakuma. The Mariners are the only team Perez has faced twice in his career, pitching 5.1 hitless, scoreless innings over two relief appearances. The Mariners are 0-for-15 against him, with two walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts.
September 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM
They did get a two-run homer from John Jaso in the ninth, and loaded the bases with two outs, but the hole they dug was far too deep. All of Seattle’s runs came on homers by Saunders, Thames and Jaso. Trayvon Robinson struck out to end it. Moral victory: They forced Buck Showalter to get closer Jim Johnson up in the ninth.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Hey, another run — a solo homer by Eric Thames. It’s 10-2.
ORIOLES EIGHTH: Good outing so far for Kelley, who has retired all six batters he’s faced — the only 1-2-3 innings for the Mariners tonight. But they trail 10-1.
MARINERS SIXTH: Ackley gets a one-out single to end a streak of 12 straight outs by Tillman, but he dies there. Tillman is dominating the Mariners once again. 10-1 Orioles.
MARINERS FIFTH: Another 1-2-3 for Tillman, who has retired 11 in a row since Saunders’ HR in second.9-1 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIFTH: Chris Davis goes down on 100 mph heat from Carter Capps to end fifth. Still 9-1 Orioles.
MARINERS FOURTH: Tillman has retired eight in a row since Saunders’ HR. John Jaso really has a tough 0-for-2 tonight. A drive to the wall in center, and a scorcher right at Andino. 9-1 Orioles.
ORIOLES FOURTH: Two more runs for the Orioles on a double by Adam Jones (now hitting .323, 50-for-155, against his former team) and a two-run homer for Matt Wieters, who was a high school teammate of Justin Smoak’s in Goose Creek, S.C. 9-1 Orioles.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s go down 1-2-3.
ORIOLES THIRD: Perez is restoring some order here, giving up only a walk to Nate McLouth (who has batted three times in three innings, as has J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis). But can the Mariners make a game of it, down 7-1 against a guy who has owned them this year?
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners get one run back on Michael Saunders’s 16th home run, which went to the opposite field. Jaso nearly hit one out right before, but he got Safecoed at the CF wall. 7-1 Orioles.
ORIOLES SECOND: Noesi didn’t make it out of the second inning in a pefectly dreadful return to big-league starting. He’s charged with seven runs (six earned), in 1 1/3 innings. Noesi gave up eight hits — two for each out he got. Oliver Perez came in to get the final two outs. 7-0 Orioles.
MARINERS FIRST: Two-out double by Seager, but Montero fouls out on a nice catch near the stands by Reynolds. 3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIRST: Rough return for Noesi, who threw 31 pitches and gave up three runs. Most disturbing was the 0-2 homer he gave up to leadoff hitter Nate McLouth, the continuation of a season-long problem. It was his fifth homer given up on 0-2. Noesi then got two quick outs before waking Adam Jones and giving up three straight hits for two more runs. In fairness, the last of those hits was a swinging bunt by Mark Reynolds. 3-0 Orioles.
Hector Noesi is back with a start, his first since July 4 against these same Orioles. He lost that game, his eighth straight defeat, to fall to 2-11, and soon found himself demoted to Tacoma. Noesi was 2-6 with a 5.74 ERA in 11 starts for the Rainiers, making him a combined 4-17 this season. Now he has a chance to leave a better impression heading into the offseason, so I’d say this is a pretty important start for Noesi.
One thing Noesi has to do — and this doesn’t take a genius — is cut down on his hojme runs. He gave up 20 in 100 2/3 innings, which obviously won’t cut it. Four of those 20 homers were on an 0-2 count, another sore point of his during his first stint — an inability to put away hitters.
The Orioles, who enter the game one game behind the Yankees in the AL East (but safely in playoff position as the second wild card) are 5-1 against the Mariners this year, and 8-17 against the rest of the AL West.
September 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM
The Mariners came into this homestand with an eight-game winning streak at Safeco, but they’re 3-5 with one game to play. Not much to say about this one — it was pretty much over when Oakland scored four in the fourth to knock out Iwakuma.
MARINERS EIGHTH: A one-out single by Saunders. That’s it. 5-1 Oakland.
MARINERS SEVENTH: It’s just not happening for the Mariners tonight. They got a leadoff walk but couldn’t do anything with it. They’ve stranded eight through seven, and trail 5-1.
OAKLAND SEVENTH: Strong inning for Shawn Kelley, who gets A’s in order and strikes out two. But Mariners have a lot of work to do, down 5-1.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners got two on with two outs, but Smoak grounded out, with Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson making a nice play. Smoak has stranded four runners in his last two at-bats. 5-1 Oakland
A’S FIFTH: Carter Capps has restored some order. Out of the four outs he’s gotten, three are strikeouts. But Mariners still trail 5-1.
MARINERS FOURTH: Three up, three down for the Mariners, though Miguel Olivo sent center fielder Coco Crisp to the wall for the first out. 5-1 A’s.
A’S FOURTH: The A’s batted around, scored four, and knocked out Iwakuma. The big blow was a two-run homer by George Kottaras, who had a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez last night. He has four homers and 13 RBIs in his last five games. Carter Capps came in and struck out Reddick to get out of the inning. 5-1 A’s.
MARINERS THIRD: They get runners on first and second with one out on singles by Gutierrez and Montero. But Smoak strikes out on three pitches (looking at strike three, a nasty curve; Smoak didn’t like the call), and Saunders grounds out. 1-1.
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners tied the game, and like Oakland’s run, it was unearned. Michael Saunders ripped a one-out double to center, and A’s shortstop Stephen Drew booted Miguel Olivo’s grounder for an error, leaving runners on the corners. Saunders came home when Trayvon Robinson grounded into a force. Brendan Ryan was hit by a pitch, but Ackley grounded out. 1-1.
A’S SECOND: A nice running back-hand catch by Trayvon Robinson gets Iwakuma out of the second inning as the A’s strand a runner at second. 1-0 A’s.
MARINERS FIRST: They get Franklin Gutierrez to second base with two outs (single, second on long fly by Seager), but he is stranded there. 1-0 A’s.
A’S FIRST: Iwakuma labored through a 25-pitch inning and gave up an unearned run when Kyle Seager couldn’t field Yoenis Cespedes hard grounder to his backhand side. It was ruled an error, and Josh Reddick scored all the way from first when the ball rattled around in the corner. Iwakuma’s biggest mistake was walking leadoff hitter Coco Crisp. 1-0 A’s.
Hisashi Iwakuma tries to stay on a roll for the Mariners. In his last nine starts, Iwakuma is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA. He had a 2.05 ERA in August. The only pitchers in the American League with lower ERAs for the month (minimum 25 innings) were Felix Hernandez (1.08), Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1.88, but now suspended), and Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (1.91).
September 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM
That one big fourth inning by the Mariners has sucked the life out of the Red Sox. Seattle leads it 4-1 midway through the seventh inning and it sounds like Red Sox Nation has been reduced to Red Sox County, or maybe Red Sox Main Street inside Safeco Field because the only noise being made is for the home team — which is generally how it’s supposed to go, but rarely does when Boston comes to town.
Highlights of this game? Well, Jason Vargas hasn’t given up a home run and has pitched relatively well. Miguel Olivo has a pair of hits. Kind of a yawner, but the Mariners will take it as opposed to another one-run game. Can’t remember the last time a Red Sox team rolled over and died like this but they haven’t even made Vargas sweat a trickle since the four-run outburst.
Bobby Valentine might be having a late lunch/early dinner with his owner and GM to go along with that earlier breakfast. This will be the seventh loss in a row for Boston unless the Mariners pull a total collapse over the final two innings.
August 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM
After a bit of a rain delay, the game is under way. The M’s are hoping to pull out at least one win in Chicago after dropping the first two in the series.
We apologize for not having blog updates this weekend: the games are being reported for us by a free-lancer who does not have access to the blog. I’ve created this post so that there’s a fresh comments thread — You folks cracked the 1,400 mark on the last one!
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August 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Hernandez strikes out Sean Rodriguez to end it, and chaos ensues. First perfecto in Mariners’ history, third in MLB this season, most ever. Mariners first team to ever had a perfect game thrown against them, and by them, in same season. In ninth, Felix struck out pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings, got pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger to strike out, then fell behind Rodriguez 2-0 before dropping in three straight called strikes.
RAYS EIGHTH: If anything, he’s getting stronger, striking out the side, all on breaking pitches or changeups. Rays, of course, will have 7, 8 and 9 in the ninth. 10 strikeouts for Hernandez. 24 up, 24 down. Three more outs, and Hernandez reaches baseball immortality. 1-0 Mariners.
RAYS SEVENTH: OK, folks, fasten your seatbelts: 21 up, 21 down. Joe Maddon was ejected arguing a strike call to Matt Joyce. There was a long delay, but Felix was undeterred getting Joyce to ground out on a 3-2 pitch — just his second 3-ball count.
RAYS SIXTH: No question Felix has the stuff today for immortality. He strikes out the side, 18 up, 18 down.
RAYS FIFTH: This is getting interesting. 15 up, 15 down, and 54 pitches. 1-0 Mariners.
RAYS FOURTH: Hernandez rolls on with another perfect inning. That’s 12 up, 12 down,and just 40 pitches through four. He’s fanned four. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s get a run, thanks to astute baserunning by Brendan Ryan and a clutch hit by Montero. Ryan, on first with two outs after a leadoff single, noticed that Hellickson wasn’t even checking him, and took off for second before he even began his stretch. When the pitch was in the dirt and got away from the catcher for a wild pitch, Ryan just kept running and got to third. Montero promptly singled him home. One run was all Felix needed in New York. 1-0 Mariners.
RAYS THIRD: Felix is making it look ridiculously easy. Nine up, nine down, 24 pitches through three. He’s fanned two. 0-0
MARINERS SECOND: They got a little something going with two outs when shortstop Elliott Johnson, shifted over to the right side, booted Smoak’s grounder for an error, and Trayvon Robinson singled him to second. But last night’s hero, Eric Thames, flied out. 0-0.
RAYS SECOND: Another 1-2-3 inning for Hernandez, who has thrown just 17 pitches. He struck out Longoria, who had been hitting .375 against him (in a small sample size: 6-for-16). This was the eight time Longoria has struck out against Hernandez. 0-0
MARINERS FIRST: Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson has pretty much owned the Mariners in his career. He’s 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in four previous starts, holding the Mariners to a .189 average and just one HR in 29 1/3 innings. The M’s got off to a promising start with an opposite field single by Dustin Ackley, but he was doubled off on a Saunders liner, and Montero lined out as well. 0-0.
RAYS FIRST: Can’t do much better than a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning.
The Mariners try to win their second straight series against a contender, and Felix Hernandez tries to get back on track after a sub-par, for him, outing against the Angels last time out. Hernandez, who had gone 6-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his previous nine starts, couldn’t hold a 5-0 lead.
August 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM
The Mariners got a leadoff single from Kyle Seager but nothing more in ninth. It was the third inning that did in Beavan and the Mariners. Tampa Bay scored all four of their runs.
RAYS NINTH: Baseball is a crazy game. Montero throws out Desmond Jennings, one of the most successful base stealers in the American League, but lets Jose Molina, of the snail-slow Molina family, steal second in the eighth. It’s his second steal of the year, but he’s stranded at second. Mariners come up in ninth, trailing 4-1, against Fernando Rodney.
RAYS SEVENTH: Carter Capps, in his home debut, has some control issues, walking three. But he picks off one and gets out of trouble by fanning Upton on a nasty curve (right after 99 mph heat). 4-1 Rays.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners finally get on the board but run themselves out of a bigger inning. Robinson led off with a triple and scored on Thames single. But Thames was caught off first on a ball that bounced a short distance from catcher Jose Molina. Thames started to break, stopped, and was thrown out. Figgins walked and moved to second on Ryan’s ground out, but Ackley grounded out to end the inning. 4-1 Rays.
RAYS FIFTH: Beavan has now settled down a bit, but the big news this inning was Jesus Montero throwing out Desmond Jennings trying to steal. Jennings had stolen 21 bases and only been caught once previously this season. In fact, he had stolen 20 in a row since April 10. 4-0 Rays.
MARINERS FOURTH: Seager gets to second with one out on a bunt single and wild pickoff attempt, but is stranded there. Seager, by the way, is now three hits away from taking over the team lead…from Ichiro. 4-0 Rays.
MARINERS THIRD: On the bright side, the Mariners won’t be no-hit tonight. Brendan Ryan laced a two-out single to center, but died there when Ackley grounded out. That pushes Ryan’s average from .199 back over .200, but I doubt he’ll get the shaving cream treatment again. Only once for that. 4-0 Rays.
RAYS THIRD: Beavan got battered for four runs, at one point giving up five straight hits — including a two-run homer from B.J. Upton and an RBI double by Ben Zobrist, Shawn Kelley was up, but Beavan got out of it. A nifty 43-pitch inning. 4-0 Rays.
(Meanwhile, in Memphis, Tacoma’s Justin Smoak was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning after getting two hits. Coupled with Mike Carp’s injury, can’t help but wonder if something is brewing.
MARINERS SECOND: They go down in order against against Cobb, who has a 4.32 ERA for the season, but is coming off three straight quality starts (2.14 ERA) with 16 strikeouts and just one walk in 21 innings. 0-0.
RAYS SECOND: The Rays got a couple of singles off Beavan, but the first was erased by a double-play ball from Jeff Keppinger, and the second by a strikeout off Ryan Roberts. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: And Cobb matches Beavan with an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning, getting three ground outs.
RAYS FIRST: Very solid 1-2-3 first inning for Blake Beavan. He threw 11 pitches — eight strikes. Good mix of slow and fast.
Jeff Evans of the Mariners staff came up with a neat stat: Rays ace David Price still hasn’t face the Mariners, despite the two teams meeting 34 times since he came up from the majors. And that statistic will reach 37, because Price is not scheduled to pitch in this three-game series.
On the other hand, Tampa Bay’s starter tonight, Alex Cobb, is making his 24th career start — and his third against the Mariners.
Mariners starter Blake Beavan is 4-0 with a 3.67 ERA in five starts since being recalled from Triple-A. He lost a chance for a win his last time out when the bullpen couldn’t hold the 7-3 lead he handed over in Baltimore.