Topic: erasmo ramirez; brad miller; nick franklin; leadoff homers
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August 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM
Justin Smoak singled and then Dustin Ackley hit a triple to center field to give the Mariners a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning. The Rays had two on, one out in the bottom of the inning, but Oliver Perez struck out Jose Lobaton and Kelly Johnson to carry the lead to the seventh.
5:52 p.m.: Ben Zobrist just tied Brad Miller 2-2 in home runs and tied this game 4-4 in the fifth with a two-run blast to right field off Erasmo Ramirez. Kelly Johnson led the inning off with a long single ripped off the right field wall before Zobrist hit his second homer of the night.
This is just the third time since records were kept starting in 1916 that two leadoff hitters have had multiple homers in the same game. The prior ones came June 5, 1994 when Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins and Tony Phillips of the Tigers did it. Before that was on July 8, 1965 when Joe Morgan of the Astros and Felipe Alou of the Milwaukee Braves went deep.
Ramirez is lucky not to be down by a run as Wil Myers ended the inning with a blast to the warning track in left center — the deepest part of the park — that was hauled in at the last moment.
5:28 p.m.:Brad Miller just launched his second home run of the night well into the back of the right field bleachers to give the Mariners a 4-2 lead in the fifth. It’s the second multi-homer game of Miller’s career.