Well, the wheels just came off this game for the Mariners in the fifth inning, with Texas scoring six times to go up 7-0. Joe Saunders got the first out, but then a single, walk and single loaded the bases and then a bloop to left by A.J. Pierzynski led to another single that scored a pair. Jeff Baker then walked to load the bases — Saunders will be upset about the walks in the inning — and a David Murphy groundout scored another run.
Craig Gentry then tripled to left field on a ball Raul Ibanez looked mighty unsure of as he tried to play it. Two more runs scored on that and then Hector Noesi came on to pitch and yielded a double to the left field corner that brought the seventh Texas run home.
6:45 p.m.: We’re midway through the fifth inning and the Rangers lead it 1-0 on a Jeff Baker home run to right-center in the second inning. The only real good news for the Mariners — who have struck out eight times — is that they’ve got Rangers starter Yu Darvish up to 80 pitches already. Sort of a rope-a-dope deal going on. So, we’ll see how that plays out.
Joe Saunders is keeping the Mariners in it for now and if that Darvish pitch-count keeps soaring, it could be a determining factor in this game.