Seattle banged out 15 hits in the game with 13 different players each getting. The Mariners used a seven-run sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie.
With a runners on first and third, Jeremy Reed appeared to rip a double down the right field line, only to be ruled foul by a matter of inches. On the very next pitch, Reed ripped an 0-2 fastball over the right-center field wall. The Mariners poured it on from there as Rob Johnson hit a two-run home run to left, Jeff Clement and Wladimir Balentien each added RBI singles in the inninng
“The hitting coach (Jeff Pentand) is happy I can tell you,” said manager John McLaren. “We put a few nice swings on the ball today.”
The Mariners took an early 3-0 lead on a two-run Mike Morse double to center and an RBI single from Jose Lopez.
Pitching-wise, starter Jarrod Washburn was very sharp going two innings and allowing just one seeing eye single.
“I thought he threw the ball really well,” McLaren said. “He’s been throwing well on the side and he’s really improved his changeup. Wash has got a lot left in his tank.”
Miguel Batista was sharp for two innings, but got a little “too fine” in the fifth, falling behind and loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk and then gave up a run a fielder’s choice. After another Batista walk, McLaren brought in R.A. Dickey with the bases loaded. Ideally it’s not the best situation for a knuckleballer, but Dickey didnt’ throw any wild pitches, he did give up single to Bryan Myrow, scoring a run, a misplay by Wladimir Balentien allowed the other run to score to tie the game 3-3.
“I was real happy with the first game out of the chute to swing the bats the way we did,” McLaren said.