Ichiro is still out, Adrian Beltre still swollen – and you know where! – and now Russell Branyan is on the disabled list with a herniated disk.
That leaves the team with no one with 20 home runs and only one player, Jose Lopez, with more than 55 RBI.
A team that’s won with pitching and defense is going to have to pitch better, defend with near perfection and somehow manage to score a run or two along the way.
It’s Ian Snell vs. Gil Meche.
Need runs? No problem!
Franklin Gutierrez and Josh Wilson singled to open the first inning, but Jose Lopez popped out.
The rejuvenated Mike Sweeney – contract drive, anyone? – doubled both base runners home, his 25th and 26th RBI of the season.
Jack Hannahan doubled Sweeney home. Jack Wilson doubled Hannahan home.
After one: Mariners 4, Royals 0
Mitch Maier’s single was the first Royals hit of the night, but John Buck followed it with his sixth home run.
Yuniesky Betancourt, a pest since Kansas City acquired him, drew a walk. David DeJesus flied out. Willie Bloomquist flied out. Billy Butler flied out.
More runs? Just ask!
Hannahan hit his fourth home run of the season, his third as a Mariner, into the right field seats.
Ryan Langerhans singled and, with one out, Rob Johnson homered deep into the lower deck beyond left field.
Maier lined a ball off Snell’s right arm, and while the ball bounced to first for an out, Snell went down like a soccer player kicked in the shin.
He got back up and talked his way into staying in the game.
Snell has his five innings and qualifies for the win, but trainers are looking him over – and he’s going to feel this one later.
Miguel Batista will replace Snell in the sixth inning.
In the fifth: Mariners 7, Royals 2
Why they’re the Royals
Batista got through the sixth, then lost control in the seventh – giving up back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases.
In the seventh: Mariners 7, Royals 2
Jose Lopez led off the eighth inning with his career-high 20th home run, good for his 79th RBI.
Also, here’s the update on Snell: His right arm is swollen and bruised, but unbroken.
And in the ninth: duck!
Randy Messenger gave up a home run to Mark Tehan and then was chewed out on the mound by pitching coach Rick Adair.
Next pitch: Long home run for Maier.
Messenger then got two popups and a ground ball to end it.