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Rays catch and pass Mariners in ninth

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm with 4 Comments »
August 14, 2013 9:21 pm


The Mariners took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but for the first time Danny Farquhar couldn’t hold the lead in a save situation as the Tampa Bay Rays ralled for a 5-4 win.

The loss went to Farquhar (0-1), the win to Joel Peralta (2-5).

The Mariners fall to 55-64. The Rays snap a six-game losing streak and rise to 67-51).

“We talked about it before the game and it is hard to get those last three outs,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “A lot of times, no matter who you’re running out there, those last three outs are tough. We kind of had that lineup flipped to the top of the order. Medina got out of it, but those walked kind of hurt: flipped it back up, and those guys saw him last night. All that suff comes into play, but Hurang was good for the five. We felt that he could go back out there and hopefully get through the sixth, and it kind of snowballed on him a little bit there. But I think overall, I think we played a good game. We just came up short at the end.”

Ninth: Mariners go quickly. Rays strike quickly: Zobrist triples off the top of the wall, Joyce singles him home to tie it. Longoria doubles, moving Joyce to third. Farquhar intentionally walk Myers. Bases loaded, tie score, no outs. Bourgeous lofts a ball to deep right field. He’s credited with game-winning single. Rays win it 5-4.

Seventh and eighth In seventh Medina replaces Furbush. Mariners still up, 4-3. At start of eighth, Jake McGee replaces Price. Mariners go quietly. Medina walks the bases loaded, then with two outs, he strikes out Roberts. It’s 4-3 Mariners, and we’re headed to the ninth.

Attendance: 14,910

Sixth: Longoria doubles off the left-field wall and then Myers sends one over the left-field wall. Mariners lead down to 4-3 with no outs. Next two batters single and that will end Hurang’s night. Furbush coming in. He gets three straight outs, and Mariners stay up, 4-3.

Fifth: Mariners stir again after 12 straights from first inning to this one. With two outs, Ackley walks, Quintero gets infield single, Miller triples both home and then comes home on Franklin double. Mariners, 4-1.

Fourth: Matt Joyce leads off the bottom half with the Rays first hit, a single. The first Rays run follows shortly. It’s 1-1.

Second and third: Scoreless. Still, 1-0, Mariners. Harang has allowed no hits through three.

Play ball: We’re under way. Seager scores game’s first run: He’s hit by pitch, steals second, goes to thrid on a wild pitch, and then comes home on Morales two-out single. Mariners, 1-0 thru one.

Pregame: Here are the lineups for the Mariners’ second game against the Rays.

Aarong Harang (5-10, 5.79) starting for the Mariners. Here’s some of what acting manager Robby Thompson had to say about Harang yesterday: “We’ve seen him really good and we’ve seen him back, and the last couple haven’t been real good. He can’t afford to put guys on, walking guys, he’s got to pound the strike zone, he’s got to use his breaking ball, change-up, sink the ball a little bit and move the ball around, and get guys to swing the bat and put it in play. But when there’s free passes, and at times we haven’t played real well behind him, and we need to tighten that up. We’ll see what we get our of Aaron.”

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m., game will be shown on Root.

I’ll be back with some clubhouse notes shortly.

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  1. Quinault says:

    Ouch this hurt. Some surprisingly good pitching. Harang outpitched Price. Who saw that coming?

    Let’s win this series and continue the road trip!

  2. wabubba67 says:

    “Harang was good for five.” Yay.

  3. Huskydawg44 says:

    “We talked about it before the game and it is hard to get those last three outs,” acting manager Robby Thompson said.

    I was really tempted to say that this sounded like a losing attidute… then I checked the stats. Anyone know what the league average at converting save opportunities is (thowing out guys with 2 or less opportunities)? 73.5% This might be low due to using multiple pitchers in the same save opportunity. In any case, the Mariners have a 72.1% save rate (31/43). Sure would be nice to be Texas though… 94.7% save rate (36/38).

    Think about it this way, if the M’s had a 94.7% save rate on 43 tries we could potentially have 9 more wins and 9 less losses (rounded down to 40/43).

    That would put our record at 64-55, or just 3 games out of the 2nd WC spot.

    Again I don’t know if the math is all good, but it’s interesting…

  4. bbnate420 says:

    Thanks for the stats, Husky. They are very interesting. A blown save doesn’t automatically equate to a loss, but the M’s winning percentage would undoubtedly be better with a better save percentage. Finding a closer is an issue. I believe that Pryor has the stuff and temperament to do it, but he never has been a closer. And he has to come back healthy.

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