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Smoak double sends Mariners past Rays

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm with 2 Comments »
September 6, 2013 11:30 pm

MsRays0906 Mariners win it, 6-4. Win to Carter Caps, save to Danny Farquhar, and winning hit to Justin Smoak who drove home two with a two-out double in the eighth.

“A big hit,” manager Eric Wedge said. “The kid made a hell of an effort out there in right field to catch that ball, but Smoaky did a good job of getting inside the ball and keeping it fair. … Those are the differences in those games. We’re in pretty much every game. You look at our losses this year and how many tough losses have we had? How many games have we been in where we’re just a hit or play or a pitch away? Tonight we were on the good side of it, which was good to see.”

Seattle starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma went 5.2 innings and got no decision. The win went to Capps (3-3). Farquhar got his 13th save.

Brad Miller and Franklin Gutierrez each had two hits for the Mariners, who also tied their season high with two stolen bases (Nick Franklin and Gutierrez).

Mariners move to 64-77 on the season, while the Rays go to 77-63 and fall a game further behind Boston in the AL East.

Eighth:Two-out double by pitch hitter Luke Scott pulls Rays even, 4-4. However, Justin Smoak smacked a two-out, two-run double to right to put Seattle back out in front, 6-4.

Sixth: Rays get one back on Jose Molina two-out single. Mariners, 4-3. Iwakuma leaves after 5.2 innings, having allowed three earned runs, eight hits, two walks, five strikeouts, one wild pitch, one home run. He threw 98 pitches, 66 strikes.

In-game notes through the fifth (provided by the club):

Raul Ibañez hit his team-leading 27th home run, 3rd-most by a player in their age 41 season or older.

o Ibañez has homered in back-to-back games (PH 9th inning HR yesterday), after hitting only 1 HR from July 13-Sept. 4 (35 games).

o Ibañez has homered in consecutive games 7 times this season (last: June 30-July 2).

MOST HR, AGE 41 SEASON (or older)
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm
1. Ted Williams 29 1960 41 BOS
2. Barry Bonds 28 2007 42 SFG
3. Raul Ibañez 27 2013 41 SEA
4. Barry Bonds 26 2006 41 SFG
5. Darrell Evans 22 1988 41 DET

· Kyle Seager has recorded a pair of “go-ahead” RBI tonight, his 14th and 15th this season (Morales leads with 20).

o Seager has extended his hitting streak to 8 consecutive games (8/30-current)…is batting .406 (13×32) during the streak (also hits in 11 of last 12 games).

· The Mariners have recorded 2 stolen bases tonight (Franklin & Gutierrez, both in 3rd inning).

o Just the 9th multiple-stolen base game of the season for the Mariners (last: Aug. 30 at Houston; previous was June 29 vs. Chicago Cubs).

· Brad Miller led off the game for the Mariners with a double to right field…Miller has 5 extra base hits as the first batter of the game (2B – 2, 3B – 2, HR – 2).

o Miller is batting .317 (33×104) with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs when leading off an inning (not just 1st inning).

· DH Delmon Young hit his first HR this season with the Rays (hit 8 with Philadelphia).

o Was Young’s first HR with Tampa Bay since Sept. 23, 2007 (vs. Boston off Tim Wakefield).


Fourth:Raul Ibanez leads off the bottom half with a home run deep into the right-field seats. That’s No. 27 on the season. Mariners, 4-2.

Third inning: Rays take the lead on an odd little two-out rally: single, single, walk, wild pitch. Then Mariners tie it again in the bottom half on Franklin Gutierrez two-out single. He steals second and comes home on Seager single. Mariners, 3-2.

Second inning: Delmon Young ties it with a shot to the back of the Mariners bullpen.

First inning:Brad Miller leads off bottom half with Double and comes home on a Kyle Seager fly to the warning track. Mariners, 1-0.

Play ball: We’re under way.

Pregame: Here are the lineups for tonight as the Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.

Here’s what manager Eric Wedge had to say about having Raul Ibanez in the lineup after his pinch-hit home home run Thursday at Kansas City.

“I thought that was the best ball he’s hit in a while, but he’s hit a couple of balls like that lately,” Wedge said. “Obviously he’s had a tremendous year. When you impact the ball game like he did last night, obviously you want to get him back in there. It’s a fine line for us: We know we’ve got a lot of young kids here who want to play and need to play. But you have to also respect a major league season, and what Raul has done for us, and Kendrys Morales as well as a few of the other veterans.”

Wedge gave an update on Felix Hernandez, whose next start was delayed from Sunday to Wednesday after he experienced what was called a lower-back cramp this week. “We’re going to have him (throw) off the mound, for sure,” Wedge said. “He works off that angle and makes sure everything’s fine. He felt good playing catch (Thursday), so that’s a big start for him.” … Wedge also said Brandon Maurer will move back into the starting rotation once 21-year-old Taijuan Walker reaches his innings limit for this season. Maurer, 23, went 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA this season before moving to the bullpen where he has a 6.64 ERA in eight appearances. Wedge was asked what differences the club hopes to see when Maurer returns to a starting role. “Just to learn from what he’s experienced, both as a starter and in the bullpen, both at the big-league level and Triple-A,” he said. … The Mariners will wear special “Marineros” uniforms Saturday as part of “Salute to Latin American Beisbol Night.” After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned at Mariners.com.

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  1. Quinault says:

    It was great to get a win. It may be better to see the game in motion as we have players with speed – which we have not used all year. Big salute to Raul.

  2. It was tough for Wedge to utlize the speed of guys like Ackley and Saunders when they were rarely on base early in the season. Since Miller and Franklin came up the team has been running more, and it is a big part of Almonte’s game.

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