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Danny Hultzen returns with six shutout innings

Danny Hultzen’s return to the Rainiers could hardly have gone better.

He went six innings, allowing no runs, two hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. Hultzen threw 78 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The Rainiers went on to win, 2-0, over the Las Vegas 51s.

“The big story of the game tonight was Danny Hultzen coming in here off of an injury and being able to come in here and throw six innings of two-hit baseball, one walk, six strikeouts,” Rainiers manager John Stearns said. “He really was calm, cool and collected on the mound. He had fastball command. His secondary pitches were down in the zone. If he pitches like that — if he keeps his ball down in the zone and throws like that — he’s going to have a really fine career in front of him.”

According to scouts in attendance, Hultzen threw 51 fastballs (36 strikes), 17 changeups (12 strikes) and 10 curves (four strikes). He threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 22 batters he faced.

“I’m happy with the way it went,” Hultzen said. “I’m happy to be out there again. (My changeup is) something I’ve been working on: not trying to be too perfect with it, and throwing it for a strike, and I think that’s helped that a lot. … Any movement with it is an extra bonus, but I’m just trying to throw it for a strike.”

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Yankees beat Mariners 2-1 before 43,389; Hernandez fine, but not enough else


It’s over: Yankees 2, Mariners 1.

Here’s some of what manager Eric Wedge had to say after:

On Felix Hernandez’s health: He was just having trouble catching his breath, so we just had to give him a blow out there. He got a little bit too amped up for a few moments. So Rick went out there and slowed him down for a few minutes and he was fine.

On Hernandez’s performance: He’s throwing the ball well. He’s strong. He had to work early on to find it and kind of get into the groove. But once he did, then he was much more efficient from then on. He did a great job. I can’t say enough about what he’s doing.

On changing things: “We can’t keep watching this. We have to be better offensively. When we do create opportunites, we’re not taking advantage of it. Having said that, we have to create more opportunites because you’re not going to come through every time, but we’ve damn sure got to do better than we’re doing right now. I know we’re beat up, we’re tired, I appreciate all that. But we’ve got to stick our nose in there and do a better job of fighting through ABs. We’ve got veterans out there, we’ve got young kids out there. Regardless or where they’re at, we’ve got to collectively be better offensively. … We’re trying everything we can. You make a move here, you make a move there. Right now we’re trying to get some of these guys back healthy. We’ve made moves that we’ve had to make already.

We had a chance to win yesterday and today and we didn’t do it. Until the offense gets going you have to fight through every game. You’ve got to get going offensively so you can loosen up and play. We’ve got guys out there capable of doing it, but they’ve got to do it.”

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Mariners historic comeback not rewarded with win


It was a multi-historic day at Safeco Field, but the Mariners weren’t rewarded with a win, as they fell to the Chicago White Sox, 7-5, in 16 innings.

The teams had played a Mariners’ record-tying 13 scorless innings before the Sox errupted for five runs in the top of the 14th … which the Mariners then matched in the bottom half with the big blow being a Kyle Seager grand slam

It was the first time that any team ever scored five or more runs that late in a game to tie. Ever. Anyone.

It also was first game in MLB history where each team scored 5-plus runs in the game after going scoreless through nine.

And Seager became the first player ever to hit a grand slam in extra innings to tie a game.

The game lasted five hours and 42 minutes.
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Mariners losing streak grows to seven games


Texas wins, 9-5. The Mariners’ losing streak grows to a season-high seven games. Over the last three games, Seattle has been outscored 28-6.

Here’s some of the clubhouse reaction:

On Joe Saunders:
He struggled tonight. He still battled: got us through five innings. But he still threw a lot of pitches. He made some mistakes and they got to him. The two home run balls were big. But I was pleased with us offensively. A lot of at bats, a lot of hits, played all the way through. But it was tough to be down early like that.

On the odd double-play call in the second inning: Everybody was focused on the bag. I thought he came off the bag, so that was what I was out there arguing. I didn’t come to find out until later with the replay that he didn’t even catch the ball. We were half blocked off in there. You’ve got a bunch of things going on out there, so I was out there arguing for that, but then after the fact I obviously found out it was a different story. … It would have been a much bigger argument if I had known that at the time, no doubt about it.

On catcher Jesus Sucre’s debut: I thought he did a nice job. Hit a couple of balls hard, got his first hit. I thought he received the ball well, carried himself well out there.

On the tired bullpen: The bullpen has just been used quite a bit. Our starters have been struggling going through the last week, and you see the results of it. But we’ve got to handle it. We’ve got guys who have to step up here. We’ve got a lot of guys offensively who look like they’re headed in the right direction. I think we’re on the upswing there. I want to be more consistent there. I want to come back out here (Saturday) and bang the ball around again a little bit. But we’ve got to do a better job early in the ball game.

On his first Major League hit:
That was amazing. The people started yelling at me. I was feeling pretty excited about it.
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451-foot Peguero homer highlights 6-0 win


Tom Wilhelmsen closes it out with a 1-2-3 ninth. Mariners win, 6-0.

Some clubhouse reaction:

“Maurer really set the tone. He threw a great ball game. He did a great job of using all his pitches, of executing pitches. He was down when he wanted to be down and elevated when he wanted to elevate. He was on and off the plate when he wanted to be, too. He did a great job. … I think he’s really settled in. I think he learned a great deal from those first two starts. That’s typical of a young starting pitcher with ability. You still have to get up here and see things for yourself and learn a great deal early on … and really throuought the course of your rookie season. He’s doing a good job of really settling in.

On Peguero’s 451-foot homer: He really got into that one. … He really went down and scooped that one out and hit it a long way. That was a big boost to get us going.

On the game:

“It was definitely nice to get the homestand started off on a good note and to beat a good pitcher and a good team. Maurer threw the ball great tonight and he gave us every chance to win. … We knew we had to play better and we came out with a little more of an edge today, and that was definitely a good thing. But we haven’t lost confidence in ourselves. We know we have a good offense, and we know we’re going to score more runs.”

On the key to facing this lineup)
Definitely no mistakes, because that’s what they hit. Be sure to keep the ball down, keep it on the outside, put a little sink on it, change speeds and go right after them.

On if he’s ever hit a longer home run: In minor league I think so, but here, this is the first longer homer I hit in the big leagues. … I follow it. Always as a hitter you want to see how far you hit it.

On the reaction he received in the dugout: The team was very happy. I just have a good idea and put everything on the ball. They just happy for me.

On if he ever hit one over the center field wall at Cheney Stadium: Never. I tried a couple of times, but I’ve never seen (it done).

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Seattle beats Tigers, Verlander, 2-0


Seattle wins it, 2-0. First Major League win for Carter Capps, and save to Tom Wilhelmsen. Loss to Justin Verlander (2-2). Second shutout of the Tigers this season.

“It was great to come back today, especially after a long night last night,” manager Eric Wedge said. “(Iwakuma) had fantastic stuff. His finger, obviously that’s why we had to get him out of there. Carter Capps stepped up and (Wilhelmsen) finished it off. We played some great defense. Of course Seeger with the big knock was big for us. A lot of people contributed.

“It was a short night, and we came back today and both teams were playing good hard baseball. It was a tough matchup. Iwakuma was up to the task; Verlander was on his game. We had a couple of people step up. Endy Chavez had a great game: great catch at the end, but also dropping that (seventh-inning single) in there. Seeger made a nice job with his straight-in slide into home plate. Some good things to draw from.”

Mariners move to 7-10 and begin a six-game road trip tomorrow at Texas.
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Saturday’s line-up and game notes vs. the White Sox — Felix goes for win No. 100

When Felix Hernandez steps on the mound today, he will be going for a few personal pitching milestones.

Hernandez will be trying to notch career win number 100 in his career. He is also five strikeouts away from 1,500 in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four players have struck out more hitters before the age of 27 (Hernandez turns 27 on Monday). Bert Blyleven (1,728), Walter Johnson (1,683), Sam McDowell (1,653) and Dwight Gooden (1,541) sit ahead of Hernandez.

Of the pitchers with at least 100 wins and 1,500 before age 27, there

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Mariners split their split squad games: Stefen Romero has himself a day

The facts

The Mariners continued score runs and blast the ball over the fence. Seattle got two home runs from prospect Stefen Romero and another from Casper Wells in the win. The Mariners also got outstanding pitching, limiting the Royals to two runs on seven hits and struck out eight batters

Play(er) of the game

Stefen Romero blew open a 1-1 game in the fourth inning, ripping 2-0 fastball from Guillermo Moscoso over the wall in left field for a grand slam (above).  That was the biggest hit

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