Mariners 2, Giants 1

Justin Smoak’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored

pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second when the throw home hit

Kawasaki in the back, giving the Mariners a 2-1 win over the San

Francisco Giants on Sunday.

Sergio Romo (2-1) allowed back-to-back singles to Kyle Seager

and Jesus Montero to open the ninth before being replaced. After

Michael Saunders failed to bunt the runners over, Smoak lined a

single to left off Javier Lopez.

Tom Wilhelmsen (3-1) pitched a tense, but scoreless, ninth


San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner allowed three hits in

eight innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Felix Hernandez threw seven innings, allowed one run, struck out

seven and walked one.

Wilhelmsen walked Pablo Sandoval to load the bases with one out

in the ninth, bringing the National League’s leading hitter coming

into Sunday, Melky Cabrera, to the plate. Wilhelmsen struck him out

on three pitches after a four-pitch walk to the previous


Nate Schierholtz pinch hit for Buster Posey, and grounded out to

second to end the inning.

Bumgarner walked Dustin Ackley with one out in the eighth to end

a streak of 18 retired batters. Brendan Ryan followed with a single

before Bumgarner got a groundout from Ichiro Suzuki and struck out

Franklin Gutierrez.

Brandon Crawford led off the seventh with the first hit against

Hernandez since the third inning. He was thrown out when Emmanuel

Burriss’ bunt was scooped up and thrown to second by catcher Miguel

Olivo. Hernandez dove to his stomach to avoid Olivo’s throw and

Olivo ended up on the ground a couple feet away after tumbling on

the follow through.

Hernandez struck out Pablo Sandoval with his 113th pitch to end

the threat.

Brandon League took over for Hernandez in the eighth. With two

on and two out, Smoak dove to his right at first to smother a

grounder by Hector Sanchez, then flipped to League to keep the game


Hernandez escaped the first allowing just one run, despite three

hits and a walk, then gave up just two hits over the next four

innings, effectively mixing in his curveball for strikes. He closed

the fifth by striking out Posey looking.

Bumgarner was right with Hernandez. Ackley’s sacrifice fly

scored Casper Wells and squared the game at one in the second.

Wells slid to the inside of home plate to avoid Hector Sanchez’s

tag at the plate. Olivo moved to third on the play, though

Bumgarner induced a groundout from Ryan to close the inning.

Ackley’s fly out began Bumgarner’s five-inning stretch without a


Hernandez had been struggling. He tinkered with his lineup

during his bullpen work earlier in the week, trying to find a

remedy for his recent woes. Hernandez’s ERA was 6.36 over his

previous six starts, during which he was 1-4.

League’s third pitch bounced past Olivo and hit plate umpire

Andy Fletcher in the right wrist. He came out of the game and was

replaced by crew chief Joe West, who had been working second base.

After a 10-minute delay, play resumed.

NOTES: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said struggling starter Tim

Linceum will make his next start and insists the two-time Cy Young

Award winner is close to regaining his form. . Mariners manager

Eric Wedge is keeping Wilhelmsen as his closer. Wedge had said he

hoped to move Brandon League back into the role, but Wilhelmsen’s

success is forcing the manager to keep Wilhelmsen there.