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
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
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.