SEATTLE – Another tense battle with a large crowd in the stands gave the Mariners a taste of what they can expect if this run of theirs carries over into the second half.
And some of the lessons learned in a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night will have to be remembered if indeed the Mariners are to continue as something other than May and June wonders. Facing the weakest in a quintet of Philadelphia starting pitchers, the M’s piled up five base runners in the first two innings, but managed to score only one run.
That proved costly as Felix Hernandez kept a 1-1 tie going into the seventh inning, only to surrender a two-run, bases-loaded double with two outs by Shane Victorino that gave the visitors the lead. Victorino, who also tripled in the third inning, would close things out in the ninth with a two-run homer off Seattle reliever Jamey Wright.
Hernandez gave up a run in the first inning as the first two Phillies reached base and Ryan Howard later hit a towering sacrifice fly to center. But Seattle tied it up in the second inning off Phillies starter Vance Worley as Dustin Ackley sent a full-count offering over the right-field wall for his first major league home run.
The crowd of 35,829 at Safeco Field gave Ackley a long and loud ovation as he rounded the bases and stayed on their feet long after he’d re-entered the dugout. The ensuing at-bat had already begun by the time Ackley gave a cap tip to the crowd in between pitches.
Seattle had chances to do even more damage off Worley the first two innings but could not put him away. Adam Kennedy hit a two-out single in the first inning, then watched Justin Smoak drive a double off the wall in left-center that didn’t miss being a home run by much.
Miguel Olivo grounded out to end the first with two aboard. In the second – after the Ackley homer – Mike Carp walked and advanced on a wild pitch and Greg Halman singled to put runners at the corners with only one out.
But Ichiro grounded the ball right at second baseman Chase Utley, who threw home to nab Carp in a rundown and then Brendan Ryan struck out.
Seattle managed only an Ichiro infield hit in the fifth from that point on until a two-out Halman single in the ninth. Ichiro saw his multihit streak end at six straight games.
LOB—Philadelphia 8, Seattle 9. 2B—Victorino (10), Howard (17), Do.Brown (6), Smoak (16). 3B—Victorino (7). HR—Victorino (8), Ackley (1). RBIs—Victorino 4 (28), Howard (58), Ackley (1). SB—Rollins (15), Halman (2). S—Ryan. SF—Howard. RLISP—Philadelphia 5, Seattle 5. RMU—Ibanez, I.Suzuki, A.Kennedy. GIDP—Polanco, Gload. DP—Seattle 2.
|Stutes W, 1-0||12/3||0||0||0||2||1||2.08|
|Bastardo H, 7||11/3||0||0||0||0||2||1.00|
|F.Hernndz L, 7-6||7||8||3||3||2||5||3.34|
IR-S—Bastardo 2-0. HBP—Utley. WP—Worley, F.Hernandez. T—3:09. A—35,829 (47,878).