September 12, 2011 in Sports

Royals shut down Mariners

K.C. pitchers strike out dozen
Kirby Arnold Everett Herald
Associated Press photo

Police, fire and other first responders stand with the Mariners during introductions Sunday.
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SEATTLE– In their past three games the Seattle Mariners showed why, according to manager Eric Wedge, it’s important to let them play through the inconsistency of their successes and failures.

Rookie Everett Teaford, making his first major league start for the Kansas City Royals, shut down the Mariners on Sunday in a 2-1 Royals victory at Safeco Field.

One day earlier, young Felipe Paulino and three Royals relievers struck out 16 Mariners hitters in a 5-3 K.C. victory.

That followed one of the Mariners’ better offensive games of the season, a 7-3 victory when they pounded veteran Jeff Francis.

The Mariners’ offense has performed better since early in the season but still succumbed to 28 strikeouts in the past two games, including a dozen Sunday. It’s growing pains, Wedge said.

“We’ve talked about being aggressive vs. being passive,” Wedge said. “Early in the year we were really passive. But we’re trying to find it and as we continue to get more experience, the strikeouts are going to come down and we’ll do more damage.”

Teaford struck out five in five innings and the Royals’ young relievers – Blake Wood, Greg Holland and closer Joaquim Soria – recorded seven strikeouts in the last four innings.

The Mariners’ only run came in the eighth off Holland when Ichiro Suzuki doubled to score pinch runner Michael Saunders.

One day after all 10 Mariners who batted in Saturday night’s game struck out at least once, the only hitters not to strike out Sunday were Ichiro and Justin Smoak.

Suzuki finished 1 for 4, giving him 168 hits for the season with 16 games remaining for him to get 200 for the 11th straight season.

Smoak singled in the ninth and went 1 for 4, but he’s batting .333 with six RBIs in 10 games since he came off the disabled list.

“As they continue to learn themselves in regard to pitch selection – fastballs they can get to and fastballs they need to lay off, different counts, different situations – they’ll be better,” Wedge said.

Kansas City ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
A.Gordon lf 502203.299
M.Cabrera cf 401011.298
Butler dh 401000.293
Hosmer 1b 401000.286
Francoeur rf 401000.282
Y.Navarro 3b 400001.231
B.Pena c 411000.250
Getz 2b 200001.254
A.Escobar ss 412001.247
Totals 3529217
I.Suzuki rf 401100.275
Ryan ss 401001.244
Ackley 2b 401002.290
Carp lf 400003.274
Smoak 1b 401000.232
T.Robinson pr 000000.250
Olivo dh 401002.223
C.Wells cf 200011.238
J.Bard c 301001.218
M.Saunders pr 010000.162
C.Gimenez c 000000.159
Liddi 3b 200001.125
Seager ph-3b 100001.265
Totals 32161112
Kansas City 001000100—290
Seattle 000000010—161

E—A.Vasquez (2). LOB—Kansas City 9, Seattle 5. 2B—A.Gordon 2 (45), Hosmer (24), I.Suzuki (20). RBIs—A.Gordon 2 (82), I.Suzuki (40). SB—Ryan (12). S—Getz. RLISP—Kansas City 5, Seattle 2. GIDP—Butler. DP—Kansas City 1, Seattle 1.

Teaford W,1-0 5300152.73
Bl.Wood H,4 2000043.75
Holland H,18 1211021.93
Soria S,28-35 1100014.03
Vasquez L,1-3 6722027.29
Kelley 1100110.00
Ruffin 1100023.75
Delabar 1000020.00

IR-S—Kelley 2-1. IBB—Me.Cabrera. HBP—Getz. WP—Teaford. T—2:34. A—20,951 (47,878).

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