The Seattle Mariners take a close one against the Royals

9 May

After having great success on their road trip where they posted a 7-2 record, the Seattle Mariners return to the friendly confines of Safeco field. To hopeful start things off on the right foot the Mariners are sending Hisashi Iwacoma to the mound for his second start of the season. Opposing him will be Danny Duffy for the Kansas City Royals.
The 1t inning starts as Norichika Aoki steps to the plate and he flies out to Cole Gillespie. Erik Hosmer is up next and he singles. That brings Billy Butler to the plate and he hits a ball back to the pitcher for an out. Salvador Perez is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Brad Miller to end the top of the inning. Michael Saunders will start off the bottom of the inning with a walk. Stephen Romero is next to the plate and he flies out. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he flies out. Corey Hart steps up to the plate and he flies out to end the 1st.
Alex Gordon will start the 2nd with a strike out. Danny Valencia is next to the plate and he grounds out to Kyle Seager. That brings Lorenzo Cain to the plate and he grounds out to Justin Smoak to end the top of the inning. Justin Smoak will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to third for an out. Kyle Seager steps up next and he flies out. That brings Cole Gillespie to the plate and he walks. Brad Miller is next to the plate and he strikes out to end the 2nd.
Mike Moustakas will start the 3rd inning with a ground ball to Robinson Cano. Alcides Escobar is up next and he flies out to Cole Gillespie. Back to the top of the order for Norichika Aoki and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Mike Zunino will start the home half of the inning with a double. Back to the top of the order for Michael Saunders who hits a sacrifice bunt that moves Zunino to third. That brings Stephen Romero to the plate and he strikes out. Robinson Cano is the next man to the plate and he is intentionally walked. Corey Hart steps into the box and he has a single that brings Zunino home as Cano takes third. Justin Smoak enters the box and he flies out to end the 3rd. 1-0 Mariners.
Eric Hosmer will start the 4th with a single. Billy Butler is the next man to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Kyle Seager that is turned into a double play. That brings Salvador Perez to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager will start the home half of the inning with a fly ball for an out. Cole Gillespie is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Escobar. That brings Brad Miller to the plate and he pops up to Escobar to end the 4th.
Alex Gordon will start the 5th with a strike out. Danny Valencia is the next man to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Lorenzo Cain to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Mike Zunino will start the home half of the inning with a strike out. Back to the top of the order for Michael Saunders who strikes out. Stephen Romero is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Moustakas to end the 5th.
Mike Moustakas will start the 6th inning with a line drive that is caught by Justin Smoak. Alcides Escobar is the next man to the plate and he lines out to Brad Miller. Back to the top of the order for Norichika Aoki who singles. That brings Eric Hosmer to the plate and he strikes out to end the top of the inning. Robinson Cano will start the home half of the inning with a fly ball for an out. That brings Corey Hart to the plate and he flies out to Cain. Justin Smoak is the next man to the plate and he pops out to end the 6th.
Billy Butler will start the 7th inning with a strike out. Salvador Perez is the next man to the plate and he grounds out to Brad Miller. That brings Alex Gordon to the plate and he singles. Danny Valencia steps up to the plate, Gordon is caught stealing to end the top of the inning. Kyle Seager will start the home half of the inning and he is hit by a pitch. Kevin Herrera will take over the pitching duties for the Royals. James Jones will pinch hit, for Cole Gillespie, is the next man to the plate and he hits a sacrifice bunt to move Seager to second. That brings Brad Miller to the plate and he flies out. Mike Zunino steps up to the plate and he grounds out to Moustakas to end the 7th.
Danny Valencia 8th inning with a strike out. Lorenzo Cain is next to the plate and he strikes out. That brings Mike Moustakas to the plate and he grounds out to Robinson Cano to end the top of the inning. Michael Saunders will start the home half of the inning with a ground ball to Valencia for an out. Stephen Romero is the next man to the plate and he pops up to Moustakas for out two. That brings Robinson Cano to the plate and he pops out to Moustakas to end the 8th.
Fernando Rodney will take over the pitching duties for the Mariners. Alcides Escobar will start the 9th inning with a walk. Back to the top of the order for Noricnika Aoki who hits a sacrifice bunt to move Escobar to second. Eric Hosmer steps to the plate and he walks. That brings Billy Butler to the plate and he strikes out. Salvador Perez is the next man to step up to the plate and he hits a ground ball to Brad Miller to end the game. Seattle Mariners win 1-0.

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