The Mariners are as excited to see Ian Snell pitch as their fans, since most of them haven't seen him.
What they're hoping to see tonight is not just stuff but the ability to throw it deeper into games than, say, the fifth inning.
For a team built on pitching and defense, the Mariners can't afford to abuse their bullpen as they have recently - that's a no-win situation, and among the reasons the Mariners have won all that many games lately.
Still, the back-to-back winning months of June and July give Seattle two more winning months than all of 2008.
August has begun 1-0. Can they make it three in a row?
And can the Mariners rally tonight to split the series with Texas after losing the first two games?
Franklin Gutierrez has the night off, Ryan Langerhans is in center field and Ken Griffey Jr. - coming off his three-hit night - is batting fourth.
It's Snell vs. Scott Feldman.
Don't fall behind
Against big league hitters, pitching behind usually means falling behind on the score board, too.
After getting the first two hitters on a pop fly and called third strike, Snell fell beind David Murphy, 3-1, threw a fastball and watched it land in the upper deck in right field.
After one: Rangers 1, Mariners 0
Now, they've seen him
Feldman beat the Mariners on July 10, and needed only three innings to go through the lineup the first time tonight.
The Marinrs don't have a hit yet, and their lone baserunner - on a walk - was followed by a ground ball double play.
It's going to be tough for Snell to win if the Mariners don't score ...
Even through three
Snell has thrown 46 pitches in his first three innings - 23 strikes, 23 balls.
That's a hard ratio to maintain and stay in the game, but through three innings he's allowed only one run, on a solo homer.
Here comes Seattle
Rob Johnson singled, Michael Saunders walked and Ichiro singled to load the bases opening the sixth.
Russell Branyan grounded slowly to second base, scoring Johnson, and Jose Lopez singled into shallow center to get Saunders home.
Not much offense but enough, at this point, to give Snell a lead.
In the sixth: Mariners 2, Rangers 1
Michael Young led off the sixth with a home run and the game was even.
After six: Mariners 2, Rangers 2
Sean White in for Snell after six innings, gave up a leadoff single, got one out and then threw a pitch down and in to Jarrod Saltamacchia the catcher hit for his ninth home run.
After seven: Rangers 4, Mariners 2
One last shot
Branyan was hit by a C.J. Wilson pitch, and Jose Lopez singled to get Griffey Jr. to the plate down by two.
Junior grounded out, moving both runners up a base. Jack Hannahan struck out. Jack Wilson struck out.
By the way, for those who wonder: Snell came out because his right forearm stiffened up. He was hit there by a line drive in his last start, and Seattle was taking no chances.
It's a final: Rangers 4, Mariners 2