Feel free to figure this one out: Seattle is 2-3 against Kansas City this season - and hasn't even faced Zack Grienke yet!
Without Ichiro Suzuki for a fourth game in a row, the Mariners will keep Franklin Gutierrez as the leadoff hitter. He's batting an even .500 the past three nights (6-for-12) and he's drawn two walks.
Typically, however, that's led to two runs for Seattle.
As the Mariners scratch for runs, Jack Wilson has gone 1-for-12 this week, Bill Hall and Michael Saunders have gone 2-for-10 and Kenji Johjima 0-for-7.
They're all in the lineup tonight. It's Doug Fister vs. Kyle Davies.
Game of inches
The Mariners just did miss turning a double play behind Fister in the second inning, but miss it they did - and the next batter burned them.
With Mark Teahen aboard, Brayan Pena hooked a pitch down the right field line that literally brushed the wall as it cleared at the 326-foot sign.
They all count, but this was a galling inning for Fister.
In the second: Royals 2, Mariners 0
Is it the pitching?
Against the Mariners, one never knows.
The American League is batting .280 against Davies this season, but in their first three innings, Seattle has one hit - a single on which Gutierrez was thrown out trying for two bases.
Kansas City has two hits, and two runs.
The face is familiar
Yuniesky Betancourt homered on a pitch Fister would love to take back - an 88 mph fastball over the plate and up.
Yuni didn't miss it.
That's three hits for Kansas City. And three runs.
In the fifth: Royals 3, Mariners 0
Shut out no more
Russell Branyan blooped a single and got to second base on a wild pitch. Kenji Johjima singled off the bag at third, getting Branyan home.
With two outs, Saunders - aboard on a fielders choice - stole second base, and Gutierrez singled him in for his 53rd RBI.
Gutierrez took second base on the throw home, but he was left there.
After five: Royals 3, Mariners 2
The long ball
Two outs into the sixth, with a man on first, Fister left another pitch up and Alberto Callaspo turned it into his eighth home run of the season.
All five Kansas City runs have scored via the long all. When you can't get your pitches down, they tend to disappear.
In the sixth: Royals 5, Mariners 2
A walk and Bill Hall's one-out double set the scene for Russell, who then popped up to third base. Johjima struck out and the chance was gone.
So is Fister, done after six innings, replaced by Shawn Kelley.
After six: Royals 5, Mariners 2
More long ball
A two-out walk to No. 9 hitter Josh Anderson set up a two-run home run for leadoff hitter David DeJesus - his 11th.
That's four homers tonight, and they've produced all the runs the Royals have. Or need.
In the seventh: Royals 7, Mariners 2
And in the ninth
Johjima singled and Jack Wilson homered, cutting the Royals lead in home runs tonight to 4-1.
Inspired, the next three Mariners struck out.
It's a final: Royals 8, Mariners 4