We are doing some more birthday wishes to the Everett Herald M's reporter Kirby Arnold, who celebrates a birthday today. Not sure how old Kirby is, I just know he's older than me. This birthday mention might become a tradition. Also celebrating a birthday today are former Mariner Kenji Johjima and rapper Kanye West.
There's something about Colby Lewis that gives the M's issues. In 16 innings against the M's, he's allowed just eight hits and one run. The M's go down 1-2-3.
Felix again has a slow start, giving up hits to Elvis Andrus and Michael Young to start the game. He looks like he will get out of trouble by getting Kinsler to ground out and striking out Vlad Guerrero, but Josh Hamilton muscled a pitch to right just past the diving Michael Saunders for a two-run double. Rangers lead 2-0.
M's go down 1-2-3
Felix gives up a hit and a walk, but no runs.
The M's squander a scoring chance when there was obviously a mix up of some sort. With Rob Johnson on second and Michael Saunders on first and Chone Figgins at the plate trying to bunt, Johnson was thrown out on a botched play. We weren't sure if he was stealing, or what was called. But it looked bad. Ichiro grounded out and Milton Bradley grounded out to end the inning.
Felix has a much sharper inning, going 1-2-3.
The M's cut the lead in half as Rob Johnson singled home Franklin Gutierrez. But getting runners on first and second and no outs and only coming away with one run feels kind of wasteful.
Felix has looked much better in the last two innings. He did walk Justin Smoak, but he struck out Max Ramirez and Julio Borbon with relative ease.
1-2-3's for both sides
The Mariners have a chance to get a run, but Josh Wilson's ground ball deep in the hole was gloved by Elvis Andrus deep in the hole. Andrus then made an off balance throw to get Wilson by a step. Just a fantastic play.
But the wheels come off for Felix. He hits Josh Hamilton on the foot with one out, and then gives up back to back singles to allow Hamilton to score. Hernandez then walks Max Ramirez, gets Julio Borbon to ground into a force out. At this point, he looks like he might get out of the inning. However, Elvis Andrus rips a double to the gap to score two runs. Rangers lead 5-1.
Rob Johnson doubles but is stranded.
Vlad Guerrero rips a two-run homer to left that travels an estimated 422 feet. This game has been over for about three innings.
M's go down 1-2-3
Chad Cordero comes in for the Mariners and gives up a lead-off single before getting out of the inning.