No, Russell Branyan isn't a franchise power-hitter, but in an organization that simply doesn't have much run-production, he offers the Seattle Mariners a different look at home.
When Branyan and Casey Kotchman each hit three-run home runs on Sunday in Detroit, it was the first time the Mariners had done so since July 18, 2008 - a half season before Don Wakamatsu was named manager.
So power hasn't been part of the Jack Zduriencik retooling just yet, except perhaps for Branyan, who was signed last year, had a career season and has now been re-acuired.
Branyan is hitting third. Interestingly, Michael Saunders is batting ninth - though he has two more home runs and only 10 fewer RBI this season than cleanup hitter Jose Lopez.
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The power tonight may come from the mound and Felix Hernandez.
- Felix has a 19-pitch first inning, allowing one single and striking out cleanup hitter Billy Butler to end it. Now, stand back - let that Seattle offense do it's work ...
- Ichiro taps a ball just off the end of Brian Bannister's glove, and after that, no one is going to throw out Ichiro. Infield hit No. 26 this season. Ichiro took second on a one-out throwing error by Bannister. With two outs, Jose Lopez doubled off the wall in left field. Ichiro scored easily. In the first: Seattle 1, Kansas City 0.
- Defense! Felix walked Scott Podsednik with one out in the third, but got a sharp grounder from Jason Kendall that Lopez fielded and started a 5-4-3 double play with.
- David DeJesus singled, took second on a ground ball, went to third on a Jose Guillen single. Alberto Callaspo flied out, DeJesus scoring. In the fourth: Seattle 1, Kansas City 1.
- Michael Saunders opens the fifth with a double into right field. Ichiro grounded out, Saunders to third base. Figgins singled, Saunders scoring. Branyan homered, his 13th. In the fifth: Seattle 4, Kansas City 1.
- On his 84th pitch, Felix walked DeJesus with one out. Billy Butler hammered a double off the left field wall, DeJesus scoring. In the sixth: Seattle 4, Kansas City 2.
- In what looks like his last inning, Felix allowed an Mike Aviles single on his 99th pitch, then struck out Mitch Maier on his 105th pitch. Brian Sweeney began warming in the bullpen. Yunieskey Betancourt flied out on pitch No. 107. With his 109th pitch, Felix wild-pitched Aviles to second base. Podsednik flied out on the 112th pitch. Don't expect Felix back for the eighth inning. In the seventh: Seattle 4, Kansas Ciy 2.
- Brandon League starts the eighth inning. Jason Kendall and DeJesus singled, putting Royals at first and third base with no one out. Butler flied out, Kendall scoring. Jose Guillen singled, DeJesus to third. Callaspo singled, DeJesus scoring. Garrett Olson in to pitch. Aviles flied out. Maier walked to load 'em up. Brian Sweeney in to pitch. Betancourt grounded out. In the eighth: Seattle 4, Kansas City 4.
- Robinson Tejada, in relief, walks Branyan. Lopez doubled down the right field line. Gutierrez struck out. Kotchman was intentionally walked, loading 'em up. Milton Bradley, hitting for Rob Johnson, struck out. Jack-not-Josh Wilson popped out. After eight: Seattle 4, Kansas City 4.
- David Aardsma on to pitch the ninth.
- Extra innings. Chad Cordero in to pitch the 10th. With two outs and an 0-2 count, Betancourt singled home Maier, who'd tripled. After a wild pitch, Podsednik blooped an RBI single over Wilson's glove. In the 10th: Kansas City 6, Seattle 4.
- Lopez singled with one out and, with two outs, Kotchman singled him to third base. Josh-not-Jack Wilson ran for Kotchman. Josh Bard struck out. It's a final: Kansas City 6, Seattle 4.