The Seattle Mariners and their fans will get their first look tonight at 23-year-old right-hander Kyle Drabek, the pride of the Toronto franchise who is making is second major league start tonight.
He was 14-9 with a 2.97 in Class AAA, and the son of big-leaguer Doug Drabek has impressed the Blue Jays with both stuff and demeanor. Wait till he gets a load of the Seattle offense.
Ichiro is within three hits of 200 for the season for the 10th consecutive year, and there must be several hundred people in the stands here to see it happen. Oh, the humanity!
- Toronto handed the Mariners a scoring opportuity, putting Chone Figgins and Jose Lopez aboard on back-to-back one-out errors. Justin Smoak then hit the hardest ball of the inning - a shot up the middle - that turned into a double play when Aaron Hill made a diving stop to steal an RBI single.
- A one-out single by Yunel Escobar was followed by a Jose Bautista double when Bautista's grounder hit the bag at third and caromed high over the head of Lopez. David Pauley struck out Vernon Wells and got Lyle Overbay on a ground ball. Nice pitching.
- Ryan Langerhans singled with two outs and Michael Saunders hammered a home run to straightaway center field, his ninth of the season. In the second: Seattle 2, Toronto 0.
- With two outs, Lopez homered on a 1-0 pitch, his eighth of the season. In the third: Seattle 3, Toronto 0.
- Wells led off with a line drive that just cleared the fence right down the left field foul line, his 29th home run. Singles by Lyle Overbay and Adam Lind, then a walk to John Buck loaded 'em up with one out. Edwin Encarnacion grounded out, Overbay scoring. In the fourth: Seattle 3, Toronto 2.
- Chris Woodward walked and Ichiro, in his third at-bat, flied to shallow left field - he's now 0-for-3 against Drabek. Figgins grounded into a double play.
- With Brian Tallet on in relief, Lopez homered again - his second of the night, ninth of the season. In the sixth: Seattle 4, Toronto 2.
- No one is calling Pauley a phenom, but as a potential fifth starter, he's gotten into or beyond the sixth inning in nine consecutive starts - and he pitches out of his own trouble. He hasn't allowed more than four runs in any of his 13 starts, and hasn't won a game since Aug. 18. Tonight, through six, he's allowed two runs.
- Ichiro leads off the eighth inning with a single, his 198th hit of the season. Lopez hit his third home run of the night, his 10th of the year. In the eighth: Seattle 6, Toronto 2.
- And in the ninth: Brandon League on in relief, after Jamey Wright pitched two scoreless innings. Aaron Hill singled. Adam Lind doubled. John Buck grounded out, Hill scoring. Encarnacion grounded out. Travis Snider struck out. It's a final: Seattle 6, Toronto 3 .