Could this be the last time Mariners fans get to see Cliff Lee in a Seattle uniform? That seems unlikely. But the number of starts for Lee as a Mariner are dwindling fast. Perhaps five or six at most. As I said today on KJR with Ian Furness, you should really come to Safeco and watch him throw live if you can. It's pretty amazing to watch. But for the folks who cover the team, we get to also see the preparation, work and attention that goes into preparing for each start. Basically when Lee throws his last pitch tonight, he starts getting ready for his next start. He's that focused.
Lee gives up a two-out single to Joey Votto and a double to Scott Rolen, but he gets out of the inning.
The M's go 1-2-3
More of a Lee-like inning with two strikeouts.
Jose Lopez leads off with a double to left. The Mariners then load the bases with two outs as Josh Wilson and Rob Johnson draw walks from Reds start Johnny Cueto. But all three runners are stranded when Michael Saunders pops up to third.
Lee gives up a two-out double to Brandon Phillips, but leaves him stranded there.
M's go down 1-2-3.
Still, wait, the Mariners scored, my god, the Mariners have scored. Josh Wilson singles home Jose Lopez, who needs 24,560,859 steps to go from second to home on the play. The Mariners bring in Mike Sweeney to pinch hit for Mike Carp, but little lefty Daniel Herrera strikes him out, badly.
Seventh and Eighth inning
Cliff Lee is really, really good. And in a month he will be playing for another team.