David Pauley is starting the first game of a scheduled day-night double header, and the Seattle Mariners would happily take a repeat of his only career start against Boston.
On July 24, at Safeco Field, Pauley went 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run - and a David Ortiz homer - in a no-decision.
Now, FenwayPark isn't Safeco Field, but Pauley is a tenacious right-hander who seems capable of pitching into and out of jams throughout a game. He'll need to feel his way through this Red Sox lineup, and hope the Mariners can score against Josh Beckett.
The odds on both happening? Not great.
- Well, it's sprinkling again, but the Mariners offense seems not to care - it can disappear in any weather. Through three innings, Seattle has one hit, Ichiro's leadoff infield single. On the other hand, in the first two innings, Pauley hasn't allowed a Red Sox base runner.
- First Boston hit, a Marco Scutaro ground ball double inside third base. Scutaro took third on a ground ball, but stayed as Victor Martinez lined out. David Ortiz grounded out. Just another balancing act for Pauley. In the fourth: Boston 0, Seattle 0.
- Scutato singled and, with one out, Martinez singled hi to second base. Ortiz walked to load 'em up. Adrian Beltre singled off Pauley's foot, scoring Scutaro. Mike Lowell flied out, Martinez scoring. Daniel Nava singled scoring two more runs. Jamie Wright in to pitch.In the sixth: Boston 4, Seattle 0.
- Russell Branyan hit his first career Fenway Park home run. It was his 20th of the season, 10th as a Mariner. Jose Lopez singled, Casey Kotchman homered, his ninth. In the seventh: Boston 4, Seattle 3.
- Representing the tying run, Ryan Langerhans walked - and Josh Wilson popped out trying to bunt. Ichiro grounded out, Langerhans taking second base. Branyan flied out. In the eighth: Boston 4, Seattle 3.
- With two outs, Wright walked Beltre and Lowell, and Beltre scored on a Darnell McDonald single. In the eighth: Boston 5, Seattle 3.
- It's a final: Mariners have a four-game losing streak with Felix to pitch the 4 p.m. (PDT) nightcap. Boston 5, Seattle 3.