Friday, August 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mariners 3, Rangers 1
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers lost for only the third time all season when taking a lead into the eighth inning, falling to the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Friday night.
Seagers gets Rangers again:Kyle Seager can be in an 0-for-21 slump and still find a way to torture the Rangers. He did it Friday night by turning a 1-0 Rangers lead into a 2-1 Seattle lead with a two-run home run off reliever Neal Cotts with one out in the top of the eighth. Seager's shot just cleared the fence in right-center field. Seager extended his hitting streak to 12 games at Rangers Ballpark. Seager is batting .500 with three home runs and eight RBIs during his streak. Left-handed batters had two hits in their last 28 at-bats against Cotts before Seager's homer.
ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly segment to discuss the Rangers and MLB replay.
Rangers rally fizzles: The Mariners' bullpen tried to give the game back to the Rangers in the bottom of the eighth. They didn't take it. Oliver Perez walked Craig Gentry and hit Leonys Martin to start the inning. Elvis Andrus got a bunt down with two strikes to put both runners in scoring position. The rally collapsed there. Ian Kinsler struck out against Yoervis Medina. After Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked to load the bases, A.J. Pierzynski's flair was snagged by Seager.
Holland sharp again: Derek Holland took a no hitter into the top of the fifth before former Rangers teammate Justin Smoak broke it up with a triple hopper up the middle for a single. Catcher Humberto Quintero also had a single in the inning with two outs. Holland got out of the inning by getting leadoff hitter Brad Miller to fly out to center field. And that was it. Holland allowed the two hits and walked three.
Rangers score in fourth: Kinsler drew a walk with a full count and that started a rally for the Rangers. Beltre had a single to move Kinsler to third. Pierzynski followed with a single to left field to score Kinsler. Beltre moved up to third base and Pierzynski darted his way to second base. He slid in safely, but umpire Angel Hernandez incorrectly called him out thinking that the Rangers catcher over-slid the base.
If there were replay: Major League Baseball is on the verge of expanding replay in 2014. There would have been several close calls replayed on Friday night. The Rangers would likely have been awarded a run in the first inning when Elvis Andrus tried to score on a single by Beltre. Andrus slid around the tag of Quintero, who missed him, and the Rangers' shortstop was able to touch home plate with his thumb. Plate umpire Doug Eddings missed it and called Andrus out.
Up next: The Rangers and Seattle play the second game of a three-game series with left-hander Martin Perez (5-3, 3.44 ERA) facing Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez (12-5, 3.28) at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.