Fernando Rodney Blows 2nd Save Of Season

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The Seattle Mariners just couldn’t figure out David Price. Perhaps the M’s should trade for him just so they don’t have to face him anymore.

It was the pitching matchup everyone thought it would be. Hisashi Iwakuma vs Price. ‘Kuma actually bested Price, having a 1-0 lead going into the 9th.

Then, the Fernando Rodney roller coaster ride took a steep drop down and all hell broke loose. David DeJesus led off the inning with a game-tying solo homer. After getting the next two batters out, it appeared that we were going to the 10th.

Rodney had other ideas. Three straight singles scored the go-ahead run and Rodney walked the next batter to load the bases before finally getting the hook from skipper Lloyd McClendon.

Danny Farquhar came in and got Ryan Hanigan on three pitches to end the inning. But the Mariners had to face Price in the bottom of the 9th and he was able to get Robinson Cano, Corey Hart and Justin Smoak in order to end the game.

Iwakuma is now 2-0 (should be 3-0) in his first three starts of 2014 with an ERA of 1.59. He was out of gas after the 8th as this is only his 3rd start with no spring training.

Price gave up six hits including four doubles, but he struck out 12 M’s as the team went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, something they had been better at so far this season.

In fact, the only run the Mariners scored was on a fielder’s choice grounder hit by Cano that scored James Jones from 3rd in the 1st inning.

Speaking of Vader – yes, that is James Jones’ nickname from here on out. He has at least one hit in every game he has started, is batting .370 overall and is 5-for-16 with five runs in four games since moving into the leadoff role.

The Mariners have still gone 13-6 since snapping that dreaded eight-game losing streak on April 23, putting their record at 20-19. Today’s game marks the 1/4 point in the season.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Tampa Bay

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Wil MyersRF400000201.250
David DeJesúsDH412110000.280
Evan Longoria3B400000201.271
Ben Zobrist2B400000001.258
James Loney1B401000000.317
Seán RodríguezPR-1B010000000.264
Desmond JenningsCF401000000.255
Matt JoyceLF403100000.294
Yunel EscobarSS301001101.250
José MolinaC200000102.130
Ryan HaniganPH-C200000104.261
Totals35282117010

Batting

2B – D DeJesus (8, H Iwakuma)

HR – D DeJesus (4, 9th inning off F Rodney 0 on, 0 Out)

RBI – D DeJesus (14), M Joyce (20)

2-out RBI – M Joyce

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – B Zobrist 1, J Molina 1, R Hanigan 2

Team LOB – 7

Seattle

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
James JonesCF411000101.370
Stefen RomeroRF400000000.231
Robinson Canó2B402100100.307
Corey HartDH400000201.222
Justin Smoak1B400000202.239
Kyle Seager3B300000101.240
Dustin AckleyLF302000100.265
Mike ZuninoC301000201.257
Brad MillerSS300000201.156
Totals32161001207

Batting

2B – J Jones (4, D Price); R Cano (8, D Price); D Ackley (5, D Price); M Zunino (6, D Price)

RBI – R Cano (22)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Jones 1, J Smoak 1, K Seager 1, M Zunino 1

Team LOB – 4

Running

Picked Off – D Ackley (1st base, D Price)

Pitching

Tampa Bay

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
David Price(W, 4-3)9.061101201.164.02

Seattle

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Hisashi Iwakuma8.04000500.661.59
Fernando Rodney(L, 1-2)(BS, 2)0.24221111.713.31
Danny Farquhar0.10000101.303.15

WP – D Price

Pitches-strikes – D Price 109-81; H Iwakuma 97-70; F Rodney 26-16; D Farquhar 3-3

Ground balls-fly balls – D Price 9-6; H Iwakuma 12-6; F Rodney 1-3; D Farquhar 0-0

Batters faced – D Price 32; H Iwakuma 28; F Rodney 7; D Farquhar 1

Game Details

Game Time: 2:48.

Umpires: HP–Gary Cederstrom. 1B–Kerwin Danley. 2B–Lance Barksdale. 3B–Mark Ripperger.

Weather: 75 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 5 mph, In From Center.

Attendance: 13,446.

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