On Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners looked very little like the miserable team of banjo-hitting saps that were blanked just a few days ago as victims of a perfect game. In the second game of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, the Mariners pulled off a fantastic 9-1 victory, ensuring a series win in Motown.
The M's once again got on the board right away, with Jesus Montero hitting a two-out RBI single in the top of the first inning. They piled on three more runs in the top of the second with a two-run Dustin Ackley single and a Brendan Ryan sacrifice fly.
Alex Liddi added onto the lead with a two-run homer in the top of the third. The bottom of the third inning saw the lone Tigers run of the game, on a Brennan Boesch leadoff homer.
Seattle wasn't done, however, adding runs in the fifth and sixth innings with RBI hits by Ackley and Montero and a bases-loaded walk by Michael Saunders. Ackley, batting leadoff, went 3-for-6 with three RBI. Montero and Ichiro Suzuki also contributed three hits each to the 15-hit Seattle romp.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was once again at the top of his game, but unlike his last start, he received plenty of run support. Hernandez allowed just one run in seven innings. Somewhat unusual for Hernandez, he walked three and struck out just two, but also allowed just four hits. What's more, Boesch's home run was the lone Detroit extra-base hit of the game.
They'll go for the clean sweep on Thursday morning. If they can pull off their third straight win, they'll get back to .500 at 10-10.
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