With the Seattle Mariners being such a poor batting team, no one could have guessed that this game would have been a shootout. They entered the game in 29th for on base percentage, 27th in team batting average with a .235 clip and 20th in runs. A battle of the bats is exactly what the Diamondbacks found themselves apart of on Tuesday night as the Mariners (30-40 overall, 18-21 on the road) entered Chase Field for the second game of a three-game interleague series.
On the mound for the Mariners was Erasmo Ramirez, a former relief pitcher. Entering the game, he held a record of 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. His counterpart? Daniel Hudson, holding a 3-1 record with a 5.61 ERA. In Hudson's last outing (against the Rangers), he pitched seven innings, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out seven.
Things where bad for Daniel Hudson from the beginning after he gave up a solo home run to first baseman Justin Smoak in the second inning. After that, he allowed Ichiro Suzuki-- after hitting a double from the leadoff spot-- to cross home in the third inning to make the score 2-0.
Willie Bloomquist was not going to allow his team to stand by and watch an inferior team defeat them so easily though. He hit a deep triple in the bottom of the third, allowing Aaron Hill to hit a sac fly and knock him in. Justin Upton and Jason Kubel promptly got on base after that. Paul Goldschmidt then hit a single up the middle sending Upton and Kubel home and making the score 3-2 in the Diamondbacks' favor.
Gerardo Parra and Aaron Hill kept the party going by hitting a pair of solo homers in the fourth inning. Then, Kyle Seager of the Mariners retaliated by hitting a 3-run home run to the pool area in the 5th, tying the game at 5. That was followed by another 3-run home by Brendan Ryan off of relief pitcher, Craig Breslow, in the top of the fifth to make the score 8-5. All in all, the Diamondbacks surrendered 6 runs in the fifth inning. Luckily for Arizona, the scoring was nowhere close to being done.
The Diamondbacks came back after that long half inning completely unfazed. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run, Lyle Overbay, a pinch hitter, pushed Josh Bell across the plate and Willie Bloomquist hit a single up the middle to send Gerardo Parra from third to home. The score was once again tied, 8-8 and the roller coaster continued. Justin Upton left the bases loaded after working to a full count.
In the sixth, a couple of wild pitches and a single from Miguel Montero saw Jason Kubel score. To go with the mantra of the game, Suzuki then proceeded to hit a sacrifice fly into right field, scoring Brendan Ryan once again.
Entering the 9th inning, the score was all tied at nine a piece. The closers did their jobs, sending the game to extra innings for free baseball. With players on 2nd and 3rd in the 10th, Casper Wells came in as a pinch hitter with the infield in. He proceeded to hit a single into center field, scoring 2 and all but wrapping up the game. Ichiro Suzuki then decided to cap off his impressive night with yet another hit and an RBI.
Daniel Hudson ended his night with a line of 4 innings pitched, 10 hits, 7 earned runs and 90 pitches thrown. Recently for Hudson, it has either been feast or famine from the mound. His ERA is now 6.60.
The good news didn't stop there for the Mariners, though. One of their most popular players, Ichiro Suzuki, hit his 2,500th hit in the first inning off of Daniel Hudson. Ichiro now holds the title for the fourth fewest games played (1,817) to reach that distinction.
On Wednesday, Jason Vargas will take on Trevor Cahill, who threw a shutout during his last outing against the Angels, for the series finale.
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