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Mariners target first series sweep in two months

Aug 31, 2008 - 9:09 AM Seattle (52-83) at Cleveland (65-69) 1:05 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- For a team that is supposed to be one of the worst in baseball, the Seattle Mariners have been inflicting their share of damage on playoff-contending teams lately.

The Mariners eye their first sweep since late June when they conclude their series with the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Seattle has been in the American League West basement every day since May 7, but has played some of its best baseball recently, wreaking havoc on Minnesota and Cleveland, teams trying to stay in the race in the AL Central.

The Mariners have won four of their last five against those teams, all the more impressive as the Twins entered their series against Seattle with victories in four of their previous six games while Cleveland was in the midst of a 10-game winning streak before it dropped the first two games of this series.

To cap off their first series sweep since June 27-29, the Mariners will turn to converted reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith (3-2, 3.73 ERA). The lefthander won for the first time in six career starts in Tuesday's 3-2 home win over Minnesota after he yielded two runs and five hits over seven innings.

The Indians will attempt to avoid their first three-game losing since dropping 10 straight from June 28 to July 9 by countering with Zach Jackson (0-0, 4.91), who was acquired as part of the CC Sabathia trade last month.

The lefthander recorded his third straight no-decision since joining the Indians' rotation in Monday's 4-3 win over Detroit, allowing three runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 frames.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 6 7 2
    CLEVELAND 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4 9 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH, JAKE WOODS (7TH), RANDY MESSENGER (7TH),
    MIGUEL BATISTA (8TH), ROY CORCORAN (9TH) AND KENJI JOHJIMA
    CLE - ZACH JACKSON, MASAHIDE KOBAYASHI

    Aug 31 4:12 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ SCORED JHONNY
    PERALTA. ERROR BY JOSE LOPEZ ALLOWED RYAN GARKO TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F GUTIERREZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6
    CLEVELAND 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: K SHOPPACH (.265, 2-FOR-3)

    Mariners 6, Indians 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 31 3:49 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ANDY MARTE SCORED FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A MARTE ON FIRST, K SHOPPACH ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.273, 1-FOR-3)

    Mariners 6, Indians 2  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 31 3:18 PM
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    Mariners 6, Indians 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 31 2:33 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (23) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF ZACH JACKSON SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6, CLEVELAND 1
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.296, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 6, Indians 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 31 2:29 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R IBANEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    CLEVELAND 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.255, 2-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Mariners 4, Indians 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 31 2:28 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ICHIRO SUZUKI SCORED JEFF CLEMENT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, M CAIRO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 2
    CLEVELAND 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.266, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 2, Indians 1  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 31 2:24 PM
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    Mariners 1, Indians 1  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 31 1:36 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SHIN-SOO CHOO (9) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, CLEVELAND 1
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: F GUTIERREZ (.237, 8 HR, 34 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Indians 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 31 1:32 PM


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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (22) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF ZACH JACKSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, CLEVELAND 0
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.297, 12 HR, 75 RBI)

    Mariners 1, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 31 1:22 PM