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Mariners Rock Out In Second Series Win Over Rays

SEATTLE  - MAY 24:  Russell Branyan #30 of the Seattle Mariners swings at the pitch during the game against the San Francisco Giants on May 24, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
John PearsonContributor IAugust 9, 2009


Today the Mariners rocked out. 

The onslaught was inspired by a weird cosmic aligning of two. 

The Mariners looked dominating in their second win of the series against the reigning AL champs.

Rowland-Smith came to play as he held the Rays to two runs over 6 2/3 innings, and picked up his second win of the year.

He spun six K’s by way of some kind of regional Australian funk that was too foreign for the likes of Rays hitters. 

The Rays seemed to keep waiting for the pop club music to get their boogie on, but in the end were left lonely with deflated egos leaning against the wall. 

Rowland-Smith’s performance included a stretch where he retired 13 of 15 Rays hitters and a third inning of only backward K’s.

The Mariners offense continued to jam in tune and on count recording their second 10+ run performance in the past week.

The game began to turn to domination with two out in the second inning when Ichiro classically placed a ball just out of reach of Rays defenders with his second hit on the day,. This tied the game 2-2 by bringing around Jack Wilson from second. 

Two spot hitter, Franklin Gutierrez, was feeling a percussion that just doesn’t stop and followed nicely with his second career homerun off Scott Kazmir and his second homerun in two days.  

Gutierrez marked the second lead change of the game providing the Mariners with a two run lead. 

The Mariners just seemed to mosh out for the rest of the contest, which was highlighted by Russell Branyan’s deafening heavy metal style grand-slam in the sixth, blowing the ear drums of Rays players, who remained mute for the rest of the game.

With this 11-2 victory the Mariners are two for two in Rays series this year.

On the second Sunday in August the Mariners put on quite the show for their fans.




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