After a wild win Tuesday night, which ended on a 10th-inning walk-off single by Alex Guerrero, the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed back the Seattle Mariners for the second in a three-game series. On the mound for the Dodgers was David Huff, who was added to the 25-man roster to make the spot start.
The Mariners brought the power in the first inning for the second consecutive night. Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run — his first of the season — and Nelson Cruz followed with a solo home run that Carl Crawford nearly managed to snag. The Dodgers immediately had an opportunity to cut into the Mariners’ early 3-0 lead when Andre Ethier, who started in place of the injured Yasiel Puig, came up with the bases loaded with two outs.
However, Ethier was unable to capitalize as he struck out swinging to end the inning. Willie Bloomquist hit a one-out single in the second, but he wouldn’t get further than first base in a scoreless inning for the Mariners. Hisashi Iwakuma kept the Dodgers off the board in the bottom of the inning by retiring Juan Uribe, Joc Pederson and Huff in order.
Cruz drew a four-pitch walk with two outs in the third inning and Kyle Seager went against the Dodgers’ shift for a single to left. However, Huff then got Mike Zunino to ground out to keep the Mariners at bay.
Jimmy Rollins led off the bottom of the third with a stand-up double, then, after Carl Crawford went down swinging, the reliable Adrian Gonzalez put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI double to right field that made the score 3-1 in favor of the Mariners. Iwakuma limited the damage by striking out Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal to end the inning.
Huff hit Bloomquist with a pitch in the top of the fourth, then the veteran shortstop moved to second base on a Iwakuma’s sacrifice bunt. Rickie Weeks’ RBI base hit then extended the Mariners lead to 4-1.
Austin Jackson followed with a single of his own and after a visit from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, a passed ball allowed both runners to advance 90 feet. The miscue wouldn’t hurt the Dodgers however, as Cano flied out to end the inning.
The Dodgers looked like they were going down in order once again in the bottom of the fourth until Pederson earned a two-out walk. Tuesday’s hero, Alex Guerrero, pinch-hit for Huff and continued to state his case for more opportunities as he hit a two-run home run on the first pitch and pulled the Dodgers to within a run of the Mariners.
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