If you were hoping for a pitchers duel between Arizona starter Daniel Hudson and Seattle Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez, I’m sorry to disappoint you, as fans were treated to an offensive shootout in the wild wild west on Tuesday night. Both teams combined for 29 hits and 21 runs, as the Seattle Mariners (30-40) were able to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks (33-35) 12-9 in 10 innings.
Seattle struck first with a solo home run by Justin Smoak in the top of the first, to put the Mariners up 1-0. They added another run in the top of the third when Ichiro Suzuki scored on an RBI single by Kyle Seager.
The D-backs would respond in the bottom of the third when Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly to plate Willie Bloomquist, cutting the Seattle lead 2-1. The snakes would add two more runs when Paul Goldschmidt singled to center field, scoring Justin Upton and Jason Kubel. Arizona would plate two more runs on solo home runs by Gerardo Parra and Hill in the bottom of the fourth to put the team up 5-2.
Just as it seemed like the D-backs were pulling away, Seattle was able to battle back in an offensive explosion in the top of the fifth inning, thanks to two three-run home runs by Seager and Brendan Ryan, to take the lead 8-5.
Fortunately for the D-backs, their offense was just getting warmed up. Goldschmidt hit a home run to right field to get things started in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the lead to 8-6. Lyle Overbay followed with an RBI single to right-center field, plating Josh Bell. Bloomquist would tie things up later in the inning with an RBI single to center, scoring Parra. Miguel Montero would put the snakes up 9-8 in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single to right field.
The Mariners showed a lot of fight in them, coming back in the top of the eighth inning when Ichiro would hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Ryan. They would take the lead in the top of the 10th inning when pinch-hitter Casper Wells smoked an RBI single to center field, plating Munenori Kawasaki and Dustin Ackley. Ichiro added his fourth hit of the night, and added another run by doubling down the left field line, scoring Wells.
With the loss, Hudson provided yet another disappointing performance, allowing ten hits and seven earned runs and picking up his third loss of the season. On a side, note the Arizona bullpen underperformed tonight, providing six innings of relief of Hudson, allowing five hits and five runs combined.
On a positive note, the team continued it’s hot streak at the plate, picking up 14 hits and nine runs with seven different batters picking up hits. They will need to continue that streak tomorrow as Trevor Cahill takes the hill tomorrow in an attempt to take the series win.