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07/24/07 9:16 PM ET
Feierabend optioned after defeat
Seattle left-hander outdueled by Rangers' Rheinecker
By Drew Davison / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Ryan Feierabend did everything that manager John McLaren wanted. He gave the Mariners a solid spot start in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rangers. Feierabend went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. However, the Mariners' offense did not give him the necessary run support as the Rangers defeated the Mariners, 2-1, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth off Feierabend, sending the Mariners to their fourth consecutive loss. "You run into streaks like this during a season. We're not in a panic mode at all," said McLaren, who is 9-10 since taking over for Mike Hargrove July 2. McLaren said he was proud of the way Feierabend gave his team an opportunity to win, although the team optioned him back to Triple-A Tacoma following the game. "I pretty much knew when I was called up it was going to be for one day and I would get sent back down," Feierabend said. "I was happy with the way the outing went." Feierabend began every inning he pitched by getting two quick outs and made it through the first three unscathed. He began the fourth with two quick outs before giving up a double to Sammy Sosa and a triple to Marlon Byrd, which tied the game at 1. Feierabend said the triple to Byrd was a changeup that was supposed to be down and away but ended up over the middle of the plate. In the fifth, Feierabend again got two outs before giving up a double to Travis Metcalf, the Rangers' No. 9 hitter. Frank Catalanotto then grounded to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, who fired to first, but pulled Richie Sexson off the bag, allowing Catalanotto to reach safely -- although it was ruled an infield hit. That extended the inning and allowed Michael Young to drive in the go-ahead run with a single to left. The Mariners took an early lead when Jose Lopez scored in the first inning. Lopez drew a walk against Rangers starter John Rheinecker. Lopez advanced to third on a two-base error by Young and scored on an Adrian Beltre one-out groundout. It was the only run Seattle could muster against Rheinecker. "Pitchers have no room for error because we're not scoring very many runs, and it really puts a lot of pressure on our pitchers," McLaren said. "We know we can hit, and we will hit. It's a matter of us getting back to what we're capable of doing." Ichiro Suzuki has been clutch for the Mariners the entire season, entering the game hitting .390 with runners in scoring position. But he went 0-for-2 in those situations Tuesday afternoon. In the sixth, a pair of singles by Willie Bloomquist and Jason Ellison gave the Mariners runners at the corners with one out. But Rheinecker struck out Ichiro and Lopez to end the threat. The Mariners ended up stranding eight runners in the game. "When we do get someone in scoring position with less than two outs, we have to get that guy in and then start adding runs as game goes on," McLaren said. "We have just not been able to do that and until we do, the game is going to be close and there will be little room for error."
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.