June 10, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (16) hits a grand slam against the Seattle Mariners during the 2nd inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
The Dodgers rode a 2 out rally in the second inning, complete with an Andre Ethier grand slam, to an 8-2 victory in the final game at Safeco field. Bobby Abreu led off the 2nd inning with a double (the 2,416th hit of his career) but the Dodgers looked in danger of stranding the leadoff hit after James Loney and A.J. Ellis were retired. But the bottom of the order battled their way on base. First Adam Kennedy worked a 3-2 walk followed RBI singles from Tony Gwynn Jr. and Dee Gordon. Elian Herrera worked another walk and the table was set for Andre Ethier. After running the count full to Ethier, Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan (considered a control pitcher who was now in danger of walking the third batter of the inning) threw a fastball right down broadway which Ethier crushed for the grand slam.
After the outburst in the 2nd inning, the Dodger bats remained quiet for most of the rest of the day, but Chad Billingsley was strong for the second time this week. Billingsley surrendered a solo homerun in the first but would blank the Mariners for the next 6 innings. Billingsley ended the day going 7 solid innings allowing 1 run on only 2 hits (3 walks) while striking out 8.
Once the Dodgers knocked Beavan out of the game, the Mariners bullpen pitched well for most of the remaining contest until the Dodgers tacked on an additional 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning. The Dodgers bullpen wasn't tapped until the 8th inning where Scott Elbert and Jamey Wright combined for a scoreless 8th inning. Shawn Tolleson was called upon to get the final 3 outs and he struggled initially giving up a single and a run scoring double before calming down and getting the final 3 outs (striking out the final two batters of the game.)
The Dodgers leave Seattle winning 2 of 3 and winning 7 games on the 10 game road-trip.
The Dodgers return home tomorrow for a six game homestand starting with 3 games against the Angels. Chris Capuano will start for Los Angeles while Garrett Richards gets the call for the visiting Angels.
Home Runs: Seager (8), Ethier (10)
WP - Chad Billingsley (4-4): 7 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
LP - Blake Beavan (3-6): 2 IP, 5 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts