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Well, despite not making a ton of progress on the wallpaper stripping project, I decided to treat myself and go to the game anyway…
boy, am I glad I did!
AWESOME performance by Jarrod and the “D” tonight!!
Nick Markakis’s single in the 4th was Baltimore’s ONLY BASE RUNNER and Jarrod went the distance the first one-hitter of his career (also the first one-hitter at Safeco Field)
I don’t know when I’ve ever felt so confident in a pitcher as a fan during a game…
It was just 1-2-3, 1-2-3 (first 11 in-a-row, then the hit, then 16 in-a- row). He commented after the game how he made an adjustment in ST that just seems to be working, allowing him to get more ground balls and indeed he did (11gb – 13fb). Even though it seemed he threw a lot of first pitch balls ~ he only went to a 3-ball count on two batters.
As is usually the case with this type of outing, the “D” was great behind him (really nice to see especially the ‘replacements’ stepping up to take over for Adrian, Yuni and Endy). There was a bit of luck though (either that or Wak really knows how to read a crystal ball when it comes to defensive positioning) – there was a stretch for awhile there with nothing by “at-’em balls.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Rather ironic that Jarrod finally gets a little run support and doesn’t need it…
~Russell with a 1st inning homer to center
~Ichiro with an RBI single
~Chris with a 2-run double
~Ryan with a sac-fly
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
It was a rather eerie sight at The Safe tonight, especially after it got dark…
None of the electronic scoreboards were working. The video board was functioning (and they ended up putting the pitch counts there w/each players picture) but all around the park the boards were dark. I always bring my radio, so the only thing I really missed was the pitch counts/speed. Of course the hand-operated scoreboard was working fine….
Oh, another What was really cool, is that his parents were in attendance – in town from Wisconsin.
Oh, a Junior tid-bit…
I was sitting in the first row of the third deck over the M’s dugout and at one point when Ichiro was at bat, I looked down and there was Junior at the rail (I think he was next to Rob) mimicking Ichiro as he was batting! I had heard that he did stuff like this, just never caught him in the act – it was hysterical!
Well, be interesting to see how Eirk follows up on this performance tomorrow….