(or lack thereof….)
like being able to lay down a bunt with two on, no out and just getting a clutch hit here and there.
ON THE MOUND
ChiTown has rarely been kind to Felix (1-4 and a 4.75ERA in 7 games)
Unfortunately, his numbers didn’t improve in that regard today. And, he missed an opportunity at history ~a win would have been the 100th of his career and five more K’s would have equalled 1500~ which would have put him in elite company as only the fourth pitcher (w/Bert Blyleven, Walter Johnson and Dwight Gooden) in MLB history to collect those milestones before his 27th birthday. I’m sure the team loss hurts him more than the loss of the history notation . . .
“There was just one mistake — the homer. That was about it,” he said. “When it left my hand I thought, ‘That’s going to be up.’ It was a changeup, and I was trying to go down, but it didn’t work. It was a good call, but a bad changeup.” –Felix Hernandez (Greg Johns | MLB.com)
Felix has a decent shot to reach the milestones a few days after his 27th birthday (which is Monday) at home during a Supreme Court Night (for which I’ll be in attendance!) on Thursday vs. the Rangers.
Considering what he inherited in the 7th, bases loaded and ONE out, Charlie did OK, giving up a sac-fly and recording a strikeout. Then Stephen pitched a nice 8th getting TWO fly outs and ONE strikeout.
AT THE PLATE
The M’s scattered only SIX hits and went OH fer SEVEN w/RISP 😦
The Mariners fans in the stands with the sign for home run in “Morse Code” were disappointed, as Michael only had a single and a walk. The other Michael (Saunders) hit a TWO-run, pinch hit homer in the 8th to bring the game within ONE run – unfortunately, that would be the last run of the game.
IN THE FIELD
* Kyle muffed a routine ground ball that would have been the third out of the 2nd inning but, no harm done (save a couple extra pitches for Felix) as the next batter to flied out to right (note: Kyle’s recovery was super as his throw was a strike to Justin but just a hair late because he wasn’t able to find the handle immediately after the ‘boot’)
* DP count = 1
Quote of the game . . .
“Every single game we’ve played this year we’ve had runners on base and are just missing that timely hit in the gap or whatever it may be,” said Saunders. “But we fought hard, we were in the game the entire way and gave ourselves an opportunity. If we do that over the course of the season, we’re going to win a lot of ballgames.”
Tweet of the game . . .