g39 | of non-obstruction, tweaked backs, at-em balls, strikes called balls and balls called strikes . . .

Mariners 3 | Yankees 4

Can you say “unravelled”? That’s basically what happened, yarn-by-yarn.

Felix wasn’t actually “cruising” . . .
the lead-off runner was aboard in every inning but the 2nd, his only 1-2-3 inning. But, he gutted through without allowing a run ~ until the 6th when with one on, he threw to 2B for a force out and appeared to tweak his back. After a visit from the trainer, he took the mound and promptly allowed an RBI double but, completed the inning with a walk and a fly out. His back tightened up in the dugout and he did not return for the 7th. Apparently, there was a bit of controversy in the 4th, when “obstruction” was called on Felix as he went to field a ball at 1B. The way I heard it described after the fact (I was in the transit tunnel when it happened and still haven’t seen a replay) was that Morales actually caught the ball and the runner (Overbay) was called out. But, because Felix was in the baseline, obstruction was called and the Overbay was ruled safe. It ended up being moot, there was one out at the time and Felix struck out the next two batters – his final line . . .

SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

The bullpen, blew only their second save of the season. It was a rough 7th inning, to say the least, where EIGHT men came to the plate and THREE scored (at least one, IMO, who got aboard via a third strike that was called a fourth ball) to give the Yanks the 4-3 lead and the eventual win.

} Youervis & Charlie combined for 2/3 of the 7th TWO hits~THREE earned runs~THREE walks~ONE strikeout
} Carter had a good “too little, too late” scoreless, hitless outing with THREE strikeouts

~ Rauuuuuuul delivered in the 6th what seemed, at the time, to be a death blow to the Yanks (a TWO-run homer)

Rauuuuuuul! | Kathy Kmonicek, AP

Rauuuuuuul! | Kathy Kmonicek, AP

~ Michael M had THREE hits (including a double)
~ Kendrys and Kyle also each had a double (Kyle’s of the TWO out RBI variety)
~ ‘t was nice to see the double-digit hits (10) but there was the old familiar “not enough” with RISP (2-11) One heart-breaking example was in the 8th . . .
Dustin drew a pinch hit walk, Brendan moved him over and was safe on a bunt, Michael S struck out but then Justin came in as a pinch hitter, had a fabulous EIGHT pitch at bat and lined HARD right into the SS’s glove for the unassisted double play.

~And yes, Mo is great and all, but that last pitch to Michael M was clearly a ball

* TWO double plays (Brendan-Kendrys, Brendan-Robert-Kendrys)
* Kelly had a throwing error, Felix the “obstruction” (neither resulted in runs)

tweets of the game . . .





time for a little “Kuma Karma” tomorrow 😉