ON THE MOUND
Safeco Joe is baaaaack!
6.1 innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts
(and the one walk was to the last batter he faced)
} Yoervis went 1.2 innings of hitless/scoreless relief with TWO strikeouts
} The Bartender has resumed Closing Time . . .
bit of a malox moment when he walked the first batter but, when he struck out the next two, it built confidence even when the fourth batter had an RBI single – I just had the feeling that he was NOT going to let this one get away. And, sure enough, he didn’t . . . save THIRTEEN in the books!
AT THE PLATE
~ Good to see the “answer” run in the bottom of the 2nd – Jesus’s RBI single to drive in Nick’
~ then the power show showed up in the 3rd when Kendrys posted an RBI double to drive in Kyle and Raul hit a TWO-run shot on the THIRTEENTH pitch of his AB (and with that, he has TEN on the season)
~ Not much after that but, not much was needed
IN THE FIELD
* Nick proves a worthy DP partner, showing off a nice pivot at 2B after receiving a shovel toss to complete the turn
* Kyle still super solid at 3B and Kendrys a bit under-rated at 1B, I’m thinking
quotes of the game . . .
“That was one of the best at-bats I’ve ever seen up here,’’ Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I mean, you’ve seen at-bats similar to that, but the left-on-left, him fighting through so many different pitches and fouling them off, tough pitches. And neither guy was giving in.’’
And nobody in the Mariners dugout was turning their head away once the at-bat got to about the eighth pitch.
“It could have been a broken bat single,’’ Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan said. “It could have been anything and it wouldn’t have mattered because it was just such an awesome fight and that’s what he’s all about – sticking his nose in there and competing and not letting that guy beat him. That’s what he talks about and he exemplified it right there.’’
tweets of the game . . .