Talk about from one extreme to another.
A scoreless game through THIRTEEN innings becomes a FIVE-all tie in the FOURTEENTH in a way that has NEVER happened in MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY ~ a grand slam to tie it in an extra inning game!
The heart they showed was heartening but, ultimately the result was heart-breaking.
ON THE MOUND
Kuma was awe.some.
His stellar work was done after EIGHT innings (99 pitches) and unfortunately, there would be EIGHT more. He gave up a single in each of the first THREE innings and then retired SIXTEEN in-a-row with a final line of . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts
} Yoervis took over in the 9th (Bartender was not available after pitching each of the first two games of the series) and promptly gave up a single and then allowed a runner to advance to 2B for the first time in the game (via a wild pitch) but was able to escape unscathed. Yorvis + Charlie + Carter + Ollie = 3.1 scoreless
} Danny and Hector weren’t so lucky. In the FOURTEENTH they combined to give up TWO walks, FOUR singles and ONE double that yielded FIVE runs. Then the miracle happened in the bottom of the inning and then Hector played Houdini and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the FIFTEENTH but, would end up surrendering the winning run(s) in the SIXTEENTH via THREE singles.
AT THE PLATE
~ In the first NINE innings, the M’s collected NINE hits (TWO doubles) and FIVE walks but also grounded into FIVE double plays. They had SIXTEEN total hits but were 3-16 with RISP
~ In the bottom of the FOURTEENTH, after the White Sox scored FIVE in the top of the frame, the M’s would put up FOUR consecutive singles then with ONE out then, with TWO OUTs and TWO strikes, a hit that will live in infamy (as it was the first ever grand slam to tie a game in major league history) despite the loss – in the words of Aaron Goldsmith . . .
“That. Just. Happened.”
‘t is really is a shame that they couldn’t have pushed across ONE measly run earlier in the game to win it for Kuma – they had SO MANY chances 😦
IN THE FIELD
^ Nick seems to like to do “firsts” in “two’s” . . .
He hit his first and second big league homers in the same game (in SanDiego) and, today, he stole his first and second big league bases.
^ Despite a couple of errors (Endy and Kyle) there were THREE dp’s and some other really nice plays, like this one by Kendrys . . .
tweets of the game . . .
M*A*S*H and MOVEMENT
* Guit to the 60-day DL (retroactive to April 23)
* Brandon Bantz selected from AAA and Carlos Triunfel optioned to AAA
* Michael Morse should be activated (from strained quad) tomorrow vs. the Yanks
* Likely, a move for a pitcher will have to be made prior to tomorrow’s game (Shannon mentioned that Noesi was packing up after the game)