I decided at the last minute to attend the game today. It would have been SO worth it if the M’s had pulled it out. As it was, the loss made my mound of chores and errands put off all the more daunting. Oh well, at least there was that bit of history in seeing Mariano Rivera throw his last pitch ever at Safeco Field which resulted in his 23rd save of the season and a series win for the Yanks . . .
ON THE MOUND
Felix really had to work hard today (especially in the first TWO innings, where he threw 40 pitches and gave up both his walks and his only run). Despite his great final line, it just seemed like he never truly got into a groove. He also didn’t get a lotta help from his defense and, there was a bit of a scare in the 7th – after he got the first two batters out, Rick Griffin came out to the mound with Wedge. Not sure what the issue was but, he stayed in and struck out Gardner on THREE pitches for the final out.
SEVEN innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts
} the bullpen of Charlie + Yoervis + Ollie wasn’t particularly sharp today, giving up a couple walks, a couple hits and the go ahead run in the 9th
AT THE PLATE
The M’s made Phelps work a bit in the first couple of innings as well. Jason led off the 1st with a single and Kyle walked with two outs but they couldn’t capitalize. In the 2nd, they were able to tie it up: Kelly had a great NINE pitch AB that resulted in a double and Alex walked (his first time on base since his call up) and Brendan singled to get Kelly home and tie the game.
But, 1-1 is where it would stay until the 9th. In fact, Phelps faced the minimum in innings 3-7.
Alex had a lead off double in the 8th but, after a sac bunt by Brendan, Jason and Nick struck out to end the threat.
There was a glimmer of hope in the 9th when Kyle roped a single (extending his hitting streak to 13) on the first pitch but, Kendrys killed the hope by grounding into a double play (I’m thinking he needs to sit out a game or two and rest that back, clearly he’s not been himself the past few games). Raul was intentionally, unintentionally walked and hope rose again when Chavez, pinch hitting for Kelly hit a single but, as I tweeted above – that was all she wrote.
IN THE FIELD
There was a nice DP turned in the 2nd but, other than that, the defense looked a bit sub-par today (Brendan with a throwing error allowing a runner to be safe at 1B) and Nick with an attempt at a back hand that failed
tweets of the game . . .
(there was a conspicuous absence of tweets during the game but, found this one much later)