g108 | Felix’s gem, Henry’s slam ~ all.for.naught

Heart-breaking doesn’t cover it. More like heart obliterating.

Mariners 7 | Red Sox 8

Speaking of heart . . . 
hard to bless Felix’s cuz he absolutely pitched it out.  Having posted the following line in Fenway tonight, he took over the AL lead in ERA and IP and is now second in strikeouts. But, he did not add to his win total and neither did the M’s . . .
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

The familiar refrain used to be that Felix gets “no run support”. Not so this season. He’s getting nearly a run more of support this season (as the M’s O is doing that much better overall). Looking at lately, in his last SIX starts (including tonight) the Mariners have scored 42 runs and he has given up SIX – and he’s 3-0 and the M’s are 4-2. Surely, with a SIX-run lead (even though it IS Fenway and the bullpen has had its issues) most had to be confident he’d come away with the W . . . .  argh!!!

then the bullpen implodes . . .
} starting with Charlie who gave up a lead-off homer in the 8th, making it 7-2 (but, still looking good for the W)
} Then enter Tom who just needed some work in this ‘non-save’ situation (he hadn’t pitched since earning his 24th save on Sunday at The Safe). Suffice it to say – it looked more like he hadn’t pitched all winter (and, just when we thought he’d straightened things out): walk, single, double, walk . . . all without recording an out. But, it’s still 7-3
} Enter Ollie in a rather odd circumstance when Robby’s call to the pen was apparently mis-construed by the ump – he wanted the righty (Medina) but, the ump said he’s called for the lefty (Ollie) so that’s who he had to go with. Anyhoo, not sure it really would have made a difference, seems like the mojo was already heavily in the RS corner. Ollie gave up two straight singles to get the RS to within TWO (7-5) and recorded a strikeout for the first out of the inning.
} Then Yoervis gave up the tying run on the 7th pitch to Gomes, then a walk and then the winning run on a fly ball to Nava.

The offense did their job, and then some . . .
~ ONE double (Justin), TWO triples (Brad and Kyle), ONE homer (Henry’s SECOND grand slam)

Kyle and Kendrys remain ON FIRE . . .
~ Kyle was 2/4 with TWO runs, a walk, a stolen base and an rbi (bunt single, of all things) and is now at an even .300
~ Kendrys had FOUR hits, ONE run, ONE rbi

Nick on a little slide (another 0-5)

Ack with an OF assist (lotta that going on lately) DP for the last out of the 3rd – caught a sac-fly and then got Pedroia trying to get to 2B

tweets of the game . . .