Not sure I’ve ever seen such a “symmetrical” game, to a point . . .
- no score through the 4th
- tied at ONE after the 5th
- tied at TWO after the 6th
- neither team scores in the 7th
- tied at THREE after the 8th
Luckily, the M’s were able to add a little asymmetry (aside from the total hit/error totals) in the 9th and take the series from the Rangers with a win over Darvish that went a long way to erase the yuckiness of yesterday and now they head off to Oakland with a 3-3 trip so far.
ON THE MOUND
Despite the no decision, Erasmo posted by FAR his best (and longest, not to mention most efficient) outing so far this season . . .
He allowed a lead-off base hit in the 1st inning that was erased on a double-play. then proceeded to retire another NINE in-a-row (to make it ELEVEN straight) until allowing a walk to Kinsler in the 4th. He didn’t give up his first run until the 5th (when the Rangers answered in the bottom of the frame after the M’s scored in the top) via a lead-off double, a groundout and a sac-fly. The Rangers played “answer” again in the 6th, scoring an unearned run to make it 2-2. Erasmo then went 1-2-3 in the 7th to get the eventual no decision with a final line of . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts
} Yoervis joined in the “run-matching” . . .
he allowed a run in the 8th, via a walk and a double, to tie the game AGAIN (thereby getting tagged with the blown save). I must admit, with Nathan coming in, I was not totally confident this game would end well for the M’s
} Danny does it again . . . in 1-2-3 fashion for his SEVENTH save
AT THE PLATE
Through FOUR innings, Michael S had recorded the lone Mariners’ hit but, oh how things would change . . .
5th inning ~ Michael recorded his second hit, advanced to 2B on Dustin’s base hit, then stole 3B and scored when Endy grounded out.
6th inning ~ Michael recorded his third hit, an RBI double that scored Nick who was aboard via lead-off walk and the M’s regained a 2-1 lead
8th inning ~ Kyle walked and Kendrys singled and Dustin came through with his second hit that scores Kyle to make it 3-2 (unfortunately, Kendrys ended up caught between 2B and 3B and was tagged for the third out)
9th inning ~ Endy had a lead-off single and eventually scored via what turned out to be the game-winning RBI from, who else? Kyle Seager!
IN THE FIELD
* DP in the 1st denies the Rangers in the 1st
* In the bottom of the 6th, the M’s tossed it around . . .
Kyle double clutched after fielding a fairly routine grounder, hence the throw and catch and stretch by Justin is j u s t a hair late. Humberto then airmailed a throw to 2B trying to nail a base-stealer, who advanced to 3B. Beltre rounded 1B after hitting a long fly ball that scores a runner from 3B and was tagged out sliding back to the bag but, was called safe (thankfully, no further damage, as the next batter flied out).
tweets of the game . . .