ON THE MOUND
On the night James Paxton made his major league debut . . .
he was apparently only hours removed from learning of his grandfather’s death. What a tribute he was able to give him – recording a victory in his FIRST ever start! Yes, the Rays have been struggling of late but, they are in the playoff hunt and James handled them almost with ease for most of the game. His fastball was 94-97mph and his other stuff got better as he went along. His great debut was all the more impressive once it was reported, shortly after the game, what a heavy heart he held. Way to go, James! Here’s to many more lines like this in your career . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts
} Tom up to his old tricks (walking the first TWO batters) but, he was able to escape without damage.
} Chance, Luke and Danny kept the scoreless streak going – giving up only ONE hit, ONE walk and striking out THREE over the last TWO innings
AT THE PLATE
Rather odd note . . .
this was the fourth straight game in which the M’s have scored exactly SIX runs (3-1 in those games) . . . . we’ll take it! And, the other thing we’ll take is the balance of manufacturing AND ready-made scoring.
We’ve seen Abraham run and catch . . .
tonight we got to see him walk, steal and bunt (once for an RBI on a safety squeeze!) – lovin’ the small ball 🙂
and the power was on display as well . . .
Justin and Kendrys both with solo shots and Nick and Michael both with RBI doubles
IN THE FIELD
Michael made a FANTASTIC throw from RF . . .
A perfect, NO-hop, strike to Mike at the plate to keep the runner at 3B
Only ONE double-play but, it ended the game (those are always extra, special sweet!)
Super, scary moment when Justin and Nick were both going to field a pop-up, it went off Justin’s glove just as Nick was sliding to get out of the way. Unfortunately, his head (neck) was able to get out of the way of Justin’s knee. He was on the ground for several minutes but able to get up on his own eventually AND, he stayed in the game (whew!)
tweets of the game . . .
Interesting that there was a Sounders’ match and a Mariners’ game simultaneously (thought they usually tried to avoid that) and great that they both were victors (and the games ended at almost exactly the same time)