1.5 games back . . .
ON THE MOUND
Kuma, The Bear, is BACK with a ROAR . . .
He had no Spring Training (due to the finger issue) and only one rehab start. His first start was so-so but, this one was arguably one of the best the M’s have had all season. Only 94 pitches and . . .
EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts
} After a couple of 1-2-3 saves (and even a 1-2-3-4) Nando had our stomaches churning . . .
He walked the first batter, gave up a sac-bunt and walked the next batter. Lloyd sauntered out for a mound visit and after that came a strikeout and a ground out and then the arrow flew (10th save). Thank goodness Kuma’s stellar-ness was not wasted!
AT THE PLATE
j u s t enough . . .
It’s certainly not everyday that the team with TWO hits beats the team with FOUR hits 😉
Not only that but, the TWO hits came in the same inning (the 3rd) and led to the solitary run . . .
Mike led off with a double, Michael moved him to 3B with a sac-bunt, Stefen struck out, Robbie was intentionally walked and Corey singled home Mike. wha!laa! Score 1-0 after the 3rd and that’s where it would stay.
IN THE FIELD
* NO errors and MUCH crisper play tonight all ’round
* Robbie had a shoe string catch of a chopper and a scoop to Justin in the 3rd
* Nice diving snag of a low liner by Smoak for the first out of the 6th
* DP = Kyle-Robbie-Justin
tweets of the game . . .