That’s Lloyd for you – master of the understatement 😉
Because of a social engagement, I wasn’t able to follow the game until I got home (around the 4th inning). I was just listening on the radio as I took care of a couple of things around the house. But, even as I completed my chores, the game was going SO well, I was too nervous that I’d mess up the MoJo if I turned on the TV so, I continued to only listen until Roenis recorded that last out in the 9th 🙂
ON the MOUND
Roenis had everything working for him today: location, command, control and efficiency . . .
Consequently, he didn’t only go DEEP, he went COMPLETE ~ the M’s first complete game shutout of the season! Imagine that ~ the rookie would have the best game of his young career vs. one of the best hitting teams in the majors. He faced only THREE batters over the minimum and held the Tiggers top six to 1-21 AND kept the duo of Cabrera/Martinez hitless (only the third time this season the two have gone hitless in the same game). You go, Roenis!
“I was told that to have success (in the majors) you have to have command of three pitches,” Elias said through a translator. “The curveball, the changeup and the fastball were all working today.”
Yes they were, Roenis, yes they were.
NINE innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ EIGHT strikeouts
AT the PLATE
Nice to see double-digit hits vs a quality pitcher . . .
~ Endy, James, Kyle and Willie all with TWO hits
~ Endy with a run scored, James with an RBI and Willie with both (holding down 2B prettey well, I’d say)
~ Michael and Brad had the other TWO RBI (Brad with a home run! seems he’s starting to come ’round)
Fun to see them running . . .
~ Dustin and James both with steals
~ Willie caught stealing home (play was reviewed – and upheld – to ensure he had a lane to the plate)
IN the FIELD
* Kyle with a great bare-handed charge and throw
* ONE double-play (Kyle-Willie-Justin)
tweets of the game . . .
6-11 on the home stand, next up Felix vs. the Yanks (for the rainout make-up)