So, let’s just say . . . he’s OURS 🙂
ON the MOUND
oh, yes, that’s why they call him The K’ing (KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK) . . . Felix struck out the side THREE times (3rd, 5th, 7th) and was only at 80 pitches going into the 7th which was the inning the Rays got their first lead-off batter aboard. He was stranded at 3B, as Felix’s last pitch of the game was for a strikeout (which brought him to 100 ~ not by any means his limit ~ but, likely due to the stress nature of his outing, that was all he had to give today)
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIFTEEN strikeouts
} Yourvis took over for Felix, allowed a ONE out walk and was SAVED by the PBF (see fielding section) to leave the game scoreless through EIGHT innings. Yourvis would ultimately be credited with the win and, while I know Felix is all about TEAM wins, I must AGAIN voice my frustration at the ridiculous way they calculate pitchers wins – argh! 😦
} Dom retired the only man he faced in the 9th and Charlie ended it with TWO strikeouts (Rays with SEVENTEEN total strikeouts)
AT the PLATE
Obviously, with a scoreless game through the 8th, the other side was pitching fairly well too . . .
As usual, the M’s weren’t without their opportunities ~ they had at least ONE runner in scoring position in FOUR different innings through EIGHT
~ Robbie had the most exciting opportunity, with bases-loaded, TWO outs in in the 5th he sent a LONG fly ball to LF that took Joyce all the way to the wall 😦 then, in the 8th he legged out an infield hit and stole 2B w/TWO outs but, Zu struck out
~ Crazy legs got it going with TWO outs in the 9th – with TWO strikes he tripled and then scored after Willie walked and Endy singled. Then James ALSO tripled scoring Willie and Endy. And, for good measure, Robbie walked and scored along with James on Kyle’s double 🙂 FIVE runs in the 9th the only runs of the game. Clutch bats!!!
IN the FIELD
Lloyd wanted to ensure his catcher got credit today, first thing he said in the presser . . .
“He blocked his ass of today.”
* Kyle had a couple of nice plays at 3B, pumped to 2B to hold the runner and then threw to Willie for the second out of the 1st and a really nicely fielded bunt near the mound to get a speedy runner for the first out of the 6th
* Brad fielded a smash liner but, wasn’t quite able to double up the runner at 1B
* Robbie with a great back-handed, spin-around, across-the-body, jump-throw that a l m o s t got the runner at 1B in the 7th and then an line-out, double-off, for the only double-play of the game, to get Yourvis out of the 8th
tweets of the game . . .