An extra innings win on the road ~ in Chicago ~ is practically unheard of in Mariners lore but, exactly what happened today. Not much offense but, certainly a LOT of great pitching (and defense!). Not often that a staff allows only FOUR hits over FOURTEEN innings!!!
ON the MOUND
Well, by the time the game was over, we sort of forgot who started it but – Felix, Felix, Felix . . .
we ❤ YOU!!!
TENTH consecutive start of SEVEN or more innings, allowing less than THREE runs
Felix allowed a lead-off single in the 1st and didn’t allow another hit until the 8th. He retired ELEVEN straight, allowed a walk, then retired TEN straight. The second and third hits he allowed came in the fateful 8th when he gave up a lead-off triple and then an RBI double (which snapped an EIGHTEEN straight scoreless inning streak). After that, a muffed up play (see IN the FIELD) led to the WS second (and, ultimately, last run).
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ EIGHT strikeouts
} Yourvis wasn’t sharp in the 9th (and wasn’t helped by/Brad’s error) throwing a WP that allowed a runner to advance to 2B with ONE out but, was able to escape further damage with an IBB and a couple of groundouts to send them into extras
oh, Bully how we ❤ you too!
} Charlie got the out on the only batter he faced (in the 10th) and then Danny, Tom and Nando combined for FIVE scoreless innings, allowing only ONE hit and NO ZERO walks while striking out SIX. Tom got his FIRST win and Nando his TWENTY-FIFTH save 🙂
AT the PLATE
M’s bats up against another tough lefty . . .
~ FOUR starters went Oh-fer (JJ, Willie, Kyle and Mike – though they ALL contributed, hugely, on DEE)
~ didn’t have their first hit until Robbie singled in the 4th
~ didn’t have their first base-runner past 1B until the 5th (LoMo and Michael at the corners but, Brad K’d)
~ LoMo and Michael were on again with ONE out but, Brad grounded out and JJ struck out
~ they broke through, just in the nick of time ~ in the 9th, Robbie walked and scored the M’s first run of the game via a sac-fly from Zu. Michael had an RBI single -that tied the game- bringing home Ack (who had pinch-run for Corey) and we went to extries
~ Brad didn’t get his first hit until the 14th but, ‘t was a BIG one as his RBI double proved to be the GWH, scoring Michael – who had singled w/ONE out and then stole 2B
IN the FIELD
Some kinda DEE by both sides for the most part in this one . . .
* Felix was thanking his OFer’s early on, as BOTH Willie and JJ made great, leaping grabs up against the wall
* Miscue in the 8th – a ground ball w/a runner at 2B but instead of running him back to 2B they got him in a run-down to 3B but, after review, Kyle missed the tag. So, instead of ONE out and a runner at 1B, there was NO outs and runners at 2B and 3B
* In the 9th – Brad made a throwing error that bounced and hit LoMo in the face – lead-off runner was safe (later, he got his redemption 😉 )
tweets of the game . . .