Hear ye! Hear ye!
The first ever Opening Day King’s Court was in session and proved a resounding success! Things really got revved up after all the pomp and circumstance, including the Make-A-Wish runner (which always brings a tear or ten) . . .
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ON the MOUND
Felix struck out the lead-off batter (Calhoun) on three pitches ~which really amped up the court and beyond~ but, next up was Trout who homered on the eighth pitch from Felix. The King then did what he does and really locked in, getting stronger as he went, retiring 19 of the next 22 batters he faced. His line . . . SEVEN IP ~ TWO hits ~ ONE run ~ ONE walk ~ TEN strikeouts
} After Lord Farquhar got a quick fly out, just as quickly he gave up a couple of line-drives.
} In came Charlie who helped by striking out Calhoun, the only batter he would face.
} Probably the surprise of the afternoon was the reliever Lloyd called upon to get out Trout (with two on and a three-run lead in the 8th) that would be none other than Mr. Carson Smith. He could barely contain his grin as he walked off the mound having struck out said Trout 🙂
} Good ole Nando – what would be the fun without a little drama?!? He walked Pujols, got a ground out and then induced a double-play to earn his first (of hopefully MANY) save and preserve the Opening Day victory for Felix and the Fellas 🙂
AT the PLATE
OK – who had Seth Smith as the hitting star for Opening Day?!?
Not too shabby a Mariners debut – in fact, the first ever Mariner to record THREE extra-base hits on Opening Day (TWO doubles and a triple!) accounting for ONE run and TWO rbi. Dustin picked up a hit, run and rbi the easy way – by hitting over the fence (unfortuately, I was in the Ladies Room at the time 😦 ). Robbie got the other rbi with a solid single scoring Austin. Crazy Legs scored the other run on Seth’s ground rule double.
IN the FIELD
TWO double plays: the first in the 5th – which, by the way, was only the second instance in the game to that point that Felix had runners on (solo shot in the first, allowed a walk in the 4th) after he allowed the second Halo hit and then a HBP, it went Brad-Robbie-LoMo. Then the best kind of DP – the one to end the game – went LoMo to Miller (and the arrow shooting ensued!)
tweets of the game . . .
my pics of the game . . .