For the third time in as many games, the M’s took the game to extras on the road. Unfortunately, third time was NOT the charm, despite an early 4-0 lead and hitting FOUR homers. Still a lot to be encouraged about: the power is coming alive from multiple bats, the DEE is still strong and I have a feeling the pitching will get stronger as we go along. Plus, the Dodgers are no weak sisters!
ON the MOUND
James had a bit of a rough go in the middle innings (to say the least) BUT, good to see him hang in and finish strong, retiring the last FOUR batters he faced . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SIX strikeouts
Despite depletion (Tom on 15-day DL, Danny and Nando not available) the BP ALMOST muddled through . . .
} Charlie and Carson each got an out in the 7th
} Dominic (up to replace Tom) posted scoreless 8th and 9th but only recorded ONE out before loading the bases
} Tyler struck out the first batter he faced (Crawford) but then allowed the game-winning hit – valiant effort, good experience
AT the PLATE
bringing the BOOM – only ____ hits but, FOUR were homers . . .
~ Nellie with TWO (fourth, third in as many games)
~ Kyle with ONE (second)
~ Ack with ONE (third)
The bad news is the FIFTEEN K’s
IN the FIELD
* Kyle with an awesome diving stop and strong throw to 1B for the first out of the 2nd
* nice knee-high basket catch after coming in for the 8th
* smooth put out by LoMo to Dominic covering 1B for the second out of the 8th
tweets of the game . . .