hs2 | Rays, Phillies

The good news is. . .
they weren’t swept in either series (and TWO of the losses were by ONE run)
The bad news is . . .
they were only able to salvage one win in each series (and BOTH were by ONE run)

To focus on the positive vs Tampa Bay . . .

  • Jarred blasted his first pinch hit homer
  • Sewald hadn’t allowed a base runner in SIX innings (till this series)
  • Julio bagged his first big league triple
  • Adam and Jesse each recorded their homers as Mariners
  • Most promising of all – with friends and family in attendance at T-Mobile Park, George Kirby’s ML debut on Mother’s Day was a thing of beauty: 6IP-4H-0ER-0BB-7K

The only game worth noting in the Phillies series was the second one where . . .

  • Robbie retired the first TWELVE batters he faced and got the win: 5.2IP-2H-2ER-2BB-10K
  • the bats got going with ELEVEN hits; multi-hit games from Adam, Ty Eugenio and Luis

And, in other Seattle sports news . . .

Congrats to the Sounders!!!

And, THIS will be an interesting start to the Seahawks season . . .

I was trying to focus on the positive but, have to mention some really disappointing news re: Mitch 😦

Now it’s off to NY, Toronto and Boston – time to set the road on fire!!!

g65 | diabolical … not so much

Mariners 1 | Tigers 8

I didn’t see much of the game.  I left before things got too ugly to attend the Sounders FC vs. the Vancouver White Caps at the xBox Pitch.  Unfortunately, my Seattle Sports day went from bad to worse – Vancouver led most of the game after an early goal but, the Sounders tied and then took the lead on two late goals.  A couple of minutes later, Vancouver scored again.  Final result 2-2 draw.

Maybe it was just as well I missed most of the M’s game…
It was the worst start of Michael’s career so far, the bully lost it’s mini 6-inning scoreless streak (Wright and Ray each gave up a run) and the offense mustered only 5 hits and 2 walks vs. a guy who had given up 19 runs in his past 3 starts.

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The one positive – Ichiro was 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored.

Here’s hoping Michael will learn from this bit of adversity and that tomorrow brings better results for Felix and the bats…

Get a roof!

Well, it seems the M’s won’t lose another game this road trip…
Losses have been capped at FOUR due to the seemingly ever-inclement weather in Cleveland (apparently the 12th postponement overall betwixt the M’s and the Tribe).  This also has the added bonus of ensuring that Brandon won’t blow another save (although Jamey was apparently in line for closing, should such services be necessary).  Hopefully, the break will do Brandon good.

But, in general, rain-outs suck…
I say that from the comfort of my den love seat as a fan of a team who has never had to experience a rain-out at home do to our stupendous retractable roof.  Initially, I was against the idea because I worried that the extra expense would make it less likely a stadium would get built at all.  But, now that we have it, it is ABSOLUTELY the best of both worlds.  Most of the time the games are played without cover, but when needed, it’s the roof to the rescue!

As much as another Cleveland rain-out wrecked my plans for the day, I can only imagine how awful it must have been to be a fan with tickets to this game.  Oh yeah, guess it pretty much sucked for the players, coaches and broadcasters as well.

Here’s a shot I snapped in mid-April last season, the sentiment behind it being “So glad we have a roof!”

Speaking of rain…
The Sounders and the Timbers played to a 1-1 draw in the pouring rain last night.  Yes, we have season tix and yes, we opted at the last minute to watch from the comfort of our warm, dry couch as opposed to the cold, wet seats.  Lame I know, but at least it was our own decision 🙂
from sounders website, couldn’t find credit
And, in other sports news…
  • The OC Thunder seem well on their way to winning game 7 of the NBA semi-finals.  Truly torn about their success.  HATE that they left and the way they left.  But, kinda happy for some of the players (who didn’t really have a choice in the matter) who are doing so well. Hopefully, they’ll always remember their Seattle Sonic roots.
  • Holy cow!  Mike Carp has hit THREE homers (so far!) in the Rainiers game today in New Orleans today.  The R’s currently lead 15-6 going to the top of the 9th.  Guti DH’d today and recorded ONE hit and TWO RBI.  Dustin recorded FOUR hits, TWO RBI and ONE run scored.

Carp didn’t homer in his last AB, but he did hit a double.  R’s win 18-6

Scarves were up in Chi-Town!!!

Sounders 1 | Fire nil
What an exciting victory … 
Blaise Nkufo scores in the 88th minute to break the nil-nil tie!  (his FOURTH goal in TWO games!)

And the defense holds …

“There were some chances they had early and certainly Keller made an absolutely huge save,” Schmid said.  “Maybe I am so used to seeing it from him over all the years you being to expect it, but that’s what great goalkeepers do – they come up with a key save that keeps you in the game.  He certainly did that for us tonight.”

And so the Sounders rack up THREE points on the ROAD…
inching ever closer to their second playoff in as many seasons.

From the diamond to the pitch of a different sort….

My husband and son have season tix to the Seattle Sounders FC.
I have tried without success several times to get tickets, but am always too late (SOLD OUT!).

Normally, they play on Saturday nights, but are playing today at noon…
Imagine my delight when I opened my Mother’s Day card and found two tix to the game!
My husband had surrendered his ticket and my son and I are leaving for the XBox Pitch soon.

Here’s to EriK shutting down M&M and the rest of the Twins today…
and here’s to Jr. with a pink bat (I seem to remember he usually does well on Mom’s Day 😉 and the end of this losing streak!

Go Mariners!

Go Sounders FC!

Seattle shows their scarves | Sounders FC

Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

What a night! Wish I could have been there. My husband and son were (having signed up for season tickets via their Seahawk seats the minute the opportunity was presented). Even my BFF (you know, the one who hates sports) was there…

The energy and passion certainly came through on TV and it was evident even to the national broadcasters that the fans in the Emerald City were totally captivated by their new sports darlings. Kudos to the ownership group for getting this whole thing off to such a rousing start – here’s to more great games and good times to come now that “the world” has come to Seattle.

Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Having spent my whole career in Europe, I was worried about being let down — why come home for this?” said a beaming Kasey Keller, the goalie from Olympia who stepped down to Major League Soccer. “But there’s probably not a better atmosphere for soccer in America.”

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid reported that midfielder Brad Evans suggested that the team develop hand signals because of the crowd noise.

“I’ve never heard of that,” he said, “in any MLS city.”

For a rookie outfit in its debutante ball, the night was about as glorious a stimulus package as could have been federally devised. The Sounders became only the second expansion franchise to win its opener.

“A lot of the players on the New York team are extremely envious of what we have here,” said Keller, who didn’t have to deal with a shot on goal in the first half, then made a couple of dramatic saves in the second half.

In fact, it appears the Sounders did the game and the production so well that they have become almost instantly the template for the rest of the league.

“This team is raising the bar for what our teams could achieve,” Don Garber, MLS commissioner, gushed at halftime in the press box. “There’s a belief by some that the sport has to base itself in cities with large Hispanic communities. But Seattle is an active international city, with a diverse population and large youth soccer base and a little less (sports market) competition than in other cities.

“We have to learn from this.”

Looks like they will get the opportunity to do just that. Prior to the game, it was announced that Vancouver will have a team in 2011 and later today a similar announcement is expected from Portland.

You go Soccer.

And oh btw ~ Sounders 3 | Red Bulls nil