I forgot the game would be on early today and, by the time I turned it on, it was the start of the bottom of the 9th with the score 1-0 ~ honestly, I almost turned it back off (superstition runs deep 😉 ) but, I’m glad I didn’t!
When I made the choice several years ago to move to the southern most island in Puget Sound, I knew I attending games would be more of a challenge but, I still managed to get to every Opening Day as well as a handful of day games each season since moving. Then came 2020 and that little thing called a global pandemic – my only appearance at T-Mobile Park last season, like many fans, was as a cardboard cutout. I wasn’t able to make it to Opening Day this year so, today was my first time back at the ballpark since the middle of the 2019 season . . .
AND. IT. FELT. SO. GOOD!
ON the MOUND
Margevicius left with an apparent injury (thankfully, later it was determined to be minor) 4IP-1H-2R-1ER-1BB-3SO
with the ‘stros only scoring in the 5th and 7th and the M’s scoring in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th
ON the MOUND
Kikuchi’s see-saw started off on the upside: 4.1 innings of ZERO hits. Then, a couple of rough innings -5th and 7th- where he was sorta singled to death (including TWO of the 2-run variety). But, even though his final line wasn’t spectacular, good to see him get through SEVEN: 7IP-6H-5R-5ER-3BB-3SO
Way to go, Bully!
Steckenrider & Misiewicz combined for 2 innings of ONE hit, ZERO runs, walks and TWO Ks
AT the PLATE
and, oh that top o’ the order! Mitch + Ty + Kyle = SIX hits, FIVE RBI
Haniger extended his hitting streak to EIGHT games; recorded his 5th multi-hit game; has reached in all FOURTEEN!
Seager gets TWO in to take the team lead in RBI
White’s solo shot (his first of the season) tied it up in the 8th
France with a near homer had 2B in the 6th and got his FIRST career, game-winning hit!
IN the FIELD
TWO DPs for (involving France, Crawford and White but, in different order