Very strange start to this game (both for me and for the team) . . .
I arrived at the ballpark realizing I’d forgotten my portable phone charger so, I spent the first TWO innings near The Pen, at the ‘charging station’ watching a nearby TV and listening to the Halos broadcast via At Bat. Trout hit the THREE-run homer just as I plugged in (and, of course the Halos announcers were giddy – little did they know what would happen in the bottom of the inning 😉 )
ON the MOUND
Yes, that 1st inning was exasperating (Trout just seems to have Felix’s number) . . .
But, was SO good to see Felix dial it in and go a full EIGHT (something he had yet to do this season) and, ultimately, get the win . . . EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts
Eddy gets his THIRD save in style ~ THREE up/THREE down ~ all K’s
AT the PLATE FOURTEEN hits ~ only ONE for extra-bases ~ Zu’s THREE-run bomb in the 1st
Kyle the only starter w/o a hit
Nori and Adam both had THREE hits
Seth and Leonys both had TWO hits
only a total of THREE strikeouts
IN the FIELD
* error by Adam but, an OF assist by Seth to get the lead-runner in the 5th
* around-the-horn double-play (Kyle-Robbie-Adam) to end the 7th
tweets of the game . . .
Since June 17, the Mariners have played 41 games – only seven against teams sub .500 – and have 19-22 record over that span.
g48 Mariners 5 | Twins 6
M’s had the bases loaded TWICE with only ONE run scored (via a DP – the other was THREE pop-ups in-a-row – can you spell F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N?!?) and, a whacky end to the game – after Guti homered in the 8th to bring it within one, he was up again w/runners at the corners and ONE out – both were thrown out after the catcher dropped and recovered a ball 😦
g49 Mariners 5 | Twins 5
another rough day for Tai, Guti did his part again, homering in the bottom of the 9th to bring them within ONE
only the second time this season the M’s were shut out
Strange series to be sure . . .
M’s swept the Rays (who came into the series having won 8 of their last 12)
M’s got swept by the Halos (who came into the series having lost 10 of their last 12)
ON the MOUND Probably Felix’s best start this season . . . SEVEN.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts
Unfortunately, much like seasons past but, UNlike the season so far this year – the bats were all but dead.
Bully . . .
Nick allowed an inherited runner to score (still think they should ‘share the blame’) and Monty pitched a scoreless 9th
AT the PLATE Move along . . . nothing to see here 😦
TWO measly hits (both singles), TWO hit-by-pitch, ONE walk
IN the FIELD
a nice DP to end the 2nd (and we’re thinking ‘we got this’ . . . *sigh*)
But, it was a fun day at the ballpark because I got to share in the misery 😉
ON the MOUND Felix was far from his sharpest but, he hung in through seven full for the extra-special win. . .
~ Good news: he only gave up FOUR hits
~ Bad news: TWO of them were homers
~ Good news: they were both solo shots SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
Bully . . .
Joel and Steve combined for TWO innings of ZERO hits/runs. Steve earning his TENTH save and preserving Felix’s historic victory 🙂