Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Major "League" Defeat

The Mariners faced off with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Tuesday night in what could be one of the most entertaining nights of baseball that Seattle has seen yet. Action packed from the start with young Michael Pineda pitching. giving up 3 runs in 6 innings of work. Pineda left after the 6th being down by a run, but the M's struck back with two runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead 4 - 3.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jamey Wright came in to pitch after a scoreless inning by David Pauley, and, Wright was not as sharp as usual. After a lead off walk he gave up 3 hits and 2 runs and ended up still finishing out the inning before someone could come and put the fire out.

Justin Smoak came through with a RBI single in the ninth to knot the game at 5 - 5 and send it into extra innings. It remained tied in an intense battle of three different plays being made at home for outs until the M's finally scored the lead run in the top of the 13th. A broken bat bloop single off the bat of newcomer Mike Wilson. His first Major League hit and first RBI. It was all smiles throughout the dugout and the ball was handed over to Brandon League to close it out in the bottom of the 13th.

League struggled...
Just two nights ago, League came in and gave up 3 runs in the tenth after pitching a scoreless ninth at home versus the Whitesox. Tonight was more of the same, but being the away team all it took was one run on a single by Wieters that scored Felix Pie.

As a fan, this is tough to swallow. To play hard and to stop a team so many times. To come out on top just to sink right back down to the bottom. Honestly however, there were a lot of great things that happened tonight. Peguero and Wilson got a new start in the Big Leagues and Wilson definitely made the best of his opportunities. Wright and League had rough nights, Wrights first really rough outing of the year, call it a wash. League on the other hand... I'm not too sure what to think. He was a perfect 9 for 9 in save opportunities before tonight when he was handed his second loss in as many games.

This one wasn't totally on him though, there were a couple plays behind him that made the inning longer than it had to be. The question is, now that these moments are etched in his mind, is he going to be able to shake them off? Let's hope so!

Let's Go Mariners!!!!!!!!


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