Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Felix, Rookies, "Enough is Enough"

Enough was enough! After 17 straight losses Felix came out on a mission. A mission to beat those Darn Yankees and snap a losing streak that has spanned longer than any other in team history. Felix dominated on the hill today giving up just one run through seven innings and giving up just 5 hits. He struck out 5 while allowing 4 to reach base via the walk. Of course, when you face an offense like the Yankees, the walk becomes a strategic move rather than a lack of control.

It was entirely a pitchers duel between Hernandez and Phil Hughes through the first 6 innings. The M's got on the board first in the 3rd and scored again in the 5th. The Yankees got on the board in the 5th as well with their first run off of Hernandez. Hughes was pulled after 6 innings and the Yankees fell apart.

In the Mariner 7th with one out, Ichiro doubled to center, and Brendan Ryan singled off of Cory Wade as Girardi went to Boone Logan. Ackley hit one up the middle that could have been a double play that ended the inning but between Cano and Jeter an error was made. It was charged to Cano and everybody was safe as Ichiro scored. Justin Smoak walked, Adam Kennedy struck out and with the bases loaded, Mike Carp cleared the bases with a triple to center field. A ball that Curtis Granderson catches 99 percent of the time just eluded him as he battled the sun. Girardi changed pitchers again and went to Luis Ayala. Franklin Gutierrez hit an RBI double into center field to score Carp and all of a sudden the M's saw light at the end of the tunnel.

Felix exited after 7 innings as Jeff Gray came in and allowed a leadoff double to Curtis Granderson who eventually came around to score on two ground ball outs. A third ground out and the inning was over.

In the ninth the sun helped the M's again after Ackley singled. Adam Kennedy hit a high pop fly to center and Granderson looked as though he was making a play on the ball but ended up 10 feet away from it as it dropped in behind him. Kennedy wound up at second with a double as Ackley came in to score. Carp followed with a single that scored Kennedy and the score was 9 - 2 in favor of the Mariners. M's hitters tallied 17 hits on the day. It's safe to say that they were tired of losing.

I'm not going to rant about the two very clear things I saw today that should be addressed. Then again, they probably won't be addressed for the same reason that I'm not writing about it. We'll let this win soak in and celebrate our new winning streak. Doesn't mean you can't guess though.


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