Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pineda Wins Duel Versus McCarthy

Pineda pitched six innings giving up just one earned run on two hits. McCarthy, two earned runs on just four hits. Pineda, 7 strikeouts and 3 walks while McCarthy struck out 5 and walked 2. Pineda's only trouble came in the second inning when Hideki Matsui led off the inning with a single and was followed by Chris Carter who walked. Pineda settled down to get the next two hitters out and then faced Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki hit a shot into left field that scored Matsui from second base and the A's were on the board in the second inning.

The score remained the same until the sixth inning when Josh Bard hit his first homerun since being called up from Tacoma. A solo shot over the high wall in right center to tie the game. The Mariners 1, the A's 1.

In the seventh the M's put another run on the board with a Brendan Ryan single and a Justin Smoak RBI double down the right field line. Brendan Ryan turned it on and scored all the way from first base to put the M's up 2 to 1. The top of the ninth started out with runners on first and third for the Mariners after Kennedy walked and Smoak singled him over to third, but the M's failed to produce a run as Ackley flied out to shallow center, Jack Cust struck out and Greg Halman flied out to center.

The 2 runs would be enough anyway as Brandon League came on in the ninth and took care of the A's. He allowed one walk to Coco Crisp with one out, then turned around to get Matsui and Chris Carter to strike out and end the game. League leads the AL with 23 saves on the year.

The Mariners didn't catch a break today though, as Texas and LA both won their games. Amazingly enough we find ourselves at just one game under .500 again and only 2.5 games out of first place. Honestly still hoping for more production, not to say that we'll look like Texas or the Yankees and hit 3 homeruns per game, but it would be nice to actually drive in more than one run in an inning and not by sac fly's. I think our time is almost here, we'll start seeing more runs now that the All Star break is right around the corner. I'm hoping for the best.


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