A flare for dramatics
If we took nothing away from the series against the Boston Red Sox this weekend, at least we know we got to see some fire works a bit early this year.
With not one, or two, but three games coming down to either the last play of the game, or extra innings, the Mariners left their fans with a few more ulcers this weekend.
Perfect timing for all of the hot dogs and burgers we will be eating this 4th of July, not to mention for those of you who like to indulge in the adult beverage drinking as well.
This all started off with a single in the bottom of the 9th in the first game of this four game series by John Jaso.
A brilliant game pitched by Felix Hernandez kept the Sox off the scoreboard the entire game. Many were thinking that it was going to be another gem lost because we couldn’t find any runs once again.
But Jaso saved the Mariners, King Felix, and the fans by singling home Casper Wells to win the ball game. Plus, I think he may have helped Hernandez get the nod for the 2012 All-Star game as well, but that’s another story.
With a pair on at first and second, and only one out, John Jaso went to the plate as a pinch hitter just trying to keep the inning alive.
When the pitch from Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison came, Jaso turned and got some pretty good wood on the ball sending it right between the first and second basemen and into right field.
The throw to the plate
Upon receiving the ball in right field, Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross knew he had a shot at gunning down Wells at the plate.
The throw was in time to beat Wells by about four feet, but it was off line just a bit.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia did his best to move up the line and corral the ball, all at the same time keeping himself in position to block the line and the plate from Wells.
Casper had to basically run around Saltalamacchia to get to the plate, and had he hung on to the ball, Wells would have been out.
But thank god for us, Saltalamacchia couldn’t come up with the ball, and after his wide slide, Casper Wells got to his knees, leaped toward the plate, and tagged it with all of his might. Mariners win 1-0!
Here is a link to the video at mariners.com.