Records are made to be broken
Despite all of the losses that piled up for the Mariners this week, there were actually a few noteworthy plays that earned at least an honorable mention with me, but there was only one truly worthy of POTW.
Of course I went with the #SeagerSlam in the bottom of the 14th inning against the White Sox.
The others that I considered for a minute or so were Jeremy Bonderman‘s first win in almost three years, Aaron Harang’s 1,500th strikeout, and Brandon Bantz’ major league debut.
The game of all games
I’m sure all of you have heard about the marathon game that took place on Wednesday afternoon, and carried through to early evening.
A scoreless affair through the first nine innings saw Hisashi Iwakuma pitch an absolute gem of a game, only to be pulled a tad prematurely in my opinion.
Onward to the top of the 14th inning. The M’s dug themselves into a little bit of a hole, giving up not only the games first run, but an additional four as well.
With the way this team has been playing of late, and not to mention the history of our beloved Mariners, I thought for sure we were done for.
So 5-0 after 13 and a half innings looked pretty gloom. We hadn’t scored all day, there’s no way we can get five to tie it in our half of the inning, right?
Clutch doesn’t even come close to describing what this team accomplished in their half of the 14th.
Sure we gave up the game in the top half, and then later again to finally lose it, but we showed something that hasn’t been that apparent this whole year, the fight to win a ballgame.
Then up comes the M’s hottest hitter at the moment, Brendan Ryan, who also gets a hit. Bases loaded, one out.
Bring on Endy Chavez. Endy knocks in a run to make it 5-1 White Sox, and the dream was starting to become a reality.
Fast forward two batters to Kyle Seager, this generation’s Mr. Mariner (no offense Alvin).
First swing Kyle tried to tie the game, he missed badly and I thought for sure he wouldn’t get another pitch to hit.
Well, he didn’t really, but on a 1-2 count White Sox closer Addison Reed tried to go for the K on a pitch under the knees.
Kyle wasn’t going to miss again. With a swing resembling Phil Mickelson’s more than anything else, he knocked it toward left center field.
As the pitch left his bat I was thinking pop out, game over. But as the ball kept flying, my posture started to rise, and up in the air went both of my arms and the only thing I could say was “I don’t believe it.”
I repeated that to myself a few times before Kendrys Morales came up to the plate.
The dream ended there unfortunately, and of course Hector Noesi ruined it completely in the 16th, but for a minute, the euphoria could not be topped.
It was one hell of a game, one that I’m sure glad I was a part of. It won’t be forgotten any time soon that’s for sure.
Check out the link at mariners.com to see the dramatic hit yourself.