M’s made some crazy plays in Beantown
Even Despite a three-game sweep…
– the bullpen
This was not a direct quote from the four Seattle Mariners relief pitchers that coughed up 7 runs in the last two innings against the Sox Thursday night, but it might as well have been.
Over the past few years, Seattle fans have felt the need to apologize to the King, but in the end, Felix Hernandez pitched 7 strong innings against a good club and bolstered his already fantastic season thus far.
The awards will come for Felix, but the rest of the club has a lot of work to do. The Mariners reducing ticket prices because of a winning streak seems like ancient history now, and there is still months left to the season.
With help from Kyle Seager, who put up player of the month numbers in July (.396/.464/.635 splits with 6 HR’s), the M’s will be looking to find more momentum in Baltimore over the weekend.
For now, here are the top 5 plays from the series in Boston.
5. Kyle Seager launches a solo home run to tie the game
As mentioned above, Seager has been on a tear, and as July drew to a close Wednesday night, he capped off the month with a moonshot to right centerfield to tie the game-eventually sending it to a ridiculous 15 innings, but the power was impressive.
4. Long live the King
Felix’s line is not a single play, but cannot be ignored: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 ER and 8 KO’s
Felix, Seager, and Kendrys Morales (he was 9 for 14 over three days… 9 hits!) all had fantastic series’ that will be lost in the oblivion of the three game sweep.
3. Tom Wilhelmsen securing the win for Felix Blanco Grand Slam
No, the bartender did not pitch well. No, he did not actually record an out. But yes, Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the season for Seattle Thursday.
This paragraph is shocking on multiple levels.
First, 41-year-old Blanco is on the 2013 Mariners.
Second, his backup catcher is considered a veteran (old) catcher, and Quintero is 8 years younger than Blanco. Third, Blanco has hit multiple grand slams this season. Fourth, Jesus Montero and Kelly Shoppach are not anywhere near this team.
So, the catcher position is strange in Seattle.
2. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the double play to escape bases loaded jam
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Hisashi Iwakuma somehow got out of the jam against David Ortiz (the second greatest DH ever) by forcing a weak grounder back towards the mound. Iwakuma made a glove flip home and Humberto Quintero made a successful throw to first, completing the double play.
After the 1st inning, Iwakuma really settled down and battled a good lineup and setting himself up for the win (which, you guessed it, didn’t happen).
1. Michael Saunders laser to home in the 14th inning Wednesday
This play may go down as the play of the year for the Mariners (hands down if they had found a way to win).
With the game-winning run at third and one out, Shane Victorino sent what should have been the winning sacrifice fly to center field, but Michael Saunders had other plans, gunning down the runner with the perfect throw to the plate.
Alright, Condor, let’s get rolling and get the M’s some wins.