First of all, I must be a jinx. I left in the fifth with the Mariners up 1-0 and they won. If I had stayed, they probably would have lost 10-1. Anyway, thanks for your patience so I could get some time off and some fastpitch softball in.
Here’s some notes from the Mariners media staff
RED SOX NOTES:
&bull Tim Wakefield tossed a complete game, 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 8 in 8.0 innings. The 8 strikeouts set a new season high and are the most since he struck out 8 on June 6, 2007 at OAK.
&bull Wakefield is now 0-3 at Safeco Field with a 3.20 ERA (14 ER/39.1 IP) in 7 G. He is winless in his last 18 appearances, 8 starts, against Seattle, dating back to his last complete game shutout on July 29, 1997 at Fenway.
&bull Tim Wakefield tossed his 30th complete game of his career (last: 4/15/06 vs. SEA). It is his second consecutive 1-0 complete game loss (also 9/11/05 at NYY).
&bull With his 20th stolen base of the season, Jacoby Ellsbury tied Patsy Dougherty (1902) and Henie Wagner (1907) for 5th on the Red Sox all-time list for steals in a rookie season. Nomar Garciaparra (1997) is next on the list with 22.
&bull Boston has now lost 10 of their last 12 road games and currently 1-5 on their current road trip.
&bull The Red Sox have now dropped 11 of their last 14 games at Safeco Field.
&bull Erik Bedard allowed only 2 hits in 7.0 IP scoreless innings, with both hits coming in the 4th inning. He is now 3-1 this season at Safeco Field with a 1.34 ERA (33.2IP/5ER) in 5 starts. Bedard has yet to give up more than 2 earned runs in any start at home this season, while recording 4 quality starts. His 1.34 home ERA is second best in the Majors.
&bull Today was the Mariners first shutout of the season (last: 9/21/07 at LAA).
&bull This was the first time this season Mariner starters have tossed 3 consecutive games of 7.0 innings-or-more. It’s also the first time since the final 3 games of the 2007 season (9/28-30 vs. TEX).
&bull Yuniesky Betancourt went 2×3 with a solo home run and RBI. It was his 4th multi-hit game in his last 5 games and his 13th of the season.
&bull Brandon Morrow appeared in 17th relief appearance, tossing a scoreless 8th inning. Has allowed only 2 earned runs this season 13.0, lowering his ERA from 1.50 to 1.38.
&bull Wladimir Balentien has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games, drawing a walk or recording a hit in each game he has appeared in since May 8.
&bull Ichiro swiped his league leading 23rd stolen base during the 8th inning. He has stolen 17 bases in the month of May.
&bull The Mariners have turned a double play in 13 of their last 16 games (20 total).
&bull Jose Lopez had his 6-game hitting streak snapped after going 0×3 with a strikeout. During the streak he hit .360 (9×25). It was his 3rd hit streak of at least 6 games this season.
&bull Tonight’s lineup was the 15th different lineup that the Mariners have used over the last 17 games.
&bull This was 33rd 1-0 win Mariners history (last: 8/9/05 vs. MIN). Seattle is 20-15 at home in 1-0 games, while going 12-24 on the road.
RED SOX MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA:
On Tim Wakefield: "He left one ball up all night and it left the ballpark, otherwise Wake was spectacular, and they made the run stand up. His pitches were there, he was throwing strikes all night long, and when he has that kind of movement on his pitches, that’s when he has success."
General Comments: "We’ve seen some great arms on this road trip and in certain games we’ve had nothing to show for it. When the pitchers are pounding the strike zone against us we can’t just take a pitch because we’ll be behind 0-1, so we’re trying to be aggressive.