Kind of an interesting graphic for when they announce Mariners hitters. I wonder how big the license plate is when Jarrod Saltalamacchia steps into the box.
Well, I will say that David Huff’s warm-up music wasn’t bad. He decided to go with “The Stroke” by Billy Squier. Who can go wrong with the opening lyric being — “Now everybody have you heard, If you’re in the game, then the strokes the word.”
Here’s Don Wakamatsu’s scouting report on Huff:
Just the report I read on him. He’s a short arm guy that tops out at 92. HE’s got four pitches,a guy that had a rough outing, but strung together some good outings before that. His change-up is a plus pitch for him. His fastball run away from righthanded hitters is good. He struggles a little bit trying to challenge guys inside and struggles against lefties.
Huff gives up a soft single to Lopez, but the shift works against Griffey as he grounds out to second baseman Jamey Carroll in shallow right.
Felix has no trouble going 1-2-3 and whiffing Shin-Soo Choo with a 96 mph fastball.
The Mariners have a lead as Franklin Gutierrez leads off the inning with a solo homer to right-center – a shot measured at an estimated 393 feet. Langerhans follows with a double, but he’s stranded at second as Johnson pops up, Hannahan strikes out and Cedeno grounds out meekly.
No no-hitter for Felix tonight as Hafner dumps a single to right, but not much else as Felix cruises.
Not much going on except for a rare air by Gutierrez, who then threw out Sizemore as he stupidly tried to go for second.
The Mariners go up 3-0 as Rob Johnson rips a two-out double to left-center and later scores on Ronny Cedeno’s RBI single to left (that’s not a typo). Ichiro extends his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to center to score Cedeno. This team is a juggernaut.
Huff is at 90 some pitches already. WE’ll be seeing the Indians bullpen soon, which makes Indians fans cringe at the possibility.
Cleveland had its best chance to score with Shin-Soo Choo at second but Felix froze Hafner with a 96 mpn fastball on the corner.
Felix as they say is dealing. Garko and Valbuena looked clueless against him in that inning.
I know a few of you won’t believe it, but if Ronny Cedeno keeps hitting he’s going to get over .200. He comes up with an RBI single making him 2 for 3 for the night and raising his average to .181. The Mariners tack on another run on an error by Ryan Garko on an Ichiro single.
Well, no shut out for Felix as he leaves a fastball out over the plate that Grady Sizemore rips for a triple to right-center. Asdrubal Cabrera follows with a deep fly to left to score Sizemore for the Indians’ first run. But Felix comes right back and strikes out Choo to end the inning.
Lopez doubles to lead off the inning and Junior comes up with his first RBI since July 1, slapping a single to short in the weak spot of the big shift the Indians have been using on him.
Felix carves up the Indians in the seventh, finishing the inning with eighth K, overwhelming Jhonny Peralta. He’s over 100 pitches, but nobody’s moved in the M’s bullpen so we’ll see him for the eighth.
Felix proves that he is human as he gives up a single and a walk to start the inning, which got the bullpen up and moving. But he got a big 5-3 double play. However, Sizemore drove in a run with a double off the wall. Felix ended the inning getting Asdrubal Cabrera to ground out.
I’m sure we’ll see Aardsma in the ninth.