Well, we had a rain delay of 32 minutes. It’s better than an hour and 32 minutes.
Not exactly a productive first inning for the Mariners at the plate, as Armando Galaragga needs just nine pitches to get out.
Felix Hernandez needed a few more than that. As he gave up back to back hits to Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco, but then struck out Miguel Cabrera and Clete Thomas, walked Marcus Thames to load the bases and got Josh Anderson to pop out. That took 20 pitches, and that might have been the best chance for the Tigers to get their runs off of Felix.
The Mariners go quietly in the second as Galaragga does walk a batter at least.
The Tigers see a little different Felix in the second inning as he goes 1-2-3 with ease.
Galarraga still hasn’t given up a hit, though Cedeno did line out.
The Tigers get to Felix and part of the reason is his fault. Placido Polanco singles to right with one out, and after Felix strikes out Cabrera, he falls asleep with Polanco on first and the Tigers second baseman steals second with ease. Two pitches later, Polanco scores on Clete Thomas’ single.
Things get much worse as Felix twists his already weak ankle on Marcus Thames’ little pop in the field. First Gutierrez and now Felix? Who angered the baseball gods? But of course he stays in the game. What can you say, the guy doesn’t like coming out of the game. And he rallies to strike out Anderson on a nasty 3-2 pitch.
UPDATE: My buddy Doug Pacey is covering the Rainiers tonight and he talked to Ryan Rowland-Smith before the game, here’s a few quotes.
On finding out
"I got a heads-up about it last night. It was confirmed to me today."
On his being in Tacoma
"It’s been an interesting couple of months. There have been a lot of lows and a few highs. There’s been some negativity and the biggest thing is I had to not doubt myself and have confidence in my stuff."
On the success he’s had in his last four starts
"I’ve been using my check points in my mechanics, just little things like that and believing that I’m good enough."
An eight-pitch inning for Galaragga. Are the M’s trying to get no-hit?
The Mariners get their first hit as Ryan Langerhans slaps a single through the right side. Jack Hannahan later draws a walk, but that’s where that ends.
Miguel Cabrera extends his hitting streak to how many 17 games with a double to right-center just past Ichiro, but that matters little as Felix gets out of the inning.
apparently the Mariners can’t seem to figure out Galarraga. Fortunately for the Ms, the Tigers aren’t doing much against Felix.
The Mariners finally get Galarraga out of the game and Russell Branyan got to reliever Bobby Seay, crushing a 415 foot homer to left on a 1-0 slider. It was a two-run shot and it puts Felix in line to get the win.
It was just the second Mariners hit of the game.