I’m a little behind on the game updates because I’m kind of by myself up here. Columnist Dave Boling is here, but not to help with the leg work or the blog, so a little patience may be necessary.
Lots of Blue Jays fans here again today. It was only 87 degrees at first pitch, but I’m thinking it will be a little higher about 3 p.m.
To note, Roy Halladay is pitching today. He got a large ovation from the Blue Jays fans when he was announced. Ryan Rowland-Smith works a perfect first, but he did leave a change-up up around the head of Adam Lind.
Halladay gave up double to Jose Lopez but gets out of the inning
Nice quick inning for “The Hyphen”
Owwww, Kenji Johjima just got “dotted” with a 94 mph fastball from Halladay. Retaliation for the RRS high and tight, perhaps, who knows. Jack Hannahan then reaches on an air, and it appeared the M’s might scratch a run across as Chris Woodward singled to left, but since Joh runs well like a catcher, he was tossed out at the plate. Halladay then struck out Michael Saunders to end the inning.
Perhaps to prove a point for Halladay hitting Joh, RRS hits Kevin Millar (grazed him really) to start the inning. Lopez then makes a Lopez play by dropping a pop up over his shoulder and hurting his finger, but he does have the where with all to get the force at second. RRS then gets out of the inning.
Halladay give up a bunt single to Ichiro, who moves to third after a pair of outs, but Halladay breaks Griffey’s bat for the second straight at-bat to end the inning.
RRS – 123
The Mariners missed out on a chance to score in the fourth as Saunders has now left a small village of runners on base today.
RRS – 0 and 0
the Mariners still can’t figure out Halladay. Until Jose Lopez just crushed a solo homer to left — The Everett Herald’s Kirby Arnold, who occupies the spot to the right of me in the press box, called it two pitches before, saying “Lopey’s going to go yard.”
Junior follows up the hit with a pretty double to right-center. But Halladay strikes out Shelton to end the inning.
another hitless inning for RRS, not saying anything else
Well, the no-hitter comes to an end as Aaron Hill loops a single into left for the first hit. The Safeco Field crowd gives RRS a very nice ovation. One pitch later, the shutout is gone as Adam Lind crushes a two-run homer right-center. RRS does focus up and get out of the inning but the M’s are down 2-1.
The Mariners make sure that RRS is still in line to get the victory – which he deserves.
Michael SAunders and Ichiro Suzuki get a pair of infield singles to start the inning and Lopez loaded the bases with a single. Ken Griffey Jr. rips a two-run double his second in a row off of Halladay, to give Seattle a 3-2 lead.
Three runs off of Halladay, this was a team that couldn’t score against Jeremy Sowers and Aaron Laffey.