Any night that Felix pitches is a good night, and I also like watching the Rays and what they’ve done with their club. Evan Longoria is a player I’d pay to watch.
Felix doesn’t seem particularly sharp. Of course an error by Jack Wilson doesn’t help the situation. But still he loaded the bases before getting Wilson to make a nifty back-hand play for a force out to end the inning. Still, Felix threw a few too many pitches that inning.
How is Russell Branyan’s back? Just fine thank you. He hit a deep solo bomb to center to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.
Felix is all over the place, back-to-back walks to BJ Upton and the non-hitting Dioner Navarro. A passed ball from Rob Johnson moves Upton up a base and an error by Adrian Beltre scores a run. Another passed ball from Johnson allows the runners to move up again which set up CArl Crawford for an RBI single. Some stellar baseball here. Felix walks another guy and then gives up a sac fly for a run. Mercifully the inning ends on a fly out and it’s now 3-1 and he’s thrown 52 pitches.
A 1-2-3 inning for Felix. That’s supposed to be the norm, but not tonight.
The Mariners don’t exactly look like an offensive juggernaut tonight.
Another long inning for Felix, who gives up hits to Longoria and Crawford. Felix has thrown 77 pitches already.
Jeff Niemann is looking like Cy Young right now.
Felix serves up a monster bomb to Pat Burrell off the front of the upper deck in left field. A facade is proper word I guess.
The M’s go down 1-2-3 for the second straight inning.
A rare 1-2-3 inning for Felix, a not so rare 1-2-3 for the Mariners.
Felix walks the first two hitters he faces and is lifted. he walked a season-high six hitters and allowed five runs – three earned on five hits and struck out seven. He put a good fight. Sean White allows a run to score on a grounder by Pat Burrell, and it is now 5-1.
Griffey makes it 4-2, hitting a solo homer to right on his bobble-head night. Beltre follows up with a single and Wilson dumps a one-out bloop into right, which knocks Niemann out of the game. The Rays bring in Ryan Rowland-Smith’s buddy from Down Under Grant Balfour and Rob Johnson greets him with an RBI single. He then hits pinch hitter Mike Sweeney in the arm on a 3-2 pitch and Sweeney does a Roger Dorn on the play. That brings Ichiro to the plate and Brian Shouse into the game.
Ichiro promptly hits a 1-0 pitch up the middle to score two runs and tie the game. But that’s where it stays. it’s a new ball game as they say.