No, it’s not a facetious question – Seattle hasn’t scored in 18 innings, against two teams, over two days.
In fact, the Mariners have only four hits during those 18 innings.
Now, however, they have Ichiro back in their lineup, along with Adrian Beltre – wearing a protective cup!! – and rookie Mike Carp at first base.
The bigger issue may be can they stop the Angels from scoring 10 runs, which they did with relative ease Monday. Standing in their way tonight?
Rookie Doug Fister. Go get ‘em, kid.
It’s Fister vs. Ervin Santana.
Good Lord, a Run!
Seattle went back to little ball and it worked.
Franklin Gutierrez singled and stole second base, took third on a fly ball and trotted home one Mike Sweeney’s RBI single.
Light-hearted moment? When Beltre came to the plate for the first time since contusing his testicle, the P.A. system – at the request of Mr. Griffey – played the Nutcracker Suite.
Beltre flied out.
After one: Mariners 1, Angels 0
Angels answer back
Angels scored their way. Kendry Morales doubled and, with two outs, Maicer Izturis doubled him home.
In the second: Mariners 1, Angels 1
MRI results are in on Griffey’s left knee, and the finding is: inflammation.
The team says Junior will probably play some time this weekend in Oakland.
On the mound in a game for the first time since April, Carlos Silva pitched one inning tonight for Everett against Vancouver.
The results: three hits, two runs – one earned – and three strikeouts.
And in Seattle
Fister is through four, having helped himself with double play grounders in two innings.
This is better baseball
Through six innings, it’s a tie game, which plays into the Mariners way of winning. No, it doesn’t always work, but being close through six is better than being down by eight.
Fister has allowed four hits, throwing 94 pitches in picking his way through a tough Angels lineup. Santana is done, replaced by Darren Oliver.
This is Fister’s game to win or lose, it seems.
In the seventh: Mariners 1, Angels 1
Up by one
Shortstop Izturis misplayed a grounder by Gutierrez that went as an infield single,a nd with two outs Jose Lopez doubled into right field – getting a run home for his 80th RBI.
After Gutierrez scored, however, Lope4z was caught standing between second and third and tagged out.
Fister’s on thre mound now, but Mark Lowe is warming up fast.
In the eighth: Mariners 2, Angels 1
Goodnight, Mr. Fister
One out, one on in the eighth, Fister gave way to Lowe, who put down pinch hitter Mike Napoli and Chone Figgins.
The right-handed rookie without a dominant fastball, Fister walked off the mound to a standing ovation. Tonight, he earned it.
And in the end
David Aardsma vs. the heart of the Angels lineup – Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrrero – with a one-run lead.
Abreu singled. Hunter flied out. Guerrero lined out. That brought up Kendry Morales – hitting .315 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI.
Aardsma struck him out, picked up his 32nd save and Seattle is 69-64.
It’s a final: Mariners 2, Angels 1