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Game #53: Felix beats the Twins

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm with 5 Comments »
June 3, 2010 9:32 pm

Oakland and Los Angeles have won, Texas lost,  so as Lou Piniella used to say, it behooves the Seattle Mariners to win what would be their third consecutive game tonight.

Do it and they climb to within six games of the lead in the American League West.

Standing in their way? The first-place Minnesota Twins and five-game winner Carl Pavano.

Felix Hernandez will try to win his third game of the season, in his 12th start, and the key may be how he does against the heart of the Twins lineup – Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jim Thome.

Surprisingly, perhaps, veteran Thome is 6-for-10 against Felix with three home runs and six RBI. And Mauer? He’s batting .626 with two home runs against Hernandez.

Mariners Franklin Gutierrez, Casey Kotchman, Rob Johnson, Jose Lpez, Josh Wilson and Michael Saunders are all in the starting lineup tonight – and none of them has ever faced Pavano.

  • The M&M Boys did it again. Joe Mauer doubled with two outs and Justin Morneau singled him home with a shot up the middle that left Felix lying on the mound on his back. Yikes! In the first: Minnesota 1, Seattle 0.
  • Ichiro walked, Chone Figgins sacrificed him to second and, as Franklin Gutierrez struck out on a 2-2- pitch, Ichiro stole third. Jose Lopez grounded out. That’s 14 stolen bases for Ichiro, another missed opportuniy for the Mariners.
  • Tip of the cap to Casey Kotchman: His second inning assist gave him the major league record for consecutive errorless chances by a first baseman – 2,003.  He hasn’t made an error in 230 straight games.
  • Michael Saunders doubled, then stole third – Seattle’s third steal tonight. Ichiro singled Saunders home.  Ichiro stole second with one out, then third base.  Gutierrez walked. Lopez homered, his fourth. After three: Seattle 4, Minnesota 1.
  • Felix has some filthy stuff working tonight, and he’d retired 11 of the last 12 Twins  he’d faced until Thome rolled a single into right field. In the sixth inning: Seattle 4, Minnesota 1.
  • Now there’s something you don’t see every day. Felix struck out the side, and when Mauer reached first base after swinging at a wild pitch, Felix buckled down and struck out Morneau. Yes, that’s four strikeouts in the eighth inning, nine for the game.
  • Ninth inning. David Aardsma in to pitch. He gets his 12th save in Seattle’s 22nd win, and the Mariners have pulled to within six games of the AL West lead. It’s a final: Seattle 4, Minnesota 1.
Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. I really hope Josh (not Jack) Wilson keeps his starting position even when Jack returns.

    While i never saw Jack with the Pirates, in the AL, Josh kicks his rear in all areas of the game including defense.

    I don’t see Josh as an all star by any means, just as the best we’ve got.

    Hope Saunders keeps hitting. He may need to play everyday, along with a Bradley/Sweeney/Kotchman 3 headed dh/1b Platoon.

  2. westside_guy says:

    I think Saunders is showing why he should be our everyday left fielder – not only is he capable of some pop with the bat, he’s an excellent fielder. Can you say that about Bradley?

    But I still have a hunch Wak will sit Saunders, given half a chance. Michael really seems to fall outside that “belief system” for some mystifying reason.

  3. bkeyport1970 says:

    See that, get rid of the dead weight (he should have retired ages ago) and we start winning.

    PS – I don’t believe that Griffey’s a bad player overall, just that he was past his prime. He’d make a great coach.

  4. dave8557 says:

    So Felix strikes out 4 in the 8th inning, striking out two of the best hitters in baseball back to back, is super charged on adrenalin, and Wac man takes him out of the game. There is something wrong with this picture. Why does Aardsma need to come in at all to get the bogus “save” when he isn’t needed? Why can’t we enjoy Felix putting the nail in the coffin of the Twins? Instead, you do the first place Twins a favor by bringing in Aardsma. Yes, the Wac is asleep at the switch.

  5. Larry Larue says:

    dave – your focus remains one-dimensional. nanagers have to consider the whole season, not any single game. after eight innings, felix had thrown 116 pitches. there was no need for him to get into the 120s. in the game today, teams have learned to save their bullets, which is why you don’t see 130 pitch complete games. times have changed, like it or not.

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