Another day at Yankee Stadium, and no new news on Cliff Lee.
Let’s see on June 30, 1953, the first corvette rolled off the assembly line.
Also on this day, baseball players Tony Fernandez (Blue Jays) and big leaguer Mitch Maier were born.
Also on June 30, 2006, the Mariners were part of the fastest game in the then-seven-year history of Safeco Field when they were beaten by the Rockies 2-0 in 1 hour and 52 minutes. Rockies starter, the illustrious Josh Fogg, faced the minimum of 27 batters, allowing two hits. He beat Jamie Moyer, who also pitched all nine innings, allowing two runs on five hits, including a solo homer to Brad Hawpe.
I’m pretty sure we won’t have a 1 hour 52 minute game tonight.
Javier Vazquez rolls through 1-2-3.
Felix walks Derek Jeter, then strikes out Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. With A-Rod up, he throws a wild pitch followed by a passed ball on consecutive pitches allowing Jeter to get to third. But Felix gets out of the inning thanks to Michael Saunders, who made a fantastic leaping catch on a liner by Robinson Cano to end the inning.
Milton Bradley leads off the inning with a deep homer to center field and there were scattered boos from the Yankee Stadium fans. They don’t like Vazquez much, and I can’t blame them. Ryan Langerhans makes an appearance, pinch hitting for Gutierrez, who left the game with an upset stomach, and nausea. He singled to left. But he’s stranded there as Vazquez strikes out Jack Wilson and Rob Johnson.
Felix cruises through the lineup including a strikeout of Issaquah’s Colin Curtis.
I think I mentioned this yesterday, but the Mariners have become a JUGGERNAUT offensively. Michael Saunders hit his sixth home run of the season to start the sixth. That puts him ahead of Jose Lopez despite having about 200 fewer at-bats than Lopez. I’m very happy that the Mariners are playing Saunders nearly every day. I don’t know whether he will be an all-star, but it looks as though he can develop into a solid big league player.
The M’s add another run as Lopez delivers an RBI single to short over a leaping Derek Jeter. I know I was critical of Lopez in my Sunday column. As it was pointed out by colleague Kenny Via, Lopez extended his hit streak to 13 games. So good for him.
Felix looked sharp mowing down the hitters 1-2-3, including a strikeout of Jeter looking.
Felix finally gives up a hit as Mark Teixeira doubles to right to lead off the inning. But he’s left stranded there.
The M’s load the bases for Ryan Langerhans with two outs and he strikes out. It would have been interesting to see what Gutierrez might have done.
Chone Figgins struggled with picking up the ball in the sky on back to back pop-ups. the first one resulted in a double for Colin Curtis, the second one was caught by Ichiro.
Russell Branyan crushes a moon shot to right-center for a two-run homer. The Mariners have now hit three homers in a game for the first time since May 21st against the San Diego Padres. That was Branyan’s first as an Mariner since August 25th of last season.
Michael Saunders crushed a Gaudin pitch to right for his first multi-homer game of his career. Of course, that could have been avoided if Robinson Cano catches Rob Johnson’s pop up in foul territory. He missed it.Johnson walked and Saunders unleashed the fury on that pitch. M’s have four home runs in this game, first time since Sept. 27, 2009.
Felix picks up the complete game, two-hit shut-out. Who are these guys?