For want of an out, the Mariners four-game series in Minnesota changed. Twenty-six outs into Game 2 of that series, Seattle had a two-run lead and was about to go up 2-0 for the season.
Set up to win the game their No. 2 starter had begun, the Mariners used their most veteran arms – Roy Corcoran for two innings, David Aardsma for one and then Brandon Morrow, who threw 28 pitches.
Now, the Mariners must try to win a game with Carlos Silva or Jarrod Washburn starting, and with issues in their bullpen.
If Morrow gets a save in his next appearance, there's probably no long-term impact from last night. But if he loses command again, issues walks or simply can't put the ball where he wants, what happens next – to him and the team?
The Mariners are not a weak-willed group. One loss isn't about to change their view of themselves or the team - close losses pop up all season. Still, they're no fun, and in this case they changed the way the Mariners could have come out of the gate.
Doesn't have the same feel, does it?