Eight shutout innings from Doug Fister - remarkable! - and the Seattle Mariners might have wasted them all had it not been for one swing from Milton Bradley.
That swing produced his eighth-inning, three-run home run, and if it left him as cautious with the media as ever, it left Fister positively giddy.
"We needed one thing to go right," Fister said. "We're on a roll now."
Well, at 3-6, a win is something of a roll. And the way it came about certainly left a crowd of 18,043 happy. After the game, Mike Sweeney did his serious speech about team - then watched the Mariners dump beer all over Bradley's head.
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Bradley is not a home run hitter per se, but this was the sixth of his career that put his team ahead after the seventh inning. He was not inclined to discuss much about his thoughts - 'that's personal' - but Bradley didn't mind talking about his team.
"We have fun every day," he said. "It makes it easy coming to the clubhouse."
It may have been the first major feel-good moment of the season from a team that had so many of them a year ago. It will not be the last.