Lost in all of the Milton Bradley stuff today is a great pitching matchup between Cliff Lee and Matt Garza. That's about as good as it gets. But did we talk about that at all today? NO!
Not that I'm trying to downplay the Bradley stuff. It's good that he's getting help. It seems clear that he needs it. And those are the two most difficult things to do, especially for a professional athlete.
Cliff Lee has his no-hitter broken up by the first batter of the game. I will blame Larry Stone of the Times for that (Twitter joke). But he gets out of the inning by getting Longoria to pop up.
Garza goes 1-2-3.
Damn, Lee works fast, he's going to keep me busy all night. He abused Carlos Pena and handled Upton. Burrell got a single, but he gets out.
Franklin Gutierrez has a decent at-bat before grounding out. Griffey hits a ball hard, but it makes it to the warning track. Someone said in the press box, that's the absolute farthest he can hit a a ball.
Lee strikes out two hitters and then gives up a single to Carl Crawford, but gets Ben Zobrist to fly out to end the inning. He's at 42 pitches with 31 strikes.
Jack Wilson reaches on a bunt single - (at least they won't get no-hit), but he's stranded at second base. And even worse he somehow hurt himself because Josh Wilson replaced him. That leaves Adam Moore and Mike Sweeney on the bench.
Lee rolls 1-2-3 through the Rays.
Casey Kotchman rips a double to right and Franklin Gutierrez follows with a home run to right field. No that's not a typo, Gutierrez hit a home run. THE MARINERS HIT A HOME RUN. It was their first home run since April 25th -- 77 innings. Ken Griffey Jr. followed with a double to right -- all of sudden they can hit. The M's take a 2-0 lead.
That lead doesn't last long as Lee gives up a double to Dioner Navarro and then an RBI single to Gabe Kapler. The Rays add another as Jason Bartlett doubles to left to score Kapler from first. But Lee gets two more outs to keep it at 2-2.
The M's go down 1-2-3 in the fifth.
a 1-2-3 inning for Lee.
The Mariners almost eke out a run, but second baseman Ben Zobrist made a nice play on Josh Wilson ball to the right side to save the run.
Well that inning wasn't great. Lee entered with 88 pitches and left with 113 pitches and giving up three runs as three straight singles and a throwing error by Josh Wilson contributed to the issues. It's now 5-2.
I would write something more profound, but my fingers are frozen ... so it here it is --- Sean White was not good in relief. Rays lead 8-2.