The Blue Jays have come to town and that means several fans from up north have made the trek down to cheer on what amounts to Canada's national team now that the Montreal Expos and their sweet hats been transformed into the dreck that is the Washington Nationals (who have a better record than the Mariners). So while there is a typically sparse crowd on this overcast Wednesday night, a good portion of the fans that are in attendance are Blue Jays fans. I wonder if the vendors brought in some Molson Canadian or LaBatt's Blue for the games.
Doug Fister and his shiny 1.72 ERA take the mound. And he proceeds to go 1-2-3.
The Mariners get a hit in the first inning which is a rarity as Franklin Gutierrez singles, but they don't get a run, which isn't uncommon.
Another 1-2-3 for Fister.
Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil strikes out Jose Lopez and Milton Bradley and then misses first base when he covered for a ground ball. But he gets out of the inning by getting Josh Bard to fly out deep to right.
The Blue Jays get a run off of Fister as Jose Bautista doubles off the wall in left and Milton Bradley has a little trouble with the carom. John Buck followed with a single to put runners on first and third with no outs. But Fister almost gets a double play as Edwin Encarnacion hits a soft liner to third that Jose Lopez gloves, but can't quite tag the third base bag fast enough to get Bautista. That allows Fred Lewis to hit a one-out sac fly to right.
The Mariners get a leadoff single from Josh Wilson, but fail to do much with it.
Well, Fister's ERA is increasing rapidly. He gives up a lead-off double to Adam Lind and then one-out hits to Lyle Overbay and an RBI single to Alex Gonzalez. Fister then walks Jose Bautista to load the bases and then he hit John Buck with a 2-2 pitch to force in another run. But he battled back and struck out Encarnacion looking and then got Fred Lewis to fly out to left. It wasn't an easy fly by and means and Bradley didn't get a good jump on the ball. I really thought he wasn't going to get to it.
The Mariners get a two-out, broken bat single from Bradley, but that's about it. Three hits, all singles.
Fister comes back with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and is at 79 pitches.
Want a sequence to sum up the M's season. Josh Bard leads off with a double and then Josh Wilson draws a walk, giving Seattle runners on first and second with no outs. The next three hitters?
- Ichiro - pop up to short
- Figgins - flies to out right
- Gutierrez - grounds into a fielder's choice.
- No runs.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Fister. Even if you got rid of his one bad inning in the fourth, he would be on pace to lose 1-0.
The Mariners score a run. That's not a typo. The Mariners score a run as Ichiro comes up with an RBI single to score Josh Bard from third. That chases Brett Cecil from the game. Figgins follows up with an RBI single off of reliever Shawn Camp.But Gutierrez strikes out and Sweeney pops up. Blue Jays lead 3-2. But Fister takes the mound in the eighth with 97 pitches.
Fister goes 1-2-3 again. His line 8 innings pitched, 5 hits, 3 runs, one walk, five strikeout and a hit batter. That's a solid effort.
Milton Bradley singles with one out. But the Mariners can't muster anything.
David Aardsma gives up a leadoff double but battles back, including two strikeouts to end the inning.