Quickly, cause I was running late...
Did you know that on this day in 2008, according to nationalpasttime.com ...
Randy Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 2,000 strikeouts for two different teams. The southpaw, who fanned 2,162 batters pitching for the Mariners from 1989-98, whiffs Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to earn the distinction.First inning
Felix looks sharp going 1-2-3.
M's look typical, but did get a hit.
Felix gives up a single but nothing else as he looks strong.
The M's go down 1-2-3. Are they going to score one run?
Felix gives up a one-out single to Gordon Beckham, but pays it no mind and retires Pierre and Omar.
The M's go down 1-2-3. I should just copy and past this for every inning.
Felix looked dominant in that inning, striking out Rios and Konerko and getting Kotsay to ground out weakly.
It appears that the M's will get him no runs. Figgins walks and then gets tossed out stealing. Lopez singles, then Kirby Arnold of the says that Casey Kotchman will homer. Kotchman rips a ball to right that's foul by about five or six feet. And then strikes out.
Felix continues to deal, rolling through the Sox 1-2-3.
Meanwhile, Ryan Langerhans singles and then gets a little overaggressive and gets caught in a rundown. The Safeco Fans booed him. Really? At least he got a hit. He's one of three Mariners to do so thus far.
Felix wastes little time getting a 1-2-3 with two strikeouts.
Floyd takes even less time to strike out the side, fanning Wilson, Ichiro and Figgins. He needed all of three pitches against Figgins.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Felix. He's at 78 pitches after seven.
M's get a leadoff single from Gutierrez, which is erased when Lopez hits into a 5-4-3 double play. Even more appalling was that Lopez was barely halfway down the first base line when the ball was fired to first. Nice hustle Jose. Casey Kotchman gets a two-out single, but Smoak grounds out to end the inning.
Felix goes 8 innings, allows 2 hits and strikes out 8, he's at 93 pitches, but Wak pulls him in favor of David Aardsma. Why? Well most likely cause they want to get Aardsma out there so the myriad of scouts that are here, likely to see him pitch, can showcase his skills for a possible trade.
Aardsma gets a strikeout, but then hits Juan Pierre. Of course, Pierre is going to steal second at some point. But the M's guess right and call for a pitchout and throw down. The throw beats Pierre easily, but Figgins makes a nonchalant tag and Pierre pulls his arm back on the slide. Second base ump Jeff Nelson sees that and calls him safe.
Replays show that Pierre is out, but that Figgins barely got him on the sleeve. Wakamatsu is not pleased and is ejected. Aardsma walks Omar Vizquel, but gets Rios to fly out and then strikes out Konerko on an appealed check swing.
Words escape me at this point because of my anger. But in a season of bad base running mistakes, Jose Lopez just made the worst. In a 0-0 game with a runner in front of him, he was doubled off on a soft liner that Andruw Jones made a diving catch on to end the inning. That is simple inexcusable. HIS RUN MEANS NOTHING!
If you need a reason why Wakamatsu shouldn't be fired, Jose Lopez is exhibit A.
Omar Vizquel has killed the Mariners all series and he does it again, delivering a two-out RBI single, scoring Gordon Beckham.