Well that was an interesting game to say the least. The Mariners went from being nearly no-hit, to making a historic ninth inning rally, squandered their only scoring opportunity in the 12th inning and the lost it in the top of the 13th when Eric Patterson doubled to left-center off of reliever Garrett Olson to drive in two runs,which would prove to be the difference.
"A tremendous comeback and a heartbreak all in the same game," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
The Mariners were achingly close to suffering the humility of being no-hit.
Sure they’ve been shut out for a game, shut out for consecutive games, nearly shut out for an entire series and completely dominated, but they’ve still managed to register at least two hits in every one of their games this season.
But for the better part of the game, it appeared that Lackey would do what always seemed like a possibility against the light-hitting Mariners – throw a no-hitter.
The Red Sox right-hander held Seattle hitless for 7 2/3 innings until Bard looped 1-2 pitch into right-center out of the reach of a diving J.D. Drew for the Mariners’ first hit of the game. Wilson followed with an infield single to give Seattle back-to-back hits off Lackey. But that’s all he would allow. Lackey got Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to left to end the inning.
Lackey left after eight innings, having allowed the two hits and an unearned run, while striking out six, walking one and hitting a batter.
"You see quite a bit where you get to the no-no and break it up, and all of a sudden the momentum changes," Wakamatsu said.
After Lackey was gone, the M's took advantage of a shaky Boston bullpen.
Chone Figgins, leading off the ninth, greeted Manny Delcarmen with a single and Franklin Gutierrez sat on a first-pitch fastball, crushing into left field for a two-run homer – his ninth of the season – to cut the lead to 6-3.
Delcarmen continued to struggle, walking Jose Lopez before Scutaro booted a sure double-play ball off the bat of Milton Bradley.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona called on closer Jonathan Papelbon to bail out the Sox.
But it didn’t happen.
Papelbon struck out Justin Smoak to get the first out of the inning, but Casey Kotchman laced a double down the right field line to score Lopez. Papelbon then walked Josh Bard to load the bases.
It seemed as though he would get out of the inning. After a long battle with Jack Wilson, he was able to get a ground ball to short for what could have been a double play. However, Hall’s relay to first was wide to Kevin Youkilis’ right and Bradley and pinch-runner Ryan Langerhans were able to score to tie the game.
Figgins struck out looking to leave the game tied, but the improbable rally forced extra innings.
In extra innings, the M's were held scoreless initially, but had their best chance in the bottom of the 12th.
The Mariners loaded the bases with one out, and Jose Lopez and Milton Bradley both hit infield pop-ups to end the inning, setting the stage for Patterson’s big hit in the 13th.
"It comes down to that 12th inning," Wakamatsu said. "Bases loaded, meat of the order up and we don't get it done.
"We've got to get it done in that situation and it ends up being a heck of a story instead of a heartbreak."