Computer issues again, and they appear resolved, which means we can get back to the business of blogging this game.
First off, yes, Chone Figgins is playing. He was booed when introduced in the first inning, then cheered after making an athletic play in the fourth inning. One thing is obvious: After his benching last night, Figgins is playing second base like a man on a mission - and the difference is striking.
Now, about Jon Lester. Great guy, marvelous story and, tonight, he's mowing down Mariners at an historic pace. Through five innings, no Mariner has reached base, and Mr. Lester has struck out nine batters.
A Yikes! is definitely called for. David Ortiz homered off David Pauley in the fourth, but Pauley pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed only that one run. He was good. The other guy just happens to be perfect ....
In the sixth inning: Boston 1, Seattle 0.
- Josh Bard, leading off the Mariners sixth inning, became Lester's 10th strikeout victim. Jack-not-Josh Wilson flied to center - where Eric Patterson dropped the ball for a two-base error. Pitching out of a stretch for the first time, Lester hung a curve and Michael Saunders hit it out, a two-run home run that was his eighth of the season. In the sixth: Seattle 2, Boston 1.
- Eighth inning, Jamie Wright gets one out but walks Patterson and is replaced by lefty Garrett Olson to face Ortiz. Ortiz popped out. Kevin Youkilis was safe on a Jose Lopez error Adrian Beltre popped out. In the eighth: Seattle 2, Boston 1.
- Milton Bradley drove a ball to right center field for a triple, ran completely out of gas about midway beween second and third base and seemed to collapse at the bag moret than slide into it. He got a big ovation from the crowd, a lot of laughter from the dugout. Bard struck out - Lester's 13th of the night. Jack-not-Josh Wilson squeezed home the run with a sacrifice bunt. Saunders singled, Ichiro walked - and Figgins doubled home a run. Franklin Gutierrez walked and Manny Declarmen hit Lopez to force in a run. In the eighth: Seattle 5, Boston 1.