It's a perfect day at Safeco Field with not a cloud in the sky and a light breeze. The concourses are absolutely packed.
Today is Hall of Fame day with outfielder Andre Dawson, manager Whitey Herzog, umpire Doug Harvey, announcer Jon Miller and baseball writer Bill Madden all getting inducted into the baseball hall of fame.
According to nationalpasttime.com, on this date in 1999 ... Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount, George Brett, Nestor Chylak, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Selee and 'Smokey' Joe Williams are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Today's starter Doug Fister has lost five straight decisions, and he is 0-5 with a 5.33 ERA during his last eight starts.
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As for Red Sox starter, Daisuke Matsuzaka, he's been known to throw a lot pitches. Let's see how patient the Mariners are, particularly some of the free swingers like Jose Lopez.
Fister gets off to a decent start, recording a 1-2-3, including a strikeout of David Ortiz.
Chone Figgins works a walk and advances to second on a wild pitch and then steals third. But of course, the inning comes to an end after Dice-K goes full count to three straight hitters and Lopez steps up and swings at the first pitch and pops up to first. He simply does not get it.
Fister gives up a single to Kevin Youkilis. Thankfully we won't have to hear any more YOOOOOOUUUUUUUKKK! cheers after today. Fister gets Beltre to hit into a 5-4-3 DP to erase the runner.
Justin Smoak follows the Lopez school of hitting and swings at the first pitch. The Mariners get a couple of base runners, but then Jack Wilson strikes out to end the inning. Matsuzaka might work slower and throw more pitches per batter than Miguel Batista, which I didn't think was possible.
A foul ball of the bat of Dusty Brown landed in the press box. I was the lucky one to grab it. Surely it should get me a two bucks on eBay.
The M's takea 1-0 lead as Figgins doubled and Gutierrez walked. Manager Don Wakamatsu called for a hit and run on a 1-0 count and Lopez singled over short to score a run. The M's had the bases loaded, but couldn't get any more runs.
Fister runs into his first stretch of trouble. He gives up as single to JD Drew and then walks David Ortiz. Youkilis follows with a double to right to score Drew and the annoying cheer echos through Safeco. Adrian Beltre singles up the middle to score Ortiz. But Fister gets out of the jam by getting Jeremy Hermida to line out, striking out Mike Cameron and getting an outstanding diving catch by Jack Wilson on Bill Hall's liner to short.
This game is dragging along like an Ashton Kutcher film. Again Fister finds some trouble allowing a single to JD Drew and a check swing infield single to Ortiz (who may be faster than Lopez), but he gets Youkilis to pop out to second. Where's your YOOUUUUK cheers now?
It's taken Dice-K 101 pitches to make it through five innings. How many has Jose Lopez seen in three at-bats? 5. That's why he hasn't been traded yet. No one wants that type of approach.
Chris Seddon comes in for Fister and has a solid inning, going 1-2-3.
Dice-K gets a quick 1-2-3 inning (that's not a typo). He gets some help on a strong throw from Jeremy Hermida, who cuts down Casey Kotchman, who tried to a basehit down the line into a double.
Seddon retires the side.
Figgins singles and reaches base for the fourth time in the game.
Chris Seddon retires two hitters and is lifted for Brandon League. Seddon retired all eight batters he faced.League struck out Youkilis on a nasty 3-2 splitfinger.
The Mariners show some life. Jose Lopez leads off with a bloop single off of Daniel Bard. Sox manager Terry Francona brings in Hideki Okajima. Justin Smoak singles and then CAsey Kotchman drops down a sac bunt that turns into a single as Okajima looks lost trying to field it. Michael Saunders continues to swing the bat well, ripping a single to right to score two runs and give the M's a 3-2 lead. Milton Bradley comes into a pinch hit and promptly drops down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Kotchman. That's two games in a row with a successful squeeze play. M's lead 4-2.
Aardsma pitches a 1-2-3 ninth for the win and split of the series.