Yes, I got a late start. But it's my 47th blog post of the day. Ok, that's embellishing. It's like my fifth of the day.
So let's get to it... here's the list of what happened on this date in baseball history.
From 2002 ...
In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties a the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners' designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle's 12-4 victory over the Indians.
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Jason Vargas issues an rare walk to start the game to Elvis Andrus, but then gets out of the inning.
The Mariners get a two-out single from Casey Kotchman and a walk from Russell Branyan, but Franklin Gutierrez flies out to to left to end the inning.
Vargas gives up a two-out single, but nothing else.
Matt Tuiasosopo rips a two-out ground-rule double to left-center, but Jack Wilson strikes out to strand him.
The Rangers get on the board as Vargas gives up a lead-off walk to No. 9 hitter Julio Borbon. Texas then executes a nice hit and run as Andrus singles and Borbon advances to third. Michael Young drives him in with a sac fly to center. Vargas avoids further damage by getting Josh Hamilton to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
The Mariners load the bases on three straight singles from Ichiro, Figgins and Kotchman. But Branyan strikes out and Gutierrez, who is batting fifth, drops down a bunt to score Ichiro from third.
A bunt from the No. 5 batter? Well, when you haven't scored in 23 innings, those are the things you do.
Game is tied at 1-1
For the third time in the game, Vargas walks the lead-off guy of an inning - this time Nelson Cruz. Jorge Cantu singles and Cristian Guzman sac bunts them into scoring position allowing Bengie Molina to hit a sac fly to left to score Cruz. Rangers lead 2-1.
The M's get a couple breaks as Jack Wilson delivers a two-out single and then on a 2-2 pitch, Wilson attempt a steal of second and Ichiro hits the ball to short where Andrus had vacated to cover the steal. Wilson advanced to third and later scored on a wild pitch of Colby Lewis. Game tied a 2-2.
Vargas doesn't walk a leadoff hitter and goes 1-2-3
M's take the lead as Gutierrez hits his 10th home of the season - an opposite field blast to put the M's up 3-2.
Vargas goes 1-2-3 again.
Jamey Wright replaces Vargas and gives up a two-out double but gets out of the inning.
M's get a leadoff single from Figgins, but he is stranded there.
Brandon Leagues makes things a little interesting issuing two walks to start off the inning. After getting a fielder's choice, League gets a beautiful 4-6-3 double play on a diving stop from Chone Figgins to get out of the inning.
Aarsma pitches the ninth 1-2-3, even retiring pinch hitter Vlad Guerrero.