It's August 5 and the Mariners enter today with a 40-68 record -- only the Pittsburgh Pirates (37-70) and Baltimore Orioles (34-73) have worse records. Seattle trails the Rangers by 22.5 games.
On this day last year, the Seattle beat the KC Royals 11-6 with Luke French getting the win. The M's improved to 56-51 with the win.
Famous birthdays on this day include -- Maureen McCormick aka Marcia Brady (1956), Tawny Kitaen (1961), who starred in Bachelor Party and several White Snake videos and also beat up her husband Chuck Finley of the Angels. And one of the most exciting players in all of baseball - Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford.
The guy can do it all - hit, run, throw.... watching him score from first on an extra base hit is unreal. And he's a free agent and most likely end up with the Yankees.
Also on this date in 1962 -- Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home.
As for baseball, on this day ... in 2001 ...
Trailing the Mariners 14-2, the Indians, beginning in the seventh inning, score 12 times to tie score. Cleveland will win the game in the 11th inning, 15-14 making it the third time (1911 Tigers, 1925 A's) a team has won after being behind by 12 runs.
Here's an except from Larry's story on that game...
CLEVELAND - Into a season filled with the spice of success and triumph, the Seattle Mariners got a taste of something new Sunday -- humility.
For the first time in 76 years, a major league team came back from a 12-run deficit to win a game, and the fact that it was the Cleveland Indians doing it to the Seattle pitching staff seemed to astonish everyone.
Including the Indians, playing hard by Lake Eerie, who won a 15-14 brawl of a game in the 11th inning.
"That's almost impossible to do," Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "But they did it. I don't know what more to say."
The Indians' victory was all the more improbable because it came against the strength of the Mariners' team - their bullpen. All season, Seattle has considered itself a lock in games it leads after six innings.
Aaron Sele left the game in the seventh with a 14-3 lead and a couple of Indians on base.
John Halama let both those runners score, then gave up four of his own.
Norm Charlton gave up two runs.
Jeff Nelson gave up two runs.
Kazuhiro Sasaki gave up one run.
Jose Paniagua gave up one run.
Against the staff that came in with the American League's best record and lowest earned run average, the Indians pounded out a season-high 23 hits, scored a season-best 15 runs.
"They just beat us," Charlton said. "You look back over this game, we didn't boot the ball around. We didn't make nothing but bad pitches. They just beat us, and when we had the chance to stop them, we couldn't." First inning
Felix gives up a lead-off single to Elvis Andrus, but it's erased by a nice 5-4-3 double play on a good stop by Jose Lopez (see I'm not always negative about him.) Felix gives up a soft single to Josh Hamilton but gets Vlad Guerrero to ground out to first.
Typical Mariners baseball - Ichiro leads off with a double, Figgins bunts him to second and then Kotchman grounds out weakly taking a horrible swing at curve ball on 1-2 and Branyan pops out in foul territory.
The Rangers take a page from the Mariners. Nelson Cruz leads off with a double and moves to third on David Murphy's ground ball to the right side. But Bengie Molina grounds out to Jack Wilson and Mitch Moreland strikes out.
The Ms get the lead-off guy on as Gutierrez reaches on a bloop single. But he only makes it second on botched pick-off by Tommy Hunter and is stranded there.
A nice 1-2-3 inning for Felix.
M's get a two-out hit from Figgins, but nothing else.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Felix.... he's getting stronger.
Branyan draws a lead-off walk, and Lopez gets a one-out single to put runners on first and second with no outs, but Hunter strikes out Moore and Saunders.
1-2-3 for Felix
M's strand yet another base runner.
Felix finally gives up a single to Michael Young after retiring 14 straight.
M's waste another opportunity . Runners on first and second with no outs, Lopez pops up to shortstop. (BELIEVE BUNT!!) Adam Moore hits into a fielders choice and Saunders pops up to second. They are now 0-for-10 with runners i scoring position.
It falls apart for Felix. He gives up a single to Vlad Guerrero, gets Cruz to fly out, bu then David Murphy hits a ball deep into left-center. Michael Saunders makes a leaping attempt to rob the home run and crashes into the wall hard. It looks for a second like he might have made the catch. But he didn't and it's a two-run homer. Felix gets a ground out, but then walks Mitch Moreland and gives up two singles for another run. Rangers lead 3-0.
And the Mariners strand two more runners. This is ridiculous.
This game's over.
The Mariners bullpen makes sure the game is over. Jamey Wright gives up two singles to start the inning and then Nelson Cruz drops a double into center just out of the reach of a sliding Franklin Gutierrez. Wright intentionally walks David Murphy and then gives up a sac fly to Bengie Molina. Wakamatsu brings in Chris Seddon and he throws two wild pitches to score a run. Ranger lead 6-0.