Greetings from Safeco Field where it's turned into a very pleasant evening after the clouds burned off. It's supposed not be quite as nice tomorrow.
Kind of a smaller crowd for a Friday, though the Royals (sorry Dale) aren't exactly a big draw for the casual fans.
It's August 6 and everyone should know that on this day in 1945, the U.S. dropped the H-bomb on Hiroshima, killing 70,000 people instantly. But even more interesting Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping. 91 minutes? That's one inning of a Red Sox-Yankees game.
Celebrating birthday's today -- Marisa Miller and Adrianne Lima! Don't know who they are? Google them now.
Sadly on this day a year ago, film maker John Hughes passed away. And for people my age, that guy made some of the most important movies I watched in youth.
Jose Canseco became the 11th player in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. The A's outfielder, with 31 homers, joins the 30-30 club stealing second base with one out in the ninth inning for his 30th as Oakland beat the Mariners, 5-4.First inning
Hmm, the M's were shut out last night and now they face reigning AL Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke. Don't let his 7-10 record and 3.97 ERA fool you, Greinke is still awesome. He's faced the M's twice this year, pitching a combined 14 innings and allowing just one run total. He's good.
And he goes 1-2-3 vs. the M's in the first.
Luke French gets the start and survives a double from Jason Kendall to get out of the inning.
French looks solid in that inning, striking out Wilson Betemit and Alex Gordon.
M's don't get 1-2-3'd as Lopez reaches on an error by shortstop Mike Aviles. Former M's shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt is gone to see the birth of his first child.
French gives up a run as a pair of two out singles and Billy Butler's bloop single to left drive in a run.
Ryan Langerhans, who hasn't started a game since July 27, hits a solo homer to center off of Greinke to tie the game 1-1. Then Jack Wilson follows with a triple to the gap. He managed to run all that way and not have his hamstrings explode. Chone Figgins scored him with a single with the infield drawn in. M's lead 2-1.
French gives up a pair of singles, but gets Chris Getz to pop up to end the inning.
The M's continue to get after Greinke. Lopez singles off the wall in left. Adam Moore is hit by a pitch. Langerhans singles to right. Jack Wilson scores Lopez on a sac fly to right field. And then Ichiro singles to score Moore. Seattle leads 4-1.
Former Mariner Willie Bloomquist leads off with a single and then Gregor Blanco reaches on a bunt single. So the Royals try to move them into scoring position. But Jason Kendall pops up his bunt to Luke French, who fires to second to double off Blanco. French then strikes out Billy Butler with a nice changeup.
M's go down 1-2-3.
French gets a 1-2-3 inning with a little help from Casey Kotchman, who makes a tremendous diving stop on Wilson Betemit's hard-hit ground ball.
The Mariners have become an offensive juggernaut. Ryan Langerhans gets his third hit of the night off of Greinke - a double to left. He and Adam Moore score on Chone Figgins double to left. Seattle leads 6-1.
Luke French continues to pitch well.
French is likely done after eight. This is easily the best I've seen him pitch.
The M's add another run on a Kotchman single. Wow, 7 runs.
League looks strong in the ninth. The M's get a solid win.