Not quite sure why, but in Tropicana Stadium they not only urge their Rays fans to show up with cowbells, they have pre-game instructions on when to ring those cowbells.
If you've never seen Christopher Walken's Saturday Night Live sketch on cowbells, it's well worth finding online. Watch it during a Mariners game when things go south, might cheer you up.
Well, despite those cowbells, the Mariners have to play the Rays on Hair Band Night in St. Pete, which seems like an awful lot stacked against them. Maybe you'd better start your search, find the Walken clip and keep it handy.
- Ichiro led off with hit No. 203. With one out, Jose Lopez singled him to second base. Franklin Gutierrez grounded into a double play. Amazing how consistent this offense has become.
- John Jaso led off with a double, Ben Zobrist doubled him home. The cowbells are ringing! C arl Crawford singled Zobrist to third. Dan Johnson flied out, Zobrist scoring. Matt Joyce homered, his 10th. In the first: Tampa Bay 4, Seattle 0.
- Fister got out of a little jam in the fourth, and has held the Rays in check the past three innings, The Mariners, meanwhile, now have as many hits (4) as Tampa Bay, but still no runs. In the fourth: Tampa Bay 4, Seattle o.
- Mike Carp doubled with one out, but strained his right arch heading into second base and had to be helped off the field. Greg Halman ran for Carp. Josh Wilson and Ichiro stranded him. Carp may have played his last inning this season.
- Figgins doubled and stole third, his 42nd stolen base, with one out. Gutierrez was safe on an infield single, Figgins scoring on Guti's 60th RBI of the season. Gutierrez stole second, his 24th of the season. Adam Moore grounded out. In the sixth: Tampa Bay 4, Seattle 1.
- Garrett Olson replaced Fister. B.J. Upton hit his second pitch for his 18th home run. With one out, Jaso doubled. With two out, Crawford singled home a run. In the sixth: Tampa Bay 6, Seattle 1.
- Chris Seddon on in relief, gives up more runs and the crowd is restlessly clanging cowbells. Bring on Bret Michaels!! In the eighth: Tampa Bay 8, Seattle 1.
- It's over. Ring them 'bells.