Greetings from Safeco Field. It seems like a long time since I've covered an M's game. But I have been watching. After tonight there will be three games left in this long and frustrating season. And it will be the ninth straight year that the Mariners won't be going to the postseason.
What happened on Sept. 30 throughout the annals of history? Well plenty ...
Famous birthdays include -- Author Truman Capote (1924), actress Angie Dickinson (1931) -- Dressed to Kill - rent it, Marilyn McCoo (1943) Who? She was the host of Solid Gold. And a big happy birthday to former Mariner Carlos Guillen, who the Mariners traded to the Tigers for Ramon Santiago and a minor leaguer named Juan Gonzalez. Guillen went on to have three all-star seasons with the Tigers.
These notable things also happened on Sept. 30 ....
- 1888 - Jack the Ripper killed his third and fourth victims.
- 1927 - Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season off of Washington Senators' starter Tom Zachary.
- 1955 - Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash.
- 1968 -- Boeing debuted its 747 jet to the public at the Everett, WA factory.
And sadly on this date in 1972, Roberto Clemente recorded his 3,000th and final hit of his career - a double off the Mets' John Matlack. On New Year's Eve of 1972, Clemente, who worked tirelessly for charity in the offseason, boarded a plane filled with aid for residents in Managua, Nicaragua, after a massive earthquake devastated the city weeks earlier. The DC-7 plane crashed shortly after takeoff off the coast of Puerto Rico killing the future hall of famer.
Doug Fister finds some early trouble giving up a lead-off single and a one-out single to Mark Ellis. But he gets Jack Cust to ground into a 5-6-3 double play against the shifted over M's defense.
Ichiro leads off with a single for the M's but is quickly erased as Chone Figgins hits into a 4-6-3 double play.
Kevin Kouzmanoff reaches with a one-out single up the middle. But the inning ends when Jeremy Hermida grounds into a 4-6-3 double play.
Justin Smoak continues to swing a hot bad, doubling to left to start the inning. But Gio Gonzalez strikes out Matt Mangini and Adam Moore. Greg Halman hits a rocket line drive to third that Kouzmanoff catches to end the inning.
Chris Carter singles to start the inning. He later advances to second on Josh Wilson's throwing error. With two outs, Daric Barton singles to shallow right and Carter decided to test Ichiro's arm. Bad mistake by the rookie as Ichiro fired a seed to Adam Moore and Carter was about by five steps.
Fister gives up a hit, but gets out of the inning
The M's load the bases, thanks to Gio Gonzalez inability to throw a strike out - walks to Justin Smoak, Adam Moore and a later Michael Saunders, but nothing comes of it.
Things are starting to fall apart for Doug Fister. After giving up a lead-off single, he gets two outs. But then he gives up another single to Rajai Davis and infield single to Daric Barton. With the bases loaded, he slips on a pitch to home and has to balk to avoid falling down. He then gives up an infield single to Mark Ellis to score another run. That's followed with a botched pick off play leading to a stolen base and a bloop single from Jack Cust to score another run. A's lead 4-0.
The Mariners answer the four runs from the A's with a 1-2-3 inning from the top of the order.
Rookie Chris Carter just hit a missile of a homer to left for a two-run shot to end Doug Fister's season. Carter has struggled a little bit a the big league level. But the guy has ridiculous power - the type that the Mariners don't have in their organization. That will close the book on Fister. He allowed six runs on 12 hits, and he will likely finish the season with a 6-14 record.
The M's trail 7-0 and get a couple runners on , but strike outs from Greg Halman and Michael Saunders end the inning.
The Mariners have a scored a run! Justin Smoak singled to start the inning and later scored on Greg Halman's fielder's choice.