Winning streaks end, and when a team has played well enough to put one together - and the Seattle Mariners had - it always seems like a surprise when they play a poor game and lose.
The Mariners did that tonight, losing a six-game winning streak and the game to the Minnesota Twins, 4-2.
Rookie outfielder Carlos Peguero dropped a fly ball that setup one run, and Doug Fister balked home the go-ahead run. Jack Cust was doubled off second base in one inning, Miguel Olivo - who'd hit a two-run home run earlier - was thrown out at the plate in another.
“Sure, there can be luck involved in baseball,” Fister said. “It can be good and bad. It’s why you love the game and hate the game at times.”
Manager Eric Wedge was upset enough by the balk call to ask for an explanation from the umpires, post-game.
“If there’s a call on that play, it should be from the third base umpire, not the first base ump, because the first base umpire is looking at the move from behind,” Wedge said. “He’s not in position to see where Doug’s foot is going.”
The loss cost Seattle the chance to be a .500 team for the first time since April 4. A win today, though, would send them home with a 5-1 record on this trip