They didn't get a hit with runners in scoring position all night and still, the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees tonight, 4-3.
They did it behind gritty pitching, whether it was a struggling Michael Pineda or another fabulous effort from an unexpectly tough bullpen. And they did it with well-placed ground balls at the right time.
Who needs home runs? Hell, who needs hits.
What Seattle needed tonight was a breathtaking catch in center field from Franklin Gutierrez, and by the way he's now 7-0 in games he's played. The Mariners needed great relief and caught it from veterans David Pauley and Jamey Wright, along with a save - No. 13 - from Brandon League.
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"Michael didn't have his great command tonight, but he still held the New York Yankees to three runs," shortstop Brendan Ryan said. "Guti makes that catch or, who knows, we might still be playiing. We're playing good baseball."
Good enough to win nine of their last 11, get to .500 (24-24) and to within one game of first place in the goofy American League West.
“When we got runners in scoring position, especially at third base and less than two outs, we got ‘em across by keeping the ball up the middle of the field,” manager Eric Wedge said. “This is a team that grinds it out and we kept grinding.”
There were plenty of key moments, whether it was that Gutierrez catch in the fourth inning that took a home run away from Nick Swisher, or Wright combining with Ryan to pick pinch runner Eduardo Nunez off second base in the eighth inning.
In the end, Pauley won his third game - and lowered his earned run average to an impossible 0.89 - and the save went to League, who now has 13 of them.
As Pauley tried to answer questions after the game, the man with the cubicle next to his, Aaron Laffey, kept saying in a stage whisper: "Bleeping bleeper All-Star David Pauley."
Give them this, they don't have much power, don't have a true cleanup hitter, a great catcher or a single .300 hitter, but the Mariners are having fun - and Wedge has them winning games.