Tonight had to be one of the oddest games I've ever seen. It wasn't so much how the game ended or anything like that.
It was just series of strange events during the Mariners 4-2 win.
1. Brendan Ryan's jaunt around the bases. If you recall, Ryan pulled the same stunt in Chicago, taking an extra base after a play deep in the hole on the left side by a shortstop. But this time he went a base farther.
Here's what he had to say about it
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Ryan and Dustin Ackley scored on Mike Carp's two run double over Hideki Matsui's head in left field.
2. Speaking of Ackley, he was credited with a ground rule triple in the third inning after a fan interfered with his hard ground ball down the right-field line. Oh but this wasn't no-ordinary fan. It was ...
Yep that's "Fake Ichiro" or maybe we should call him Ichiroo. Anyway, the umpires awarded Ackley third since it was clear he would have made it before the impostor, who had been wandering around Safeco getting his picture taken, interfered.
“I consider myself an observant person, but I guess I missed that one,” Wedge said. “I know the fans were getting on him pretty good, because it looked like Dustin was going to get third base. But ultimately the umpire awarded him third base. That’s a judgment call."
It only gets weirder
And finally in the eighth inning, with the Mariners up 4-2, reliever Jeff Gray loaded the bases with one out.
After getting up 1-2 on Kurt Suzuki, Gray threw a slider that was so far inside, the pitch actually hit Suzuki in the arm. But since Suzuki was swinging at the pitch when he was struck, it was ruled a strikeout.
“We’ve seen that a few times,” Wedge said. “It looked like a breaking ball that just didn’t break. He was probably expecting it to break and took a hack at it, and it hit him.”
Gray then struck out Sogard – the conventional way – to close out the inning and kill the A’s rally hope.
Starter Felix Hernandez was pretty good. It got a little odd when he asked how I thought he did.
And the weirdest thing to him, the two-run homer he gave up to Scott Sizemore that knocked him out of the game.
“I saw a line drive home run to straight away center field at Safeco Field at night,” Hernandez said shaking his head. “I can’t believe it. I was like, ‘Wow!’ It was sinker that didn’t do anything.”