In a season of disappointments, the Seattle Mariners have faced two teams at Safeco Field – the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox – who led their respective leagues in victories.
Against those powerhouses, the Mariners took two of three games from each team, including a 5-3 victory today against Boston in front of a crowd of 43,777
Back in June, the Mariners beat the Phillies 4-2 and 2-0. Then, in less than 24 hours, Seattle took two from Boston, 5-4 and 5-3.
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“There are teams you play, like the Red Sox and Phillies, where you know any mistake can beat you,” said first baseman Mike Carp. “We had a lot of fans for both those series – and 40,000 a night has a way of locking you in.
“It’s not supposed to be that way, but it happens. It’s not that you’re trying harder, but there’s adrenaline …”
“Against all the best teams, everyone wants to win,” reliever Jeff Gray said. “You play the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, you’re playing the best teams – and the fans come out to remind you.
“You do the little things that can beat them, you pitch well, you can beat them. That’s what we did. We were playing really well when the Phillies came in, we played really well this weekend.”
“We played good baseball against good teams both times, and you have to. I said earlier this year, we had to learn to beat teams, and this series was a good example of what I meant," manager Eric Wedge said.
“The Red Sox don’t lose – you have to beat them. You get big crowds here at Safeco Field, you get a fever pitch.”
A few Mariners post-game notes:
- First baseman Mike Carp now has a 14-game hitting streak, during which he's batted .368. For the season, he's at .320.
- Rookie Charlie Furbush pitched a career-best seven innings, allowing one run. He's now 2-1 as a Mariner.
- After batting .218 as a club in July, the Mariners are batting .282 in the month of August.
- Rookie Casper Wells has hit safely in all six games he's played at Safeco Field, batting .409. As impressive, the right-handed hitting outfielder has hit three home runs at home in that span.
- Ichiro Suzuki's outfield assist on Saturday was his 97th, tying Jay Buhner for second on the Mariners all-time list. The leader? Ken Griffey Jr. with 108.