As I've said before, I love me some day baseball. Even if it is freezing cold day baseball. Today is a day when paying $7 for the bleacher seats and sitting in the sun is a wise investment.
I'd wear a Snuggie if somebody gave me one right now. Even it was bright pink. In fact, I'm thinking the Mariners should sell navy blue snuggies with the Mariners logos for people who want to buy them. I'd bet you they would sell more than you would think.
Top of 1st
Felix looking sharp, striking out Upton and Longoria.
Bottom of 1st
Ichiro starts off the game with a solo home run to right. It was his 28th lead off homer of his career.
Top of 2nd
Well, this is interesting. We have a double error on the play as Jamie Burke boots a ball at first, then makes a wild throw past Felix who was covering. The ball then gets by Rob Johnson, who was backing up allowing the lead runner to go to third. So there was an error on BUrke and an error on Johnson, oh and Felix seemed to tweak his ankle on the play. But he gets out of the inning, striking out Navarro and getting Iwamura to pop up.
Bottom of 2nd
Shields mows through three hitters in the second.
Top of 3rd
And the Mariners commit another error as Yuni is forced to hurry a throw on a slow roller from Carl Crawford and he throws it wide of Burke at first. The play is scored as a hit with Crawford advancing to second on a throwing error on Yuni. And again Felix gets out of the jam with a strike out of Longoria.
Bottom of 3rd
Three up, three down, but Jason Bartlett made an outstanding play on the ball to short by Ichiro. That's far more difficult than he made it look.
Sorry for the delay, having some computer issues, or more specifically internet issues - lost my connection. I hear FSN is having technical difficulties as well.
Anyway, not much has happened since. We're in the top of the seventh. Felix has allowed four hits, the Mariners have three hits and three errors, and still lead 1-0. A couple of nice double plays have helped.
Felix could be done after seven he was at about 105 pitches. And I was right, Aardsma is in the eighth.
Felix -- 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K
Shields has been just as good, the guy made one bad mistake to Ichiro and really hasn't been hit hard since. He may go the distance.
Top of 8th
Aardsman comes in and looks strong two Ks and a nice split to get Longoria to pop out.
Bottom of 8th
Shields gets a quick out to start the inning as Yuni, is well, Yuni. But Burke reaches on a Longoria error. Joe Maddon brings in Brian Shouse and the submarining lefty gets out of the jam, striking out Endy Chavez with Ichiro on second. We go to the ninth with Morrow coming in and facing Pena, Burrell and Zobrist.
Shields 7 1/3 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks. 102 pitches, 69 strikes.
Top of 9th
Pena with a ground ball to the right side, but the M's have the shift on and get him out. But Pat Burrell walks (his third of the game). Gabe Kapler is in to pinch run for him. And now Kapler moves to second on a wild pitch.
But Morrow gets out to get the save. Felix now 3-0.
* 17,639 was the paid attendance
BJ Upton CF
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Dioner Navarro C
Aki Iwamura 2B
Jason Bartlett SS
James Shields (2-1, 4.58)
Endy Chavez LF
Jose Lopez 2B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Wlad Balentien DH
Rob Johnson C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Yuni Betancourt SS
Jamie Burke 1B
Felix Hernandez (2-0, 4.26 ERA)