Here's Larry's story
Here's my story on Jon Lester's return to the Northwest. He was quite blunt about the botched double play and very frustrated with his recent outings of late.
Obviously, Ichiro's multi-homer game was the big news. It was the fourth time in his career he'd done that and first since July 30, 2005.
As usual Ichiro downplayed the situation here's some of the quotes from his postgame meeting with reporters ...
"No, I'm not Sadaharu Oh. I can't have the ability to do that," he said when asked if he can hit home runs when he wants to.
Here's some more ...
"Who knows? It kind of proves that in the universe, mysterious things happen," he said through an interpreter. "It shows that, really, two mysterious things happened in the universe today."
Always interesting that Ichiro.
Red Sox notes:
&bull Jon Lester left the game trailing after allowing 4 runs in the 6th inning...it was the 3rd time in 4 lifetime appearances against Seattle that he has allowed at least 4 runs in less than 6.0 innings pitched...Boston has now lost 3 of Lester's4 starts against the Mariners and he is 1-1, 5.25 ERA (14 ER, 24.0 IP) in 4 lifetime starts.
&bull Jacoby Ellsbury collected a double, triple and single in his first three at-bats...needing only a home run to complete the cycle, he flied out to center field in the 6th inning and grounded to first in the 9th...it would have been the 20th cycle in Boston Red Sox history (last: John Valentin, June 6, 1996)…Ellsbury also extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the 3rd longest streak of his career (career high: 18, in 2008) and the longest active streak in the American
&bull League…during the streak is batting .373 (19x51) with 3 doubles, a triple, 4 RBI, 8 runs, 3 walks and 6 stolen bases.
&bull Jason Bay drew a career-high tying 3 walks in today's game, 18th time in his career (last: 4/3/08 at ATL).
&bull Seattle came back from a 4-0 deficit to win today…it was their 9th come-from-behind victory of the season.
&bull Seattle snapped a 5-game losing streak to Boston dating back to June 7, 2008 at Boston…despite the losing streak,
&bull Seattle has won 12 of their last 18 games against the Red Sox at Safeco Field.
&bull Ichiro homered twice, a solo home run in the 5th, and a go ahead 2-run home run in the 6th inning...it was his 4th career multi-home run game (last: 7/30/05 vs. CLE)…was the first time in his career to home in consecutive innings.
&bull Starter Chris Jakubauskas recorded his first career win as a starter in his first career appearance against the Red Sox…and snapped a personal 4-game losing streak...it was his 2nd quality start of the season (last: 4/28 at CWS).
&bull Starting the game with a lead off single, Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to a season-high 9 games…during the streak he is batting .385 (15x39) with 4 runs, a double, 2 home runs and 3 RBI.
&bull David Aardsma earned his 4th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning...he has not allowed a run in 15 of his 17 appearances this season including his last 7 games (7.1 IP)...he lowered his ERA to 1.53 (3 ER, 17.2 IP) which ranks 1st amongst Mariners relievers and is also amongst the American League leaders.
&bull Franklin Gutierrez's 2-run single in the 6th inning snapped an 0x10 with runners in scoring position to start the game.
&bull Russell Branyan went 3x4 with a double and a run scored...his 3rd 3-hit game of season, his 8th multi-hit game of the year... has 7-game hit streak at Safeco Field, batting .370 (10x27) with 6 runs, 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 5 RBI.
&bull Wladimir Balentien doubled to lead off the 4th inning of the game and has now had 6 multi-hit games in his 16 starts this season…has recorded a double in 3 consecutive games and in 6 of his last 9 games.
&bull Yuniesky Betancourt tied career-high by drawing walks in first 2 at-bats, 5th time in career (last: 8/23/08 vs. OAK).
&bull Seattle scored 5 runs for the 4th time in the last 6 games after scoring 2 runs or less in 4 straight games.