Well, it's overcast and 59 degrees so it must mean we are two days from the first day of summer in the Puget Sound. Unreal.
On June 19, 2009, the Mariners were 33-34. This year, they are 26-41 -- which is slightly worse.
Did you know that on June 19, 1897 that this comedic genius was born ....
This guy, who was a pretty good baseball player, was born today as well...
And according to Wikipedia: on June 19, 1846 - the first officially recorded, organized baseball "match" was played under Alexander Joy Cartwright's rules on Hoboken's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1.
And there is this ....
On June 19, 2008, the Mariners fired manager John McLaren after getting off to a 25-47 start, and replaced him with bench coach Jim Riggleman.
Of course, I was going to post this ...
Felix looks pretty sharp going 1-2-3.
To be honest, I'd never heard of Sam LeCure till tonight.
No troubles for Felix.
Josh Wilson hits a ground rule double. I can't believe I'm typing this, but he's been one of the Mariners better hitters this season. Says a lot about Wilson's season and unfortunately the Mariners as well.
Felix gives up his first hit of the game but nothing comes of it.
Ichiro Suzuki gives the Mariners a 1-0 lead with a solo homer to right. It was a wall scraping line drive. It's his third homer of the year.
Well, the lead is gone as Felix walks Joey Votto, who later scores on Jonny Gomes RBI single to left. Perhaps the key sequence in that run was Votto tagging up at first and getting to second on Scott Rolen's ball deep to the gap in right center.
Drew Stubbs picks up a two-out single. ... really he should have been out as Josh Wilson dropped a pop up in foul territory. Wilson had to run a long way, and Lopez should have been there. But well, that wasn't happening.
Anyway Stubbs gets on, steals second despite the M's having called a pitchout. Rob Johnson's throw was to the right of the bag and got by Chone Figgins allowing Stubbs to advance to third. But Stubbs is stranded there as Orlando Cabrera lines out to right-center and Ichiro makes nice running catch to end the inning.
The M's get back to back two out hits from Ichiro and Figgins, but Milton Bradley pops up to end the inning.
Felix gives up a one-out hit to Joey Votto, but then gets Scott Rolen to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.
With LeCure clearly tiring, Jose Lopez and Gutierrez go single and double to start the inning. Wilson lines out, and then Dusty Baker chooses to walk lefty hitting Casey Kotchman (that's not a typo) to face Rob Johnson. Johnson hits a deep fly to center to score Lopez on a sac fly. But then Baker inexplicably leaves LeCure in to face Saunders, and he crushes the pitch he sees off the facade of the Hit-It-Here Cafe. M's lead 5-1.
Felix looks refreshed after the big inning and carves up the Reds 1-2-3.
Felix looks even stronger, striking out Drew Stubbs and Orlando Cabrera.
It looks as though he will start the ninth. He's at 104 pitches and there is nothing going in the M's bullpen.
Felix gives up a single on ground ball from Joey Votto that Jose Lopez makes an odd dive on. But he rallies to strike out Jonny Gomes.