It's a perfect day for baseball. ... and I love day baseball. Love it.
Did you know on that on June 24, 1980 that the future Mrs. Derek Jeter - also know as Minka Kelly, who was in the fantastic show Friday Night Lights- was born.
Well done, Jeter.
And also on this date in 1997, Randy Johnson bro0ke Ron Guidry's American League record for strikeouts in a game by a left-hander. The Mariners southpaw whiffs 19 A's, but still losses the Kingdome contest, 4-1.
Felix looks sharp, going 1-2-3.
The M's don't do so hot against guys like Ted Lilly.
Felix gives up back-to-back base hits and then a possible double play is nixed when he tries to field a ball hit up the middle. That little bit of deflection cost Chone Figgins a chance to turn a double play. It led to Mike Fontenot's sac fly to center. Cubs lead 1-0.
Gutierrez gets a single off Lilly and then takes second on a pick off throw, but he's stranded there.
Felix walks Fukudome, but nothing else.
The M's go down 1-2-3.
Felix is really locked in. Even after giving up the single to Xavier Nady.
The M's finally get on the board. Figgins reaches on an infield single, coaxes Ted Lilly into balking and then scores on Mike Sweeney's double. Lopez follows with a hit giving them runners on first and third with no outs. But the Mariners being the Mariners, go down 1-2-3 after that, not even getting a ball out of the infield.
Josh Wilson shows his inexperience at first base, making a nice diving stop and then forgetting to lead Felix as he goes to cover the base. The ball was about three feet behind him. But Felix works out of the inning with no problems.
Ichiro gets a two out double, but nothing comes of it.
Chicago takes a 2-1 lead as Felix hits Xavier Nady, advances him on a wild pitch and then gives up a soft single to Chad Tracy. He did not seem pleased. The M's go down 1-2-3.
FElix comes back out for the ninth, gives up a single, but gets three more outs. He is such a competitor. The reaction when he came off the mound and bobbled a ground ball and threw the runner out at first was awesome.
The M's bring in Milton Bradley to pinch hit with one out. He draws a walk and then Jack Wilson singled. But Sean Marshall struck out Michael Saunders, and then Lou brought in Carlos Marmol, who got Ichiro to ground out to first.
Aardsma makes thing interesting by walking the lead-off batter Chad Tracy, but he withstands a sac bunt and gets a ground ball and a pop out.
Carlos Marmol walks Figgins and Sweeney. Somewhat surprisingly, Wak doesn't have Lopez bunt and he strikes out against Marmol. However, with Gutierrez up, Figgins and Sweeney execute a double steal. The play at third was close and Lou, being Lou, came out and argued quite vehemently. It wasn't vintage Lou, but it got the crowd going. Marmol walks Gutierrez intentionally and then strikes out Josh Wilson and Eliezer Alfonso to end the threat.
Brandon League walks Marlon Byrd to start the inning, but he gets Derrek Lee to pop out and gets a 6-4-3 double play ball from Tyler Colvin.
The M's get a two out single from Ichiro but that's it.
Brandon League looks sharp, striking out the side, using his splitfinger - his so-called last resort pitch.
The M's go 1-2-3.
THIS GAME WILL NEVER END!!!
So Wak goes to Garrett Olson, who walks pinch hitter Alfonso Soriano, then gives up a sac bunt to Fukudome to move Soriano into scoring position. Wak then brings in Sean WHite, who walks Ryan Theriot and then gives up the go-ahead single to Marlon Byrd. Just when it looks like WHite might make this a big inning, he gets Derrek Lee to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, thanks to a great stop and lead throw from Jack Wilson. Cubs lead 3-2
M's get a two-out runner thanks to a Jack Wilson single, but he's stranded as the Cubs bring in Tom Gorzelanny to face Michael Saunders in a left on left matchup and Gorzelanny strikes out SAunders after falling behind 3-0.