August 8 was not a real historic day, or at least not enough for me to post it on here. Though on Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned from office in lieu of the Watergate scandal. Roger Federer was also born on Aug. 8, 1981 .
On this date in baseball history ...
On Aug. 8, 1982 -- In the 9-5 Angels’ victory over the Mariners at the Kingdome, Doug DeCinces hits three home runs in a game for the second time in less than a week. The California third baseman also poked a trio of round-trippers against Minnesota six days ago.
On Aug. 8, 2004 -- Greg Maddux pitches five innings to register his 300th career victory as the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4. The 38-year-old is the 22nd pitcher to reach the plateau.
Jason Vargas looks pretty solid, even a walk of Billy Butler is no big deal as Chone Figgins makes a nice play deep in the hole on the right side and a spinning throw to get out Wilson Betemit.
The M's go down 1-2-3 against Royals starter Kyle Davies.
A pair of 1-2-3s for the pitchers
Vargas is cruising along nicely
The M's get their first hit of the game with a single from Josh Wilson.
Vargas gets in a spot of trouble, after giving up a double to Billy Butler. Ichiro Suzuki tried to make jumping catch, but the ball just popped out of his glove. Vargas then walked Betemit to put runners on first and second with one out. But he struck out Brayan Pena and got Mike Aviles to pop out to end the inning.
The M's get two runners on thanks to a pair of Davies walks, but Franklin Gutierrez's liner to center is tracked down by Gregor Blanco.
A MEDICAL UPDATE : SS Jack Wilson has a fractured fifth metatarsal in his hand. He suffered the injury slipping and falling in his bathroom. He will see a hand specialist tomorrow.
We have a run scored. As Jason Kendall and Billy Butler start the inning with singles. Vargas gets a pair of outs, but Mike Aviles is able to reach on an infield single to score Kendall. Royals lead 1-0.
The M's answer as Ichiro singles and then advances to third on Figgins' single. With Casey Kotchman at the plate, Figgins steals second for his 30th stolen base of the season. Kotchman delivers a single up the middle two score both runners. Seattle leads 2-1.
The M's tried add a run with a suicide squeeze, but the Royals saw it coming and pitched out. Ryan Langerhans tried all he could do to bunt the pitch. But it was so far wide he had no chance and Franklin Gutierrez was hung out to dry at third.
Brandon Leagues comes in and gives up two one-out hits to put runners on the corners. But he gets Mike Avilesto ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The Mariners pick up a big run, as Ichiro Suzuki reaches on an infield single and advances to second on the overthrow into the stands. Chone Figgins followed with a single to left to score Ichiro to push the lead to 3-1.
That run was big for the Mariners as David Aardsma gives up a pinch hit homer to Alex Gordon with one out. But the M's closer gets Chris Getz to line out and Gregor Blanco to ground out to end the game.
The M's win their first series since late June.