Greetings from a muggy and humid Cleveland, Ohio... And since we are in the city that holds the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, which I've been to twice, it's going to be a classic rock weekend. Here's a song that was playing pregame ...
It's August 13 and on this day Annie Oakley (1860), Danny Bonaduce (1959) and the man below were born.
Happy Birthday to Jay Buhner.
Sadly on this day in 1995, Mickey Mantle passed away.
It was written, "grown men wept on the day Mickey Mantle died." I know my dad did. I was almost named Mickey Roger by dad. Thankfully my mom intervened.
In 2004 at Seattle’s Boeing Field, Edgar Martinez is on hand to greet George W. Bush. The President, who had requested to meet the retiring designated hitter, exchanges autographed baseballs with man who routinely helped the Mariners beat his Rangers when the chief executive was the managing partner of Texas.
The M's grab a 1-0 lead as Ichiro reaches on an infield hit, steals second and moves to third on Chone Figgins ground ball to second. Another ground ball to second by Russell Branyan allows Ichiro to score.
David Pauley, who's in search of his first big league win, gives up a pair of one-out singles to Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo - a pair of former Mariners. But he gets out of the inning unscathed.
M's go down 1-2-3 to Carmona
Cleveland ties the game at 1-1 as Jason Donald gets a two-out double and Chris Gimenez doubles to score Donald.
Ichiro gets his second hit of the game.
Pauley gets a much needed 1-2-3.
Russell Branyan gets a lead off double, advances to second on Franklin Gutierrez's groundball to second and then scores on Casey Kotchman's single to to center. The M's seem like they might get a big inning going, after Adam Moore singles to put runners on first and second. But Kotchman is thrown out by 20 feet at home trying to score on Michael Saunders single to right as Choo shows off his well-known strong throwing arm. Seriously, the catcher caught - could have eaten a sandwich - and then made the tag.
Pauley works a relatively clean inning.
Josh Wilson is hit by a pitch to start the inning and steals second when Ichiro strikes out. He moves to third on a wild pitch from Fausto Carmona. But he's stranded there. Figgins walks and is caught stealing at second and Branyan strikes out swining.
Cleveland ties the game as Choo singles to center scoring Michael Brantley .. 2-2
The M's have their second runner thrown out at home of the game. This time it's Jose Lopez, who singled and then was thrown out at home by about four steps on Franklin Gutierrez's double to left. Guti wisely took third on throw which proved big as he later scored on Jason Donald's error on Adam Moore's ground ball to second. M's lead 3-2.
Pauley gives up a one-out single, but gets a big 6-4-3 double play. He could get his first big league victory.
Josh Wilson leads off with a double to center, but doesn't score. The Indians bring in lefty specialist Tony Sipp, who strikes out Ichiro, gets Figgins to ground out to second and then strikes out Branyan.
Sean White comes in and pitches a 1-2-3 seventh.
M's go down 1-2-3.
Brandon Leagues comes in to pitch the 8th and gives up a single to Cabrera, but gets out of the inning.
Seattle has a chance to add some insurance as Michael Saunders walks and then manager Daren Brown calls for a hit and run with a 1-0 count and Josh Wilson at the plate. Wilson executes perfectly singling to right allowing Saunders to advance to third. But the M's being the M's, Ichiro strikes out for the third time tonight and Figgins grounds out to end the inning.
David Aardsma comes on and gets two strike outs and a fly out from pinch hitter Shelley Duncan to get the save.
Congrats to David Pauley on his first big league win.