As you can see from my earlier posts, I am back after a 7-day hiatus in my hometown of Havre, Montana... or as I call it "God's Country."
But I'm back and ready for some baseball. And of course, useless information that will help you be better at your local pub trivia contest. Like ... did you know that on this date in 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash.
Famous people born on this day include Ernie Broglio (1935), who the Cubs acquired from the Cardinals in exchange for Lou Brock, former MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown ... ok, I will admit it. I watched Club MTV. I know I'm not alone, or that stupid show would have never stayed on that long. It reminds me of this song and video ...
Try and get that song out of your head now.
Also celebrating his 36th birthday is former Mariner --- Jose Vidro.
In a 5-4 loss to the Brewers, A's Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock's 1974 single season record of 118 stolen bases. By stealing a total of four bases Rickey ends the day with 122 and will finish the season with 130First inning
Not the start Jason Vargas was looking for as Denard Span singles and Orlando Hudson follows with a double. However, the M's throw a runner out at home (that's not a typo). Franklin Gutierrez delivers a perfect throw to Josh Wilson, who makes perfect relay throw to home. Adam Moore does what several M's catchers couldn't do, catches the throw and makes the tag for the out.
Vargas still gives up a run as Joe Mauer bloops a single into left, Twins lead 1-0.
The Twins get runners on first and second with no outs, and Alexi Casilla pops up a bunt that Vargas can't catch in the air but makes a nice play on to get the lead runner out at third. But a passed ball from Adam Moore allowed the runners to move up and Drew Butera scored a run on a sac fly to right. Twins lead 2-0.
M's get two runners on, but nothing comes of it.
I could sit and watch Joe Mauer hit all day long. Yes, his swing is that perfect.
The M's get on the board as Ichiro leads off with a triple to right-center and scores on Chone Figgins grounder to second. Russell Branyan walks but Lopez grounds into an easy 5-4-3 double play.
1-2-3 innings for both pitchers.
two more 1-2-3 innings.
Well, Vargas' run of 1-2-3 innings comes to an end. He gives up a one-out bloop single to Michael Cuddyer and a single to Delmon Young to put runners on the corners, and then Danny Valencia scores both runners with a triple to right-center. The Twins added another run on an infield hit from Alexi Casilla when Casey Kotchman doesn't dig a ball on a short hop from Josh Wilson. The Twins lead 5-1.
The Twins tack on another run as Joe Mauer doubles in front of a diving Matt Tuiasosopo in left field to score Orlando Hudson off of reliever Garrett Olson.
The Mariners get another run as Casey Kotchman leads off with a single and later scores on Josh Wilson's two-out single to left. Twins lead 6-2.
The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs off of reliever Randy Flores. Maybe Seattle wouldn’t erase the four-run deficit, but they certainly could have cut into it a little.
But as has happened so often this season, the opportunity was wasted. Franklin Gutierrez popped up to first on a 2-0 pitch and Adam Moore hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. It was a familiar scene for Mariners fans and a healthy smattering boos could be heard from the 37,798 in attendance.
David Aardsma looks to be recovered from the line drive off the ribs. He had a nice strikeout of Joe Mauer ... those don't happen much.
Chone Figgins gets an RBI single that Richie Sexson would be proud of .