Well, I'm back after a few days covering the Rainiers and that means plenty of typos and useless information coming your way.
September 1 was a relatively interesting day in the annals of history.
Did you know that on this day ..
In 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland to basically start the war in Europe.
In 1914, St. Petersburg, Russia changed it's name to Petrograd.
In 1972, American Bobby Fischer beat Russian Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championships in Reyjavik, Iceland. There as a fascinating article written by Brad Darrach for Playboy magazine titled, "The Day Bobby Blew It," which appeared in the Best American Sportswriting of the Century. It's an absolutely brilliant story.
In 1985, the French and U.S. governments combined to help bring up the wreckage from the HMS Titanic which of course eventually led us to this awful, awful movie.
Some interesting people were born on Sept. 1 including ... Rocky Marciano (1923), actress Lily Tomlin, the most annoying man in the world, Dr. Phil McGraw (1950) ESPN personality and Kent native Kenny Mayne (1959), football players Zack Thomas (1973) and Jason Taylor (1974) - interestingly Taylor is married to Thomas' sister Katina. Also Padma Lakshmi from one of my favorite shows Top Chef is 36 today.
But since this man was born on this day, I need to play this video.
Reggie Willits, who may or may not be taller than David Eckstein, doubles to left. The Angels move him to third with a ground ball and Howie Kendrick scores him with another ground ball. Angels lead 1-0.
Chone Figgins gets a two-out single and Franklin Gutierrez follows with a broken bat double to left. Figgins holds up at third and the M's avoid adding to the baserunning blooper reel. But they can't get the run in as Russell Branyan strikes out and Jose Lopez swings at the first pitch and pops up.
Vargas looks pretty sharp, he has two strikeouts in the inning and a walk to Matsui means little.
Adam Moore comes up with a two-out double to center. But he's stranded out second as Josh Wilson pops out to end the inning.
Mid-inning break ...
Did you know that on this date last year ... It was Adrian Beltre's first game back from the DL after suffering a torn right testicle when a bad hop grounder hit him in the groin a month before. In honor of his return, Ken Griffey Jr, had the PA system play The Nutracker Suite when Beltre stepped into the batter's box.
And while I don't have the that audio, I do have thisaudio
A nice little 1-2-3 inning for Vargas.
The Mariners tie the game. Chone Figgins gets his second hit of the game, steals second (his 34th) and Franklin Gutierrez singles to left as Figgins is attempting a steal of third to score him easily.
Vargas withstands a double from Torii Hunter and a walk to Mike Napoli by getting Juan Rivera to hit a soft, broken-bat liner that Chone Figgins caught and steppedon second to double off Hunter.
The M's waste a one-out double from Kotchman. It's still 1-1.
Vargas gets a 1-2-3.
Let's best use this half inning to sum up the Mariners offense this season. Josh Wilson singles, Ichiro singles, Chone Figgins bunts them over with Wilson beating out the force throw at third. Franklin Gutierrez - the third hitter, who shouldn't be hitting third but has to cause no one else can - hits into a 6-4-3 double play to score one run. Then with a runner on third Branyan strikes out. Bases loaded, no outs - one run.
Well I was just complaining how dull the game was and Gutierrez makes a ridiculous leaping catch out in center to rob Torii Hunter of a homer.
Michael Saunders does his best to manufacture a run. He singles and then steals second and takes third on Mike Napoli's throwing error on the play. But Adam Moore strikes out to end the inning. M's still lead 2-1.
Well there goes the lead. Vargas gave up a double to Mike Napoli and then left a pitch up to Hideki Matsui, who hit a two-run homer just over the wall in right. Angels lead 3-2.
Sean White comes in and gives up a solo homer to Alberto Callaspo. It looks like this game is done.