Since he only hits about one a year, home runs are special to Chone Figgins, who the first leadoff homer of his Seattle Mariners career tonight in a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Jason Vargas didn't see it. He was in the bathroom.
When Figgins heard that, he immediately gave Vargas orders.
“You better go back in there every time I come up,” Figgins said, tongue-in-cheek.
When Ichiro went deep one out later, he found Figgins in the Mariners dugout afterward.
“Mine went farther,” Ichiro said.
Figgins didn’t argue.
“His did go a lot farther than mine,” Figgins said.
The home runs jump-started an offense that finished with eight hits and seven walks, enough to get them past the Indians one night after they'd lost an 8-1 lead and the game, 9-8.
They also came before the smallest home crowd in Safeco Field history - 11,343.
Vargas worked seven innings, pitching out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning - before handing the game over to the bullpen. Tom Wilhelmsen worked a quick eighth inning, Brendan League a five-pitch ninth inning for his fifth save and the Mariners were 7-6 and headed into a Felix Hernandez start.