Jon Lester held the young Seattle Mariners at arms length and the Boston Red Sox used their famed left field wall to advantage tonight for a 6-1 win that tested the patience of Mariners fans again.
Offense? Not when it mattered - Seattle had eight hits, Boston nine. The Red Sox hit when it mattered, the Mariners did not.
It's a familiar theme: In 37 games this year, the Mariners have scored three runs or less 19 times, and gone 3-16 in those games.
“To a man, everyone in our lineup is working on something at the plate,” manager Eric Wedge said. “You watch Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, they all had better at-bats tonight.
“The fundamentals are mostly there. It’s the mindset that a hitter has to have up there – that’s got a ways to go.”
A year ago, the Mariners batted .233 as a team. This season, they're at .235.
A year ago after 37 games, they were 16-21. This season, they're 16-21.
Against good teams - and good pitchers - the Marienrs seem helpless at times, unable to start or sustain rallies. By the time they scored off Lester tonight, he had a six-run lead.
The Mariners didn't draw a base on balls tonight, had one extra base hit and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
If you're Wedge, you can't waive players, you have to play with the roster on hand. Who do you play today in Boston, and what's your batting order? You can bet he's thinking about it....