A game-winning single doesn't c ancel out three strike outs, but it gave Seattle Mariners outfielder Eric Thames a pass with fans last night - and a spot in the starting lineup again today.
It's Felix Hernandez vs. Jeremy Hellickson, which almost certainly means another of those nail-biting, low-scoring contests with two rock-solid pitchers dominating the hitters. In other words, a Mariners game.
Dustin Ackley showing signs of life (.225) leading off will have Michael Saunders behind him again, then Jesus Montero, John Jaso and Kyle Seager. One-through-five, that's as strong a lineup as EricWedge has posted all season.
Here's the full lineup vs. Tampa:
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Dustin Ackley 2BMichael Saunders CFJesus Montero DHJohn Jaso CKyle Seager 3BJustin Smoak 1B Trayvon Robinson LF Eric Thames RFBrendan Ryan SSFelix Hernandez RHP