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May 4, 2007 at 9:05 PM

Huge win for M’s

Yes, this was an ugly game to watch. But just because the Mariners needed their closer to notch a save on a night they scored 15 runs doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy it. Hey, any wins at Yankee Stadium are huge. This 15-11 win certainly counts as a biggie, given the Thursday night collapse at Fenway Park.
No, it wasn’t fun for the Mariners. But they will gladly take this — on a night they trailed 5-0 in the first inning — over all those other games in which they scored a bunch of meaningless late runs. Remember what I said about the Yankees having terrible pitching set for this series? Well, they really do. And the Mariners pounced.
“They call those hitter’s days, I guess,” Mariners relief pitcher Eric O’Flaherty said after surviving 2 1/3 adventurous innings to emerge with his first major league win. “Those are just days where pitchers have just got to battle and do whatever they can to get out of it unscathed.”
The Mariners scored the most runs they’ve ever managed at Yankee Stadium. They also compiled 20 of the night’s 36 hits.
“Very rarely can you come in here and slug with the Yankees and come out ahead,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “Tonight we did, but I sure wouldn’t want to do that every night. And I think probably (Yankee manager) Joe (Torre) would probably say the same thing. I’m not sure our pitching staffs or our stomachs could stand much more of that.”
Nobody will want to bottle this game up and take it home as a blueprint. It was a terribly-pitched game by both sides. But the Mariners won. They are now 13-11. Does it mean they will win the division? Or the wild-card? No. But it does mean they will stay near the top of the division that much longer as they wait for next week’s return of Felix Hernandez.
“It’s like somebody sticking bamboo shoots under your fingernails,” Hargrove said. “It wasn’t even fun when we were ahead 15-8.”

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