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June 4, 2007 at 11:44 PM

A rare comeback

How bad were the odds of Seattle coming back after entering that eighth inning down by a run? Consider that they’d been 1-23 when down after seven innings, not to mention 0-25 when trailing after eight. So, this 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, sparked by a four-run eighth off a flammable O’s bullpen, really did lift the clubhouse mood.
“That’s great, what a feeling,” Jose Vidro said. “We definitely needed that win. We definitely needed to come back right there.”
Yes, they did. With the Angels throttling the Twins, Seattle would have fallen 6 1/2 games back in the AL West with a loss. Instead, they are now a season-high four games over .500. Stuff like that helps get winning streaks going.
It especially helps on another night when Felix Hernandez simply laid an egg.
“Felix had nothing tonight and he really, really battled and kept us close,” manager Mike Hargrove said.
Almost not close enough. Not until Vidro, who, as we mentioned, was nursing a bone bruise on his finger, delivered that game-tying single on his chopper up the middle. Vidro wasn’t even expecting to get in the game, having been shut down by the training staff. But when the lefty, John Parrish, came in for Baltimore, Hargrove looked down his bench and asked the veteran to step up.
Vidro decided the game by working the count to 3-1 in his favor. He then got a pitch that was hittable enough that his sore finger could push it up the middle to get the run home. The doubles by Ichiro and Jose Vidro after that put Seattle ahead to stay.
This was an impressive victory against some adversity. Seattle has not fared well in such situations to this point, so, in that respect, it was an important night. We’ll see how it impacts the rest of the series.

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