Texas fans, glum moments earlier, react in celebration as Ramon Vazquez is mobbed at home plate following a solo home run off Brandon Morrow in the 10th. Texas hands Seattle a 13-12 defeat. Sorry about the late post, but my newspaper obligations are right up against their deadline after that four-hour game and some things have to wait. Thanks for being patient.
John McLaren was not happy, obviously, with the pitching tonight.
“Our pitching didn’t hold up tonight from the beginning to the end,” he said. “It was a tough night tonight. A lot of base on balls.”
Erik Bedard didn’t have it from the get-go. He didn’t look in-sync with catcher Kenji Johjima, the game’s hitting hero for the Mariners. But you have to overcome that. He was handed a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
Bedard didn’t blame anyone. Said nothing was working for him. And it wasn’t.
McLaren didn’t have Sean Green available and was saving J.J. Putz for later. Morrow had been mowing down hitters since coming on in the ninth, but Vazquez got hold of one.
“We had a 5-0 lead and with a pitcher like Bedard on the mound, you’re going to win more of those than you lose,” McLaren said. “It was just a shame we couldn’t get a win.
“We’re starting to swing the bats. We’re coming around. We just had a rough night pitching.”
Johjima didn’t make excuses, even though the wind likely wreaked havoc with some of the pitches and contributed to the 13 walks we saw from Seattle pitchers. For a brief moment, Johjima’s season-long struggles at the plate were forgotten in that ninth inning. He was mobbed by teammates after hitting that three-run homer.
“I think they went off (in celebration) because a guy like me that was the goat for the past couple of weeks had hit his first home run,” he said.
But it was soon forgotten. Vazquez, the former Mariner, is the same guy who hit that homer off J.J. Putz last July to snap his saves streak. He’s bad news for the M’s. Lots of bad news for this team. This one really hurt.
May 12, 2008 at 10:04 PM