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April 6, 2009 at 7:45 PM

What victory tastes like

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Stop the presses, folks, your Seattle Mariners are undefeated. Sure, there are still 161 games left to play. But hard to imagine anything going more perfectly than it did for the M’s tonight. They got a break early on that umpire’s call at first base, some small ball from Ken Griffey Jr. and Jose Lopez, then some big ball from Griffey, Franklin Gutierrez and Lopez — very late — again.
Combine that with the gritty eight innings turned in by a wincing, pained Felix Hernandez, hobbled by a bad ankle the final seven frames he worked, and this 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins could not have been drawn up better by the M’s themselves.
In fact, they drew it up back in spring training, Play some small ball, get a big hit or two and hope the pitching is good enough. The Twins allowed only six hits tonight, one more than Hernandez did. But the Mariners made theirs count.
That’s the difference. I liked what I saw out of this team tonight.
Yes, Hernandez was great. What else is new? But he didn’t always win when he pitched well last season. This time around, his team played better baseball. Played the game the right way. And Hernandez takes home a “W”.

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