Brandon Morrow just closed out the ninth for his second save of the season in an 8-5 win by the Mariners over the Oakland Athletics. Morrow hit a batter and saw another reach base on a Jose Lopez error. But he muddled his way through, striking out Nomar Garciaparra to end it.
Nope, this one wasn’t pretty at all. It was downright ugly at times, starting with the pitching by Felix Hernandez in the early going. Mark Lowe gave everyone a heart attack in the eighth when he put the first two runners on in what was still a two-run game. But then he got the ground-ball double play he needed.
Two solid innings of middle relief by Miguel Batista loomed large as well.
Kenji Johjima redeemed himself at the plate with that two-run, go-ahead single in the eighth inning. Helped make up for that dropped pop up behind the plate that helped extend the fifth inning and led indirectly to a two-run homer that put the A’s ahead 5-3. But this team doesn’t quit. This isn’t like last year, when it showed some fight in meaningless, late-season games and made the final scores of losses look respectable.
These Mariners are in every game they play.
April 11, 2009 at 4:04 PM