Good thing Franklin Gutierrez went deep in the eighth inning, delivering a 4-3 win to the Mariners, or else these two squads might have stayed here until 3 a.m. Neither team could muster much of anything on the scoreboard after the early innings.
And the sight above, of David Aardsma, closing things out, really is one for sore eyes these days. He’s been striking out everything in sight and held the Padres scoreless — despite one walk — as he’s expected to.
We’ll have to see what happened to Yuniesky Betancourt running out that grounder. Looked like he might have pulled a hamstring muscle.
Not the greatest game offensively for the Mariners yet again. They did get that magical fourth run and are now 27-10 when scoring four or more. But they let Padres starter Josh Geer get through six innings, despite throwing 60 pitches the first two frames.
Great job by the M’s bullpen, starting with two scorless frames from Chris Jakubauskas, another from winning pitcher Sean White and then Aardsma. They certainly “shortened the game” tonight.
And a win is a win. The M’s remain 2 1/2 games behind the Angels and Rangers.
June 24, 2009 at 9:54 PM