When do we get to penalty kicks? Please!
Looked like the Mariners were going to win the game in the ninth. Milton Bradley hit a broken bat blooper the opposite way to right field with two on and one out.
But Andruw Jones made an unbelievable diving catch, held on as he rolled, and then made an equally stunning throw to first base to double off wandering nomad Jose Lopez.
Yeah, it was a Gold Glove play, but there is no reason for Lopez to be all the way to second base when he is the trail runner on that play. Lopez has to hang around his bag and make sure the ball drops before he takes off to second.
Chone Figgins was the lead runner and would have scored had the ball dropped. It’s Figgins who has to worry about advancing bases, not Lopez. That was another terrible base running mistake.
We’re still scoreless, heading to the 10th.
Felix Hernandez was pulled after 93 pitches through eight innings and Don Wakamatsu was ejected in the ninth for arguing what looked to be a missed call at second when Juan Pierre was ruled safe on a steal.
That play didn’t wind up hurting the M’s. Lopez’s play might.
8:28 p.m.: Another game, another baserunning mistake by the Mariners. This time, it’s Ryan Langerhans being too aggressive rounding first base on that single that was knocked down and rolled into the shallow outfield. Langerhans got caught in a rundown and the rest is, well, history. Only it’s not history, is it? Not when it keeps happening.
Make it 22 straight innings without a run for the M’s.
Still scoreless. Felix Hernandez looking for Jose Lopez to bail him out with a grand slam or something.
8:10 p.m.: Four innings in the books and guess what? Still scoreless. Not much of a surprise either way, since Felix Hernandez doesn’t give up many while his team doesn’t score all that often. In fact, using Baker Math, that makes it 21 consecutive innings without a run by Seattle.
Hernandez looks sharp tonight, with four strikeouts, five groundouts and a popup so far.
7:18 p.m.: Felix Hernandez is all that stands between the White Sox and a three-game sweep. We’ll see whether he’s enough.
Hernandez retired the side 1-2-3 in the first inning, getting a lineout to center, a groundout and then a strikeout.
LF Juan Pierre
3B Omar Vizquel
CF Alex Rios
1B Paul Konerko
DH Mark Kotsay
RF Andruw Jones
C A.J. Pierzynski
SS Alexei Ramirez
2B Gordon Beckham
RHP Gavin Floyd
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
DH Justin Smoak
LF Ryan Langerhans
C Josh Bard
SS Jack Wilson
RHP Felix Hernandez