Yeah, somebody finally scored a run. Unfortunately for the Mariners, it was Gordon Beckham of the White Sox doubling off the top of the left field wall and then scoring on Omar Vizquel’s single to right off Brandon League in the 11th.
I thought Vizquel was going to celebrate his 50th birthday by the time this one was done, but he’s still only 43.
But the Mariners still pulled it out in the bottom of the 11th off Bobby Jenks. A bunt single by Jack Wilson, who was sacrificed to second, and then a Chone Figgins single put two on. Figgins stole second with one out and Franklin Gutierrez lined one up the middle to save Jose Lopez’s butt.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu might be turning about 80 tomorrow after witnessing yet another costly base running brain cramp. This time, it was Lopez wandering too far off first base with two on and one out in the ninth inning on a ball blooped down the right field line by Milton Bradley.
Lopez is the trail runner on that play and his run is meaningless. He can’t get doubled-off, no matter how tough a catch right fielder Andruw Jones had to make. That’s base running 101.
So, Seattle snaps a 27-inning scoreless drought. The road to 100 stalls for one night.