You can analyze this one all night and still not figure out how the Mariners managed to win, let alone shut the Boston Red Sox out 2-0 in front of 37,901 stunned fans at Fenway Park. I mean, the Red Sox seemed to have Doug Fister, Aaron Laffey and company on the ropes the entire game without managing to push a run across.
It was like watching the Mariners play — up until last Tuesday, at least.
Now, the M’s have won five in a row. They are a Felix Hernandez start away from sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway.
The M’s got some good pitching when it counted tonight. They didn’t get great pitching at other times, which is why they kept dancing in and out of trouble.
Boston hit two balls up near the top of the Green Monster in left that fell back down for doubles. But no runs wound up scoring.
They saw Dustin Pedroia draw a nine-pitch walk with two on to load the bases with none out in the fifth, but only after he ripped balls down both the right and left field lines that were foul by mere inches both times.
Then, with the bases full and nobody out, trhey saw an Adrian Gonzalez liner ripped right at Jack Wilson’s glove. Wilson then flipped to second for a double-play that really wasn’t, because it was botched by the umpire.
That made up for an earlier blown call that snuffed a Mariners rally and got Milton Bradley tossed from the game. Yeah, it was exciting. Did we mention that?
Brandon League gave up a leadoff single in the ninth. But then he got a 4-6-3 double-play grounder and, hey, what can I tell you? They’re panicking in Red Sox Nation. Sometimes it’s great not to have others see you coming. The M’s are starting to look like one of those huge snowballs gathering speed as it rolls down a mountainside.
This time tomorrow, the Bosox could be digging themselves out, wondering what the heck just happened.