Well, that was a tough way to lose the finale. Seattle fell 3-2 to the Boston Red Sox after Ichiro appeared to lose a Jed Lowrie line drive in the sun in the ninth. The ball actually struck Ichiro in the leg — well below his glove — as he tried to find it.
The play was ruled a one-out triple. But with the infield drawn in, Marco Scutaro grounded one to Chone Figgins, who held Lowrie at third and threw to first for the out.
But it ended after that, when Carl Crawford singled up the middle off Jamey Wright.
The Mariners and Felix Hernandez fell behind 2-0 in the third inning and didn’t really make any noise in this game until Tim Wakefield was replaced by Bobby Jenks in the sixth.
Jenks promptly walked guys left and right, forcing in two runs to tie it. He then got lucky when a bases-loaded line drive to left by Michael Saunders was close enough for Carl Crawford to haul it in.
But that was pretty much it for the M’s. Jenks left the game in the seventh and Seattle never really came close again.
Hernandez did a stellar job in getting through seven innings, striking out 10 in the process. He gave his team a shot at winning, but the M’s couldn’t oblige.
Still, a successful 5-1 road trip. Something to build off with the Texas Rangers coming to town. The M’s can’t let up from here. They have to find a way to sustain this momentum against their division rival.