Nice way to see your team win this way if you’re Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik. Your team takes out the hottest team with the best record in baseball 4-2.
Not only that, but rookie Michael Pineda no-hits the Phillies for most of six innings, coming a strike away from taking it to the seventh. Dustin Ackley gets a hit in his major league debut, makes solid contact the rest of the night and turns an important 5-4-3 double play in the eighth ahead of a home run by Shane Victorino.
Ichiro gets three more hits and Brendan Ryan drives him in twice.
Justin Smoak gets a hit as the clean-up guy and also drives in a run.
Miguel Olivo hits another home run. What else?
Brandon League made things interesting in the ninth, yielding a pair of two-out hits. But in the end, he came through for the save.
That fourth run really helped because it gave the M’s a cushion to withstand some of that late-inning rallying by the Phils.
Oh yeah, and that last play by Ryan to end the game? Much tougher than it looked. Ryan brings this team to a different level.