We’ve talked about “garbage time” for a while now and how most of the M’s offensive rallies during their 17-game losing streak had come with the issue pretty much already decided. Not today. The M’s today got their hits when they actually could still impact the outcome of a game.
None were bigger than the three-run double in the seventh by Mike Carp that broke open a tight game and propelled Seattle to a 9-2 win over the New York Yankees.
Carp’s double came with two out. So did an ensuing RBI double by Franklin Gutierrez. Instead of a 3-1 game, it became 7-1.
That makes all the difference.
Felix Hernandez wasn’t perfect. But he was big where he had to be. None bigger than with the bases loaded and one out in a 2-0 game in the fifth inning.
With Derek Jeter up and Curtis Granderson on deck, Hernandez needed to get both guys out or Mark Teixeira and his home run bat would follow.
Hernandez yielded the sac fly to Jeter, but it was a huge second out. And then, with the count full, he whiffed Granderson.
The M’s outhit the Yankees 17-6 today. This was no fluke. They earned this win.
Just like they’d earned most of the losses that came before.
Two months of baseball still to go. Two months to try to erase the aftertaste of the past three weeks.