May 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Mariners make stunning comeback, but can’t finish it off
Oliver Perez picked the wrong time to have a rare off day, giving up a leadoff single and then a double to Asdrubal Cabrera in the ninth. The Mariners intentionally loaded the bases with none out after that and brought Yoervis Medina on to pitch.
But Mark Reynolds then hit a shot to the left side that a diving Brendan Ryan made a stop on. But Ryan was off-balance when he threw home and had no chance to get the runner. Well, actually, it looks like Jesus Montero might have taken his foot off home plate too early. I’ll have to see some replays on that and there’s no time now because I’m off to the clubhouse.
Mariners take their second straight walk-off loss, 5-4.
The loss came after the Mariners had tied the game in stunning fashion in the top of the inning.
After spending most of the day going through the motions, the Mariners were down to their last out, trailing by two runs and with nobody on base.
But Raul Ibanez kept hope alive with a solo homer to right and then Justin Smoak tied it up moments later with his own solo homer to right-center. That’s two hard hit balls by Smoak today, an earlier double nearly going out to left field before striking the top of the wall.
That’s a welcome sign for the Mariners. Unfortuantely for them today, they waited too long to get untracked. Had they actually done anything on offense prior to the eighth inning, they might not have still be tied in the bottom of the ninth.