The Mariners got one of their more memorable wins of the season today with a 6-3 victory over Oakland in 10 innings, achieved when Kendrys Morales hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 10th off Grant Balfour.
It was only the second pinch-hit, walk-off homer in Seattle history — the other by Ken Phelps against Detroit on Sept., 3 1986.
Morales was given the day off from the regular lineup, but had been projected to maybe pinch-hit if needed. He was, and did.
It was Morales’ first walk-0ff hit since May, 29, 2010 when he hit a walk-off homer against the Mariners in Anaheim, then suffered a broken ankle while jumping on home plate to celebrate.
Morales said after the game today that he was thinking “no jump” on the plate as he approached home, doing so with ginger, baby steps.
Seattle’s other runs came on two homers by Raul Ibanez, who now has 17 for the season to lead the team.
Also of note is that CF Franklin Gutierrez left the game after five innings with tightness in his hamstring. Manager Eric Wedge said it happened when Gutierrez hit the wall in the fourth inning making a catch. He will be re-evaluated when the Mariners return to action Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
You can see some of Wedge’s post-game comments below: