Danny Farquhar had been 5-for-5 in save opportunities heading into tonight and had a one-run lead when the ninth inning began. But he surrendered a drive off the top of the right field wall by Ben Zobrist that was ruled a triple — and not a home run — upon review.
Matt Joyce then hit a single up the middle to tie the game, followed by an Evan Longoria double down the left field line. Wil Myers was walked intentionally and then Jason Bourgeois drove a ball over the head of right fielder Endy Chavez to end the game in a 5-4 defeat for the Mariners.
So, Farquhar takes his first blown save and the loss and the Mariners see a pretty good night go by the wayside. They had gotten a solid five-plus innings out of Aaron Harang, then three more scoreless from the bullpen, not to mention some big hits by Florida natives Brad Miller and Nick Franklin.
But they lose anyway.
Farquhar was seated at his locker in an otherwise empty main part of the clubhouse when the media arrived. His teammates were grabbing some food in a back room after this rather lengthy three-hour, 23-minute affair, but Farquhar seemed to sense where he needed to be.
“The good thing is, I failed a ton in the minors,’’ he said. “I blew a lot of saves down there, so, tomorrow’s a new day. I’m a guy who’s got a pretty short memory. I’ll just try to forget about it and move on.’’
That ninth inning saw five batters reach base with nobody out. It happened rather quickly, so I asked him whether he’d had enough time to gather himself.
“The whole replay (thing) took a lot of time,’’ he said. I’m usually a pretty quick worker. I don’t usually like time to think or time to worry about things. So, it didn’t bother me how fast it happened.’’
One overlooked aspect to this was how those walks in the eighth by Medina really hurt. Medina walked three batters and though he escaped with no runs scoring, the Rays were able to turn their lineup back over to the top.
The same top of the order that saw Farquhar one night previous.
Farquhar said he merely tried to mix his three pitches around without changing anything.
“I just think it was bad execution of a lot of pitches,’’ he said. “Pitches up in the zone, in the middle of the plate. Major league hitters take advantage of that situation.’’
Mariners manager Robby Thompson had said before the game the team would ride Farquhar and see where he takes them.
“It’s hard to get those last three outs sometimes, no matter who you’re running out there,’’ Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said. “Those last three outs are tough. We kind of had that lineup flip back up to the top of the order…all that stuff comes into play.’’
Now, he’ll see what happens next.
“We’ll see how Danny bounces back,’’ he said. “He’s been really good in that situation. But these things happen.’’