Thunderstruck is back in town, solving the Mariners late-inning indecisiveness. That's right folks, J.J. Putz nailed down his second save of the year on his first night back off of the DL.
The game started off quite rocky for King Felix, throwing 52 pitches through the first two innings. But after that he settled down, allowing 2 runs over 7 innings while striking out 7. The Orioles starter, Jeremy Guthrie was just as good, pitching 7 2/3 innings. Fortunately for the M's, once he got to the 8th inning he allowed a leadoff double to Betancourt, then got Ichiro and Lopez out. Ibanez was intentionally walked, and in the key at bat, Guthrie walked Beltre to bring up Vidro. Now, so far this year, Vidro hasn't done much of anything (which is why the Mariners should sign Frank Thomas to the veteran minimum and give him a shot at DH...but that's another post) but this time he finally came through with a two-run single to make the score 4-2.
As detailed before, J.J. Putz came into the ninth inning and shut it down, only allowing a double. Tonight's game is Silva against Daniel Cabrera. See you there.