Friday, June 6, 2008

Seattle Mariners Game 61: Mariners 8 Red Sox 0

WOW! Is all I have to say. There have not been a lot of bright spots in this season for the Mariners but tonight was definitely one. Anytime you can take a game from the Red Sox is huge. They took 2 of 3 last week against the Sox at home and now have taken the 1st of this 3 game series here this weekend in Boston.

Fenway park is a tough place to play. The Sox had an 11 game home winning streak going into tonight's game. The Sox are a well coached team, they hit when it matters, their defence makes plays when it matters and their pitching shows up every night ready to play. They have great leadership and a clubhouse that is perhaps like none other in baseball. Bottom line, the Sox are a good team from top to bottom. There is no easy game against the Red Sox.

To be honest I expected us to lose tonight. Felix is a great pitcher, but I just didn't believe we could get the runs we needed to help his cause. Boy was I wrong. Felix pitched 6 strong shut out innings and the bullpen shut it down the rest of the way. We took advantage of errors by the Sox and we brought runners home from first and second. Funny how easy it is to win when all facets of the game are in working order. The Mariners biggest problem has been the inability to play as a team with any consistency. Tonight they played like a team and I sure hope we see more of it tomorrow.

Miguel Batista will take the mound tomorrow afternoon against knuckle ball pitcher Tim Wakefield. Last week in Seattle Batista pitched 7 strong innings against the Sox giving up only 2 earned runs in what was a 4-3 win for the M's. Wakefield also pitched in that series and he ended up being the loser in a pitchers dual between him and Erik Bedard. Wakefield went 8 innings giving up only 1 earned run in what was a 1-0 win for the Mariners. Should be an interesting weekend at the ball park.

We are currently the worst team in baseball and yet we are 3-1 against the World Champion Red Sox. Go figure!

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