Saturday, July 19, 2008

Seattle Mariners Game 96: Seattle 8 Cleveland 2

Well that is one way to get the second half started. The was a well played game by the Mariners, pitching, defense and offense. Patience and discipline at the plate led to runs. Funny how that happens isn't it?
Every time he takes the mound I realize more and more the special talent that is Felix Hernandez. Not only does he have some of the best stuff in all of baseball but he has a drive and desire to be the best at what he does. Considering where he is at only 22 years old it isn't too far of a stretch to believe Felix could become the next great pitcher of our generation, he is well on his way. It would have been nice to see him go at least 7 innings tonight, but regardless he was outstanding. Attacking the hitters from the start and not getting frustrated when he walked someone or when he didn't get a pitch call in his favor. 8 strikeouts, 4 hits and 2 earned runs. As good as Bedard can be when he is healthy, Felix is the true ace of this pitching staff and he continues to show us why each time he takes the mound.
The guys sure had their hitting shoes on tonight. They were patient at the plate, forcing Laffey to throw a lot of pitches early. 13 hits in this one. The only hit the Mariners really needed though was from Raul Ibanez. In the 2nd inning Ibanez hit a grand slam to break open the Mariners 1-0 lead. 5 runs in the second and with the way Felix was pitching I felt pretty confident about this one early. Jose Lopez added a 3 run HR in the 4th inning to pretty much put this one away.
Good start to the second half for the team as a whole. Now if only they could win every game for the rest of the season they just might make the playoffs. 66-0, what do you think? HA! Honestly I would just like to see these guys finish this season with a little consistency in the win column and end with some dignity still in tact.

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