Felix Start #2
Okay, so I missed the M’s game this afternoon, but I’m around for Felix going in Sacramento tonight, so I’m going to do a running game diary, at least for a few innings.
Also, for anyone headed to Tacoma for the home opener on Friday night, you get a happy surprise: Chris Snelling should be in the lineup on Friday, barring any other freak accidents in the next 48 hours.
7:10 PM PDT The feed isn’t doing that hot tonight. Hopefully I can actually pull this off.
7:14 According to Mike Curto on the broadcast, there’s a “modest crowd” in Sacramento tonight. He should have seen the crowd in Winston-Salem last night.
Also, Curto informs us that Jamal Strong and Wiki Gonzalez are on a play-play-day off schedule, where they never play three games in a row. Both are coming off knee surgeries.
7:19 He’s “King Felix” on the broadcasts too. That nickname’s not going away. Nice job, Jason.
7:22 Bobby Smith just stared at strikes one, two, and three. Didn’t move his bat the entire trip to the plate.
7:24 Scoreless first for Felix. 12 pitches, 10 strikes. Since he’s on an 80 pitch limit, its great to see him firing strikes.
7:34 Rainiers take a lead on a base hit by Dustin Delucchi, scoring Shin-Soo Choo.
7:40 Curto rules. He just called Jack Cust a Three True Outcomes hitter, and then explianed what the TTO are.
7:48 Felix with another strikeout to end the inning, stranding two runners. Quoting Curto: “That was nasty.”
8:06 Felix is starting to cruise. 96 MPH fastball blows away Freddie Bynum.
8:12 Shin-Soo Choo with his first home run of the season. Rainiers up by two.
8:23 I’m wearing down, so this is probably my last inning. We don’t have anyone warming up in the USSM bullpen, though.
8:28 Felix gives up a triple but gets out of it scoreless. Four more shutout innings. He’s kinda good.