A great day in Mariner history
Bloomquist’s power is back! In the 9th inning, in his fourth plate appearance, Bloomquist doubled off of Alan “Hey that guy is still in baseball oh I forgot he’s left-handed” Embree. And it wasn’t one of those cheap “skipped by Ibanez” doubles, no. It was a rulebook double! Bounced into the stands! Yeaaaaaaaahhh hooooo! The Mariners get to avoid having all of baseball watch the team for the continuation of an ignoble record! Wooooo!
I believe – and Jack Howland will correct me if I’m wrong, no doubt, brings the final tally to:
87 games without an extra-base hit, short of the unofficial record of 100.
173 consecutive at-bats without an extra-base hit, short of the unofficial record of 223.
199 consecutive plate appearances without an extra-base hit, short of the unofficial record of 266.
He was only five days from going a full calendar year without anything but singles.
This brings his slugging percentage to .272 and his season line to .262/.368/.271.
May Willie fill the power void long left by Richie Sexson! All hail Willie Boom-Boom, newly revived long-ball threat!