Yay, we won
Nice to see the defense, Yuni included, make some nice plays tonight. Effort is ridiculously hard to discern through a television (or, in my case, a laptop screen), but it sure seemed like he was running a lot harder than usual, both on defense and on the base paths. I couldn’t believe he got to that ball up the middle – he hasn’t been within a few feet of similar ground balls earlier this year.
Oh, and I just want to throw this out there, since I know that the team’s struggles with RISP will lead to some inevitable comments about the team not coming through with clutch hits and failing to “do their job” when they had men on base.
Ichiro, Griffey, Branyan: 3 for 9, 3 walks, .333/.500/.444 for the night
The six RHBs: 2 for 20, 1 walk, .100/.142/100 for the night
The three left handed bats in the line-up had no problems getting on base against Santana/Arredondo. The six right handed bats were useless.
I know it’s beating a dead horse, but if the Mariners want to score more runs, they have to replace one or two of Beltre/Lopez/Betancourt/Johjima/Gutierrez/Balentien with left-handed hitters. These guys can’t hit right handed pitching. Having six automatic outs in the line-up is going to lead to a lot of wasted rallies. Change the roster or change the expectations – there’s no reason to complain about these guys failing to do something they’re incapable of doing.