Game 47, Mariners at Angels

Dave · May 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Lee vs Kazmir, 7:05 pm.

Baseball is always talking about rule changes that could make the game more appealing to fans, or at least not last as long. In general, most casual fans apparently think baseball games drag on too long and are too boring, neither of which I agree with, but I can at least see where they’re coming from. So, Major League Baseball, you want to make the game more appealing to people? I have a suggestion – ban Scott Kazmir from the game.

Seriously, as much as I’m looking forward to watching Cliff Lee pitch tonight, I’m equally disgusted by the thought of having to sit through a Kazmir start. He’s the ultimate mix of bad pitching, bad command, and painfully slow between pitches. The average time of game started by Scott Kazmir this year is just under 16 days – okay, not really, but it feels like it.

No matter how many runs the Mariners score tonight, we’re all losers, because we’re going to be subjected to the ridiculousness that is Scott Kazmir on the mound. God help us all.

Comments

146 Responses to “Game 47, Mariners at Angels”

  1. tubbabubba22 on May 28th, 2010 5:03 pm

    Haha, that is an amazing preview.

  2. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 5:04 pm

    Bard on DL, Alfonzo on team and Hannahan DFA’d (presumably to get Alfonzo onto the roster). I hope Jack clears waivers, but I’m not holding my breath. He’s been dealt a lousy hand this year.

  3. Matt the Dragon on May 28th, 2010 5:05 pm

    Kazmir is Steve Trachsel’s bastard son!

  4. Westside guy on May 28th, 2010 5:07 pm

    Sorry to see Saunders is sitting again…

  5. MX on May 28th, 2010 5:20 pm

    Cliff Lee works extremely fast. Hope Kazmir won’t mess up Lee’s rhythm.

  6. DAMellen on May 28th, 2010 5:26 pm

    Funny to think he was good not that long ago and he’s only what? 27? Pitchers are weird. I wish I had something more than hope to convince me it could never happen to Felix, but I guess I’ll spend his entire career (or at least his career with the Mariners) simultaneously enamored and nervous. Almost makes me wish he wasn’t the center of my baseball universe.

  7. sm3346 on May 28th, 2010 5:46 pm

    Speaking as someone currently stuck in Southern California traffic trying to get to the game, my only hope is high-pitch counts in the first couple innings for Kazmir, allowing me to get to the stadium before the 3rd inning. Seriously, Californians should be banned from driving altogether!

  8. joser on May 28th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Yeah, Bradley is in left, Sweeney DH. Wak says Saunders will play two of the three games (yay), so will Johnson — if he doesn’t play all three (not-so-yay, but what can you do with Bard out 10 days or so?)

    I just caught the tail end of Drayer on the radio so I may have this wrong, but I think she said they were flipping the rotation so Felix will go tomorrow and Snell on Sunday? (Why not skip Snell altogether?)

  9. Kid_A on May 28th, 2010 6:30 pm

    Chris Iannetta, please.

  10. GripS on May 28th, 2010 6:35 pm

    So I take it you don’t like Kazmir then Dave? I actually laughed out loud. Of course you do realize he’s gonna pitch a complete game shutout against the M’s now.

  11. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 6:50 pm

    All in all, this isn’t too bad a line-up. Maybe Wak and Z are pumping Sweeney just enough to get some team to cough up a live arm from A ball.

    Dave, you mention making the game more appealing. Have any of the sabermatricians covered realignment? Something like doing away with the NL and increasing geographic rivalries?

  12. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 7:03 pm

    Blowers says that Bard going on the DL means Rob Johnson will get a chance to play on a consistent basis. Boy, he not only gets the Bloomquist meme, he gets it when it’s not even true. When did Rob Johnson not have a chance to play everyday, if he didn’t, say, suck?

  13. awestby51 on May 28th, 2010 7:09 pm

    Cliff Lee works extremely fast. Hope Kazmir won’t mess up Lee’s rhythm.

    There’s no way Lee spends more time on the bench than he did during his last start. Kazmir isn’t what he was, but we’re not putting up 15 against him.

  14. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 7:11 pm

    Ya know, M’s management has made some questionable decisions this year, but you have to give Z credit for composing a rotation that’s actually pretty good. He only had Felix when he inherited the team, and maybe you could say got lucky with Fister’s development, but Vargas, French, Snell, and certainly Lee have been great additions.

    .. and geez Figgins, when are you going to turn it around…

  15. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 7:15 pm

    I just caught the tail end of Drayer on the radio so I may have this wrong, but I think she said they were flipping the rotation so Felix will go tomorrow and Snell on Sunday? (Why not skip Snell altogether?)

    That is correct Joser, and I agree with you. With two off days and everyone having extra rest, why not skip the start from Snell? I would love to see the numbers on starts by Felix, Lee, Vargas and Fister vs. the starts from Snell and Rowland-Smith, but I don’t really need to see them to know we have a much better chance of winning this year with the first four on the mound. Any chance to skip our fifth starter without any negative effects on rest should be utilized in my opinion.

  16. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 7:23 pm

    This is ugly.

  17. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 7:24 pm

    This is ugly.

    Agreed

  18. Koala on May 28th, 2010 7:24 pm

    Well, this game is over already.

  19. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 7:26 pm

    It’s encouraging that this performance so far proves that Cliffton Floyd Lee does NOT want to be traded. I knew he wanted to stay in Seattle :)

  20. Diehard on May 28th, 2010 7:28 pm

    Ugh Cliff what the heck was that??
    This game is far from over since Kazmir is pitching but Lee needs to get his sh*t together fast.

  21. hansk on May 28th, 2010 7:28 pm

    #1 I like Kazmir. In part because the Mets traded him for Zambrano. And not the ‘occasionally-brilliant, mostly-terrible’ Zambrano. But Victor!

    #2 I am Dutch, are you Dutch, Dutch?

  22. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 7:32 pm

    #2 I am Dutch, are you Dutch, Dutch?

    Actually, no, I’m italian american. A friend jokingly called me Dutch once, I liked it. Makes me believe I have the ability to combat aliens preying on humans for sport ;)

  23. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Frandsen. Weren’t we supposed to get that guy?

  24. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Looks like we’re good on having missed Miguel Cabrera, huh?

  25. King.Dome on May 28th, 2010 7:49 pm

    Nice rbi guti. Keep it going MB.

  26. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 7:51 pm

    BRADLEY!!!!

  27. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Two outs? So what.

  28. King.Dome on May 28th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Guti scored all the way from 1st! Amazing Guti! Nice hit MB. I agree w/Neihaus, I can’t remember when I’ve seen a guy score from 1st on a single.

  29. Carson on May 28th, 2010 7:53 pm

    Glad to see that gamble finally pay off for Brumley. Doesn’t mean I like the decision even though it worked this time.

  30. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Now that is how our 1 through 4 is supposed to produce.

    On the other hand, Brumley’s judgment at sending people is horrible. Luckily the throw was offline or Guti is toast. And Bradley still on first? LOL.

  31. marc w on May 28th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Franklin scoring from first is perhaps the coolest play of the year. Yeah, Brumley’s sent too many this year, but that’s about Gutierrez, and Gutierrez is completely and totally awesome.

  32. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 8:00 pm

    Guti had a great slide too.

  33. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 8:00 pm

    What aces do when they face the heart of the other team’s order after they get the lead: one, two, three.

    Cliff Lee is an ace.

  34. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 8:01 pm

    wtf is this yuni b grand slam…

  35. awestby51 on May 28th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Lopey. Get some!

  36. Swungonandbelted on May 28th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Lopez!

  37. ndrfx on May 28th, 2010 8:04 pm

    Yay!

  38. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 8:04 pm

    Hopefully this is the start of something good for Lopez.

    Nothing like bad starting pitching to wake up an offense.

  39. juneau_fan on May 28th, 2010 8:04 pm

    So weird to see the guys scoring with some ease. Bradley in the lineup really makes it seem possible.

  40. kyoko on May 28th, 2010 8:05 pm

    If I have to watch another Casey kotchman ground out in my life, I’m going to kill myself.

  41. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 8:14 pm

    If I have to watch another Casey kotchman ground out in my life, I’m going to kill myself.

    Looks like we’re going to lose another fan then.

  42. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 8:16 pm

    Lol @ manjk

  43. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Is it just me or can you guys feel things starting to come together… I know its just one game against Kazmir but the team just has a different feel to it.

  44. King.Dome on May 28th, 2010 8:22 pm

    Great slo-mo camera work showing Guti’s slide from earlier. Nice sac fly MB. 6 runs through 5, crazy.

  45. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 8:23 pm

    Yes scott, it’s a very weird feeling. Like, we’re not completely screwed. And my lord Milton Bradley is the fucking man. I’m no longer mad at all that we get to keep him next year too. Though hopefully next year he will be prodominantly a dh.

  46. darthbuhner on May 28th, 2010 8:23 pm

    OK Lee, you have some offensive support. Let’s see a better showing than your last start.

  47. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 8:23 pm

    I’d like to believe that is what is happening, Scotty! Time will tell….

  48. Jay R. on May 28th, 2010 8:25 pm

    This is surprisingly watchable. Even better, I am listening to podcasts instead of the commentary.

  49. awestby51 on May 28th, 2010 8:26 pm

    8 game win streak. Mark it down.

  50. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 8:27 pm

    oh brother…

  51. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 8:28 pm

    If Bradley, Lopez, and Figgins all come along, and it appears Bradley already is and one would think Lopez and Figgins would have to, that would make a front five of our lineup that would be capable of putting runs on the board, combine that with our starting pitching and if our bullpen is used properly, this team just might have a chance to at least make things interesting in the AL West. I realize thats a lot of ifs but it doesn’t seem as far fetched as it seemed, oh, a week ago.

  52. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 8:28 pm

    I feel like Rob Jobson has learned something while sitting…

  53. Diehard on May 28th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Yeah baby! M’s offense getting on a roll! Kazmir sucks!

  54. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Let’s win the first one, awestby. Then I’m on board.

  55. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Lee is a K machine!

  56. JerBear on May 28th, 2010 8:31 pm

    God it’s gonna hurt when he leaves us…

  57. Koala on May 28th, 2010 8:33 pm

    Not Lee’s best outing but the 9 K’s are impressive

  58. Carson on May 28th, 2010 8:33 pm

    Cliff Lee is good.

  59. jwgrandsalami on May 28th, 2010 8:34 pm

    Regarding comment #2 above, how exactly was Jack Hannahan dealt a lousy hand? Did someone else put up that .190 BA in 100 Triple-A at-bats for him? If you want the Mariners to win, stop falling in love with mediocre journeyman who are a dime a dozen. Hannahan’s injury was a good break for m’s fans — without the injury Wak’s belief system would have gotten “Hanny” 200 wasted at-bats in the bigs this year…

  60. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 8:34 pm

    Lee is a K machine!

    Whoa….. I just said that to my TV lol. Crazy haha.

  61. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 8:34 pm

    RIP Kyoko

  62. andy206 on May 28th, 2010 8:35 pm

    I feel like Rob Jobson has learned something while sitting…

    I think he has blocked two balls already.

  63. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 8:35 pm

    I take it back, Kyoko! You have found a new lease on life!!!!

  64. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 8:36 pm

    Lopez has hit a dong tonite, but his ability to work a count or see some pitches blows…..

  65. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 8:38 pm

    Hannahan’s injury was a good break for m’s fans — without the injury Wak’s belief system would have gotten “Hanny” 200 wasted at-bats in the bigs this year…

    I never thought Hannahan was good, but he couldn’t have done much worse than what we got from everyone else. I would assume he’d play better defense than Tui (I didn’t go to the effort to look up the stats so I’m not positive on this one) and well, I don’t think anyone could hit much worse with a team that sent out 5 guys hitting below .200 in one game.

  66. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 8:39 pm

    Ok, Rob Johnson didn’t learn shit about batting while sitting, but I’ll take a better fielding catcher with an awful approach at the plate, than the opposite.

  67. Carson on May 28th, 2010 8:40 pm

    I feel like Rob Jobson has learned something while sitting…

    You were saying?

  68. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 8:44 pm

    wow Lee is just mowing them down

  69. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 8:45 pm

    Kotch shoulda let that fall so Lee could get another K

  70. fiftyone on May 28th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Long time since I saw a guy strike out nine in a row. If we win the West, can we splurge to keep the guy?

  71. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 8:51 pm

    So, just wondering, what happened to Rafael DePaula? I thought we were supossed to sign him, and now it’s like he’s vanished off the face of the earth.

  72. Marinersdude83 on May 28th, 2010 8:53 pm

    Wow! Cliff Lee is a strikeout god! This is awesome. I have to say Milton in the cleanup spot really gives this team some identity.

  73. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:03 pm

    My lord Cliff Lee is 4 quarters badass.

  74. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:03 pm

    Can’t we retroactively sign Cliff Lee? Go back a few years (like 4) and sign him to a 7 year deal????? Who has a time machine?

  75. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 9:05 pm

    Thank God Wak can’t put Sean White out to pitch the eighth anymore.

  76. kyoko on May 28th, 2010 9:05 pm

    The Angels announcers keep calling Cliff Lee’s cutter, a “batting practice fastball”. It’s like the best pitch in the world and the Angels have swung and missed at it a lot today. Man their announcers are the worst.

  77. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:06 pm

    The Angels announcers keep calling Cliff Lee’s cutter, a “batting practice fastball”. It’s like the best pitch in the world and the Angels have swung and missed at it a lot today. Man their announcers are the worst.

    Really?? They are talking shit about Lee after he struck out 9 in a row? LOL

  78. jwgrandsalami on May 28th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Re: Hannahan — so what you’re saying is you’ d rather stick with the player that’s proven to be a very poor hitter instead of trying someone else who might hit better? As for the defense “hanny” has played all of 2 games at SS in the Majors….

  79. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:07 pm
    I feel like Rob Jobson has learned something while sitting…

    You were saying?

    I think even Dave said that Rob Johnson had a useful approach at the plate, at least for a catcher. This performance notwithstanding.

  80. Westside guy on May 28th, 2010 9:08 pm

    Looks like the Angels pitchers are remembering they don’t need to throw strikes to Sweeney – he’ll swing at most anything.

    What’s more amazing is how so many pitchers over the past week managed to not know that.

  81. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:10 pm

    NOOOO KYOKO! We will miss you :(

  82. fiftyone on May 28th, 2010 9:10 pm

    So the Angels are just allowed to clone their former stars, willy-nilly… that seems a little, like, unfair, you know?

    (and it’s NOT pronounced “clawn”)

  83. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:11 pm

    Well we’ll miss you kyoko…. RIP.

  84. EthanN on May 28th, 2010 9:12 pm

    if this offense finally comes around, Bedard comes back, and the rest of the division keeps struggling…we might have a shot.

    *pounds on wood*

  85. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 9:14 pm

    Keep pounding strikes,cliff!!

  86. EthanN on May 28th, 2010 9:14 pm

    Now that I think of it, that was a really obvious statement I made. I apologize, I’m just catching Mariner fever again

  87. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 9:15 pm

    Assuming that Bedard’s shoulder is surgically sound!

  88. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:17 pm

    @EthanN – ok by me, I’m starting to catch the fever too

  89. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:19 pm

    @EthanN – ok by me, I’m starting to catch the fever too

    Well then the M’s will just have to go into a 6 game losing streak to teach you two a lesson!

  90. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:19 pm

    Kotchman can’t bat, but he’s amazing at digging those balls out.

  91. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 9:20 pm

    It’s probably Rex Hudler. Whos only claim to fame was hitting a Randy Johnson slider for a dinger and later claimed, “never give up on his slider.”

  92. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:21 pm

    Well then the M’s will just have to go into a 6 game losing streak to teach you two a lesson!

    Why do you gotta be a jerk?? (I luled)

  93. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:22 pm

    ROB JOHNSON CAN HIT!

  94. EthanN on May 28th, 2010 9:22 pm

    Watching MLB Network right now, and in the background they are displaying the AL ERA leaders. So funny seeing Fister leading the way. Who woulda thought?

  95. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Well, who’s the only guy in the lineup without a hit?

  96. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 9:24 pm

    I gotta say, Josh Wilson has done better then expected filling in for Jack.

  97. kyoko on May 28th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Well we’ll miss you kyoko…. RIP.

    I had to attend to demanding children for a while so I missed that one so I’m still here.

  98. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 9:25 pm

    Great googlie mooglie!!!

  99. EthanN on May 28th, 2010 9:26 pm

    I love Josh Wilson, too bad he is virtually the opposite of Jack Wilson in the field…

  100. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 9:27 pm

    I think Lee will pitch the 9th.

  101. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:27 pm

    I gotta say, Josh Wilson has done better then expected filling in for Jack.

    Not fielding-wise. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a wash WAR wise had Jack Wilson been playing

  102. EthanN on May 28th, 2010 9:29 pm

    Guti grand slam right here?

  103. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 9:29 pm

    I agree M’s Hats, but I wasn’t expecting him to be any good in the field or at the plate.

  104. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:29 pm

    Guti, prove to everyone your superiority over Tor-ii!!!!

  105. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:29 pm

    I think Lee will pitch the 9th.

    I’d actually be more confident with him in than Aardsma. Even if we do currently have a 4 run lead.

  106. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 9:30 pm

    What happened to Shields this season? He sucks all of a sudden?

  107. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 9:31 pm

    see, a week ago I would be thinking with the M’s having the bases loaded and nobody out they would somehow screw it up and not score. Now I don’t have that feeling at all.

  108. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:31 pm

    I just heard Blowers say that since it’s no longer a save situation, Aardsma stopped warming up and they got Shawn Kelley up. I haven’t been following the bullpen usage that carefully, and in this particular game it really doesn’t matter, but how much of a slave to saves are MLB managers? It seems like playing around that 3 run spread in the ninth just forces you to jerk your bullpen guys around. What just happened in the game?

  109. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:31 pm

    COME ON Figgy! That was just dumb!

  110. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Wow. What the fuck was that.

  111. Swungonandbelted on May 28th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Figgins!!!!!!!!!!!! >,>

  112. UncleCharlie on May 28th, 2010 9:33 pm

    this team’s base running is atrocious!!!!

  113. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Damn, Figgy, the limited value you have right now is in your baserunning… don’t lose that

  114. Koala on May 28th, 2010 9:33 pm

    that was some interesting baserunning…

  115. MX on May 28th, 2010 9:33 pm

    3rd base coach needs to go. Too many running outs. Stopping Ichiro there is just dumb. You are up 8:3 in the 9th with Ichiro running. Ridiculous.

  116. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Did Bradley bat from the right? I just looked up Shields’ splits and they are reverse…

  117. fiftyone on May 28th, 2010 9:34 pm

    I accept that bit of baserunning idiocy.

  118. Westside guy on May 28th, 2010 9:35 pm

    Yeah, Blowers, Sweeney being “very aggressive with his swings” isn’t exactly a GOOD thing…

  119. scottg02 on May 28th, 2010 9:35 pm

    I agree Dutch, let Aardsma throw the ninth. Its not liked hes been overworked. Who cares if its technically a save or not.

  120. MX on May 28th, 2010 9:36 pm

    I am so glad it’s not League on the mound.

  121. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:39 pm

    Let’s go, Double Play!

  122. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:40 pm

    Let’s go! Single Play!

  123. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:40 pm

    Felix is so tough he eats water bottles for dinner.

  124. Dexterwins on May 28th, 2010 9:41 pm

    @Dutch — I like think it may have more to do with having 20 games in a row coming up.

  125. Koala on May 28th, 2010 9:41 pm

    MARINERS WIN!

  126. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Well a win. We’re no longer 7 games out of the west boys! AND we pick up a game on the Angels. Let’s do it again with Felix tomorrow!

  127. Westside guy on May 28th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Loved the look on Snell’s face as Felix was biting that bottle… it’s like “WHAT are you doing?”

  128. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Felix is so tough he eats water bottles for dinner.

    Lol was he chewing on one? I luled pretty hard at that one haha.

  129. EthanN on May 28th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Not bad Mariners…not bad

  130. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Maybe I’m drunk, but I LOVE the Mariners! Even IF Kotchman looks like a cocain fiend.

  131. Westside guy on May 28th, 2010 9:44 pm

    So… to point out something another person noted Wednesday – anyone see Griffey at all there? He’s conspicuously missing in those end-of-game team handslaps.

  132. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 9:45 pm

    So… to point out something another person noted Wednesday – anyone see Griffey at all there? He’s conspicuously missing in those end-of-game team handslaps.

    Hey, I think you’re right.

  133. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:46 pm

    @Dexter – in that case, with a 3 run lead, I would just have Kelley up in the first place. But like I said, I haven’t monitored bullpen usage lately, so I defer to Wak’s judgment.

  134. Dutch on May 28th, 2010 9:47 pm

    And yea, I noticed Griffey’s absence. Probably napping, but whatever.

    Felix has got to do whatever it takes to get into that mindset for gameday..

  135. Marinersmanjk on May 28th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Now we wait for the Dave “downer” recap. I don’t care if we still probably don’t have a chance for the playoffs, IT’S FINALLY FUN TO WATCH MARINERS BASEBALL!

  136. Westside guy on May 28th, 2010 10:02 pm

    Ugh, Kreuger… Lopez is the “best hitter on this team”? Does he really get paid for saying stuff like that?

  137. Red Apple on May 28th, 2010 10:02 pm

    Long time since I saw a guy strike out nine in a row.

    Yeah, a long time — that Tom Seaver dude back in 1970. I think you meant “retire” nine in a row? :-)

  138. Glen on May 28th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Blowers was saying that Cliff Lee retired 9 in a row by strikeout after the game ended. I don’t think that included hits/walks.

    I haven’t looked it up to see if it is right or not.

  139. ndrfx on May 28th, 2010 11:10 pm

    It’s right. Starting with Abreu’s SO in the 3rd, and ending in the 6th with Rivera popping up in foul territory. There was a walk, a double, and an RBI single in between.

  140. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2010 11:14 pm

    Bill Hall apparently had a competent pitching performance for the Red Sox. Who’dathunk?

  141. Red Apple on May 28th, 2010 11:31 pm

    Ah, I see…that’s interesting. I do remember in one inning he did strike out the side with a baserunner or two thrown in.

    Wonder what the record is for recording outs only by means of strikeout regardless of allowing baserunners. That one may be hard to dig up! I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Nolan Ryan, though.

  142. RyanHend on May 28th, 2010 11:41 pm

    Ah, I see…that’s interesting. I do remember in one inning he did strike out the side with a baserunner or two thrown in.

    Wonder what the record is for recording outs only by means of strikeout regardless of allowing baserunners. That one may be hard to dig up! I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Nolan Ryan, though.

    Granted, it was the minors and it was 1952, but this guy struck out 27 in 9.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1066032/1/index.htm

  143. z24lax on May 28th, 2010 11:41 pm

    So that means bill hall wouldve been our 3rd best reliever and our best backup at every position on the diamond, and we got casey kotchman, I hate you theo epstein, I hate you.

  144. IwearMsHats on May 28th, 2010 11:53 pm

    Bill Hall pitched 1 inning and got 3 consecutive ground outs.

  145. z24lax on May 28th, 2010 11:56 pm

    Does that upgrade him to our best reliever.

  146. Dexterwins on May 29th, 2010 12:09 am

    @Dutch oh, i have no illusions that the 3 out/save statistic didn’t play a role. But if Wak ranks Aardsma as his best reliever, not using him tonight was a fine in light of the next 2.5 weeks. Personally, I don’t find much to quibble with in what ended up happening, intent be damned.

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