Game Ten Recap

Dave · April 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

That was horrible, then awesome. Baseball is fun.

(I’m exhausted, it’s 2:00 a.m. – I’m going to bed. More tomorrow.)

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54 Responses to “Game Ten Recap”

  1. nvn8vbryce on April 11th, 2011 10:59 pm

    What in the hell just happened?

  2. overbored on April 11th, 2011 11:00 pm

    And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why you never, EVER leave a ballgame early.

  3. Diehard on April 11th, 2011 11:02 pm

    Whoooooooooooooo! Oh I am so glad I got up out of bed to see this one through!!

  4. CC03 on April 11th, 2011 11:02 pm

    My Oh My!

  5. Gritty Veteran Poster on April 11th, 2011 11:02 pm

    That’s why I love baseball.

  6. bugrat6 on April 11th, 2011 11:03 pm

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

  7. poordispatcher on April 11th, 2011 11:05 pm

    Woo!!!!!!!!

  8. joser on April 11th, 2011 11:06 pm

    Wow. That was… exhausting. Amazing. Hilarious. Just what the doctor ordered. Even if Felix wasn’t himself, and the Jays’ bullpen more or less gift-wrapped it, the M’s had to actually step up and take it. And they actually did. Even Bradley was happy.

  9. visbea on April 11th, 2011 11:09 pm

    My favorite part about this game is this:

    Bradley – .794 OPS
    Smoak – .793 OPS
    Saunders – .792 OPS

    = 3 decent hitters.

  10. marc w on April 11th, 2011 11:10 pm

    That went from one of the worst M’s games in the past 3-4 years to a joyous celebration of the unlikely/surreal. Thanks, Blue Jays bullpen! I’d completely forgotten what it felt like to just feel like a fan and not feel like a coroner!

    Michael Saunders looks like a changed man.

  11. macaberdeen on April 11th, 2011 11:13 pm

    I learned at a young age to never leave games early. In 2004, I went to a mid-July Mariners game, and down by 2 in the bottom of the ninth, with Keith Foulke on the mound, well, let’s just say my dad wanted to miss traffic. But I insisted we stay, and well, the unbelievable happened. Miguel Olivo hit a solo home run. Still down by one. Then Edgar pinch-hits for somebody and launches one. So, tie game goes to the bottom of the 11th, bases loaded, first pitch to Boonie, walk-off grand slam. I wish I could have been there for this one. This is going to be one of the moments of the year.

  12. davepaisley on April 11th, 2011 11:14 pm

    So I was pretty disappointed when Yahoo play by play said Luis Rodriguez struck out swinging. But apparently they made that up. Fangraphs also still thinks the M’s lost 7-6. Huh…

  13. preach on April 11th, 2011 11:15 pm

    Yes, he does. As impressive as the two hits was the fact his two outs came on relatively well hit balls to left field.

  14. nvn8vbryce on April 11th, 2011 11:17 pm

    How does it feel to be Wak right now? I can only see him in the crime section of the Times tomorrow, for attempted murder of certain Mariners. He’ll plead temporary insanity, of course.

  15. joser on April 11th, 2011 11:23 pm

    In the radio rountable after the game:
    Rizzs: “Who’s your star of the night?”
    Jay Buhner: “The Jays pitching staff”

    There’s going to be a bunch of Jays fans who went to bed thinking this game was well in hand who are in for a rude surprise when they get up tomorrow.

    . Fangraphs also still thinks the M’s lost 7-6. Huh…

    Yeah, the M’s comeback broke Fangraphs. It’s fixed now, though (and well worth looking at — you don’t see an 8+ LI AB very often).

    Fun fact: when L-Rod struck out to start the 7th, the M’s odds of winning bottomed out at 0.3%

  16. Chris_From_Bothell on April 11th, 2011 11:31 pm

    Is it wrong to also celebrate the possibility of seeing Figgins out of the lineup for a day or two, even though it might be from injury instead of rewarding Luis?

  17. Westside guy on April 11th, 2011 11:33 pm

    Well, now – we CAN score runs sometimes. And it’s nice to see someone else’s pitching staff implode!

    This was especially sweet since Felix didn’t have his A game. He’s picked the team up so many times… it’s about time they returned the favor.

  18. Zero Gravitas on April 11th, 2011 11:46 pm

    Totally agree that Smoak and Saunders at the plate tonight were real highlights. I am starting to actually expect good at-bats from those guys now, and that’s a nice feeling.

  19. bilbo27 on April 11th, 2011 11:49 pm

    Funny how quick one of the worst games of the season can change to the best. BASEBALL!!! :-)

  20. VinnyInVan on April 11th, 2011 11:51 pm

    Totally agree that Smoak and Saunders at the plate tonight were real highlights. I am starting to actually expect good at-bats from those guys now, and that’s a nice feeling.

    Smoak redeemed himself, but let’s not forget the bases loaded, 1 out, strikeout he had swinging at a bad pitch.

  21. Westside guy on April 11th, 2011 11:55 pm

    Smoak redeemed himself, but let’s not forget the bases loaded, 1 out, strikeout he had swinging at a bad pitch.

    Smoak and Saunders are both still works-in-progress… and we don’t know what, exactly, we’ll eventually have with either one of them. But as painful as this year is likely to be at times, I think work-in-progress beats washed-up-old-veteran anytime. :-D

  22. juneau_fan on April 11th, 2011 11:58 pm

    There’s going to be a bunch of Jays fans who went to bed thinking this game was well in hand who are in for a rude surprise when they get up tomorrow.

    I was PMing with one such fan/friend earlier tonight, who went to bed when it was still 7-1. I’ve sent my condolence email, being very consolatory.

    No, really.

  23. joser on April 12th, 2011 12:10 am

    It’ll be interesting to see if the team can build on this. Pineda tomorrow could get himself into as much trouble as Felix, and Romero is no pushover; and while we can’t expect the Jays pen to implode two nights in a row, it at least got well used and shaken up (except for Rauch) tonight. Can the offense keep this little spark lit?

    Smoak redeemed himself, but let’s not forget the bases loaded, 1 out, strikeout he had swinging at a bad pitch.

    Yeah, that was awful. That ball was headed towards his knees from the moment it left the pitcher’s hand, but somehow he’d already decided he was going to swing at it.

  24. joser on April 12th, 2011 12:34 am

    Also, I’d just like to say: I’m so glad the roof was open for this game so Dave could watch.

  25. vj on April 12th, 2011 1:53 am

    What an odd day for Felix:
    30 batters faced, six strikeouts, two walks, 12 hits. 22 batters manage to put the ball in play and 12 of those get basehits for a BAPIP of 0.5454.

  26. samregens on April 12th, 2011 4:36 am

    What a marvelous game!

    And I don’t like to say it, but I feel this game would have had a different (meh) ending if Figgins had been up there like usual.

    That was an incredible at-bat from Luis Rodriguez. He was focused and really battled. Great effort and concentration.

  27. texasmarinerfan on April 12th, 2011 5:50 am

    We have more Wins than the Sox ad Rays and hr same amount as the Tigers and Twins.

  28. sportsnw on April 12th, 2011 6:15 am

    I can’t believe I went to bed and missed all of this last night. Well if thats what it takes for the M’s to win then I’ll go to bed every night early and not watch.

    I have been excited to see both Saunders and Smoak put up decent numbers so far. They are both batting above .260, which for young guys on a bad team is pretty good in my opinion. Smoaks double that missed being a homerun by an inch was nice to see given that it was opposite field.

  29. kmsandrbs on April 12th, 2011 6:37 am

    Yesterday, reading the preview, I was thinking “the M’s really need a win; I’m so glad Felix is pitching.” Then, along about the third inning, I started to think “what’s going on with Felix?!?” (I have to follow the game on Gamecast). Then, at about the 7th inning stretch, I went to bed with a gloomy attitude, thinking about just how miserable this season would be. And yet, the sun shines bright again :-) Let’s hope that the team uses this as chance to right the ship.

  30. samregens on April 12th, 2011 8:38 am

    Ichiro’s steal in the ninth was also huge since it put the winning run in scoring position.

    Big pressure on the pitcher, leaving no margin for error. They just had to get Luis Rodriguez out.

    And you can’t blame them for the intentional walk. 2 outs in the 9th, runner on third, and a run ties it, Ichiro is probably the guy the pitcher/defense would like to least see step up to the plate in all of MLB.

  31. bionicjim on April 12th, 2011 9:12 am

    I was at the game with 2 9 year-old Little Leaguers that became increasingly uninterested as the first 4 innings lasted 30 minutes each. This being a school night, we decided to leave at 9:45 after Felix had been relieved, and based on what we had seen there was no point in watching the last 3 innings, being shut-out 7-0.

    This morning, I woke up my Little Leaguer with this pop quiz: “We went to the ballgame last night, who won?” Sleepily, the response “Blue Jays”.
    “That’s who we played, but who won?”
    “The Toronto Blue Jays!” he said affirmatively.
    I shook my head and a big smile came across his face mixed with astonishment. “Mariners!”
    What a bummer that schoolboy sleep required us to miss the biggest Ms comeback since 1999!

  32. Westside guy on April 12th, 2011 9:32 am

    I know someone will accuse me of being infected with small-sample-size fever; but I think Saunders and his new swing have been coming around faster than expected. I don’t know what the team will do once Guti is back, but I really hope they don’t send Saunders down. Even when he’s made outs, they’ve been “good” outs in the sense that they’re not all down the right field line. Having him beat up AAA pitching once again isn’t going to accomplish much.

    Actually, it’ll be interesting to see what they do once Guti’s back – he likely won’t be able to play anywhere near every day.

  33. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 10:01 am

    I don’t know what the team will do once Guti is back, but I really hope they don’t send Saunders down

    I was thinking about the same thing … as I am sure others have as well. A roster with 5 outfielders, 6 infielders, 2 catchers and 12 pithcher makes sense (in today’s game). However, one of the position players has to be a DH in this scenario. To use an entire roster spot on a player who can only DH is a waste of roster space … unless that person is really good at “H”. However, we don’t have that problem. I think the choices are (in no particular order):

    1. Go to a 11 man pitching staff
    2. Go with one less infielder (bye Jack)
    3. Waive Cust and have Bradley DH (Yay, but we still end up with Bradley)
    4. Waive Bradley (Yay, but we still end up with Cust … who can’t play a position and can’t hit)

    I could certainly live with options 1, 3 or 4, but the combination of bad production and no positioanl flexibility makes Jack C a dull boy. Unless Jack C starts hitting bombs over the next two weeks, I would move him. Bradley will eventually move himself – but by that time a minor leaguer might be ready to come up anyway.

  34. MrZDevotee on April 12th, 2011 10:03 am

    Who’d a thunk it– This game went OPPOSITE of expected… Felix gives up 7 earned runs in six innings, and then we score 7 off the best bullpen in baseball (1.3 era before last night).

    So, this is the game of all games to teach “Small Sample Size” lessons…

    1) Felix is not a major league talent, and…
    2) The Mariners are the toughest team to get out, even for the best of bullpens.

    Bizarre… But we’ll take it!!!

    That’s why I love baseball. These are the games we need this year. Even if we lose 95 games, as long as they throw in some where we get hints and sniffs of a team that can fight to the end and pull some close ones out, I’ll be fine with this season.

    (PS- reading through the game thread, I think every therapist in Seattle should double their rates… There were some crazy things being said by some very disgruntled Mariners fans… Wow.)

  35. MrZDevotee on April 12th, 2011 10:08 am

    Westside-
    I’m with ya. I’m looking forward to Saunders continuing to get comfortable with his new swing. It’s NOTICEABLY a better swing than last year… Shorter and quicker through the strike zone. The long looping swat is gone, so just based on being to foul more pitches off versus swinging and missing, his numbers should have a nice bounce.

    With Saunders build he really should have more of a “singles/line drive” swing (like the new one) but he’s big enough that when he strokes one he’ll still knock them out. He’s sort of a more athletic Smoak at the plate.

  36. MrZDevotee on April 12th, 2011 10:15 am

    MsFan-
    I think the solution is for a different team to lose their starting shortstop to the 60 day DL, or out for the season, then come calling for Wilson. I don’t think it matters whether Wilson is playing or not, really, ’cause to that sort of team he’s equally attractive (“hey, there’s a starting shortstop in Seattle who isn’t even playing right now!”).

    Get a couple prospects back, and then I wouldn’t mind seeing a kid come up from Tacoma to DH (and who can also play a position– Carp? Wilson? Mangini?)

    Then we rotate Bradley and (Rainier) at DH and among fielding positions/bench.

    And Cust can be sent on his way. (Not hard to see now how Oakland sent him down last year…)

    Then we’re set up to bring Ackley up later, by moving either Kennedy or Rodriguez in June.

  37. MrZDevotee on April 12th, 2011 10:16 am

    Hey!!! Wow, as if on cue, I’m watching Sportscenter and AS I WROTE THAT LAST POST the story came on that the Dodgers lost Furcal for 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb!!! BAM! A starting shortstop out for significant time.

    Jack Z… Get on those phones… Wilson has a new home waiting for him, back in the NL!

  38. Chris_From_Bothell on April 12th, 2011 10:31 am

    1. Go to a 11 man pitching staff
    2. Go with one less infielder (bye Jack)
    3. Waive Cust and have Bradley DH (Yay, but we still end up with Bradley)
    4. Waive Bradley (Yay, but we still end up with Cust … who can’t play a position and can’t hit)

    You forgot:

    5. DFA Langerhans, and rotate Saunders through LF and CF, giving alternately Bradley or Guti a break.

    Jack Z… Get on those phones… Wilson has a new home waiting for him, back in the NL!

    Only if this means we see Ryan at SS and Ackley at 2b the instant Wilson is gone. The return on Wilson would need to be pretty good to put up with Kennedy starting at 2b for any significant amount of time. Wedge bats him 3rd, for pity’s sake. Free Dustin Ackley.

  39. Kazinski on April 12th, 2011 10:39 am

    I don’t know what the team will do once Guti is back, but I really hope they don’t send Saunders down

    Saunders needs to play everyday, here or in Tacoma. I think he needs to go down. Unless of course you have a 4 person rotation between center, left, and DH. Figuring 6 games a week and 4PA per game, that is 72PA’s total split 4 ways that is 18PA appearances a week for Bradley, Cust, Saunders and Guti. But that makes it really hard to get Langerhans anything but pinch hitting AB’s, and you may end up with 4 unhappy players. If you had to rob one player of more AB’s than the others, give Cust 3 starts a week, and split Bradley between DH an LF, and then give Guti one or two days off a week. But Saunders, Bradley, and Guti need at least 20PA’s a week.

    I really think the best solution is get Saunders more time in Tacoma, have him concentrate on hitting the ball the other way, that was awesome last night. He hit the ball to left field twice, and got a hit off a LHP to left field. Then of course in the ninth after showing he could handle the ball on the outside edge of the plate, he got a ball inside that he hit for a double to right. Not to mention the great PA in the 6th where he walked on 7 pitches, after taking 2 called strikes to start the AB.

    I think Saunders is going to be very good, and there is no place for him on a bench at any level, he needs to play.

  40. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 10:45 am

    the Dodgers lost Furcal for 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb!!! BAM! A starting shortstop out for significant time.

    Jack Z… Get on those phones… Wilson has a new home waiting for him, back in the NL!

    This is definitely a viable scenario … in a non-divorce year. Not sure about this year, though.

    Saunders needs to play everyday, here or in Tacoma

    Fixed it

  41. Ibuprofen on April 12th, 2011 10:45 am

    I really think the best solution is get Saunders more time in Tacoma,

    No, this is the worst thing that can happen to him. He’s already proven he can hit AAA level pitching very well, there’s nothing left to be gained by him being sent back down. Saunders needs to start becoming our everyday LF now to prove if he’s up to it or not.

  42. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 10:47 am

    Saunders needs to start becoming our everyday LF now to prove if he’s up to it or not.

    Exactly!

  43. dingla on April 12th, 2011 10:48 am

    …Fangraphs also still thinks the M’s lost 7-6. Huh…

    me too and i was AT THE GAME! :( It was a long night….:)

  44. Zero Gravitas on April 12th, 2011 10:49 am

    Admittedly I did not see Smoak’s bad at-bat last night. But I just checked the M’s 2010 stats, and there were only 3 occasions all year when a Mariner 1b reached base 4 times in a game. One was Smoak on Sept 30, and Kotchman managed it twice in July. Other than that, 1b was an offensive black hole. I am really encouraged that Smoak seems to be getting on base regularly at the start of the year. He’s already performing at a higher level than anybody else did all last year at 1b. Not a high bar for sure, but it’s already a clear improvement.

  45. Westside guy on April 12th, 2011 10:57 am

    One was Smoak on Sept 30, and Kotchman managed it twice in July.

    And, now that Manny has retired, the Tampa Bay Rays are going to start enjoying Kotch’s excellent offensive production! :-D

    Man, even washed up – what a let-down to see Manny Ramirez retire and then Kotchmann called up to “replace” him.

  46. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 10:59 am

    I am really encouraged that Smoak seems to be getting on base regularly at the start of the year. He’s already performing at a higher level than anybody else did all last year at 1b. Not a high bar for sure, but it’s already a clear improvement.

    I think Wedge would refer to this as “a process.” With a young guy … yes, it is. With the other (veteran) guys … I am not really sure what it means

  47. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 11:16 am

    Man, even washed up – what a let-down to see Manny Ramirez retire and then Kotchmann called up to “replace” him.

    Does this mean you are predicting Kotchman to be the only former Mariner not to come to Seattle and beat up on our team this season?

  48. Shanfan on April 12th, 2011 11:18 am

    What a weird night, and for me, in more ways than one. After a couple of innings I quit paying attention to the broadcast and was mentally writing my next poorly reasoned, emotional diatribe about the Mariners. Would it be how I don’t think I can handle two years of Miguel O’Lopez at-bats or Cust being a bust? Or patting myself on the back about my “Successful Season” criteria of ineptness and buffoonery leading to declining attendance coming to fruition already? Of the 13,000 fans last night for a Felix start, half sounded like Jays fans…

    Out here in Eastern Teapartyton, I listen to the games on 960 AM out of Kennewick on an old Panasonic portable radio. Occasionally, a 960 station out of Calgary will bleed through. Apparently this year they’re carrying the Blue Jays’ broadcasts. And one of their announcers sounds a bit like Ken Levine. It’s common at twilight, and perhaps the Northern Lights or the ionosphere was working overtime, but the broadcast kept “switching” back and forth between Rick and Dave Henderson and then ‘Ken Levine’. I could not tell, in my non-attentive state, what was happening in the game because the crowd cheering for either team seemed to be about equal. After Milton’s homer, I almost turned the radio off, but I’ve been listening to them since Diego Segui threw that first pitch to Jerry Remy, and it is still April and you never give up, and…

    I did turn the TV on at 10:00 and left the volume on and muted the radios’ to background. During a TV commercial I turned the radio back up and the eighth had gotten interesting. It was quite funny to listen to Rick and (the bad) Dave’s voices grow more excited and animated while Toronto’s announcers grew more despondent. Obviously, I listened to the rest of the game. It was quite a schizophrenic experience listening to the same game switching between two team’s broadcasters in such a wild and unexpected turn-around from a Felix egg-laying to one of the greatest comebacks since Jesus in the tomb. Hopefully this can resurrect the Mariners season.

  49. MrZDevotee on April 12th, 2011 11:23 am

    UPDATE ON FURCAL–

    Seriously, this might turn into a real possibility…

    A new headline:

    “Furcal Breaks Thumbs, Mentions Retirement”

    (I sh*t you not…)

    Jack Wilson, you’re needed!!! SOMEBODY get on the phones…

    Hell, if I was Jack Wilson, I’D be on the phone… “Look, I’m one of the best shortstops in the league… And these guys have me either on the bench, or at 2nd base… I LOVE the National League… I’ll play for peanuts if I can start at Short Stop…”

    Get er done!

  50. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 11:25 am

    but the broadcast kept “switching” back and forth between Rick and Dave Henderson and then ‘Ken Levine’.

    Witness!

    I heard it too … and I thought it was Ken Levine in the background … but it was so faint that I could barely hear him and if I turned the radio, it disappeared. You must have a better (i.e. worse) connection to 960 AM than I do. Interesting, though.

  51. MrZDevotee on April 12th, 2011 11:34 am

    RE: Wilson able to replace Furcal

    Digging deeper, Jack Wilson was actually the other guy the Dodgers were after when they got Furcal… So they already had an interest:

    “If the Dodgers miss out on Rafael Furcal, they may again look into acquiring the Pirates’ Jack Wilson , according to MLB.com.”

    Tiny spark, leads to real possibility? (Crosses fingers)

  52. msfanmike on April 12th, 2011 11:43 am

    Digging deeper, Jack Wilson was actually the other guy the Dodgers were after when they got Furcal… So they already had an interest:

    Keep up the energy, enthusiasm and effort on this trade MrZDevotee. We are rooting for you to get it done.

    Addition by subtraction could be a very good thing. As you probably know, the Dodgers have money quandaries, so I can’t see them taking on the remainder of the $5M – but I believe you are correct – in that they will be interested. Wilson would help the Dodgers and he can still play SS. He doesn’t fit into our “process” – but he will fit into theirs.

    Good luck with all of this.

  53. Shanfan on April 12th, 2011 11:52 am

    msfanmike,

    If I turn the entire radio a quarter turn I can eliminate the interference (or enhance it) most nights. Last night it was exceptionally strong though.

    I live in north Richland about 100 feet from one of the Christian stations’ broadcast site. It routinely drowns out one of the local NPR stations, but if I turn the kitchen radio on its end I can get OPB out of Hermiston if I want to listen to Prairie Home Companion. Interesting indeed.

  54. scott19 on April 12th, 2011 12:00 pm

    Despite The King having one of his worst outings in quite some time, he still manages to get off the hook somehow thanks to the Mesa-Series androids who are currently inhabiting the Blue Jay bullpen…amazing!

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