I’m not in the mood to candy-coat it; I was not really interested in watching tonight’s game. When Ian Snell loaded up the bases in the first inning, I nearly thought about going out to buy a bike (Target credit card and retail therapy can be a cure-all) and just bailing on it altogether. But then Snell threw this really crazy slider, and managed to get his last batter, Jason Kendall, to ground out. So I went into the kitchen and made dinner instead. By the time I was done and had a tasty taco salad for my troubles, it was the top of the 3rd inning, and there were still no runs on either side.
I became distracted during the 4th inning when I received notice from a friend of mine who holds season tickets to the Sounders that she had tickets available for May 22nd. May 22nd is also the day of a Mariners game against the Padres that is part of our season ticket holder package – so in effect, I finally get to realize my dream of having a Sounders/Mariners day. That was enough to take away a little of the pain of what I was sure was going to be another embarrassing loss.
Snell was still on the hill in the bottom of the 5th, and by that point had only allowed two runs. Sadly, we were not able to get past Zack Greinke’s Cy-Young-Award pitching. Yuniesky Betancourt made a few errors, so that was nice to see. I have to echo Moira Koskey’s (she of the Mariner Housewife blog from the Seattle Times) sentiments that I really used to like Yuni. I was probably the most pro-Yuni person in the city of Seattle. But now I just don’t enjoy seeing him at all. The dichotomy of his failure to produce here and producing in spades once he got to Kansas City just slays me. I’m not sure if it would have been better if he had continued to flail in KC, but it’s just really aggravating to see him now. I have to say, I feel a little betrayed.
Snell was taken out and replaced by Shawn Kelley after giving a walk to Mitch Maier and a single to…*ahem*…Yuniesky Betancourt. Maier took third on a David DeJesus flyout, but Kelley took out the remaining threat of Scott Podsednik with a third called strike. In the top of the 8th inning, Greinke was relieved by Josh Rupe, and the Mariners finally managed to score a run on a Franklin Gutierrez single (Ichiro!). I was on a somewhat lengthy phone call, and still debating leaving the house, but there was only one out, and a Kansas City call to the bullpen was imminent, so I decided to stick around a while longer. Just in case.
Jose Lopez was up with two men on, and Robinson Tejeda was the new arm for the Royals. Lopez hit a sloppy double through an almost-impossible hole near second base past a running Alberto Callaspo, sending Chone Figgins in to tie it 2-2. Now, I was trapped. Tejeda walked Ken Griffey Jr to a rousing, somewhat satisfying chorus of boos from the fans in attendance. With the bases loaded, Milton Bradley was our man, and Bruce Chen was called in for the second night to try and quell our 1-out menace (heavens, I love thesaurus.com). Chen gave the full count to Bradley before walking in a run, keeping the bags full of Mariners. With nobody warming up in the Royals bullpen, Chen continued to fight, this time against Casey Kotchman, who was called out on strikes. Chen was able to get Adam Moore to strike out swinging, but we now had the advantage, and there was just no way I was going anywhere.
Mark Lowe mowed down his batters in the bottom of the 8th. Between innings, Milton Bradley tried to throw the game ball to a Mariners fan sitting down front. A Royals fan intercepted it, and when Bradley protested, the fan waved the ball at him defiantly. Bradley got another ball from the dugout, and this time made good and sure that the guy wearing the Ms jersey obtained it. In the top of the 9th, Chone Figgins finally got the hit that had been eluding him all game long, and with two out, Bruce Chen dealt to Franklin Gutierrez, who struck out swinging.
The Case was turned over to the DA, who needed redemption and needed it badly. Yuni flew out (happy!) and David DeJesus took a chunk out of a 2-2 pitch into left field for a single. Scott Podsednik grounded into a rundown to end it. Chone Figgins couldn’t manage the tag on DeJesus, so he got Podsednik out at first, and Jack Wilson took the throw from Kotchman to tag DeJesus on his way back to second. That’s right – we won a game against the Kansas City Royals on…a rundown. It’s anticlimactic, but I’ll take it.
Tomorrow is Ryan Rowland-Smith against Gil Meche, at 11am PST. I’ll be up and hoping for a series win. We need a boost before we come back home to face Texas on what is gradually turning into Cliff Lee Day this Friday. Let’s go Ms!