So the big news today is that Roy Oswalt is going to be a Ranger, and James Paxton has been placed on a short DL with a bruised knee. As awful as both of those things sound, neither of them seems to affect us in the immediate term, so while I feel like I should be more concerned, I’m just not. Paxton should be fine, and Oswalt won’t be an issue until just after the All Star Break, if then, so we have plenty of time to avoid Rangers hitters. Thankfully. It will be nice to have a break from Texas after this series.
As I am typing these words, Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan just pulled a double steal of second and third respectively, with Ichiro at the plate and two outs. Ichiro got walked, and both Ryan and Ackley made it home on a throwing error, so that sort of thing is nice to see. We haven’t gotten much of that sort of thing out of the Ms this year. The Ryan/Ackley duo made an incredible double play then in the bottom of that 5th inning, assisting Justin Smoak in the final out of the inning at first to snag Ian Kinsler. It was almost like our young lads were playing the fine game of baseball!
In the top of the 8th, drama exploded everywhere, as the Mariners loaded the bases against Alexi Ogando and then Mike Adams with no outs. Adams couldn’t contain the Ms batting lineup any better than Ogando could, and after Kyle Seager scored under Ogando’s watch, Adams allowed three more runs with the help of some stunningly terrible fielding errors by Rangers fielders, he was replaced with Mark Lowe. Lowe let one more run in, that being Brendan Ryan scooting past catcher Yorvit Torrealba to redemption from last night’s awful disappointment at the plate after Ryan was waved around by third base coach Jeff Datz. When the top of the 8th inning was over, the score was 10-3 in favor of the Ms, and the order had batted around.
The Rangers tried, but could not come back from the deficit. Tom Wilhelmsen was sent into the 9th in a non-save situation, threw 10 pitches, and that was pretty much it. The Rangers got a man on due to a glove transfer flub on the part of Kyle Seager, but that was pretty much all we allowed them to do. Mike Adams had a bad night, the Ms took advantage of it, and I’m not going to pretend to be anything other than overjoyed about it. I don’t care about the bobbles, the slips, Figgins awkward jump in left field in a botched attempt to get a ball that bounced off the scoreboard; at this point, none of that matters. What matters to me, right now, this very minute, is that the Mariners beat the Rangers, and by a really wide margin at that. If it wasn’t a weekday, I’d maybe raise a toast.
Tomorrow is the final game of the series. Do we take it from them? Do we lose phenomenally? I’ll hope for the former and prepare for the latter, like I always do, every day.