Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What a ballgame.

I stand by my assessment that the Mariners aren't good enough for the playoffs. Tonight, we threw our best pitchers, Felix Hernandez and J.J. Putz, at the Angels, who might be the best team in the AL. And with them, we couldn't hold 5-0 and 7-4 leads. The dagger was the Gary Matthews 2-run game-tying homer after having the Angels down to their final strike in the ninth.

Then Jose Lopez didn't get down a suicide squeeze in the tenth.

There was a considerable amount of profanity from me tonight.

But in spite of all of this, plus a heck of a lot of baserunners for the Angels in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, we managed to pull this off anyway. 20 hits in 12 innings ain't bad, even for a slow, low-power outfit like Seattle. And in the end, hey, we're a half game out of the wild card and three out of the division now.

Three against Boston now, and we swept them in Seattle earlier this year. Let's send the smug Boston fans home again now.

And let's make me wrong. I'd love October baseball in the Pacific Northwest again.

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