I want to wish a Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there. I know Casey said we would be taking today off but I could not contain myself.
Two of the top pitchers took the mound in the Sunday afternoon game at Safeco this Fathers Day. Lefty Madison Bumgarner was pitching for San Francisco and Felix Hernandez for the M’s. It certainly was a pitching duel as there were a combined three runs.
Felix got into some trouble in the first. After striking out the first batter, Felix gave up back to back hits. He struck out Buster Posey for the second out of the inning but then Angel Pagan came up with a two out RBI base hit. Felix was able to get the final out of the inning and that would be the only run Felix would give up on the day. He did not get into much trouble from here on out, scattering 3 base hits over the rest of the game. The final line for Hernandez on the day was 7IP 6H 1ER BB 7K. It was nice to see Felix have a nice start like this. It would have been nice to see him go a little deeper into the game but he had 113 pitches through the 7th inning.
Brandon League entered the game for the Mariners in the eighth. He got into some trouble, giving up 2 base hits but was able to get out of the inning without giving up a run. Tom Wilhelmsen came on for Seattlein the 9th and was able to get out of a jam. He loaded the bases with one out but then struck out Melky Cabrera and got Nate Schierholtz to grount out for the final out of the inning.
On the other side of the pitchers duel, Madison Bumgarner gave up only one run to the Mariners in 8 innings. The run came in the second inning. Casper Wells led off the inning with a base hit and after Justin Smoak flied out, Miguel Olivo picked up a double, putting runners on second and third. Dustin Ackley stepped up with one out and did his job, bringing Wells in on a sacrifice fly. Brendan Ryan ended the inning on a groundout and was unable to bring Olivo in.
The ballgame would remain tied until the ninth inning where Justin Smoak came up big. Kyle Seager and Jesus Montero opened up the inning with back to back base hits. Michael Saunders came up and tried to bunt both runners over but Chone Figgins was thrown out at third. Munesnori Kawasaki ran for Jesus Montero at second, bringing Smoak up with one out. Smoak took a called first strike followed by a ball but lined the third pitch of the at bat to the left, bringing in Kawasaki in from second. The play looked close at the plate but the throw in from left bounced off the back of Kawasaki.
Seattle picked up 6 base hits on the day with no one player picking up more than one. Seager, Montero, Olivo, Wells, Ryan, and of course Smoak picked up the 6 hits forSeattletoday. Wedge put Ackley in the 8 spot today and he was able to pick up the RBI on the sac fly but he did not get a base hit today. He is now hitting a disappointing .247/.319/.351 on the year.
After a rough home stretch, it was great to see Seattle take the final series. They head to Arizona tomorrow for the first game of a 6 game road stretch.