Today was just another one of those days. Seattle entered today 36-50 and would finish the first half for the 13th time in franchise history with at least 50 losses. Today’s game really sums up a long frustrating first half to the season.
Felix was on the mound tonight and he continued to pitch well. Felix got into some trouble in the first but cruised after that. Coco Crisp lead off the inning with a base hit and Jemile Weeks reached first on a bunt. Josh Reddick moved both runners up on a grounder in the infield and with one out, Yoenis Cespedes brought a run in on an infield single. Felix would be able to get out of the inning and that would be the only run he would give up.
The Mariners would finally get Felix a run in the 6th. With two outs, Dustin Ackley got things going with a base hit to right. Ichiro followed him up with a single of his own and Ackley was able to advance to third. Michael Saunders continued the two out rally, bringing Ackley in on a single to right. Unfortunately, that would be the only run Seattle would score the entire game.
Felix would exit the game in the 7th after getting into a little bit of a jam. After walking a runner with one out and another with two, Lucas Luetge came into the game for Seattle and was able to get the final out of the inning. The line for Felix was 7.2IP 6H 1ER 3BB and 6K. He has now lowered his ERA to 3.13 and his FIP to 2.96. He finished the first half as one of the hottest pitchers in all of baseball. Despite the rocky start at the start of the year, fans can be assured that at the end of the first half of the season, we still have the same Felix that we know and love.
After getting the first out of the 9th, Brandon League entered the game and managed to not blow the game, getting a fly out and a ground out, sending the game into extras. League came back on to pitch the 10th but gave up a lead off single and that would be it for him and Charlie Furbush came in. Furbush just hasn’t quite been the same these last couple nights but was able to hold the tie. Het got two outs but was then relieved by Shawn Kelley who struck out Jonny Gomes to end the 10th.
Kelley had a strong 11th and got the first out of the 12th. Oliver Perez then entered the game with one out and got back to back outs to end the 12th. The 13th would prove to be unlucky for Perez though. After Jemile Weeks kicked of the inning with a base hit, Josh Reddick drove a ball to left center and the speedy Weeks was able to come all the way around from first to score and win the game. That was the second walk off loss for Seattle in the series, each with Perez on the mound.
The offense was silent tonight, being held to the lone run in the 6th. Dustin Ackley, Ichiro, and Michael Saunders each had 2-6 days. Kyle Seager, Casper Wells, and Justin Smoak each picked up a base hit as well. They had 9 hits on the day but struck out 10 times and left 15 runners on base. You just cannot leave that many guys on base and expect to win.
Well the first half is behind us and now its time to look towards the second half. The trade deadline is creeping towards us and I think Seattle will need to make some moves. Casey and I plan on doing some kind of first half recap so look forward to that in the coming days. Enjoy the All-Star break and we’ll get back at it on the 13th as the Mariners open up the second half at home against the Rangers.