Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Aaron Sele didn't bring his best stuff, as evidenced by 7 hits, countless line-drive outs by Oakland batters, and a mere 3 strikeouts in 6 innings. Still, he gave up only 2 runs and left the game well within reach. Then the bullpen conjured up images of '96-'98, giving up 4 runs, 4 hits, and 4 walks in 3 innings. The offense didn't help matters much, essentially going silent after the 2nd inning.
Game ball goes to Jeremy Reed. He collected a couple of hits and did his best Mike Cameron impression out there in Centerfield. Adrian Beltre also had a good game with two hits and some fancy leatherwork of his own at Third.
The goat of this game was the Mariner bullpen, specifically Julio Mateo. Not only did he have problems throwing the ball over the plate, but he took forever in doing it. I really think they need to enforce the 25-second rule (or whatever it is) between pitches. Pitchers shouldn't slow down the game like that, especially when they can't hit the broad side of a barn. As for the rest of the Pen, it's pretty sad when Matt Thornton has the best night, and even he had a walk on his record.
Overall, not as fun as my last trip to the Safe, last year when the M's beat Baltimore 11-0 with a Jamie Moyer shutout and an Ichiro homer. Arguably the best game they played last year (almost by default, really). May have to come back for one more before the big Florida trip.
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