We share a lot of things with our Canadian neighbors to the from BC including similar weather, salmon runs, progressive politics and a passion for the American Pastime the game they call Baseball. But I gotta say I’m so happy we we’re able beat the Blue Jays today 9-7 to deny them and their loud Canadian fans the opportunity to celebrate a sweep here in Seattle at sunny Safeco Field this afternoon.
Of course I have to admit I wasn’t feeling too positive after our starter Aaron Harang squandered an early 2-run lead thanks to a flurry of walks aided by a couple homers from the visitors. But somehow the much maligned bullpen was able to shut-down the Jays the rest of the way before handing the ball over to our new closer of sorts Danny Farqhuar in the ninth who got the save.
Once again it was none other than Humberto Quintero one of our slugging relief catchers who had the big-blast of the game a 2-run homer in a 6-run fifth inning rally that took the wind out of the “Let’s go Blue Jays” crowd. The hot-hitting Justin Smoak also had a clutch 2-run double in the big fifth frame as well as he continues to make a statement these days with his bat. The offense was impressive overall producing 11 hits and coming all the way back from a 7-2 deficit to stun the Jays, for the Mariners biggest comeback of the year.
Now the Mariners will get a day off to enjoy the beautiful Seattle weather like the rest of us before the Brewers come to town Friday. I plan on heading down to Safeco Field on Friday for the opener instead of fighting the crowds to be on hand for the Ken Griffey Jr. induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame night on Saturday. I will say this much, I plan on making another trip to Cooperstown when he gets inducted there in a few more years.
So farewell all you polite ( when sober) Canadian Fans as you battle through the traffic on the way back across the border, we will see you next year and we’ll be ready next time! Go M’s! http://jeffsmariners.com