The Mariners played what I thought was there most solid game of the year tonight beating the powerful Detroit Tigers 7-4 to snap a four games losing streak. This game was just what we needed after the last several days, or perhaps it was just a tease to keep those of us who are still paying attention a reason to hang in there. Either way tonight we got a gutsy outing from who got the start and the win against a powerful Tigers lineup which added in the offseason to give Tigers skipper even more ammo in his quest to get back into the playoffs and go a little deeper this year.
I sort of played a little game with myself tonight by handling other chores and fiddling around online while the game was playing in the background tonight just in case it was another blowout which would allow me to transition into civilian life easier without going through more grief. But our guys just kept pounding away tonight collecting a season-high 15 hits thanks to guys like who had a big night with three base knocks including a huge solo homer in the seventh to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead at the time. also had a nice game knocking in three runs with a couple of clutch 2-out doubles in front of 30,073 Tigers fans at Comerica Park in the Motor City.
The Mariners relief corps of and Brandon League also were impressive tonight, especially Wilhelmsen who managed to get out of a jam in the eighth after both and Prince Fielder singled to start the frame. But Wilhelmsen took control after that fanning the last two batters in the eighth showing some grit in a crucial situation before handing the ball off to who hasn”t pitched since blowing that save the other night. It became apparent right away that League still doesn”t have a handle on his deadly splitter, but like a true pro he adjusted after walking the first batter and threw fastballs the rest of the inning to shut down the Tigers. League will have to find that elusive splitter soon if he is going to be the effective closer we have all gotten used to.
Alex Liddi”s big night at the plate raising his average to .368 in limited appearances may add another wild-card into the mix as far as who will eventually be sent down once Carp and Gutierrez come back. I don”t know about you guys but I”m getting a little tired of waiting around for to produce at the plate and I think may need to give Liddi another day at first to see if the big Italian kid can keep driving the ball. It would be nice to win this series to get things back on track and tonight”s solid game was a great start! Go Chuck and Howard! http://jeffsmariners.com