Mariners Win Rubber Game at "Home" Versus Marlins in Extra Frames

By Scott Rinear

The first ever Seattle Mariners road series at Safeco Field came to an end in tonight”s first ever 7:10pm Sunday night game, as the Mariners beat the Florida Marlins 2-1 in 10 innings.


Once again pitched very well, throwing 8 solid innings, walking none, and surrendering only 1 earned run. Fister decided to address his own tough luck run support problem when he laced a double into the right-center gap past the drawn-in Marlins outfielders in the 5th. He then personally scored the game”s first run on an RBI single by . In fact, in their Safeco Field offensive debut, Mariner pitchers batted .250 with a double and a run scored in 8 at bats.


It would have been a great story if the single run Fister scored ended up getting him the win, but it was not to be. After an 8th inning single by our old pal and a sacrifice bunt, Marlins second basemen fouled off pitch after pitch in a great 12-pitch battle with Fister. Infante ended up with the bigger half of the wishbone, lining a 2-out RBI double down the left field line to tie the game. So it would be another no decision for Doug Fister, and extra innings for the Mariners.

Doug Fister gets another no decision after solid outing / photo courtesy of

lead off the 10th with a double, finishing the game a home run shy of the cycle. Ackley then tagged up and moved to third on a fly ball to left by . You wanted a bizarre ending to a weird series? The Marlins “attempted” to intentionally walk , and relief pitcher Steve Cishek missed the catcher completely, allowing Ackley to score the go-ahead run on the wild pitch.


It was a crucial win for the Mariners as the Athletics, Angels, and Rangers all lost on Sunday, pushing the M”s back into 2nd place in the AL West, and only 1.5 games out of first.


In the spirit of this goofy road series at Safeco, I wanted to deviate somewhat from the normal subject matter and talk about a few pet peeves of mine. Let”s call it the first installation of what I like to so cleverly call “Scott”s Pet Peeves.” Mainly I want to know if I”m the only one.


Pet peeve #1: The behind-home-plate camera angle Root Sports seems to grow fonder of with every pitch. Bottom line: we can”t see anything! Sure we can see the ball on its way to the plate, which is kind of neat. But once the ball gets to the hitting zone, the place where a lot of the action of baseball occurs, everything becomes a jumbled mess of umpire/catcher/batter with a flash of the ball heading somewhere that we won”t really know until they switch camera angles. Enough Root Sports! Stick to the center field camera please. Am I the only one?


Pet peeve #2: Booing the opposing pitcher for trying to hold a baserunner close. This Major League-wide phenomenon is more of a curiosity than a pet peeve. Holding a runner close by throwing over to first a couple of times is as much a strategic part of the game as a pitcher working the corners. I”ve never understood why keeping runners close ALWAYS warrants an appearance by a flock of boo birds. Am I the only one? If anyone out there reading this goes to games and boos in this situation, I just want to know why.


Pet peeve #3: Dave Sims. I can”t be the only one?


The Mariners will be right back on the field tomorrow night as they welcome the Atlanta Braves to the Safe, although this series will see the DH position again. I wonder if the Mariners should just pretend it”s National League rules again, because .250 with a double and a run scored actually looks pretty good. Go M”s!


  1. says

    I totally agree with u on the first two but totally disagree on your third one.I think Blowers and Sims do a great job together.Is it because Sims is from the east coast, he is certainly knowledgable and has a sense of humor or nor does he throw out a bunch of stats that we don’t want 2 hear. Just my opinion.

  2. Dadiodude says

    I agree with Jack. I like Sims, although I’m not a big fan of Blowers. What is it about Sims that you don’t like?

  3. Tony says

    Be happy with the announcers we have. I’m stationed overseas with the military and was able to see the second game of this series on Armed Forces Network. Because the Marlins were the home team, their broadcast team was audio feed used. It was amateur hour. They barely had time to call the game because of all the promotions they were pushing, and they was no energy or analysis in any of the banter. Made me appreciate the crew in Seattle a lot more.

    • Jeff says

      Tony, Thanks for checking in and more importantly serving your country. Let me know how we can best get Mariners info to you and any other serving overseas. I do a regular Podcast every wednesday night at 7 pm PST as part of the Seamheads National Podcasting network called “Steady as she goes” where I do a weekly analysis of the Mariners. I went to sea for 20 years as a Merchant Mariner and know how inportant it is to hear a friendly voice from back home, even if it is Dave Sims. Make sure you subscribe via e-mail to the Blog. Go M’s! Jeff

  4. Scott says

    I guess my issues with Dave Sims are pretty trivial. I’m not a fan of some of his lingo and he can come across as arrogant and condescending in my opinion. As immature as it may sound, Sims just kind of annoys me, and I honestly wanted to know if it was just me. However, I’ve never really thought about the chance that our local broadcasting crew might be much better than other local crews around the country, at least the Marlins crew according to Tony. And I concur with Jeff, thanks Tony for what you do!

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