The Seattle Mariners got beat tonight 5-1 thanks primarily to Shane Victorino who went 3-4 including a clutch two-out double with the bases jammed to score a pair of runs off losing pitcher Felix Hernandez.This game was closer than the final score suggests until the seventh inning when King Felix allowed the Phillies to go-ahead after pitching a great game until that point. But the “Flyin Hawaiian” Victorino had our number tonight also adding a two-run homer in the ninth to go along with a triple leaving him only a single short of hitting for the cycle in front of a huge crowd at the Safe tonight.
It looked like the Mariners were going to provide their Ace with some offense early in this one as Justin Smoak missed a two-run homer in the first inning by a foot putting runners at second and third. But the Mariners stranded those two runners as was their pattern all night allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to even the series at 1-1.
The only real highlight for the Mariners tonight was a home run off the bat of Dustin Ackley in the bottom of the second his first in the bigs which delighted the crowd and showed that Ackley does indeed belong up here and will be a fixture on this young club for years to come. Another of our young guns Greg Halman had a nice night at the dish as well with a pair of singles.
But as I wrote a few days ago this series is indeed a David vs. Goliath affair featuring a well established lineup from the old post-industrial city of Philadelphia vs. a squad that had five young players in the lineup tonight representing the new high-tech West Coast Port of Seattle. The Phillies are a well-seasoned club that is used to winning, whereas most of our starters tonight have never played a full season in the majors let alone been in a pennant race and it showed tonight. But we can still win this series when Jason Vargas takes the mound on Fathers Day in front of a packed house tomorrow.
Eric Wedge gave Adam Kennedy the start tonight at third and sat Franklin Gutierrez for most of the night as well as he continues to search for the right combination of players to get the offense rolling. One thing I like about Wedge is that he is all business and if you don’t produce you sit which is refreshing after so many years of not knowing who was in charge in the dugout……With Eric Wedge at the helm there is no doubt. Go M’s http://jeffsmariners.com