A Paragraph With The Mariners – 111

A Triple Play???  Are you kidding me?  A 5-4-3 one at that, not one of those flukey line drive/tag-out type triple plays.  An Around The Horn!!!  You think the players came focused for today’s game?  There are all kinds of Feel Good about this 3-1 victory over the A’s.  First of all, let’s face it, it’s the fucking A’s.  I LOVE beating the A’s!  Secondly, Daren Brown: Interim Manager gets a victory his first shot out of the box.  If he was fired today, he’d have the greatest winning percentage of any manager ever.  Third on the ol’ Warm N’ Fuzzy List is Doug Fister getting his first victory since God knows when.  He went 6 and gave up 1 while only throwing 91 pitches.  I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of those types of 90-something pitch counts the rest of the way as nobody wants to overuse guys like Fister, Vargas, and even Felix in a season that no longer matters (saying nothing of French or Pauley, who’d be hard-pressed to go past 90 pitches while still being effective anyway).  Fister is now 4-8, with an ERA under 4; something doesn’t jive here.  Finally, kudos to the bullpen for going 3 scoreless.  The Sean White Smoke & Mirror Experience rolled through the 7th; Brandon League: Shakiest Arm With A 3.10 ERA In Baseball plowed through the 8th; and David Aardsma mashed through the 9th for his 21st save of the year.  May there still be life yet with this bullpen?  I hope so; let’s release the tension of this season with a couple of winning months, with games like this.

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