Of course, as soon as I start singing the guy’s praises, he goes out and gags one away in the bottom of the 13th inning – in a game we SO should have won!
These are always the games that leave you shaking your head as a Mariners fan, muttering to yourself at the same time, “I can’t believe we just lost,” and “I very much CAN believe we just lost!” It’s just such a Mariners way to lose a ballgame. Let’s see, how about we have a starter give us a quality start that’s later turned into a No Decision – check. Let’s take a 1-run lead into the 8th inning and give it to our most consistent set-up reliever, only to see him give up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk – check. Let’s then get some runners on, start a rally, SCORE … but not take the lead so we have to go to extras – check.
Then, let’s hand the game over to a soft-tossing left-handed long reliever and watch him get out of jams like he’s Houdini for three innings – check. Let’s watch our offense continue to stink in those same three innings – check. Let’s let that same soft-tossing left-handed long reliever who’s been turning water into wine for the past three innings go one more, only to give up a double and an intentional walk without generating an out – check. And, let’s bring in our least-consistent reliever to get us out of the jam … and actually SUCCEED – check.
Finally, let’s push across a run, give it to our closer who’s thus far in the season been perfect, and watch him get beaten to a pulp as the other team runs onto their field to celebrate. Check, check, check, check, check.
What an unsatisfying end to a pretty exciting and worthwhile baseball game. I don’t know if there’s anything in sports I hate more than the Blown Save. Last night, we had two of them, by our two best relievers. On the same day, I might add, that we discovered David Aardsma will likely need surgery and be out for the entire season. How about THAT for an ominous sign of things to come!
Also, don’t look now, but the Mariners have lost three consecutive games. I’m not ready to lose the good feelings of the last two weeks! Mariners, win tonight!