Tommy Hunter took the mound for the Rangers yesterday, and even though he did much better in this outing than in his last outing, he got the loss. Poor guy.
Tommy Hunter kept the Mariners scoreless through his first 3 innings, but he gave up 1 run each in the 4th and 5th innings, which was all the Mariners needed to get the win. Tommy gave up 2 runs on 9 hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work against the Mariners yesterday, but he unfortunately didn’t get very much run support from the Rangers’ offense, with just one run in 9 innings by the Rangers.
The Mariners took the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning with a solo homer by Ken Griffey, Jr. It was Griffey’s 19th home run of the year (his second off Tommy Hunter this year), for a major league total of 630.
Then, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Tommy got into a bit of a pickle by giving up a lead-off double to Josh Wilson. Then Ichiro hit a single to put runners at the corners wit no outs.Then Franklin Gutierrez got an RBI single to left field, scoring Wilson and putting the Mariners up 2-0.
Jason Grilli came in next with the difficult job of getting 2 outs with the bases loaded, and he pulled it off without letting any more runs score! He struck out Adrian Beltre swinging and got the next batter to fly out to center field, ending the inning. Way to go, Grilli!
Neftali Feliz came in to pitch an inning of scoreless relief in the 6th inning, and he did a good job in what was most likely his last outing of this year. He gave up one walk and he hit a batter, but he was able to get out of the innng without any damage.
In the top of the 7th inning, Elvis Andrus got an RBI double for the 2nd night in a row to put the Rangers on the board. Chris Davis started off the inning by getting a double, and then Andruw Jones came up behind him and worked a walk. Elvis Andrus hit a fly ball to right field that should have tied the game at 2, but it bounced out, making it a ground-rule double and forcing Andruw Jones to stop at 3rd base with no outs. The Rangers had 2 runners in scoring position with no outs, but they weren’t able to get anyone else home.
Darren O’Day and C.J. Wilson each pitched an inning of scoreless relief, but the Rangers weren’t able to do anything else offensively, and the Rangers ended up losing the game 2-1. Darren O’Day is ending this season with an ERA of 1.99, doing a fabulous job for much of 2009. I really hope we can bring him back next year!
Today’s pitching matchup:
Scott Feldman (17-7) against “King” Felix Hernandez (18-5). This game will be the Battle of the Aces. King Felix is really scary, so it will be interesting to see how Scooter and the Rangers do against him. Feldman’s name was mentioned in Cy Young contention a few times this year, but with his performances of late, he is no longer in serious contention. King Felix is still a front-runner for the Cy Young, though, so hopefully the Rangers can do something against him. Scott is 2-0 against the Mariners this year, and if he Rangers can win this game, they will end the season with 88 wins. That just sounds better than 87 (probably because it IS better).