I’m tired, so let’s do bullet points.
- Vargas continues his nifty pitching, posting 5 strikeouts, 8 groundouts, 8 flyouts, and allowing only 2 walks and 3 hits in 7 innings. His final line was pretty much identical to Doug Fister’s line last night. Good defense sure makes average pitchers look good.
- David Aardsma continues to be non-terrifying, pitching an easy ninth inning for his sixth save in six chances. I, for one, am surprised at the lack of deep fly balls allowed by the D.A. so far this year. Of course, there’s still plenty of time for implosions, so we’ll see.
- Chone Figgins drew over 25 pitches from Orioles pitchers tonight over 4 plate appearances. That’s absolutely monstrous. Even though he went 0-3 with a walk, Figgins’ plate discipline was very effective.
- Ken Griffey Jr.’s double single in the 7th inning seemed like the first non-groundball he’s hit all season. It wasn’t, but it certainly felt like it. Hopefully he actually retires at the end of this season, or, even better, becomes the hitting coach like I’ve been suggesting all along.
- Adam Moore doubled, raising his average to .120. Have patience, M’s fans. Adam Moore is like a delicious, tender chicken breast marinating in a balsamic reduction. He can only get better. [I think I scare a lot of readers away from SoDoMojo with my awful, awful comparisons.]
- Franklin Gutierrez Slash Stats Watch: .421/.467/.520. Yeah, it’s been 15 games, but still. Wow.