King Felix and Jose Lopez Shine in 4-1 Victory
For the eighth straight game, Seattle pitching allowed three runs or fewer on Wednesday, and the M’s cruised to a 4-1 win over the struggling Baltimore Orioles. After witnessing a feeble effort from the M’s offense yesterday, Jose Lopez’s offensive burst was certainly a welcome turn of events.
Lopez accounted for three of the Mariners runs, while Yuniesky Betancourt (yes, he’s back in the lineup) accounted for the other one with a weak RBI ground out. In case anyone is wondering, Yuni had a terrible night – he swung at nearly every pitch thrown to him and did not make any solid contact.
As it turned out, four runs was more than enough today, as Felix’s performance was nearly spotless. His line ended up being 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Felix’s night was the way he was able to consistently use his changeup and sinker effectively. This was the Felix that we love seeing. He got the win and his record improved to 6-3 on the season.
Fittingly, David Aardsma came in to pick up a comfortable save in a rather comfortable game – just what the doctor ordered after last night’s pathetic and dull game.
In other news:
Ichiro’s hit streak is now at: 4 games.
We go for our fourth consecutive series win tomorrow night. Starters – Sea: Garrett Olson (0-1, 4.39 ERA) BAL: Koji Uehara (2-3, 4.09 ERA).
Day two of the draft seemed to go well for the Mariners, picking up several more left handed hitters and finally picking up some pitchers.
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