Today, the Mariners were heading into the game against the Blue Jays still trying to get back to playing “Wak Ball”.
They came into the game 7.5 games back of the division leading Angels, and were trying to pickup a game against the best pitcher in the league in Roy Halladay.
The Mariners did a good job of putting pressure on the Blue Jays Ace, they had men in scoring position in every one of the first four innings and finally were able to come through with a 2 out home run by Jose Lopez. They were able to tack on 2 more runs in the bottom of the 7th on a one out double by Ken Griffey Jr. David Aardsma then entered in the ninth and well you know what happened. As Dave Sims said,” Case Closed”.
One of the other bright spots for the Mariners was starting pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. He was lights out for 6 innings, carrying a no hitter through that period, and then stumbled into a bit of trouble in the top of the 7th giving up a walk and then a 2-run homer to DH Adam Lind. He managed to settle down for the rest of the inning and received the win.
It was a great game and although the Mariners did not pick up a game on the Angels, they were able to keep pace. Next, the Mariners head to Arlington, Texas to take on the division rival Rangers in a 4 game series.
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