Mariners edge Royals 6-5 coming home at 500

The Mariners picked up a nice win today 6-5 and amazingly come back home at 500 and right in the thick of the AL West race after a road trip that was trying on the nerves. The top of the order Ichiro and Chone Figgins combined for 5 hits including a clutch 2 run triple by Chone Figgins in the 5th against former Mariner Gil Meche. Jack Wilson also contributed with his bat as well as a spectacular leaping throw in the bottom of the 8th that should add to his legacy with another ESPN highlight clip.

Ryan-Rowland Smith relied on his breaking ball to get to the bottom of the 6th before getting tagged for 4 runs with 2 outs to tie the game. It seemed like Wak waited to long to bring in a reliever considering how important getting this victory was to the Mariners. But indeed we did get the victory after adding a run in the top of the 8th following Milton Bradley’s lead-off double and the execution of the Mariners, first by Sweeney moving the runner over and then the sacrifice- fly by Rob Johnson. The bullpen crew were able to hold the lead today, with League, Lowell, and Aardsma all shutting down the Kansas City Royals who had a lineup today that included 5 ex-Mariners including Willie Bloomquist from Port Orchard.

So now our crew gets to enjoy a day off before opening up against division Rivals the Texas Rangers on Friday with Cliff Lee on the mound. You can say what you want about this season but to me it is apparent that our team is resilient and have a “don’t give up attitude”. It seems all of us Fans have a lot to learn as many including myself have been all to eager to second-guess our team, perhaps it is all the years of disappointment. Either way I plan on heading down to the Safe Friday and supporting our crew, see you there!

Chone figgins, Ichiro, Willie Bloomquist, ESPN,AL West, Cliff Lee

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