Orioles stunn Mariners with 6-5 comeback win

Todays game at beautiful Camden Yards in Baltimore  started out like a dream and ended up another nightmare as the Mariners bullpen could not hold on to a 5-1 lead in the 8th and Felix Hernandez’s solid pitching performance was wasted. Unlike most of the previous losses this year our offense stepped up and we had a season high of 3 home runs. Michael Saunders, Ichiro, and Mike Sweeney all connected for homers and this loss was another heart-breaker.

The Mariners pounded Kevin Millwood the veteran for home runs in the 5th,6th, and 7th giving Felix a nice cushion to work with. Brandon League came into the game in the 8th and gave up a solo shot to Corey Patterson the pesky veteran who the Mariners released after giving him a look this spring. Adam Jones struck out but reached first on a wild pitch followed by a single and a walk loading them up for Luke Scott. Scott drove a line shot to left that Michael Saunders almost caught in a dramatic attempt but to no avail and it cleared the fence and the bases.

The Mariners did attempt a comeback and with runners at 1st and 2nd and 2 outs in the 9th, Ichiro shot a ground ball  thru the left side of the infield and Josh Wilson raced home only to be thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from Corey Patterson. This was a series we needed to win and while our offense came alive today it will go down as another loss pushing our guys into a deeper hole in the AL West Standings.

Besides Brandon League who was pitching well recently our team looked good and though we lost it was an exciting game that offered some hope despite the tough loss. So it is on to Tampa Bay and more struggle. No one said it was going to be easy, but I can’t remember so many tough losses packed together in recent Mariners history.http://jeffsmariners.com

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