Sep 3, 2007

how sweet it is: Mariners end losing streak

It's over. Particularly bright spots of this all-too-tardy 7-1 win in The Bronx:

Infield D
Great DPs turned by Betancourt, Lopez, and Broussard in the 2nd and 3rd killed Yankee rally hopes when Felix was struggling. Actually, Felix struggled all afternoon, giving up 4 walks, but got crucial groundouts when he needed them. The last out of the game was typical--Yuni ranging to his right, throwing across his body to Broussard, who digs it out.

Felix goes deep
Gave the bullpen a rest and Putz a chance to tune up in the 9th without facing too much pressure. You can bet the Yankees will come roaring back against Horacio Ramirez in tomorrow's contest. Having Morrow and O'Flaherty ready will be key.

Hitting machines
Everyone in the lineup got a hit, even Vidro, who uncharacteristically started 0-4. Ichiro got it going with a single in the 1st, and the rest was all Mariners. (Nice of Ichiro to hit 200 with a long ball, too.) It didn't hurt to face Roger Clemens, who isn't much of a Rocket these days. The Yankees also came off a 1-2 series against Tampa Bay, not exactly a momentum-builder.

With their worst streak of the season behind them, the M's can finally focus on knocking off the Yankees and taking the Wild Card. Anaheim faces the A's, too, who've pestered them all year, so we can keep lurking in the Angels' shadow.

Update: Video highlight of Ichiro's 200th added.

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