== Pedal-to-the-metal 9th inning breaks Oakland will ==
A 4-3 lead hung in the balance, but not every day has to be a high-wire act.
Brad Miller, batting at the bottom of the order, where he’s already drawn more walks in seven games than he did in 19 games batting 2nd, drew a walk.
Michael Saunders, not having the three-run homer available, bunted and provoked a throwing error that left Miller on 3rd and himself on 2nd with no outs.
Then it was Corey Hart putting pedal to the surgically-repaired-knee metal on a dribbling ground ball to short (video link). A double play would have snuffed the rally, but Hart motored to beat the throw and extend the inning.
Next thing ya know, it’s 8-3 and it was safe to send Tom Wilhelmsen out for the bottom of the inning.
Before and After the Tide-Turning Epic 11-Pitch At-Bat Home Run
If you’re just joining us, the TTE11PABHR came against Houston on April 23, with the Mariners behind 3-0 in the 7th and on the verge or their ninth straight loss. It was hit by Seager on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.
|Before TTE11PABHR||After TTE11PABHR|
All of which leads to the Wild Card standings:
|NY Yankees*||17||15||.531||–||9-8||8-7||132||150||-18||Won 1||4-6|
|LA Angels||16||16||.500||.5||8-9||8-7||166||136||+30||Lost 1||5-5|
|Chicago Sox||17||17||.500||.5||9-7||8-10||171||169||+2||Won 3||5-5|
|Kansas City||15||17||.469||1.5||8-7||7-10||124||136||-12||Won 1||4-6|
|Tampa Bay||15||18||.455||2||7-8||8-10||141||150||-9||Lost 1||5-5|
*Tied for division lead
- Tacoma got on track with a 7-0 shutout and another impressive start for Jordan Pries (5.0 IP, 0 R, 5 K).
- He was relieved by Stephen Pryor, who went three scoreless frames in his first outing since Arpil 29.
- Nick Franklin was the hitting star, with his 5th home run, plus two singles and a steal.
- AA Jackson was shut out, but Stephen Kohlscheen struck out three in 2.1 IP of relief.
- Kohlscheen — another guy you read about here first — now has 19 strikeouts and 1 walk in 16.2 IP, and a 1.08 ERA. Yes, one walk.
- High-A High Desert went on an 11-0 scoring romp and they weren’t even in their pinball-machine home park. Patrick Kivlehan launched home run No. 9, joined by Dario Pizzano (his 3rd) and Gabriel Guerrero (his 5th).
- Matt Anderson, not a guy who’d made a mark before, had his third straight solid start (6.0 IP, 0 R, 7 K). We’ll have to find out more about him.
- Low-A Clinton lost, but got home run No. 6 from The Tank Tyler O’Neill.