Monday, April 16, 2007
[initial partial post...the off day Monday will be catch-up day]
In 25 words or less: In a defensive struggle at Qwest Field, the Seahawks used two Shaun Alexander rushing touchdowns to defeat the Dallas Cowboys.
This one featured Brandon McCarthy going up against Horacio Ramirez. After losing to Kevin Millwood in the opener, the Mariners won on Saturday night and this game was the rubber game of the series with the Mariners having a chance to win their second series of the season out of three total series. Also, the Mariners had a chance to match this season's high-water mark of two games above .500. This game was the first non-postponed start of the season for the Mariners' fourth starter, Horacio Ramirez. Yes, it was time for the home fans to see exactly what their team got back for Rafael Soriano in the now-infamous trade from last offseason. For those curious, I pass along a link to Rafael Soriano's game log, which shows he got touched up in one outing (and against the Nationals, no less), but held opponents scoreless in his five other appearances. In the world of bats, the Mariner offense hadn't really gotten on track lately, with Ichiro grabbing a fair share of headlines for futility, and I piled on Jose Vidro in the goat paragraph on Saturday night.
In observance of Jackie Robinson Day, Adrian Beltre, Jose Lopez, and Jason Ellison wore the number 42 on their backs (Miguel Batista and Arthur Rhodes did as well, but didn't appear in the game). I thought it was a nice touch that everyone that switched to number 42 for the occasion didn't wear a last name on their back.
McCarthy's line: 2 innings, 6 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 56 pitches (39 strikes)
Loe's line: 3 innings, 4 runs (2 earned), 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 62 pitches (36 strikes)
Ramirez' line: 6 innings, 5 runs (1 earned), 7 hits, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 106 pitches (65 strikes)
Chen's line: 2 innings, 4 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 49 pitches (32 strikes)
Mateo's line: 2 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 27 pitches (19 strikes)
Feldman's line: 1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
Putz' line: 1 inning, 1 run, 1 hit, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
Yr W-L Pct GB Stk
2001 6-2 .750 -- W2
2000 5-3 .625 1 W1
2002 5-3 .625 1 W2
2007 5-3 .625 1 W2
2003 4-4 .500 2 L1
2005 4-4 .500 2 W2
2006 3-5 .375 3 L4
2004 1-7 .125 5 L1
Ortiz. Weaver. Tomorrow.