Friday had a dubious start in the baseball world. MLB announced that Tim Anderson, the player thrown by Brad Keller and thrown out of the Royals / White Sox game, was to be suspended for a match for using a racial arch during cleanup. Shortly after this announcement, fans of Mariners got very bad news about one of the best prospects of the system.
Mariners of prospect Julio Rodriguez has a hairline fracture on his left hand. Was HBP on April 12 and has not played since. Timeline TBA.
Rodriguez started as a 18-year-old (!) In nine games in the South Atlantic League for a .355 / .444 / .452 start.
– Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) April 19, 2019
Rodriguez remains out of action for 4-6 weeks. It stings.
A lot of devastation caused by HBPs these days, and I do not like it.
Do you know what I like? The angels are beating.
Do you know what else I like? Dinger.
And this game ran on both fronts, even with Angel Hernandez behind the house plate and despite a merciful short phase of despair and panic at the end of the game.
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Marco Gonzales stood for his fifth victory of the season, which would have set a record for the pitcher victories before May 1 pro Brad Adam, He was strong and very smart and brought out seven innings with relatively dramatic drama. In the fourth inning, he gave up a run with a sacrificial fly, otherwise he was crossed with six strikes and two walks.
But then came the dreaded eighth inning, before which my father and I had to exchange this text:
Well, shit, indeed. I'm sorry, Dad, I have to retire from baseball blogging now. It was an honor and a privilege.
So, yes, Tim Beckham put in a hard hit grounder and bucked the transfer so that David Fletcher reached the base in front of Mike Trout. Trout had looked quite pedestrian in his former three bats (pedestrians, thugs, and broken bat comebackers to the hill). He came to the plate and exhausted his apparent long-suffering by sending a field directly under the zone far behind the middle field fence. It was a rope dope (the dope that I am) recognized by Muhammad Ali.
And so it went on with the mini-me version of the game from last night, except that the starter blew the lead instead of the often scapegoated bullpen. Oops.
But Tim Beckham had to make amends and made them at the top of the ninth in a very short time.
Right after Omar Narváez's second GOLFED Home Run in so many days.
The Mariners took the lead 5: 3 and Roenis Elias came to finish his fourth Save 2019 in a dramatic way the work. Neat!
- This is the first Friday night for the Mariners 2019. It feels good to start the weekend right!
- In the second inning, Jay Bruce met his ninth house in 2019 and this came on my Twitter feed:
I mean, Lydia is not wrong!
- It's no secret that I've been a booster for Daniel Vogelbach for a long time. So here's his crucial 2-shot shot from the fourth inning in all its glory:
- In the seventh position Marco rolled absolutely and could feast on the soft lower abdomen of the lower third of the Angels lineup. After a long fly-out for midfielder Kole Calhoun, Peter Bourjos followed with a weak throw, and then Marco came to the kill with this attack from Zack Cozart.
- The eighth was a bit of an adventure. There was the previously discussed Trout Dinger, who put the Mariners Bullpen into action. Cory Gearrin, pretending to avoid being seen by a Tyrannosaurus Rex, got Simmons to come out, but then punched Albert Pujols with a pitch. Zach Rosscup stepped in to see the real-looking Homer Simpson Justin Bour, who led to the following result:
You'll notice that Dee Gordon realizes that Bour has NOT decided to run on a pop-up first. He directs the traffic throughout the game and tells Ryon Healy to drop him, and then toss him to Beckham who then does not pitch it casually for the double game first. Here's Healy about his thoughts during this game:
Even more Healy about Dee Gordon's help: "I had the feeling he was playing MLB the Show and only controlled me with a small controller, but it was great."
"At first I looked first, I almost threw it and I ruined the whole thing, luckily I had Dee there to help." https://t.co/XMB9anb4bO
– Ryan Divish (@ RyanDivish) April 20, 2019
God bless us all.
The Mariners will play tomorrow at 18:07 in game three of the four game series against the angels. Yusei Kikuchi wants to regain his last tough start and clinch his first MLB win, but the Mariners must solve the mystery surrounding Trevor Cahill with a puzzle. Go Mariners. Hit food