The Seattle Mariners are a team begging to get beat. They came into Saturday's game at Safeco Field hitting .197 at home and averaging 2.8 runs a game.
True to form, they managed only nine hits over 11 innings and three runs. But that was enough to beat the Red Sox.
"We have to find a way to win that game," Dustin Pedroia said after a 3-2 loss. "We had a lot of chances."
The Sox had 11 hits and drew two walks off seven Seattle pitchers. But they were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. The Sox had two hits in the ninth and didn't score, and two more in the 10th.
"You never want to go extra innings on the road," Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "Then it takes just one swing of the bat."
Alfredo Aceves (0-5) got one out in the 11th before Dustin Ackley singled. Miguel Olivo also singled and Ackley went to third base. With the infield in, Chone Figgins hit a liner to right. Cody Ross made an accurate throw but it short-hopped Saltalamcchia and Ackley scored.
It was the second walk-off win in the series for Seattle. The Sox are 0-5 in extra innings this season. Now they need a win on Sunday just to split the series.
Aceves was working his third inning but had thrown only 14 pitches. Bobby Valentine went for it with his closer. "There was no way he was coming out of that game," he said.
Last night's loss pisses me off. I can deal with the game one loss because King Felix was on the mound and not many teams have overwhelming success against him. But, after game 1, the Red Sox should be crushing teams like Seattle. As said at the top of the Globe article, the Mariners are just begging to be beat.
The only thing the Marniners have going for them is pitching, which is not that great. The Red Sox missed some great opportunities last night to put the Mariners away, especially Mike Aviles. You don't see the number 9 hitter get many opportunities to put runs on the board, and Mike Aviles squandered every chance he got. Mike went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and the team went 1-for-12, and left 10 on base. Awful. It pisses me off even more that it was against Seattle. I think I can safely say that this team is not going to make the playoffs this season. I am giving up on them.
On page 2, we bid farewell to Darnell McDonald