Not many runs were expected. Not many runs were scored. With All-Star starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and snubbed All-Star Garrett Richards matching up Saturday night, hitters for both the Mariners and Angels were in for a long and frustrating night. Both pitchers delivered, allowing just a run each and a combined five hits in 15 innings pitched. Neither got a win for their efforts. Why? After playing 16 innings Friday night, the two teams felt that nine innings still weren’t enough. Instead, they battled for 12 innings Saturday with the Mariners finally prevailing, 3-2. “Our guys weren’t tired, we were resilient,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. But don’t expect any extra celebration for the 12-inning victory from McClendon, much the way he wouldn’t allow any added agony after the 16-inning defeat Friday. “Yeah, we won a ballgame,” he said. “Just like last night, we’ve got about five more minutes and then we’ll turn the page for tomorrow.” Seattle finally broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the 12th. Kyle Seager led off with a double off lefty sidearm specialist Joe Thatcher and Logan Morrison followed with a run-scoring double. “It felt really good,” Morrison said. “It’s my first hit against the Angels this year.” The Mariners (52-45) added to their lead. Endy Chavez put down a perfect infield bunt that hugged the line and somehow stayed fair for a hit. Justin Smoak later added an infield single with the bases loaded to drive in an insurance run. “Yeah, we really crushed the ball there, didn’t we?” McClendon joked. That extra run would loom large. In the bottom of the 12th, David Freese hit the second pitch he saw from Dominic Leone out of the park to cut the lead to one. But Charlie Furbush came on to get final three outs for the first save of his career. Leone still got the victory to improve to 3-2.
Mariners finally rally, scoring twice in the 12th inning for a 3-2 victory over the Angels
Seattle Times | Jul 20