Rejoice, Mariners fans!
Rejoice because the train wreck of a weekend series and its six-hour rain debacle at U.S. Cellular Field is finally behind us.
Rejoice because King Felix hurled his fifth complete game shutout in 2012, on the back of one masher by Eric Thames.
Rejoice because Franklin Gutierrez made a strong return to the lineup (1 H, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 incredible leaping catch) and only managed to get hit by a baseball once.
Rejoice because the Mariners are facing teams under .500, and they look good. Put another way, rejoice because the Mariners were the slightly more competent team in very evenly matched performances. To Felix’s 9 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 SO, Liam Hendriks accumulated 3 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, and 6 SO in 9 IP.
Rejoice because they now sit just nine games out of contention for a wild card berth.
Next game: @ Twins | August 28 | 5:10pm