One game at a time.
Game 161 and your team is in the playoff hunt in a must-win situation, it’s not a cliche – it’s ONE GAME AT A TIME!
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 28, 2014
One converted opportunity after multiple squandered ones and the Seattle Mariners are playing one last game for their playoff lives on Sunday. They’ll send their ace, Cy Young candidate, Felix Hernandez to the mound. Hernandez last faced the Angels on September 18th, going 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks in the 3-1 Mariners victory. They’ll need that Felix as opposed to Hernandez’ last outing against Toronto: 4.2 innings, 7 hits, 8 earned runs.
“We’re playing a meaningful game. 162.” said Mariners Manager, Lloyd McClendon after seeing his team finally pull out the 2-1 11-inning victory. The M’s stranded 12 runners on base while going 1-11 with runners in scoring position. Three of those were in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded, 0 outs – the M’s failed to convert.
But, they did prove their resilience earlier – a staple for them throughout this entire year – when Logan Morrison ripped an RBI-double to center in the bottom of the 7th, scoring Kyle Seager from first to tie the game. Right about that same time, the Texas Rangers were finishing off the Oakland A’s, 5-4. It was the opening the M’s needed.
Even on tv, the atmosphere at Safeco Field had a heightened electricity. The crowd were living with every pitch, every crack of the bat. They were waiting…waiting to explode. For this moment:
He’s … SAFE! #Game162 pic.twitter.com/5hPBYK3FB2
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 28, 2014
And so, tomorrow brings greater meaning to ONE GAME AT A TIME. If the M’s take care of business and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland A’s again, there will be a #163.
It will be another #HappyFelixDay. The “King’s Court” will be in full voice.
They’ll need every single one of them – to get to the next
ONE GAME AT A TIME!
How crazy was this game? Let’s ask the media covering this game:
Actually, I’m on the clock. I have about 45 minutes to make sense of this thing.
— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) September 28, 2014
I don't even know how to describe that win.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 28, 2014
Walk-off fielder's choice. They won't write poetry about it, but #Mariners will play a 162nd with gravitas. #Mariners 2-1 in 11.
— Art Thiel (@Art_Thiel) September 28, 2014
.@Mariners played like there was no tomorrow. Thanks to their #walkoff, now there is: http://t.co/tmLkoEtbpl #Game162 pic.twitter.com/aHlWiTyRkW
— MLB (@MLB) September 28, 2014