Seattle Mariners left hander Jason Vargas pitched a great game on Sept. 29 in Oakland against the Athletics. No doubt he had many fans in Arlington, Texas who thought he was about to put some room between the A's and the division leading Rangers with a handful of games left.
But unfortunately for Vargas, his seven inning performance where he let up five hits, no walks, seven strikeouts and one earned run would not be credited to his win column. Seattle's bullpen imploded and allowed six runs in the final three innings.
What could have been a 4-1 Seattle victory became a 7-4 Oakland triumph.
Vargas did everything he could.
In what is probably his final start of the season, Vargas wrapped up 2012 with a lot of bad luck. In his final 10 starts, he finished with a 2-4 record.
But one of the losses was an eight inning, three-run effort against the Baltimore Orioles. Another was a seven inning, three-run and four-hit performance against the A's.
He held the mighty Texas Rangers to three runs over six innings and got a loss for that as well.
This has been the most successful season in Vargas' seven-plus years in the majors. The one time Marlin and Met has found a home in Seattle, giving the Mariners his second straight 200-inning season, leading the American League with 33 starts.
He won the American League Pitcher of the Month in July, going 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his six starts, going 7 1/3 innings per game.
He enters the off season quietly as a solid left handed workhorse to pitch along side Felix Hernandez as the Mariners wait for their hitting prospects in the majors to mature.
His 14 wins are a career high. But as yesterday's performance showed, that win total deserves to be bigger.