If you haven't heard of Doug Fister, you should learn that name now, because he will be a top starter for years. He had his first start in the majors last night, and should have had the win. Sadly, the Mariner's David Aardsma let up the one run lead in the ninth, when Alexei Ramirez crushed a three-run shot into the left field bullpen, allowing the White Sox to win, 3-1.
Fister pitched 6 innings of beautiful ball, giving up one hit and no earned runs. He left with all of the 19,000 fans on their feet. A great night for the rookie.
Kelly and Lowe were able to hold the game through to the ninth, when Aardsma had his shaky inning.
David Aardsma let one get away. He surrendered a walk, single and home run, saddling Seattle with a tough 3-1 loss.
The Mariner's only point came in the fourth inning when third baseman Adrian Beltre smacked a ground-rule double to right-center with one out and scored on a broken-bat single into right field by first baseman Russell Branyan.
After the game, Don Wakamatsu was full of words, again trying to take the best from the situation.
"This guy has been the heart and soul of our ballclub," Wakamatsu said of Aardsma. "He's been consistent, that's why he's been at the top of our league in ERA. Sometimes you're going to have some bad ones, but this guy been our rock and done a tremendous job for us."
When it came down to talking about the young rookie, Wakamatsu only had praise.
"We couldn't have asked for any more," said Wakamatsu. "He did just a tremendous job."
The Mariner's play tonight, in what's dubbed "the perfect matchup," Hernandez vs. Burhle, same time same place.
Here's the official box score of the 3-1 Seattle loss.
HBP: Beckham (by Fister).
Pitches-strikes: Danks 99-69, Jenks 12-9, Fister 94-56, Batista 19-6, Lowe, M 10-7, Aardsma 28-17, Kelley 3-2.
Groundouts-flyouts: Danks 6-8, Jenks 1-2, Fister 9-5, Batista 2-0, Lowe, M 2-1, Aardsma 0-2, Kelley 0-1.
Batters faced: Danks 29, Jenks 4, Fister 23, Batista 4, Lowe, M 4, Aardsma 6, Kelley 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Lowe, M 2-0, Kelley 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Lance Barksdale. 1B: Casey Moser. 2B: Marvin Hudson. 3B: Angel Hernandez.
Weather: 68 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 1 mph, L to R.
August 11, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
Thanks to MLB.com for quotes and other material used in this article.