Doug Fister’s precision was undeniable today as he directed the feet, knees, and elbows of that 6’8” frame to slip, drop, and ease the ball around the bomber bats. The line is misleading in evaluation of Fister’s performance today. Not that the line indicates a poor day, 7IP 8H 3ER, Fister is sporting a quality start. What the box score doesn’t mention is that Yankees hitters were more confused than the Mariners play by play commentator, who during the game, reported three different totals for Derek Jeter’s career hits tally.
Jeter was a splinter between the toes on a day Fister trimmed his nails. Jeter was 3-for-4 off Fister today, all by way of weak pop-ups off the handle into no-man’s land in right field.
The first run came on a ball Jeter fisted (no pun intended) down the right field line scoring a runner from first.
Fister’s one real mistake came in the fourth against Nick Swisher who was swinging away on a 3-0 count with one runner on. The base runner on Nick Swisher’s base rounder reached safely on a widely thrown ball that pulled first baseman Russell Branyan off the base. With Jack Wilson in the starting line-up that play ends in an out and Swisher is left with a solo trip.
The Mariners’ offense continues to prove they’ve got Chamberlain’s number notching seven hits against the New York hurler. The Mariners immediately answered to any threat the Yankees posed, never letting the boys from the Bronx feel like they had a chance. Chamberlain responded to any tight spot the only way he knows how, by pumping up the velocity, which in turn elevated his location and evened out his movement leading to four Mariners runs over five innings.
Every Mariners batter looked good at the plate today and when they spoke they spoke well.
The shining moment for the O was in the seventh when the Mariners cycled the line-up throwing up five more runs all with two outs in lieu of a Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin implosion.
Fister’s first major league W was a much deserved payoff to a great outing.
With 15 hits against the Yanks, the Mariners once again showed they can compete with anyone in the majors.
Shout out to Kenji Johjima who has struggled some this year with the stick but came up clutch today keeping rallies alive while going 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home-run.
Mariners win 10-3.