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Chone Figgins, of all people, saves the Mariners from total humiliation

Jul 26, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

Chone Figgins AP

The Mariners fanned 18 times against CC Sabathia, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera while being held to one hit in a 4-1 loss Tuesday.  It was their 17th straight loss.

The only Mariner to play the whole game without striking out was .182-hitting Chone Figgins, who actually fanned three times in his last start Thursday against the Blue Jays.  Figgins also drove in the club’s lone run on a fielder’s choice.

Everything else was simply hideous.  Miguel Olivo struck out four times.  Ichiro Suzuki and Brendan Ryan whiffed three times apiece.  The only starter besides Figgins not to K was Greg Halman, who went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.  That pinch-hitter, Adam Kennedy, struck out.

In all, it was the 36th 18-strikeout game of nine-innings of less in major league history.  The Yankees tied their team record.  Ron Guidry fanned 18 all by himself back against the Angels on June 17, 1978.  Sabathia, who had his outing interrupted by a rain delay, fanned 14 of the 25 batters he faced tonight.

Of course, the Mariners were on the losing end of the first ever 20-strikeout nine-inning game.  Boston’s Roger Clemens was responsible for that massacre on April 29, 1986.  There have been two more 20 strikeout games since.  If not for Figgins, there might have been a fourth tonight.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Randy Johnson’s twenty-K game really should count. He had the twenty Ks in nine innings. It wasn’t his fault his team couldn’t hit for shit.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:09 AM

      Agreed. If this was more an article about 20-strikeout games, I certainly would have given it its due.

  2. addictedzone - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    When the highlight of the game is that someone didn’t strike out, it’s time to pack the squad up and ship em off to the Yuma Scorpions in exchange for a couple of bats, a bag of balls, and Jose Canseco’s ex-girlfriend.

  3. humanexcrement - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    If anyone gets a no-hitter or a perfect game against the Mariners this year, it shouldn’t count.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 27, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Good thing the M’s are paying ichiro 20MIL for those big numbers he’s putting up this year, even better they are paying him next year too!!

  5. kingbuccaneer - Jul 27, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    Seattle,

    Where veteran FA’s go to die…

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    Also the rain helped, because it is no stretch to say, without the rain delays it could have been a perfect game.

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