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The streak is over! Mariners beat the Yankees to stop the madness at seventeen

Jul 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball.  We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter.  More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month.

Add a Mariners victory to it all, because they beat the New York Yankees 9-2 this afternoon, snapping their losing streak at 17.

Dustin Ackley drove in three and the badly-slumping Ichiro went 4 for 5.  Felix Hernandez went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits.  Phil Hughes wasn’t appreciably worse — two runs in six innings — but the Yankees bullpen and defense betrayed them, turning a 2-1 game into a 7-1 game, and from there it was just a matter of time.  Even the lowly Mariners don’t blow five run leads late. At least not that often.

Welcome back to the land of the living, Seattle.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Thumbs up to King Felix!

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Thumbs UP? So their Cy Young ACE finally came through to break the streak on his fourth, fifth try? That’s some stopper the Mariners have there.

      I know the metrics aren’t there, so clearly the phenomenon doesn’t exist, but in the old days it used to be thought that extraordinary athletes would muster a little extra oomph when their team needed a hero. The Washington Senators back in The Big Train’s day had some pretty awful years, but most of the time he managed to stop the bleeding.

      I’m glad that King Felix finally came through, but I put this in the better late than never category.

      • Jack Marshall - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

        The truth hurts.

      • easports82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        Jack, if you’d actually referenced his performance today, I’d give the first part of your comment a little more credence. Couldn’t watch cause I’m chained to a desk, but looking at the stats and the little bit of gameday, he didn’t look like he was having an Ace day.

        The rest of it, you’re on your own.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        I love how Jack blithely calls something that is unprovable at best and falsifiable at worst “the truth.”

      • jwbiii - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:17 PM

        Re: Walter Johnson, Losing streaks.

        Johnson pitched from 1907-27. We have game results from 1919 on. Most of those Senators teams from 1919-27 were pretty good. The 1919 team finished seventh at 58-84, which is the only one we can look at which was really bad. Johnson did stop a ten game losing streak, but he lost two of those games. He stopped a five game losing streak, but he lost one of those games. He did stop a three game losing streak.

        “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”

      • jwbiii - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM

        The truth shall set you free.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:43 PM

        From 1919 through the end of Johnson’s career, he went 140-102. He was 38-26 in games pitched following a losing streak of at least two games. I know it’s not a particularly rigorous analysis – it says nothing about how well he pitched in said situations or team record in games he started – but in lieu of spending several hours cross-referencing his personal game logs with the Senators’ game logs for nine years, his winning percentage was virtually identical in “stop the bleeding” situations as it was overall.

  2. easports82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Only need a couple 4-5 game winning streaks to be back on the road to mediocrity!

  3. RickyB - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    That sound you hear? That is the sound of inevitability. (Sigh)

  4. randall351 - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    “welcome back to the land of the living..”

    obscure Army of Darkness quote or something far less cool?

  5. Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    “Welcome back to the land of the living, Seattle.”

    Well, I wouldn’t exactly go that far. I would expect them to walk around craving “…BRAINS…,” though.

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Hughes, according to one article I read, was pretty mediocre. Losing to the M’s is no big deal. Losing with a wobbly starter and wobbly bullpen (not for the first time this season) might be worth noting.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    In a way, I’m sorry to see it end. A seventeen game losing streak is, in its exceptionality, a thing of beauty.

    • easports82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      Just wait for the next Feesh-sale and you can have your own

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Granted the Yanks bats were terrible today, but wtf was up with the umpiring the last few days?

    Today – [Hunter Wendelstedt] Someone like King Felix doesn’t need strike calls 2″ off the plate.

    Yesterday – [Balking Bob Davidson]

  9. greynraney - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    The Mariners won’t disappoint – I see another long losing streak in their future

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