The Baseball Desert

Monday, September 22, 2003


Apologies to any Mariners fans who might be reading this - I think I just about put the kiss of death on their season by talking yesterday about their mini-revival. The M's got beaten up by the A's 12-0, thanks, in part, to a great pitching performance by Oakland's Ted Lilly. Tim Hudson was due to start for Oakland, but when he was scratched, Lillly went to see manager Ken Macha and told him he wanted the ball. In a high-pressure situation, Lilly then proceeded to throw one of his best games of the season, giving up just three hits over six innings, and that, combined with Oakland's 15 hits (including a grand-slam by Mark Ellis), just about put paid to Seattle's chances of winning the division.