“This is a long inning,” Dave Sims sighed just seconds before Andrew McCtuchen flew out to end the fifth inning of the Mariners’ 10-1 loss to the Giants.
Dave was correct. It was a long inning. How long? Felix Hernandez and James Pazos threw a combined 54 pitches to 11 batters. Five of those 11 Giants came around to score, giving San Francisco a commanding 9-0 lead. The first seven hitters reached base safely that inning, two via the walk and three via the dinger. A long inning indeed.
That long inning was just a microcosm of what was a long, sad day in baseball. Here is a scrapbook summary of what will be remembered for years to come as “The Worst Day in Baseball History.”
.@RealKingFelix will grab a bat today in San Francisco.— Mariners (@Mariners) April 4, 2018
Heads-up in McCovey Cove? pic.twitter.com/u9sQRdSmks
Yes, there were balls hit into McCovey Cove. No, they were not off of Felix’s bat.
Gorkys won this battle of the Hernandezes #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/cTqphzAZ2j— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 5, 2018
Ichiro called strike three vs ball one this inning to Panik. Throw strikes early kids. pic.twitter.com/a99toJQIb5— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) April 4, 2018
Make that Pablo's 8th career splash hit #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/ZH6onoPk4S— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 5, 2018
Been that kinda day for Mariners fans. pic.twitter.com/WYXPuVHQwG— Seattle Sportsnet (@alexSSN) April 5, 2018
TFW your team has hit FOUR home runs pic.twitter.com/rlLN5vZwMt— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 5, 2018
Unrelated but still bad:
#HaloRecap: Zack Cozart blasts a walk-off homer as the Angels win it in 13: https://t.co/3pIT5hl8Co pic.twitter.com/RoDF3yohdb— Angels (@Angels) April 5, 2018
Before we move on from this one, let’s remember a couple good things.
- Mitch Haniger kept his hitting streak alive.
- Dee Gordon continues to get on base with relative ease.
- Dan Vogelbach did this:
Daniel Vogelbach went the other way for both his first double and RBI of the season. Vogelbach is the #Mariners No. 11 prospect: https://t.co/eocityUEuR pic.twitter.com/zqbKT4frBP— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 5, 2018
The Mariners will look to bounce back tomorrow against the Twins at 1:05 PM.