The Moment: When I woke up this morning, I turned on the television and literally gasped when I saw the news. Miami Marlins pitcher was dead, killed far too young in a boating accident off of Miami Beach at age 24. The most impactful moment was the moment of silence before the game when the energetic, well liked ace was remembered. I’ll admit that I am very shaken up by this news, and quite saddened, as is the rest of The Rhino and Compass team. So terrible.
On the field, Jesus Sucre hit his first home run of the season, and it put the Mariners ahead by 1 run, a lead Seattle would not relinquish.
The Hero: The light hitting Sucre had the clutch home run, and didn’t really screw much up in his other appearances, collecting one more hit.
The Condolences: Hector Santiago is out here blowing leads, like he just wants to save the bullpen the humiliation.
The Soundtrack: Blues at Sunrise: Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Seems fully appropriate on a night like tonight.
The Story: Both teams hung a Fernandez #16 jersey in their respective dugouts in an homage to the fallen Jose Fernandez today, and perhaps our of deference to the young man who clearly loved baseball more than most of us can embrace anything, they played a hell of a game.
Both teams were dialed in with this game. The bullpens on each side ensure that a game that saw both starters get chased in the 6th inning ended close, and kept fans engaged. Alex Wimmers and Ryan Pressley combined to strike out 4 and allow only one hit while a trio of Mariners struck out the same and didn’t allow a single hit.
The Twins had a good game from Robbie Grossman who had 3 hits, and Max Kepler, who hit the last Twins’ homer at Target Field this season. Nelson Cruz hit two home runs, but still didn’t manage to earn “The Moment” or “The Hero” because of Jesus Sucre’s timing. Juan Centeno drove in Robbie Grossman for the final run at Target Field this season, a statement that so perfectly encapsulates this season.
Despite how torturous this season was, let Jose Fernandez’ passing remind you what a joy baseball is. Enjoy these last few games. Enjoy life. RIP, Jose.