Hunter gets down to business, beats M’s
Hunter threw a six-hitter for his first complete game and the
Rain that pelted the area for the past four days caused the game to begin 4 hours, 31 minutes after the originally scheduled start time of 12:35 p.m. It was a makeup of Friday night’s rainout.
Hunter arrived at the ballpark at 8:45 a.m., and spent the downtime playing cards, pingpong and video games, including
Griffey went 0 for 4 in the game.
“We just tried to waste time,” Hunter said. “Everybody’s a little kid in there, jumping around and having fun.”
Hunter (8-3) struck out three and walked one in his 15th big league start, polishing off his first professional complete game with 102 pitches.
“Something you want to do. Something you need to go out and get done,” Hunter said. “Just being able to get the ball down helped me out today. Keeping the ball down, especially in this ballpark, is key.”
Suzuki received a standing ovation from the sparse crowd. He stepped off first base and doffed his batting helmet. The speedy outfielder had been tied with Hall of Famer “Wee” Willie Keeler, who had eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from 1894-1901.
Texas, which has won eight of 11, was playing its third doubleheader this month due to rainouts.
“From the first pitch of the game we were ready,” manager Ron Washington said. “We went out there and put a solid ballgame together.”
Suzuki knocked in Seattle’s first run with his third-inning double off Hunter that pulled the
In the fourth, German’s run-scoring double and
Fister said marking time in the clubhouse for more than 4 hours before taking the mound should not have been a distraction, but he had his shortest major league start.
“That shouldn’t be a factor,” Fister said. “That doesn’t play into going out and performing. Today I struggled to keep the ball in the right location and it showed. The key is keeping the ball down. When it doesn’t happen, I get results like this.”
Both could return for this weekend’s series against the
Seattle has lost six of seven.