Sasaki Tries to Save Playoff Victory
- Seattle Mariners righthander Kazuhiro Sasaki will attempt to become the first
Japanese to get a save in a post season game tonight, as he comes in the bottom of the
tenth against the White Sox in Chicago with the Mariners leading 7-4, thanks to a one out
two run liner into the leftfield seats in the top of the inning by Edgar Martinez and then a long homer to
center by the next batter, John Olerud, off of closer Keith Foulke.
Carlos Lee: Fastball (fouled off), splitter (check swing foul), fastball (check swing foul),
splitter (low, ball), splitter (lined off the glove of David Bell at third and it trickles down
the leftfield line for a double).
Paul Konerko: Fastball (outside, ball), fastball (pulled foul), fastball (down the middle,
called strike), splitter (dribbled past the mound, McLemore picks it up and throws him
out, Lee to third).
Herbert Perry: Fastball (at the knees, called strike), fastball (fouled off), splitter (not a
chance on that one, swing and a miss, strike three!).
Chris Singleton: Fastball (fouled back), splitter (makes Singleton look silly swinging at that
one, strike two!), splitter (low and outside, ball), fastball (just misses the outside corner,
ball), splitter (fouled off ctacher Dan Wilson's glove in the dirt), splitter (oh, it takes a huge
dive as Singleton swings over the top, strike three!).
Note: according to the ESPN guys, Sasaki's arm is still recovering from the surgery
he had last year and his velocity seems to be increasing. Piiella expects that Sasaki may
end up throwing harder next year. Certainly, his fastball tonight was very crisp. Sasaki
has now converted 12 save opportunities in a row.