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Seattle Shut Down by Sox

July 21st vs. the Seattle Mariners

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Pitching like an ace.

Short Take:Dylan Covey dominates in a 5-0 shutout of the Mariners.

Who is this guy who says his name is Dylan Covey? The Covey we knew was 0-4 in his last five starts, unable to fool hitters, and looking like he needed an express ticket to AAA. What we saw tonight was a guy masterful, shutting out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 in the drizzly northwest. Hey, if an All-Star break is all that's needed, let's have another one next week.

Covey pitched into the ninth and might have had a complete game if not for the dreaded pitch count. Rick Renteria pulled him after giving up a single with 105 pitches under his belt. Only two more outs were needed, and Joakim Soria was called in to finish the job. But Soria gave up an enormous fly ball to Puget Sound rightfielder Mitch Haniger that looked to be a cinch to break the shutout. Back, back it went...Leury Garcia waited at the wall, jumped, and -- wait for it -- made the catch over the top of the wall. Dramatic, home-run-stealing catches are always fun. That is, as long as they're not made by the other team.

The Mariners trotted out starter Felix Hernandez, known in those parts as King Felix. But the king has been ruling over a shrinking dominion, entering the game with an 8-7 record and an ERA hovering at 5.00. He lasted only five innings after giving up four of the Sox' five runs. He did notch seven strikeouts, but when Sox hitters made contact, they made it count.

The heavy artillery was provided by Avi Garcia's three-run homer in the fourth, which might have been all that was needed except for Leury Garcia's RBI single two hitters later. That made it 4-0 and was the beginning of the end of King Felix's reign. Run number five for the Sox came in the ninth courtesy of a Tim Anderson sacrifice fly.

Covey's performance is the real story here. This is the Rebuild, after all, and Covey is one of those construction pieces we're counting on to build toward our championship pot of gold. His bleak stretch before the All-Star break gave us qualms; but it's reassuring to think he could figure it out.

The famous Christmas poem speaks of children asleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. I've never had a sugarplum, but I have had a World Series championship, and I sometimes have visions of MLB trophies dancing in my head. Rodon, Covey, Kopech, Cease, and whoever else bubbles to the top of my frothy mug are the guys who will play the music causing those MLB trophies to dance. We need Covey to figure it out, and we can only hope that he has.

Fun Da Mentalz:
This is the Covey we thought we were getting.

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