I'd love to say that Ryan Franklin overcame a 10-day layover, and continued his excellent July. However, the only excellent thing about his start was his uncanny ability to overcome Mike Morse errors by giving up homeruns. It seems he saw Aaron Sele's start, and thought he could match it. "Heck, I could do better!" 5.2 innings, 8 runs, 2 homers.
Unfortunately, Franklin wasted four runs of support - that's three starts in a row with at least four - and three (3!!!!) homeruns for the second consecutive game. The final would have been much closer were it not for a handful of spectacular plays from Toronto's defense. Orlando Hudson was especially thornish, squelching a couple of possible rallies.
Ibanez put up the first run with a nice blast. He might even get to 20 this year. Sexson and Spiezio went back-to-back in the eighth. Richie's was a moonshot off the upperdeck in left.
The fact the M's enter the series finale down oh-two would be pretty depressing, except six home runs in two days for this team is enough to ignore the pitching woes for one day and throw a party!
I'm gonna bust open a pop (spoken like a true Northwesterner) and toast the offense. Way to go dudes!