Player of the Game: Franklin Gutierrez (3.278 NRuns: 1.584 hitting, 0.966 fielding, 0.728 running)
Cooling Off: Mike Sweeney (-1.388 hitting NRuns)
Chone Figgins' baserunning gaffe: -1.107 NRuns
Chone Figgins otherwise: 2.626 NRuns
Franklin Gutierrez scoring from 1st on a single: 0.728 NRuns
Anaheim's Luckbox: 2.970 NRuns
Goat: Torii Hunter (-2.109 NRuns: -1.049 hitting, -1.060 fielding)
Two interesting plays:
1) Franklin Gutierrez scored from 1st base on a single by Milton Bradley. This is exceptionally rare, to the point where 1940's Cardinals slugger Enos Slaughter is famous for having done it. Even the fastest runners, even on a hit and run, don't get past 3rd from 1st on a single. Franklin's feat is even more incredible given he's not known for his speed, though granted he is somewhat fast.
2) Chone Figgins killed the mood on Franklin's bases loaded RBI single in the 9th by getting caught between 2nd and 3rd base, forcing Ichiro to run home to try and bail him out (to no avail: Ichiro was tagged out on Chone's behalf as everyone moved up). Ichiro's futile run did have the benefit of allowing Franklin to take 2nd base, which while not significant made the move a positive play on Ichiro's part.
Aside from that, Mike Sweeney plummeted to Earth with an 0 for 5 game, Cliff Lee had 10 strikeouts over 8 in what was a solid performance and the Mariners won a game with a big day at the plate for a change.
Here's some more info on players who have scored from 1st on a single (BTW, the initial poster in the thread is incorrect: Slaughter did in fact score on a single). Willie Mays, go figure, had a prolific history of scoring from 1st base on singles through the 1950's and 1960's. And the thread has an amazing story of how Ty Cobb used psychology to score from 1st on a teammate's routine groundout.
Cobb was on 1st. Hal Chase is covering 1st for the Highlanders. Batter hits routine grounder to SS. Cobb, having taken a nice lead, got a good jump and was off with the pitch. SS fields the ball cleanly and throws to 1st for the out.
Chase gets the ball and Cobb is around 12 feet off of 2nd on the 3B side. Seeing Chase with the ball, arm cocked & poised to throw, Cobb freezes stock still. Arms out like a tightrope walker, bent low to the ground. Chase fears throwing to 2B, fearing Cobb will bolt towards 3rd.
Cobb, with narrowed eyes slit, like a big panther, forces the action. Using his head like a Cobra, he feints his head back towards 2B, as if to dive back, to draw the throw. Chase instantly slings an underhand bullet to 2B to nail his man. But the instant Chase' arm is committed to his throw, Cobb, who had only moved his head, bolts toward 3B like a big cat, with Chase's curses ringing in his ears like music.
The 2nd baseman who takes the throw is slightly off-balance and out of position to make his throw to 3rd. He snags the throw, adjusts to throw to 3rd but finding Cobb in his line of fire, must take that deadly step towards the pitcher's mound, to throw clear of Cobb's body, and fires a bullet to 3B. The 3rd baseman is expecting Cobb to come in low, hook-sliding to his (Cobb's) right, away from him. He takes a perfect throw, and sweeps his gloved hand backwards, expecting to nail Cobb as he slides back to third.
But Cobb had anticipated the mind of the 3rd basemen. He never slid. He leaned way in towards the pitching mound, as if to hook, but violently pivoting on the bag, and never broke stride. While the 3rd basemen was swiping behind him, Cobb was half way home. The 3rd basemen instantly adjusted and prepared to fire home. But once again, Cobb, by watching the catcher's eyes, sees what side the throw is coming from, and keeps in between the throw and the catcher.
So once again, the 3rd baseman, must take that deadly little step to the side, in order to throw around Cobb.
He should have gotten him too, but Cobb watched the catcher's eyes, and positioned himself between the incoming throw and the catcher. The throw came in online, but Cobb, by watching the catcher's eyes, contorted his slide into the path of the throw, so it bounced harmlessly off of his back.
He scored against flawless play by knowing their habits. Genius, just genius.