BOSTON — Brad Miller was on the bench, soaking in another warm Sunday at Fenway Park. It was early in the game and the possibility of playing probably wouldn’t be until late in the game as a pinch runner or pinch-hitter. Such is the life in his new role as backup/utility infielder.
But all that changed in the bottom of the third inning when Robinson Cano left the game because of dizziness.
“Obviously, I don’t want him to come out,” Miller said. “But to get out there, I was ready to go. Once you get told you are going in, the adrenaline kicks in. I was loose and I was fine.”
Miller was more than fine, a key contributor in Seattle’s 8-6 come-from-behind win. His first at-bat came in the fifth inning.
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Dustin Ackley had just tied the score at 5-5 with an RBI triple deep into right-center to score Austin Jackson all the way from first. With Ackley on third and one out, Miller had one job: Get something to the outfield. It’s a hitting situation he had struggled with at times this season.
Facing Red Sox starter Allen Webster, Miller fell behind 1-2 in the count. But he was able to come back and hit a deep sacrifice fly to give Seattle a 6-5 lead.
“He has a really good changeup and I swung over the top of a couple of them,” Miller said. “With two strikes, I was like ‘Just put your nose on it’ and I got another change-up and was able to do something with it.”
He came up big in the ninth, too, providing an insurance run.
Farquhar’s fast hands
Mariners’ reliever Danny Farquhar offered an example of why pitchers should sometimes be considered athletes, despite the protests of position players.
With runners on first and third, Farquhar showed plenty of athleticism and self preservation in the seventh inning, nabbing a rocket comebacker off the bat of Christian Vazquez, and firing to first to double off Mookie Betts for an inning-ending double play.
Did he actually see it?
“You see it a little white, but not really,” he said. “You see the pitch, the swing and then the ball just shows up in your glove.”
•The Mariners recalled Michael Saunders from his rehab assignment with Class AAA on Saturday night. He has a viral infection and has been unable to play the last three days. Saunders is still officially on the disabled list. The plan will be to send him back out on another rehab assignment, but the team will have to wait at least five days before doing so.
• Corey Hart (knee contusion) began his rehab assignment with Class AAA Tacoma on Saturday, going 0 for 3. He likely won’t return until rosters expand on Sept. 1.