Ken Griffey Jr. presents Major League Walk Off Win

It’s only fitting that the player who was scrutinized in the media last week came through in the clutch and was the hero today for the Seattle Mariners.

Ken Griffey Jr. did what he used to be so good at and came through with a walk off single to right field.

Give credit to the Mariners, they didn’t give up and kept the rally going in the ninth, though Kevin Gregg pretty much handed the game to them on a silver platter. Instead of attacking the hitters, he was trying to be cute by nibbling at the corners and it cost him dearly.


When all is said and done, Kevin Gregg has still converted 12 of 14 save opportunities and has an ERA below 3.00.

I guess this is what the folks in Chicago warned us about – when Kevin Gregg blows up, he blows up BIG TIME.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Ken Griffey Jr. presents Major League Walk Off Win

  • May 21, 2010 at 12:38 am

    After last night, Gregg shouldn't have been out there anyways. And Cito should have pulled him after the two singles. And then after the first walk. And then after the second walk.

  • May 21, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I don't dispute the call to put Gregg it there, and I guess every once in a while a closer is going to blow up like that.

    Those first two singles are what killed him – he tried to get the Mariners to bite at pitches outside the zone, and they weren't having it.

    Cito would probably never pull his closer unless it was getting really really bad.

  • May 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    It was hard to watch. You can't be on all the time. But it was a stinker his ERA would be alot more if he wawsn't protected by the loss. When it comes down to it that hit by grieffey would have scored 2 and may left 2 in scoring position. I'm not hating on Gregg just saying he had a crappy day

  • May 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Daliberal, I noticed that too – Gregg's ERA was 1.89 prior to coming into that game, now it's 3.26.

    And there was still only one out, and if it wasn't a walk-off, at least ONE more run would have scored. Plus, there was still only ONE OUT!

    It wasn't pretty at all, but sometimes the closers can't shut the door.

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