Korean first baseman drives in three, including go-ahead runs in 7th
By Kevin Goheen
Special to MLB.com |
CINCINNATI -- In the town where Hall of Famer Tony Perez succinctly summed up his hitting philosophy of, "See the ball, hit the ball," Dae-Ho Lee followed that plan to the letter Friday night.
Lee drove an 0-1 fastball from left-hander Tony Cingrani to right field for a two-run single with the bases loaded that broke a tie in the seventh inning and propelled the Mariners to an 8-3 victory at Great American Ball Park. Lee had gone hitless in his previous seven at-bats, including striking out four times, and had just one hit in his 10 previous at-bats as a pinch hitter when he came to the plate in place of left-handed hitting Adam Lind.
"I was waiting for a fastball, and it was a fastball, so I hit it," said Lee through his interpreter. "I was just going with the ball."
Lee stayed in the game and added his sixth home run of the year in the ninth inning, a solo shot pulled to left field that bounced off the top of the wall and into the seats for the game's final run.
"It was the big single, and then the home run was the icing on the cake," said manager Scott Servais. "He has a really good approach at the plate. He knows the situation. He's not trying to hit a home run with the bases loaded. He knows we need a single and have a good at-bat, and he did. He squared up a fastball and took it the other way against a pretty good pitcher."
The Mariners trailed 3-1 entering the seventh but got one run on a pair of singles and two walks off of Reds right-hander Blake Wood, who was replaced by Cingrani after failing to retire a batter. Robinson Cano was hit by Cingrani's first pitch to tie the game, 3-3, but Cingrani struck out Nelson Cruz swinging and Kyle Seager looking.
That's when Servais sent up Lee.
"I think the manager is setting me up for the moment," said Lee. "Sometimes I get struck out, like last time. This time it came out good."
Kevin Goheen is a contributor for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.