ARLINGTON -- After rookie reliever Lucas Luetge picked up his first Major League victory with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief in the Mariners' 4-3 comeback victory over Texas on Wednesday, he was surrounded by family members outside the visiting clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark.
But one critical person was missing. Luetge's wife, Lacie, his high school sweetheart from Bellville High in southeast Texas, had driven home to Houston earlier in the day at his insistence and missed his historic moment.
"My wife is going to kill me," Luetge, 25, said with a grin. "I made her go home because she's flying to meet us in Seattle [on Thursday] and I didn't want her driving at night. She's going to be tearing my ear up when I get on the phone."
But Luetge's parents and in-laws and grandparents -- who live in Industry, Texas (population 300) were all in attendance and thrilled to see his shining moment as he struck out sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz, while giving up only a single to Michael Young in putting the Mariners in position for their come-from-behind win.
"It was exciting because I knew I was in the situation to get the win and for the team to win," he said. "To come back like that was just really intense. It's what you dream of, to get a win and be in the box score with a 'W' beside your name."
Manager Eric Wedge was pleased the youngster who not only got the lefty Hamilton for the final out in the seventh after Steve Delabar surrendered a pair of home runs, but then got right-handers Adrian Beltre and Cruz in his following inning as well.
"It was big for him to push his way through that eighth inning, right in the heart of their lineup," said Wedge. "Not just getting Hamilton, but for him to run through those right-handers, pretty impressive performance."