g125 | from 5-0 up to 7-5 down in nothing flat . . .

Mariners 5 | Athletics 11

cliff

ON the MOUND
Kuma, in his first start at Safeco since the NoNo, was cruising along . . .
48 pitches, ONE hit and ZERO runs through the first FOUR and then came the 5th with 29 pitches and SEVEN runs – supposedly all earned as there were no errors but, there was certainly some sloppy, silly play that didn’t help :-(
FOUR.TWO innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ ONE walk ~ FOUR strikeouts

and then the pen . . .
} Edgar pitched ONE.ONE allowing only a hit and no runs
} Rob allowed a couple of hits and, unfortunately, an insurance run for the A’s
} Roenis (just recalled from AAA) appeared in his very first relief stint, allowed a walk but no runs
} Dave benefitted from a nifty line-out DP but then gave up THREE in the 9th

AT the PLATE
A barrage in the 3rd was pretty exciting . . .
~ Ketel doubled
~ Nellie HBP (kinda scary, hopefully just a bruised elbow)
~ RBI single by Robbie
~ Guti with a 3-run jack
~ a solo shot by Mark

IN the FIELD
* Nifty DP turned in the top of the 9th, back handed catch of a liner by Robbie and firing to Jesus to double up the runner
* Mark with a throwing error that led to a run
* Ironically, Mark made TWO of the THREE outs i the 5th but, had he properly fielded the first ball in the 5th, the A’s might not have any runs in that inning – instead, they scored FIVE.

tweets of the game . . .

g122-124 | woeful series w/the pale hose . . .

A couple of things that are abundantly clear (though may get a bit lost among the bullpen blow ups and the offensive woes):
~ Much as I love Crazy Legs, have to admit that Ketel is making a great case to be the shortstop of the future – awed by his defense and not too shabby as the lead-off guy
~ Nelson is on FIRE
~ Guti, when in, has also been smokin’ hot
~ Robbie and AJ aren’t doing too bad either
~ the bullpen CAN be lights out but, is usually the opposite

the future is now

Mariners 4 | White Sox 11
‘t wasn’t a very Happy Felix Day . . .
far from his worst outing and, he did give them a chance (which Nando, Dave and Rob did NOT) but, not near what we expect from Felix. As for the bats, the power was there (two homers: Mark and Nellie, a double: Ketel) but, as per usual, the production w/RISP was not.

Mariners 3 | White Sox 6
Really too bad for Vidal . . .
as he pitched really well, allowing only ONE run through his SIX.TWO innings (a solo shot in the 2nd) but, as has been the story more often than not of late – the bullpen (specifically Danny and Carson) melted down, allowing a combined FIVE runs in the 9th (that tied the game) and the 10th (that won the game for the Sox)

Mariners 8 | White Sox 6
Hey, look, a win!!!
A great first FIVE innings for Tai but, then he fell apart a bit in the 6th when he allowed two singles, a double, a homer and FOUR runs (one, an inherited runner that Kensing allowed to score) and Seattle’s lead went from 7-1 to 7-6. Thankfully, the M’s picked up an “insurance run in the 8th and were able to hold on the the 8-6 score as the bullpen of Carson and Tom actually did their job well.

tweets of the series . . . 

g121 | another series loss . . .

Mariners 2 | Rangers 7

Life (and work) sometimes get in the way of baseball (though can’t say I’m sorry to have missed this one :-( )

tweets of the game . . .

g120 | Kuma, Kyel, Nellie, and Seth

Mariners 3 | Rangers 2

IN the 1st . . . 
Kyle and Nellie both doubled and Seth homered – and that would be that for the offense

Thankfully, it was enough, as Kuma went . . . 
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

and, give Danny and Carson credit as well . . . 
each pitched a hitless, walkless, scoreless inning

tweets of the game . . . 

g119 | well, at least the pen FINALLY got some rest . . .

Mariners 3 | Rangers 4

rested relief

The M’s bullpen actually only had to pitch THREE innings tonight.
The Rangers killed the M’s all night long with their speed (in the form of bunt base hits, infield singles and hustle doubles) but, even with that, the M’s had a chance as it went to the bottom of the 9th tied at THREE . . .
and then the dreaded “walk-off walk” :-(

ON the MOUND
Tai was the first pitcher to give the M’s more than FIVE innings since Kuma’s no-hitter last Wednesday. Considering the competition, he did really well tonight and gave them every shot to win . . .
SIX innings ~ TEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} then Edgar (no, not that Edgar!), “new guy” just called up from AAA had a very nice debut, going ONE.TWO innings.He allowed ONE hit (TWO-out double in the 8th) and Tom came in and got a ground out to end the inning.

} Nando had a tough go: that Ranger speed really hurt him with the first TWO hitters reaching via bunt base hits (not sure I’ve seen that before). But then, Nando didn’t help himself (or his teammates) by loading the bases on a HBP, giving a glimmer of hope when he struck out Prince but, in the end he issued a bases-loaded walk

AT the PLATE
A little more of yesterday’s O would have been nice . . .
~ Only EIGHT total hits and only ONE for extra bases (Guti’s RBI double)
~ Every hitter but Robbie (who had FIVE yesterday) got ONE hit
~ Kyle had the other RBI and also stole a base
~ Cruz’s hit extended his ‘on base streak’ to TWENTY-EIGHT

IN the FIELD
* The M’s turned TWO DP’s (and one was started on a doozy of a play by Ketel!)

* They had a rough one turned against them, Kyle hit a deep fly ball fielded by Choo who then threw a “no-bounce” lazor to nail LoMo at the plate (preventing what would have been the go-ahead run at the time)

tweets of the game . . .

g118 | THIS time TEN (runs) WAS enough but, NINE (innings) was not . . .

Mariners 10 | Red Sox 8 (in 12)

extra innings

Yes indeed, the M’s scored TEN runs in back-to-back games but only have ONE win to show for it.

‘t was an exciting extra-inning affair in which the M’s took an early 7-0 lead but, as is their want (especially in Fenway) the Sox came roaring back and needed TWO in the 9th to tie it and that’s exactly what they got but, thanks to some EXTRA-GUTTY pitching in innings 20-12 and some EXTRA-CLUTCH hitting in inning number TWELVE, the M’s emerge victorious!

ON the MOUND
It would have been nice if Vidal could have gotten ONE more inning but, considering the circumstances, he did alright . . .
He held the Sox scoreless for TWO straight innings – something NO M’s pitcher had done in this series. He allowed a solo shot to Bogaerts in the 3rd, another solo shot to Castillo along with a double and a sac fly in the 4th, and another double and sac-fly combo in the 5th before being pulled on a very hot and humid day at Fenway.
FOUR.ONE ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

HUGE credit to the bullpen who must quite literally be running on fumes . . .
} Tom tossed TWO scoreless . . .
he was helped immensely by the “best friend” in the 5th (runner at 1B initially called safe but, M’s challenged, the call was over-turned and the M’s were out of the inning via the DP). Tom also threw a 1-2-3 6th
} Joe entered in the 7th (after Tom got a K but then walked the next guy) and walked the first and only batter he faced
} In came Nando who allowed an inherited runs to score on a ground out but, then got another ground ball to end the 7th. In the 8th, Nando allowed a hit but was able to hold the Sox scoreless that frame.
} Carson committed the cardinal sin in the 9th – lead-off walk and the RS sent the game to extras via a ground out RBI and THREE singles (thank heavens the RS sent Big Papi, as he was dead meat at home). In the 10th, Carson AGAIN allowed a lad-off walk (are you sensing a pattern here?) but, thankfully, buckled down and STRUCK OUT THE SIDE!!!
} Rob was great: he also walked a guy in the 11th but, got a couple of HUGE strikeouts (including Big Papi!) but, another lead-off walk in the 12th and Lloyd called to the pen, yet again.
} Danny to the rescue! TWO quick strikeouts and a ground ball he fielded himself earned him his first save of the season!

AT the PLATE
Where to start?!? not surprising when there are EIGHTEEN hits :-)
~ SIX players with multi-hit games
~ Robbie with his second career FIVE-hit game
~ Robbie and Guti with back-to-back homers in the 1st (Robbie’s w/Ketel aboard)
~ Guti with another homer in the 3rd, this one a THREE-run shot!
~ Ketel had a great day – TWO doubles, TWO walks and TWO runs scored
~ AJ recorded TWO stolen bases and TWO hits and scored the NINTH run in the 12th
~ Nellie added what seemed at the time a nice insurance run – a solo shot in the 7th that made it 8-4
~ Zu and Kyle each with RBI singles in the 12th
~ Seth had a pinch hit triple and Brad pinch-ran and scored the M’s TENTH run in the 12th

IN the FIELD
* Vidal with a pick-off of Betts at 1B
* seems like they had endless chances at DP’s but, only ended up with ONE (Ketel to Robbie to Jesus M)
* Seth had an OF assist of Big Papi at home

tweets of the game . . . 

g117 | TEN is usually WAY more than enough . . .

Mariners 10 | Red Sox 22

football or baseball

If I told you the M’s would collect 13 hits, including 3 home runs, and score 10  . . . .
^ likely your assumption would be WIN
^ likely your assumption would be correct – 99 times out of 100
Unfortunately, the other side scored three touchdowns/extra points +1, so it wasn’t even close

ON the MOUND
Felix’s TWO worst outings of his career have come this season . . .
today: TWO.ONE innings ~ TWELVE hits ~ TEN runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeout
Jun12: .ONE inning ~ FIVE hits ~ EIGHT runs/earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout

Let’s not dwell, let’s move on (and hope there isn’t something wrong with Felix)

As for the pen, they had their issues as well . . .
} Danny was just re-called and was able to go nearly THREE innings but, gave up ONE run
} Joe and Dave each gave up FOUR runs
} Tom was the only one who didn’t allow a run
) Bless his heart, Jesus S pitched an inning (for the second time this season) to help save the BP: after getting ONE quick out, he gave up a single and then got another out but then a double, a homer, a single and the RS had THREE more

AT the PLATE
As mentioned earlier, if you just looked at the offensive box score, you’d have been happy . . . .
~ THIRTEEN hits
~ TEN runs
~ THREE home runs (Zu with a solo shot, AJ and Nellie each w/TWO run blasts)
~ Ketel, AJ, Nellie, Mark and Zu each w/TWO run games

So, the moral victory is that they kept fighting. Even though these last TWO games are extreme outliers, I continue to be much more concerned with the number of runs Mariners pitching has been allowing this season than the lack of runs Mariners hitting has been scoring this season.

IN the FIELD
* a nice DP for the first TWO outs of the 1st (Felix to Ketel to Jesus M)
* the Red Sox turned TWO against
* Jesus M with his first error

tweets of the game . . .