g18 | either: O – (P+D) = L ~or~ (P+D) – O = L

Mariners 2 | Twins 4 

disjointed 2
Seems the theme of the season is . . .
~ when the M’s get pitching and defense, they get NO hitting
~ when the M’s get hitting, they get NO pitching OR defense

WAY past time to get it all together! Here’s to a successful road trip


Roenis’ first start (called up due to Kuma’s DL stint: grade1 lat strain, out 2-4 weeks) was,  a l m o s t  a QS. He had runners on base in every inning but the 5th but, was able to get out of jam after jam. And, according to Lloyd (who was ejected) and the numerous “umps in the stands”, it should have been MUCH better ;-)
FIVE.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

The bully got a work out today . . .
} Carson, Tyler, Danny, Nando combined for THREE.ONE innings, giving up only TWO hits and TWO walks and ZERO runs
} Tyler posted a 1-2-3 10th but lost it with a walk, a bunt, an IBB and a TWO-run triple

XBH were once again plentiful (THREE doubles and a homer). Alas, OH fer TWELVE w/RISP and they stranded a runner at 3B in FOUR different innings (TWICE w/less than TWO outs)
~ Robbie breaks his ELEVEN game hitting streak
~ Seth with his first homer as a Mariner and, there was NO doubt about it . . .

Well .  . .
* at lease no errors today but, a few less than stellar attempts in the OF
* nice Strike-em-Out, Throw-em-Out DP to end the 3rd

tweets of the game . . . 


g17| of fielding errors, pitchers walks and general yuckiness . . .

Mariners 5 | Twins 8


So, I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday and, needless to say, this game did nothing to improve my mental, physical or emotional condition :-(

The offense continues, for the most part to do what should be enough but the defense is totally breaking down which is not helping the already struggling starters not name Felix or Happ.

James didn’t get much help early from his defense. who played a big part in the Twins ability to score a run without the benefit of a hit in the 1st (though James’ TWO walks didn’t help matters either). After that, he retired SIX straight before the homer in the 4th but, another walk and an error and a hit in the 5th and that would be it for JP, who had thrown a TON (106) of pitches and ended up with a rather odd line . . .
FOUR.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR runs ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

The bullpen didn’t fair any better . .
} Dom, Tyler and Yoervis combined for THREE innings ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout
} Lucas faired the best of the bunch (in his 2015 debut, called up when Kuma went on the DL) going TWO.ONE innings and allowing TWO walks and recording TWO strikeouts but ZERO hits or runs

Only EIGHT total hits from the offense but, considering that included FOUR doubles and a homer, should have been enough
The Good News . . .
~ Robbie extended his hitting streak to ELEVEN with a solid single in the 1st
~ ONE thru FOUR in the order went 7/17 with FOUR runs and FOUR RBI
The Bad News . . .
~ FIVE thru NINE in the order wnet 1/18 with ONE run and ONE RBI
~ Zu recorded TWO more strikeouts and LoMo continues to hit balls right at people

ugh! the errors and blunders are starting to mount . . .
* TWO errors (Kyle and AJ) in the 1st led to bases loaded with only ONE out
* Kyle had another error in the 5th that helped give the Twins the lead they would not reliquish

tweets of the game . . . 

g16 | The King . . . of efficiency (and, Seattle!)

King Felix . . .
NINE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ZERO runs/earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ NINE strikeouts
bullpen needed that!
nuf said.

~ Only SIX total hits (and a LOT of line drive outs – not just by LoMo ;-) )
~ THREE for extra-bases, including Nellie’s NINTH homer  & LoMo’s FIRST (in fact, his FIRST XBH) and Kyle’s FOURTH double
~ ZERO walks (and Felix didn’t allow one either – seems rather rare to have NO walks in the ENTIRE game!)

Brad had an error but, LoMo had the PLAY of the GAME . . .

tweets of the game . . .

g15 | It’s a HAPPy Day when the arrow flies!

Mainers 3 | Astros 2

Just what the doctor (er, Lloyd) ordered . . .
A starter pitching into the 8th + just enough OH + solid DEE + #TFRE = M’s WIN!!!

Great to see a starter pitching into the 8th
Way to go, JA!
He gave up his hits (including two doubles and a homer) but, he limited the damage and GAVE THEM INNINGS!!!
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Yoervis made it a little scary in the 8th after JA got a bunt groundout (fielded himself), YM issued a walk, a fly out, a SB, a walk, a walk and (FINALLY!) a K (whew!)
} Enter the Archer and, thankfully, he had his quiver ready tonight. ‘t was the full FRE (Fernando Rodney Experience): strikeout, single, single, pop-up and groundout and in the end, the arrow flew for Nando’s FOURTH Save and JA’s FIRST victory!

Bottom third gettin’ it done tonight!
~ Ack, Brad and Zu were FIVE for NINE with TWO RBI and a run scored (Zu’s homer)

~ LoMo walked and scored ultimately the winning run (Brad’s 4th inning single)
~ Robbie extended his hitting streak to NINE games with a single in the 8th
~ Nellie started another streak (scoring AJ with an RBI single in the 1st, thanks to AJ’s steal of 2nd)

* Nellie with another great grab at the wall in the 8th to save an XBH
* Nice DP after JA gave up the homer and a single in the 7th
* JA slides to snare a bunt for the first (and his last) out of 8th

tweets of the game . . . 


g14 | Taijuan re-bounds, bullpen re-gurgitates

Mariners 3 | Astros 6

sad kitty

To me, this is one of the toughest losses so far. A starter who’s been struggling seemed to turn things around (in a big way!), the offense does   j  u  s  t   enough against a pitcher that’s killed them in the past and then the bullpen fails them.

Taijuan looking more like Taijuan tonight – he needed that (though he didn’t deserve the ultimate result)
He threw a LOT of pitches (101) for 5.1 innings and walked too many but, he also struck out a LOT of ‘stros . . .
FIVE.ONE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ FOUR walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} Dom struck out the first hitter he faced in the 6th (taking over for Tai with TWO on ONE out) then Brad blocked a grounder with his body, loading the bases but saving a run – a fly ball to AJ in CF ended the inning
} Carson needed just THIRTEEN pitches to retire the ‘stros in order in the 7th – and things were looking promising!

and then came “eff and eff” . . .
} Charlie and Danny did NOT have it tonight, to say the least. The Astros had only FIVE hits thru SEVEN innings. In the 8th they went: error, single, single (Charlie gives way to Danny) walk, single, double, pop-up, walk, GDIP – what was a 3-1 lead turned into a 6-3 deficit.
Granted, the home plate umpire’s calls may have had a bit to do with it but, that’s baseball :-(
} Nando struck out the side in order in the 9th ~in a non-save situation~ small miracles!

Not a huge night offensively – but, it should have been enough :-(
RUNS – Ack, Kyle and ZU (good to see him hit a solid line drive and, zero strikeouts)
RBI – Robbie (2) and Brad (1)

* Brad made a nice grab of a deep pop-up and a great throw home (the runner was called safe but it was over-turned)
* Fine running catch by Seth to snag a would-be extra-base hit in RF (he can get on base and he can play RF!)
* Brad tries to dive for a ball in the infield but just blocks it and saves a run
* Robbie with an error on the first play of the ill-fated 8th
* ONE double-play – it ended the ill-fated 8th but, by then it was too little, too late

tweets of the game . . . 

g13 | hits keep on comin’, starters keep on strugglin’

Mariners 5 | Astros 7

tired bear

Kuma’s struggles continue . . .
TWO doubles, TWO homers and only ONE 1-2-3 inning (the 3rd)
FIVE.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Medina took over for Kuma in the 5th and promptly allowed an inherited runner to score an unearned runs via Kyle’s error and then a single to score another run
} Charlie was on it: fly out and strikeout to end the 6th (all tied AGAIN at FIVE) and then a strikeout in the 7th
} Danny wasn’t exactly Danny tonight: TWO quick outs to end the 7th but then, a lead-off homer in the 8th and a single and a double to score another making it 5-7 going into the bottom of the 8th
} Carson walked a man in the 9th but escaped damage with a couple of strikeouts and a ground out and still sports 0.00ERA

Ducks all OVER the pond early and, while they kept pace with the ‘stros, they should have had more when they had the chance . . .
~ Seth continues to impress: lead-off double in the 2nd and worked a NINE pitch walk in the 3rd
~ Robbie with TWO doubles and TWO runs scored
~ Brad with an RBI single in the 2nd (to tie the game at ONE)
~ Nellie with an RBI single in the 3rd (to tie the game at TWO) and an RBI double in the 5th (to tie the game at THREE)
~ Kyle with an RBI single in the 5th (to go ahead 4-3) and – a stolen base!
~ Middle of the order 6/12 with THREE RBI and FOUR runs scored
~ Zu with TWO K’s but a sac-fly RBI (to put the M’s ahead 5-3) and a walk (baby steps)
~ LoMo finally had a hit that had eyes ;-)
~ To say Austin had a very rough night would be the understatement of the season: 0/5 w/THREE K’s

* Another error by the GG’er at 3B (TWO in TWO games – won’t happen often)
* Nice running basket catch by Cruz in the 7th
* nice DP to end the 8th (Robbie-Brad-LoMo)
* nice diving play to rob Houston of a lead-off base hit in the 9th

tweets of the game . . . 

g12 | first HOME series VICTORY!!!

Mariners 11 | Rangers 10

roller coaster

Talk about a roller coaster (and Nando wasn’t even in the game!)
– Up 2-0 after 1st
Down 2-7 going to bottom 3rd
– Chippin’ away, still down 5-7 after 3rd
Down 5-10 after 6th
– Chippin’ away, still down 6-10 after 7
Chippin’ away, new game 9-10 after 8

WALK-OFF WIN . . . 11-10 :-) :-) :-)

Not James’ afternoon . . .
though, to be fair, that 3rd inning wasn’t all his fault (only TWO of the SEVEN runs were earned)
TWO.TWO innings ~ NINE hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout

} Tyler started out pretty well – got the last out of the 3rd for James, struck out Prince (TWICE!) and, despite a walk and a HBP, posted a scoreless 4th AND 5th. But, he allowed THREE runs in the 6th on a lead-off double, and IBB and a single (and a single and an RBI ground out via Carson’s outing)
} Dom had a nice (maybe over-looked) outing: TWO hitless/scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout
} Yoervis allowed a hit, a walk and recorded a strikeout but NO runs in the 9th

SEVENTEEN hits – only FOUR for extra-bases . . .
~ ONE double (Robbie) and THREE homers (Austin and Nellie)
~ Homers in Cream = Austin’s first this season, Nellie’s seventh AND eighth (now leads the majors!)

How ’bout THIS for a middle of the order?!?
NINE for FIFTEEN with FOUR runs, FOUR walks and NINE RBI

Really great to see the lead-off guy on base FOUR times . . .
Austin had the lead-off homer but, also drew a walk and another couple of hits (including an RBI to tie the game in the 9th)

And, they were able to grind out AB’s in the 8th and 9th . . .
~ SIX walks – including ONE IBB to Robbie (when has THAT ever happened?!?) and FOUR singles recorded FIVE runs!
~ Seth pinch hit in the 8th and worked walks in BOTH the 8th and the 9th and scored BOTH times

* Nellie with a nice sliding catch for the first out of the game (continues to prove he’s more than serviceable in RF)
* Nice running grab/throw by Willie at short to end the top of the 6th
* Justin with a great “sun-ball” catch on the track
* Kyle and Willie each with an error (Kyle really making up for his with THREE RBI)

tweets of the game . . .