the countdown begins . . .

Sadly, the gridiron season ended much too soon for Seahawks fans but . . .

the good news is those of us who also love the M’s can get back to that diamond focus!

Although, I must admit, my attention and heart has been elsewhere for the past month or so, as I became a first time grandma in December – and, so far, it’s been quite the journey (see my other blog: Letters from GiGi). Can’t wait to take my grandson to Seahawks and M’s games :-)

Anyway, was listening to KIRO 710 on the way home tonight and caught most of the interview with new Mariners manager: Scott Servais. I was quite impressed. He’s fairly soft spoken but, very thoughtful and articulate. I’ve heard various concerns regarding the fact that he’s never been a field manager but, listening to his experience with scouting, in the front front office, his history of working directly with Jerry Dipoto as well as the experienced coaches he’s surrounded himself with, gives me confidence :-)

And, he has a plan and a vision.

Yes, we’ve heard that before but, I’m drinking the kool-aid because both he and Jerry seem to go out of their way to ensure everyone knows that it’s not just a plan for the big club. It is an organizational philosophy that will trickle down and float up. A competitive environment and a winning atmosphere – from Everett to Seattle and everywhere in-between.

hmmm… that sort of brings me back to the Hawks . . .

sounds a bit familiar, doesn’t it?

If Scott and Jerry can come anywhere close to Pete and John’s success, we are in for a fabulous summer ride for years to come <3

 

 

g160-162 | season end, changes no doubt a comin’

Sorry folks (for anyone that actually reads this blog and expects new content on a regular basis) . . .

I’ve been a bit distracted in that I’m going to be a first time grandma in a few months and, my daughter who lives out of town was visiting for her baby shower <3

anyhoo, here’s the box scores for historical purposes (sad that I actually had tickets to TWO of the games but, had to skip (yes, somethings DO take precedence over baseball ;-) )

Mariners 2 | Athletics 4

Mariners 5 | Athletics 7

Mariners 3 | Athletics 2

I’ll be chiming in on the changes that are bound to come . . . soon.

g159 | johnny all-staff starts

Mariners 6 | Astros 7

some do well, some do not . . .

bull pen

ON the MOUND
We knew going into the game, it would be a bullpen day . . .
} Tony Zych started things off well, going TWO.TWO giving up THREE hits but NO runs or walks and FOUR strikeouts
} Mayckol Guaipe did not fair so well , giving up TWO runs on THREE hits and ONE walk
} Logan Kensing gave up ONE run and was only able to retire ONE batter
} Ron Rasmussen retired the only batter he faced via a strikeout
} JC Ramirez had the roughest night of all allowing THREE runs on TWO hits and a walk
} Joe and Dave each posted a scoreless inning
} Danny lasted TWO full and allowed ONE run on THREE hits and posted THREE strikeouts

AT the PLATE
TWELVE total hits but, only TWO for extra-bases . . .
~ both homers as Kyle (26th) and Nellie (44th) go back-to-back in the 5th (both career highs!)
~ Ketel had TWO hits and Jesus S had THREE! (first career THREE hit game)

IN the FIELD
not a terrific night in the field FIVE total errors (FOUR by the ‘stros)

tweets of the game . . .

g158 | undefeated in the Dipoto era!

Mariners 6 | Astros 4

rally jig

Shawn O’Mallye with the Rally Jig!!!

ON the MOUND
Vidal threw a few too many pitches (and a couple in the wrong spot) but, kept ’em in it . . .
FIVE innings ~ SIX hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

bully, bully!
JC, Carson and Tom combined for FOUR innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE run ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
(and Tom earned his second win – recording FIVE outs)

AT the PLATE
Only NINE total hits but, they made ’em count!
~ Nellie and Robbie both with sac-flies in the 1st
~ Robbie with his TWENTIETH homer (a two-run shot )to tie the game at 4 in the 6th)
~ Shawn with a two-run single (w/the bases loaded) to give the M’s the lead in the 8th

IN the FIELD
Not much defense (on either side)
* no DPs
* M’s with one error (Jesus S) and Astros w/TWO

tweets of the game . . . 

the big news came yesterday, PC this morning . . . 

g157 | oh woes is the ‘stros

Mariners 2 | Astros 3

eaor

ON the MOUND
Roenis through a ton of pitches but, kept ’em in it giving up only TWO solo shots . . . 
SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Danny allowed a solo shot in the 7th and took the loss
} Tony, Joe and Mayckol combined for TWO scoreless

AT the PLATE
Ketel hit his FIRST Safeco Field homer (second total) but, other than that milestone, not much to see here . . .
only FOUR total hits (Ketel’s homer the only one for extra bases)

IN the FIELD
* TWO DPs, including this unassisted one from LoMo

tweets of the game . . . 

g154-156 | swept outta LaLaLand . . .

Mariners 4 | Angles 8

Mariners 2 | Angels 3

Mariners 2 | Angels 3

the stand out from this series (unfortunately) was this play that WOULD have been a THREE-run homer for Jesus M but, Trout got in the way . . .