g99 | tonight, ‘t was the Mariners who were “amazing”

Mariners 5 | Mets 2






Roenis comes back firing . . .
it took him 90 pitches to get through 5+ (and, he left as a precaution – forearm cramps) but, he earns his first victory since June 22 (vs. Royals). Skip praised his command, his change up and poise.
FIVE.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} Yes, Mr. Leone owes Mr. Ackley a steak dinner (see IN the FIELD for Ackley’s catch of Leone’s first pitch). He gave up a couple of hits but no runs
} Charlie got a couple of outs, including a strikeout
} Brandon continues to dazzle in his new role (has yet to give up a run in 14 innings) and went 1.1 tonight
} Danny made his first appearance since that epic battle in Anaheim on Friday – he posted a scoreless 9th

Willie was leading off and, apparently, for good reason . . .
THREE hits, TWO runs scored an RBI and a SB
~ Dustin also with THREE hits and an RBI
~ Kyle and Stefen each with TWO hits
~ Zu with a MAMMOTH home run to break the 1-1 tie in the 3rd
~ Willie, Robbie, Corey and Dustin all with doubles

Ack with a WEB GEM!!!!!
WHAT A CATCH – seriously robbing d’Arnaud of a home run! His glove was OVER the wall . . .

* Endy and James both with nice running catches
* Rare error by Robbie

tweets of the game . . . 


g98 | oh. so. close.

Mariners 5 | Angels 6

this close

I wasn’t able to see this one (as I was attending my fabulous father-in-law’s 90th birthday party!). Although I did hear the bottom of the 9th in the car on the way home :-(

‘t was a heart-breaker today but, to lose the first game in SIXTEEN innings, to win the second game in TWELVE innings and to have the third game come down to the 9th – I’d say the M’s are no longer looked upon as a ‘weak sister’ in the ALW (where they are 27-23)

As I’ve pointed out many times, the M’s play to the level of their competition like nobody’s business . . .
^ 28-18 vs .500 or better teams
^ 24-28 vs under .500 teams


Chris posted yet another QS, impressive considering the competition . . .
He threw a LOT of pitches and gave up a LOT of hits (including THREE doubles and TWO homers) but walked ZERO and was able to manage severe damage control. FIVE of his SEVEN strikeouts came in the first TWO innings
SIX innings ~ TEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Yourvis pitched the 7th and recorded TWO strikeouts but also gave up a run to get the Halos one run closer at the time (5-4)
} In the 8th, Joe gave up a single and a fly out and Nando came in to get the final TWO outs. Unfortunately, he shot his arrow ONE inning too soon, as he would return for the 9th and . . . walk Trout, give up the game-tying double to Pujols, give up a single to Hamilton, IBB Kendrick and, AMAZINGLY, get Freese to GDIP (including an out at home of course) to extend the inning and the game. But then, after IBB’ing Navaro (Friday night’s 16th inning hero) Green would get a base hit – the game winner. And Nando would get the loss AND the blown save (his third).

Started out oh, so promising . . .
Kyle hit a TWO out solo homer in the first and then FOUR consecutive singles (Stefen, Justin, Corey, Dustin) scored TWO more giving the M’s the 3-0 lead in the 1st

Kudos to Halos pitcher Skaggs who really settled down, keeping the M’s off the board in innings 2-6. But, in the 7th, the M’s broke through again . . .
Zu collected a ONE out RBI double (scoring JJ, who pinch ran for Corey) and then Endy hit a TWO out single to score Zu

~ Willie was the only starter without at least ONE hit
~ Kyle and Zu both had TWO hits
~ RBI and runs were sprinkled nicely throughout the lineup

Since I didn’t see or hear (except the 9th) all I can say re: the DEE is . . .
what a double-play (the second of the game) in the bottom of the 9th!


tweets of the game . . . 


g97 | bonus baseball . . . SO much more fun when the #GoodGuysWin

Mariners 3 | Angels 2 (12)


Felix did more than his part as usual . . .
Surprising that walked TWO batters in ONE inning TWICE (not sure what the issue was but, have to wonder if it had anything to do with not having Mike behind the plate – nothing against Jesus . . . it’s just that Felix is so used to Mike)
SEVEN innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE run ~ ZERO earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ NINE strikeouts

} Yourvis, Joe, Brandon and Nando kept ‘em right where they were through the next THREE innings (including a Nando strikeout of Trout for the third out in the 9th)

Then, for the second straight night, the bullpen was called upon to dig deep . . .
} Dom gave up a solo shot in the 11th (luckily, at that point the M’s had a 2-run lead)
} Charlie earned his FIRST major league SAVE by pitching a scoreless 12th to preserve sweet victory

Hits and runs proved to be ever-so-precious for both sides (just like last night) but, the M’s were able to do JUST enough, despite Richards going FIFTEEN up, FIFTEEN down . . .
Dustin had TWO hits (including one of the M’s THREE doubles – Kyle and LoMo with the others) and scored the M’s first run (on a single by Jesus in the 6th)

The top of the 12th was a thing of beauty and a bit frustrating at the same time…
Kyle and LoMo had back-to-back doubles that gave the M’s the lead (2-1) and then Endy laid down a PERFECT bunt that stays fair and allows him to be safe at first AND to move LoMo to 2B. After Dustin strikes out, Justin pinch hits for Jesus and, with the bases loaded, singles up the 3B line (nearly a bunt single) to score LoMo and extend the M’ lead to 3-1 – James and Stefen would both make outs (hence the slightly frustrating part – though much abaited by the win ;-) )

The 7th started out pretty ugly . . .
with runners at at 1B and 2B, the batter hit one up the middle that Brad had to dive for and he couldn’t get it to Robbie so, he ended up air-mailing it from his knees to LoMo at 1B which allowed the tying run to score. With runners at the corners, a chopper was fielded and they were able to tag Hamilton out betwixt #b and home.
* In the 8th, LoMo and Brad couldn’t quite turn TWO when there was a chopper to 1B and LoMo threw to Brad at the 2B bag to get the lead runner but, Yourvis was a bit late to the 1B bag
* Jesus with a great throw to Robbie to nail Hamilton (trying to steal 2B) for the third out in the 11th
* Kyle had a line-snare of a sure double for the second out in the 12th and also made a snag for the third out

tweets of the game . . .


g96 | not so sweet sixteen . . .

Mariners 2 | Angels 3 (16)



Though he didn’t get the victory, Kuma did his thing vs. the Halos tonight . . .
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

The bullpen, however, had to go a bit more than the customary TWO innings – they combined for . . .
NINE innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ TEN strikeouts

} In the 8th, it was one batter each: LEFT (Joe) RIGHT (Yourvis) LEFT (Charlie)
} Danny had TWO strikeouts in a scoreless 9th and then, in the 10th, an ABSOLUTE thing of beauty w/ONE out and a runner at 1B, Danny STRUCK out Trout and Zu THREW out Calhoun trying to steal 2B to end the inning
} Brandon (flame) threw a scoreless 11th (touching 100mph at one point) w/TWO strikeouts
} Tom, was the star of the pen, taking 52 pitches (37 for strikes) to throw FOUR complete innings, giving up ZERO runs, ONE hit, NO walks and striking out FOUR in innings 12-15
} Dom, however, gave up the bullpen’s only walk and only run, that came via TWO doubles, and it proved to be the decider in the 16th

opportunities abounded in the first NINE and the next SEVEN . . .
~ through the first NINE, the M’s left NINE men on base (including bases-loaded in the 6th and TWO on in the 7th after tying the game) with doubles by Justin and Dustin, walks by Robbie and LoMo and RBI singles by Brad and Endy
~ through the next SEVEN, they had at least ONE man aboard in EVERY inning, but the Halos bullpen was up to the task every bit as much as the M’s. The 10th looked to start out really well, as Robbie lined a double – but wait – Halos challenged and the safe call at 2B was overturned (and, rightly so and his foot came off the bag for a second as he was coming up from his slide and the baseman kept the tag on his back). So, instead of a lead-off double, it was an out. And, the 11th was really deflating as Justin singled, Dustin moved him over with a sac bunt (his second of the game – after going the entire first half without ONE) then Brad lined out to the pitcher who doubled Willie (pinch running for Justin) off 2B

an  a l m o s t  awesome play at the plate in the 5th . . .
* Freese hit a double and got to 3B on a great relay from Endy to Robbie to Zu – it was to the plate in time but, Mike dropped the ball, was charged with the error and the Halos got their first run
* the very next batter, JJ made an awesome, diving catch in shallow center field, holding Freese at 3B
* Justin with a super back up play on a bunt by Kendrick, Danny was off the mound like a shot but, the ball went off his glove and Justin was right there to underhand to Robbie covering at 1B to get the speedy Kendrick

tweets of the game . . . 


g95 | TWO outta THREE ain’t bad . . .


Mariners 1 | Athletics 4

2 out of 3

Mr. Young cruised through the first FOUR innings . . .
- He retired the side in order in the 1st, 2nd and 4th, allowed a double, but no runs, in the 3rd
- Then in the 5th, a double, a walk and TWO singles gave the A’s a 2-1 lead
- He gave up a homer to Moss (21st) in the 6th, his last inning, to extend the A’s lead to 3-1
six innings ~ five hits ~ three earned runs ~ one walk ~ two strikeouts

} The bully of Danny, Charlie, Brandon and Joe combined for ONE run (solo shot by Punto off Joe, who hadn’t given up a run since April 26th) on TWO hits, NO walks and TWO strikeouts

Scoring was early but, not often, tip o’ the cap to Sonny Gray . . . 
~ M’s first and only run came in the 1st inning when JJ singled, got to 3B on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt and scored on a ground out by Robbie. None of their SIX hits were for extra bases and All Star Seager was the only one with multiple hits.
~ Speaking of Kyle – he had a rough AB/on base stint in the 6th – he singled right after taking a foul ball off his foot then was hit by a batted ball as he was advancing from 1B to 2B on a hit by LoMo. The really sucky thing is that it was the third out :(

* NO DP’s on either side
* Really nice one hop back-handed snare by Brad for the 1st out of the 9th
* Justin was busy in his second game back w/SEVEN POs at 1B, so was Dustin – he recored EIGHT POs in LF

tweets of the game . . .


four star




Good Luck and Best Wishes to our FOUR All Stars . . .

Felix, Robbie, Kyle and Nando – we know you’ll do us proud!!!






g94 | of Kuma K’s, Seager Believers and Robbie Clobbies . . .

four star

Before the game it was announced that the M’s would have a fourth representative at the 2014 All Star Game . . .

Fernando Rodney will help represent the M’s (along with Felix, Robbie and Kyle). He replaces David Price (who is pitching tomorrow, so would be unavailable). But, Nando is plenty deserving with his league leading 27 saves. And, it’s only right that the BEST BULLPEN IN BASEBALL has representation at the mid-summer classic.

Congrats to ALL of our ALL STARS – you make us PROUD!!!


Now back to the pretty awesome ALW showdown that was played tonight . . .

The Bear picked right back up where he left off vs. the Twins . . .
- He struck out the side in order in the 1st
- Gave up a couple of singles with ONE out and was able to strike out TWO more to end the 2nd
- Retired the side in order in the 3rd
- One aboard via an error, eventually erased on a nifty DP (see IN the FIELD) in the 4th
- Retired the side in order in the 5th
- Gave up a single in the 6th
- Retired the side in order in the 7th AND 8th
- Came ONE out away from a complete game but, allowed a lead-off single and then a TWO out homer
- lost the shut-out but, earned his EIGHTH victory
Another item worth pointing out . . .
the A’s lead the MAJORS in walks with 359 – Kuma walked ZERO
EIGHT.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

~ The M’s went quietly in the 1st but, made Chavez work in the 2nd, after Kyle struck out, Corey doubled and Dustin singled him home for the M’s first run. Jesus struck out between walks by Brad and Endy and then JJ grounded out. Nice to see Dustin and Corey (who have been struggling mightily) contributing.
~ Brad was tossed in the 4th for arguing a strikeout call. I listening to the A’s broadcast here and there (via MLB At Bat) and it was kind of comical and very obvious that their announcers have NO love lost with the  home plate umpire tonight (Bob Davidson) as they went on and on about him, inferring that he’s just a bit egotistical (Willie took over at SS for Brad). Apparently, Keith Law doesn’t think too highly of him either . . .

~ Kyle showing his All-Star ways, drives Robbie home and follows right behind him via his 15th homer (13th at Home Sweet Safeco (to make it 3-0)
~ the 8th was pretty interesting as it played out . . . Willie singles and Jesus moves him along with a bunt (we finally have a bunter!) and then Endy singled and Willie was motoring – but, the single was fielded by Cesdepdes who has a rocket for an arm and he just nailed Willie at the plate (Lloyd challenged but, the call was upheld). But wait – there’s more! JJ walked and Robbie went Clobbie :) (making it 6-0 at the time)

* Super Duper DP to end the top of the 4th – Kyle had to charge it but, was able to make a strong throw to Robbie who, of course, completes the turn to LoMo at 1B
* In the 8th, All-Star Kyle makes a fabulous over-the-bag snare and then an across-the-body throw to LoMo who digs it out (he’s been MORE than respectable at 1B) to get the speedy gentry for the third out.

tweets of the game . . . 


g93 | the High Court approves of 50

Mariners 3 | Athletics 2

‘t is a losing battle to attempt finding not-yet-used superlatives to describe our Felix . . .
His performance tonight was nothing short of spectacular. Yes, he gave up TWO runs on THREE hits in the first but, he then he gave up only THREE more hits, TWO walks and ZERO runs in the other SEVEN full he pitched – total of 101 pitches (73 for strikes) to earn his ELEVENTH victory (most ever in his career prior to the break) . . .
EIGHT innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts

} ‘t was a little bit of nervous time in the 9th (quiver meter reading about a 3.5 – w/1.0 being a 1-2-3 and 10.0 being a blown save) for the first time in awhile (including a walk and a wild pitch) but, Nando got it done for his TWENTY-SEVENTH save, preserving Felix’s ELEVENTH victory (most ever for him prior to the break) and the M’s FIFTIETH win (first time to 50 before the break since 2003)

Not as many hits as the last couple of games and still only ONE w/RISP but . . .
~ FOUR of the SIX total were for extra-bases: doubles by Brad, JJ and Robbie and a solo shot by LoMo
~ Home runs are always fun, especially when they come on the 8th pitch of the AB
~ A little small ball is fun too, and it tied the game in the 3rd (Brad double, Zu groundout, Endy sac-fly)
~ Back-to-back doubles, with TWO out, are really fun (JJ and Robbie in the 6th), especially when they take the lead

* Really nice DP (Kyle-to-Robbie-to-Justin) for the first TWO outs in the 8th, then Felix got a grounder to end the inning
* The M’s had TWO DP’s turned against them and, as I was watching in person, it seemed like there were a TON of outs to 1B – sure enough, SIX of them (aside from the DPs)

tweets of the game . . .


my photos of the game . . .

Yedlin throws out the first pitch!

Yedlin throws out the first pitch!

All Rise for The King!

All Rise for The King!

The King's Court AND The High Court

The King’s Court AND The High Court

a Happy Seattle Safeco Summer Sunset

a Happy Seattle Safeco Summer Sunset