g154 | team meltdown . . .









Mariners 1 | Astros 10 

Mr Young’s struggled continued . . .
He gave up TWO 2-run homers in the 1st, an RBI double in the 2nd and back-to-back solo shots in the 4th which is when Lloyd finally made the switch . . .
THREE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Erasmo came in to relieve Chris and basically cruised through the 4th, 5th and 6th allowing only a walk and a single and no runs. Then came the 7th – where a THREE-run homer sealed the deal for the ‘stros
} Lucas had mop up duty – retired the side in order in the 9th

Move along, nothing to see here but, ONE walk by Austin, who scored the only run on Robbie’s RBI hit . . .
Things looked good in the 4th with THREE straight singles and no outs – Chris T struckout and Austin grounded into a (controversial – out on interference) double play. Only THREE more scattered singles the rest of the way.

Only ONE double-play turned but, THREE turned against them

tweets of the game . . .


g153 | Tai and the ‘pen JUST enough, the bats MORE than enough . . .

Mariners 10 | Astros 5

Taijuan threw a LOT of pitches in the 1st (26, to be exact) and allowed ONE run but . . .
he then settled down and allowed only scattered singles and a couple of walks and ONE more run the rest of the way (nice to see the 1-2-3 bottom of the 4th after the M’s O exploded in the top of the inning) . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Brandon appeared to be a bit rusty, considering he promptly gave up a double and a single for a run but, in the 7th retired all THREE straight
} Yourvis (who makes me more nervous than Nando) didn’t have a good day or had bad luck or both. A total of THREE singles and a ground out accounted for the TWO runs he allowed.
} Joe and Danny closed out the 9th with no hits and a couple of strikeouts

ahhh . . . . where to start?
~ Astros out hit the Mariners THIRTEEN to TWELVE but, the M’s had FOUR homers and a double
~ Ack with TWO homers and Kyle and Zu each had THREE-run shots in the same inning (the 4th)
~ Robbie had THREE hits, ONE an RBI single that was his 900th career RBI
~ Michael, Kendrys and Brad, the only starters withOUT at least ONE hit, combined for FIVE walks
~ Austin, James and LoMo each with stolen bases (Michael was caught)

TWO DP’s turned and THREE turned against them

tweets of the game . . .


g152 | 11 K’s, 9th inning drama and 46 arrows

What a game! Felix was mowing down the AAAAngels (since they clinched last night, no starters were in). But, the Halos pitching was returning the favor . . . until the 9th

As per usual, Felix was awesome . . .

} Though not sharp, Charlie and Tom managed to combine for a scoreless 8th
} Nando registering about 7.5 on the #QuiverMeter, allowing a ONE-out homer, committing an error (dropped toss from LoMo at 1B) but then getting a ground out and a strikeout – to earn . . .

Other than Robbie’s 1st inning TWO-out double, the M’s only scattered singles, until the 9th . . .
~Kendrys got a TWO-out single
~ JJ (who’d been ready and waiting ALL night long) pinch ran
~ JJ ended up on 2B via a pick-off attempt gone wrong
~ Kyle was then intentionally walked and THEN . . .

Zero DP’s turned and Nando had a little boo-boo at the 1B bag – thankfully, it didn’t matter

tweets of the game . . .


LOVE that Felix has his own stat (and he increased his lead in the category tonight!  :-)


g151 | UP down, UP down, UP down . . .

One night they are riding high, winning and the right teams losing.
The next night stellar starter but frozen bats and the wrong teams winning.

Mariners 0 | Angels 5

James was spectacular through SIX, allowing only TWO singles and NO walks . . .

and then came the 7th when he allowed TWO one-out singles that added up to the Angels first run. He then intentionally walked Aybar and struck out Inanetta and in came Danny who promptly gave up a homer to Crone and TWO runs were charged to James – who ended with a line I think we’d still take most nights . . .
SIX.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Bullpen was a tale of TWO relievers . . .
} Just wasn’t Danny’s night. Aside from giving up the THREE-run homer on the third pitch he threw, he allowed a walk on SIX pitches and then an RBI double on ONE pitch. Didn’t get out of the inning :-(
} Dom came in to get that seemingly elusive final out of the 7th (a K of Trout) and also retired the side in order in the 8th (which, unfortunately, was the last inning required for the Halos)

Not often walks exceed hits . . . 
~ M’s first base-runner wasn’t until the 4th (Robbie walked)
~ M’s first (and ONLY) hit wasn’t until the 5th (Justin singled)
~ M’s first runner past 1B wasn’t until the 7th when JJ stole 2B (pinch running for Kendrys who’s walked)

Everything bad happened in the 7th, including TWO rare fielding errors . . .
* Chris D’s got the Halos going
* Robbie’s missed catch advanced a runner to 3B (he was stranded but, the damage was done)

tweets of the game . . . 


g150 | of bad elbows, stellar relief and explosive OH

going batty






Mariners 13 | Angels 2

Roenis had a rough 1st inning . . .
when he hit the lead-off batter and gave up THREE straight singles for the Halos first TWO runs. He settled down in the 2nd and 3rd allowing only one over the minimum but, then in the 4th he gave up a single and had to leave the game with an injury mid-way through the next AB :-(
THREE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ONE strikeout

the bullpen, called into early duty and they could not have performed better = SIX scoreless . . .
} Carson continues to impress – he threw TWO complete w/ONE walk and ONE strikeout to earn his first major league victory!
} Brandon, Tom, Joe and Lucas each threw ONE inning, Joe gave up the only hit in relief

Well, well, well! What do we have here?!? RUNS, RUNS, RUNS, and lots of fun with numbers – that’s what we have here!
~ SIX doubles (Ack, LoMo, Kendrys, Chris T and Zu)
~ THREE of the SIX doubles were in the 5th inning and drove in runs (Zu, Chris, Ack)
~ Every starter with at least ONE hit
~ Kyle, Kendrys, Chris T and Zu all with TWO
~ Runs and RBI’s nicely scattered throughout the lineup
~ ZERO homers

* Joe with a throwing error
* Nice DP turned to end the 1st w/runners on
* Zu threw out Hamilton trying to steal 2B
* Gotta love Zu’s ‘wiser than his years’ handling of Roenis. Apparently he let Skip know that something didn’t seem quite right fairly early on so, they were watching him close and sure enough (unfortunately) he had to come out of the game (elbow MRI coming tomorrow)

tweets of the game . . .

g149 | what happened to our Road Warriors?

Mariners 1 | Angels 8


They say, all good things must come to an end unfortunately it also coincided w/Kuma’s troubles of late . . .
He retired the first EIGHT men he faced (including FOUR via K) but, once he allowed that TWO-out walk, Kuma wasn’t able to recover. He allowed a single and another walk, then the dagger was the SEVEN-pitch AB to Pujols who doubled and cleared the bases (then another double scored him and in seemingly a blink – it was FOUR-zip)
THREE.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR earned runs

} the bright side, was the pen of Dom, Lucas, Erasmo (!) and Yourvis combined for . . .
FOUR.TWO innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ TWO strikeouts

Only SIX hits . . .
~ TWO for extra bases (LoMo and Robbie doubled)
~ the lone run came via a Humberto ground out that scored LoMo

ZERO DP’s turned (TWO turned against them) and Robbie with a rare error

tweets of the game . . .


g147 | encouraging full house, discouraging loss . . .


Treated myself to Terrace Club Seats for “NIGHT COURT”



So great to see and be in a FULL HOUSE


Mariners 2 | Athletics 3



Felix, backed by his “Night Court”, pitched a very Felix-like game thru SIX . . .
in which he gave up only FOUR scattered singles. In the 6th, a mistake to Donaldson allows the tying run to score via a solo shot. Things got a bit ugly in the 7th: even though he ended up striking out the side, TWO wild pitches and a single (that sailed inches above Chris T’s glove) allowed the go-ahead run to score.
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts



} Compare and contrast the top of the 1st and the top of the 8th . . .
^ top of the 1st – despite a lead-off single, Felix needed only FIVE pitches to get THREE outs
^ top of the 8th – it took FOUR relievers (Joe, Tom, Charlie and Danny) to get THREE outs (ZERO runs scored)
} Danny stayed in for the 9th and kept it tied via a couple of ground outs and a CS (in which the runner was originally called safe but, call overturned on challenge)
} Nando’s outing was a rare 10+ on the quiver meter :(
FOUR walks which, of course included one of the bases-loaded variety

I’m convinced I jinxed the BP/caused the melt-down was due to the fact that I explained the ‘stellar-ness’ of the M’s bullpen (and the occasional FRE) to a St Louis fan sitting beside me ;-)


Our view of the press box

Started out kinda fun – when a couple of rooks combine for the first run of a tight game . . .
~ JJ led off the 3rd with a triple (man, can that boy run!) and Chris T knocks him in with a solid single
~ Robbie tied the game in the 7th with a lead-off homer (his second in as many games)
~ Zu hit one “Space Needle high” – and we held our breath – but, ‘t was the last out instead of the tying run
But – can’t expect to win w/only FIVE total hits (even though TWO were for extra-bases)


DEE was solid, though ZERO DP’s turned (compared to THREE turned against them)
* JJ and Endy w/nice running OF grabs
* Kyle with a running, stretching grab on the line
* Chris T w/a snare of a smash liner to end the 10th (ultimately too little, too late but, easily saved TWO runs)
* LoMo made a couple of nice snares at 1B but, also muffed one and then his throw to Felix covering was WAY too hard (went all the way to home plate)

tweets of the game . . .