g129 | M’s first ever SWEEP at Fenway!

teeter totter

 

OK, so maybe they are starting to get over the “playing down to their competition” deal. The newly anointed “COMEBACK KIDS” showed a different side today – instead of getting down THREE and getting it all back and then some in ONE inning for the victory, the M’s scored THREE in the 1st (but then so did the Sox) and, it was a back and forth battle for FOUR hours and SEVEN minutes of a NINE inning game. Immense Kudos to the bats and the pen in this epic series :)

 

Mariners 8 | Red Sox 6

ON the MOUND
Today was the shortest outing of Kuma’s career . . .
He gave up THREE runs in the 1st (more than he had given up in his past FIVE games). Kuma also hit back-to-back batters in the 1st – after not hitting a batter all season. Just was not his day and, apparently, the Red Sox are his nemesis – his last shortest outing was against them (THREE innings) at Safeco Field last July . . .
TWO.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ONE strikeout

} Dom just keeps racking up the wins (7-2) – he went TWO.TWO though he walked THREE, he also struck out THREE and did not allow a single hit or run
} Joe and Danny each allowed hits, but no runs, in their combined TWO innings and Danny’s assist on the DP to end the 7th is a highlight not to be missed (see IN the FIELD)
} Charlie has a rough start to the 8th, giving up a run on TWO hits but, Tom bailed him out – and the M’s still had the lead heading to the 9th
} the Nando experience was a bit more white-knuckled than we like but, in the end, the arrow flew for the 38th time this season

AT the PLATE
Another RARE starting pitching struggle called for the bats (and the PEN) to carry them . . .
and that they did – finally getting runs on the board early and continuing to add on and on in this back and forth battle to eventually earn the SWEEP with EIGHT runs on THIRTEEN hits
~ Robbie, Zu and Chris D were the only starters w/o a hit (though Chris recored an RBI, scary moment as Robbie left the game w/dizziness – later confirmed as flu-like symptoms)
~ Dustin just keeps killing it – another THREE hits including a double, a triple, an RBI and  THREE runs
~ Austin, Kendrys, Kyle and LoMo all with TWO hits and at least ONE run/RBI (Kyle w/TWO each)
~ Chris T stole a base but, both he and Zu were also caught stealing

IN the FIELD
* Zu allowed a PB, which makes THREE in his last TEN games when he’d only had THREE all season previous
* Only ONE double-play but, it was a DOOZY – with ONE out and runners on the corners in the 7th . . .

 

tweets of the game . . .

 

g128 | comeback kids strike again for the series WIN!!!

 

whodathunk the M’s would win TWO games where they only scored in TWO of EIGHTEEN innings . . .

7 in 1

 

 

 

 

Mariners 7 | Red Sox 3

ON the MOUND
Mr. Young posted his shortest start since his second of the season . . .
he left with the bases full and a 7-3 lead but, would settle for a ND
THREE.TWO innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ FIVE walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Tom ended up with the win and started off by striking out the first batter he faced  w/the bases loaded
} Charlie, Danny and Yourvis finished it up – all FOUR relievers combined for FIVE.ONE scoreless

AT the PLATE
Another CRAZY game where ALL the runs came in ONE inning, this time the 4th . . .
as well as SEVEN of their TEN hits:  FIVE singles (Kendrys, Kyle, Jesus, Chris T and Austin), ONE double (Chris D) and a THREE-run homer by Dustin

IN the FIELD
there were TWO errors (Ack throw, Austin fielding) and TWO double-plays

 

tweets of the game . . .

 

g127 | miracle in BeanTown

and I missed it :-(

miracles

We were on the first leg of a road trip to Lake Tahoe (Seattle to Medford) and while I was able to catch MOST of the game on AtBat, the signal wasn’t always strong and, we were trying to check in on the Seahawks as well (yes – it’s only preseason football but, they ARE our World Champs). Anyhoo – once we finally got to our hotel, as we were in line to check in, I glanced at some tweets – and then DOUBLE checked – they had rallied in the 9th for FIVE runs to win!

Mariners 5 | Red Sox 3

ON the MOUND
Felix went less than SIX innings for the second straight start . . .
the struggle was the pitch count (100 through FIVE) not the runs (scoreless through FIVE). Felix retired the side in order and only allowed a single, a double and a HBP to that point. But, then came the 6th where he allowed a double, both walks, and the THREE-run homer to Cespedes
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Brandon, Dom (6th W) and Nando (37th S) combined for THREE.ONE scoreless innings

AT the PLATE
‘t was looking pretty bleak and I was beating my “playing down to the competition drum” . . .
~ M’s sent the min to the plate in the first THREE frames as, Endy’s single in the 3rd was wiped out by Brad’s DP
~ despite THREE walks and a HBP over the course of the 4th and 5th, no runs
~ a double and THREE more walks from the 6th thru the 8th resulted in still no runs

and then came the miracle 9th ~ THREE different batters had them down to their LAST strike
and, since I missed it all, best described by the video evidence . . .

IN the FIELD

ONE double play turned and THIS SPECTACULAR ranging play by

 

tweets of the game . . .

 

g126 | ugh – playing down to their competition once again . . .

I’ve been harping on it all since early on and now, 126 games into the season, the pattern is still holding . . .

  • M’s are 29-30 (.492) vs. teams under .500
  • M’s are 39-28 (.582) vs. team at or over .500

competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 3 | Phillies 4

ON the MOUND
Let’s just say James has had better days – MUCH better days . . .
FOUR innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FOUR runs ~ ONE  earned run ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

the bullpen were their usual stellar self . . .
but, Tom, Joe, Brandon and Danny’s combined scoreless FOUR came too little, too late

AT the PLATE
Despite out-hitting the Phills TWELVE to TEN w/FOUR extra-base hits . . .
~ doubles by LoMo, Endy and Jesus and a homer by Kendrys
~ the M’s came out on the shortest of ends – another ONE-run loss :( (now at 14-23 in ONE run games)

IN the FIELD
* LoMo and Brad with nice lunging/leaping grabs respectively
* James and Jesus (throwing error and passed ball) with costly muffs

tweets of the game . . .

 

g125 | KKKKKKKKKKKuma!

dominance2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 5 | Phillies 2

ON the MOUND
Kuma . . .

dom·i·nant
ˈdämənənt/
adjective
  1. 1.
    most important, powerful, or influential.
    “they are now in an even more dominant position in the market”
    synonyms: presiding, ruling, governing, controlling, commanding, ascendant,supreme, authoritative

 

ELEVEN was his number for the night . . .
he struck out ELEVEN ~and~ retired the last ELEVEN batters he faced

EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO earned runs/runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ELEVEN strikeouts

The 9th got a little too dicey (but, hey – the BP has been SO lights out, they’re allowed a mulligan or two) in that they combined to give up half as many hits (TWO) twice as many runs (TWO) and ONE more walk (ONE) in their ONE inning than Kuma did in his EIGHT . . . 
} Charlie walked the lead-off guy (on his ninth pitch) but, then got TWO quick outs
} Lloyd brought in Yourvis, presumably to get him so work to keep him sharp, alas, it didn’t have the desired result – a single, a wild pitch, a double and a HBP resulted in TWO Phillies runs and a runner on 1B.
} Nando in to record his 36th save (his second of the ONE-out variety)

AT the PLATE
That’s more like it “bats and wheels” . . .
~ Top Two in the order (AJack and Ack) combined for THREE walks, THREE stolen bases (including a double-steal in the 1st – where they BOTH would score) and they each doubled later in the game
~ Robbie, Kyle and LoMo building a picket fences (each with a hit, a run and an RBI – Robbie also stole a base)
~ Kyle’s hit was his NINETEENTH homer
~ Zu with TWO hits, including a TWO-run single in the 8th, without which, possibly a different outcome
~ FOUR (count ‘em FOUR!) stolen bases

IN the FIELD
* No DP’s turned on either side
* Brad (call him Crazy Legs or call him Make Me Dizzy!) makes a spinning throw in the 3rd – a bit high but, LoMo hauls it in for the out

tweets of the game . . .

 

g124 | too many cheese steaks?

Mariners 1 | Phillies 4

ON the MOUND
Roenis seemed to be pitching in and out of trouble his entire outing which, no thanks to his unusual lack of control, was one of his shortest of the season. He’d been pitching well since the break (hadn’t given up more than TWO runs and kept his walks under control) but, had SEVERE control issues tonight and, despite only giving up the ONE run, he racked up 90 pitches and as a result, was out after FOUR innings.

FOUR innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ SIX walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Leone’s outing was even worse – he gave up THREE runs in ONE of his TWO innings of work on a double, a walk and a homer
} Tom, Charlie and Nando combined for scoreless frames the rest of the way

AT the PLATE
Move along, not much to see here . . .
Phills pitching limited the M’s to only SIX hits, only ONE for extra bases – Ack’s RBI double

IN the FIELD
A double-play by each side and a nice spinning throw from Chris T . . .

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_08_18_seamlb_phimlb_1&mode=box#gid=2014_08_18_seamlb_phimlb_1&mode=video

tweets of the game . . .