g100 | effective Nando? clutch Zu? ineffective Carson? it’s a topsy-turvy world!

Mariners 3 | Diamondbacks 4

topsyturvy

ON the MOUND
Monty a bit shaky in the first couple of innings but then settled down . . .
SIX.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE runs ~ TWO earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Nando and JA (yes, the starter) combined for TWO.ONE innings of scoreless ball
} Unfortunately, Carson struggled mightily in the 10th, a couple of walks, a hit batter and a sac fly gave the Snakes the lead for good
} Nuno came in to get the last TWO outs of the 10th but, bats couldn’t muster up any magic

AT the PLATE
NINE total hits and FIVE walks and 2/4 w/RISP should have yielded more than THREE runs . . .
~ Mark had THREE hits, including TWO doubles, vs his former team
~ Robbie with TWO more hits including a solo shot in the 6th
~ Zu robbed AGAIN at the wall but, he also provided a TWO out RBI single to tie the game in the 9th (and extend his hitting streak to SEVEN games)

IN the FIELD
TWO errors, blech!
* Robbie with a botch of a shovel toss
* Brad with a fielding error in the 2nd that led to the DB’s third run
* NO DP’s turned but THREE turned against them :-(

tweets of the game . . .

g99 | of gutsy starts, reliable relief, triple plays, walk-off home runs and series wins

Mariners 6 | Blue Jays 5

putting it all together2

Putting it all together!

ON the MOUND
Taijaun needed to go STRONG and LONG because of the bullpen situation (meaning DEPLETED)
It wasn’t looking good early for Tai, he wasn’t able to go quite as long as desired but, save for too many walks (he’d only given up ONE in his previous SEVEN starts and gave up THREE today) he really gutted it out . . .
In the 1st, the homer to Donaldson in the 1st didn’t seem a huge concern
– Ugly 2nd: Single, Double, Balk, Single, Error, Walk, SacFly gave the Blue Jays THREE runs before Tai got THREE outs
– In the 3rd a single was erased after a fly ball and a beautiful strike ’em out, throw ’em out DP
– And then the 4th will be one to remember: a TRIPLE play! (explained below In the Field)
– The 5th was a thing of beauty with Tai striking out the side
– 6th not too shabby despite a lead-off walk – a DP followed and then a K (on a 97mph fast ball)
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ FOUR runs ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Considering the condition of the BP going into this game – they did a STELLAR job . . .
} Dave gave up a lead-off homer in the 7th (to Carrera who had just robbed Zu in the last half inning) and walked a batter but was able to escape further damage
} Mark is SUPER STUD! Threw TWO scoreless innings w/THREE strikeouts. Things were a little dicy in the 9th when he had TWO on, TWO out but got Donaldson to groundout and kept the game tied.

AT the PLATE
THIRTEEN hits in all, only THREE extra-base hits but, they were BIG ones . . .
~ AJ with a lead-off homer in the bottom of the 1st
~ Nellie with a TWO-run bomb to tie the game in the 7th

~ Guti with a solo shot w/TWO outs in the bottom of the 10th :-)

M’s had runners on in every inning except the 2nd and the 8th . . .
~ Only TWO batters (Mark and Chris) were without at least ONE hit
~ FIVE batters had multi-hit games (including ZU with THREE!!)
~ Top of the order (AJ, Kyle, Nellie) was 6/14 w/THREE runs and FIVE RBI

In the 3rd, they singled Buehrle to death: THREE straight singles (Brad, Mike, AJ) for their second run and then TWO more (Nellie and Robbie) for their third (to bring it back to a ONE run game). Guti also drew a walk (Buehrle hadn’t given up a walk in his past five starts)

So happy to see Zu coming ’round. He had THREE more hits and scored a run (did NOT strikeout). In the 6th, he missed a TWO-run shot by mere INCHES as Carrera robbed him at the yellow line.

IN the FIELD
Well, you don’t see THIS everyday . . .
TRIPLE PLAY!!!!!

* they also turned TWO DPs (Zu to Chris and Mark to Miller to Mark)
* error by Chris at 2B messes up chance for a DP in the 3rd

tweets of the game . . .

g98 | from studly to stinking . . .

Mariners 6 | Blue Jays 8

we need a pitcher

Seems that when the M’s FINALLY score some runs, their normally steady pitching falls apart . . .
M’s have given up FIVE or MORE runs in THIRTEEN of the TWENTY NINE games they have score FIVE or more

ON the MOUND
Hardly HapPY . . .
After retiring the side in order in the 1st, JA couldn’t get out of the 2nd . . .
FOUR walks a HBP and a single yielded THREE runs and closed the book on JA
ONE.TWO innings ~ ONE hit ~ THREE runs/earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ ONE strikeout

} Vidal and Tom actually were pretty respectable in relief, combining for . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE run ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
} and then came the FRE: lead-off walk, game-tying homer
} Carson, who should have had the day off but, due to the above issue, had to pitch (WE MISS YOU CHARLIE!) and consequently, was unable to record an out in the top of the 9th: a lead-off walk, a double, a single gave the Tiggers TWO more runs and the lead for good. Joe was able to come in and stop the bleeding, getting a DP and then a strikeout

AT the PLATE
SIX runs typically means a very good day but, as mentioned above . . .
it seems the M’s are determined to give up more runs than they get even when they score a nice total but, credit where credit is due . . .
~ the first FIVE in the order (AJ, Kyle, Nellie, Robbie, Seth) went 7/19 w/FIVE runs scored and FOUR RBI
~ TWO fer EIGHT w/RISP
~ M’s scored in the first FOUR innings
~ Only TWO extra base hits: Robbie’s TENTH homer, Jesus’ FIRST (not only of the season but, of his CAREER!)

IN the FIELD
TWO more DPs . . .
* including another OF assist (this time from Seth, who also made his FIRST error of the season)
* and the Joe to Robbie to LoMo to finally record the first two outs of the 9th

tweets of the game . . .

g97 | what’s this? TWO wins in-a-row?!?

Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 2

2 in a row

ON the MOUND
Felix had a shaky start but, a fabulous finish . . .
He made a very “UN-Felix-like” play in the 1st, fielding a soft ground ball then WAY over-throwing to LoMo at 1B allowing the runner to take 2B. After a ground out and a walk, the Blue Jays scored their first run on a ground out to 1B in which LoMo seemed a bit nonchalant throwing home, hence, the run was unearned due to Felix’s error and LoMo’s uncharacteristic lapse. Then Felix resumed being Felix and, against the most prolific offense in the majors, proceeded to retire TEN in-a-row before allowing a solo shot (to Joey Bats) and finishing up with the following line . . .
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ SEVEN strikeouts

Then the steady Eddies took over . . .
Mark and Carson combined for TWO scoreless innings and Carson earned his NINTH save preserving Felix’s TWELF victory

AT the PLATE
There were M’s on base in EVERY inning but the 6th though still only 2-10 w/RISP
~ AJ and Brad were the only ones w/o a hit (Brad did walk once but, also had a base-running gaffe, getting picked off 3B)
~ Nellie was THREE for THREE w/a run scored
~ Mark had ONE hit – but it was a biggie – a TWO-run shot to take the lead for good in the 4th
~ Robbie continues to stay hot in July – only ONE hit but, we’ll take a TWO-run triple any day

IN the FIELD
No DP’s on either side and some shakiness on the M’s part . . .
* the afore mentioned flub by Felix
* the afore mentioned lapse by LoMo
* Seth had a catch of a long fly ball at the wall that was nothing spectacular but, heart-stopping in the sense that it really looked (at least to me) that it was going out (hence my tweet #NoSweatSeth)

tweets of the game . . .

g94 | now THAT was different!

Mariners 11 | Tigers 9

expect the unexpected

  • nearly a FOUR-hour NINE-inning game
  • a total of TWENTY runs on TWENTY-SIX hits (and the M’s TWO more of each!!)
  • Tai struggles after being given a BIG lead
  • Guti with a pinch-hit grand slam (the ultimate game-winner)
  • two errors but, some sparkling DEE as well

ON the MOUND
Tai retired the side in order in the bottom of the 1st after being spotted that BIG lead in the top . . .
In the 2nd, the lead-off runner reached via an error by Kyle and a couple of singles later, the Tiggers were on the board. In the 3rd, a HPB pitch and a MOON shot (JD Martinez) brought them to within two. He bounced back a bit in the 4th with a 1-2-3 but, the 5th would be his undoing – a single and a homer gave the Tigers the lead (they’re just so potent!). A least it was good to see the control and the K’s but, that would be it for Tai . . .
FOUR.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX runs ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Dave, Tom, Joe and Nando combined for THREE.ONE innings and Joe was the only one not to give up a run
} thank heaven for Carson – and a FOUR-out save

AT the PLATE
Well, not often this team posts FOURTEEN hits and ELEVEN runs so, despite giving up NINE, we’ll take it!
~ Every starter but ONE (Ack) had at least ONE hit (and Ack did post an RBI)
~ THREE had multi-hit games (AJ, Kyle and Robbie)
~ first FIVE went 9/23, walked FOUR times, scored NINE runs and only struck out TWICE
~ Nellie hit his longest Mariners homer

~ BOTH pinch-hitters (Mark and Guti) got a hit – Guti’s came with a little rye bread and mustard!

IN the FIELD
A couple of unfortunate fielding errors (Kyle and AJ) but, they made up for it in other ways . . .
* Beimel with a pickoff
* a nice DP (Brad to LoMo) for the 1st and 2nd outs of a 1-2-3 6th for Tom
* Brad with a couple of REALLY nice plays at SS (even the Tigers’ announcers were gushing ;-) )

tweets of the game . . .

Yes INDEED, he’s comin’ ’round . . .

After all he’s been through – so, SO great to see ~ Guti, Guti, Good . . . 

g93 | Imagine that?!? Another ONE-run loss

Mariners 4 | Tigers 5

just two more

18-17 in ONE-run games

ON the MOUND
Happy Happ!
He pitched well, all things considered, only really frustration was the walk that ended up scoring on the double in the 2nd
SEVEN runs ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE runs/earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Unfortunately, our typical “steady Eddie” (Mark) had an EXTREMELY rare breakdown . . .
on one pitch, he allowed his FIRST homer of the season (to that pesky Kinsler), blew the save lost the game and nearly doubled his ERA (from .62 to 1.20).

That said, as noted below, methinks the top of the order is WAY more to blame than the back of the bullpen in this latest heartbreaker :-(

AT the PLATE
Only EIGHT total hits and 3/11 w/RISP. . .
~ bad news: top of the order = 0/14
~ good news: middle of the order = 5/12 w/THREE runs scored and TWO SB (AJ)
~ better news: bottom of the order = 3/9 w/THREE runs driven in
~ GREAT news: ZU with a TWO-run double, an RBI single, a walk and NO strikeouts :-)

IN the FIELD
TWO DP’s including . . .
~ an OF assist from AJ to Robbie to end the top of the 3rd
~ and Kyle to Robbie to LoMo to end the top of the 4th

tweets of the game . . .

g91 | In YS, Kyle on, Robbie at bat = good things

Mariners 4 | Yankees 3

double trouble

ON the MOUND
The Bear was extremely effective and efficient (just the ONE mistake that went for a 2-run homer) . . .
It was curious that Lloyd pulled him prior to a full SIX (76 pitches) but, it was hot and he said the didn’t have the “zip to his legs” he saw earlier in the game. Guess he’s just being cautious, as this is only his third outing since coming off the DL and his good to great performance is going to be vital in the second half. Fun Fact: of Kuma’s FIVE strikeouts, THREE were to Alex ;-)
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Joe, Mark, Vidal and Nando combined for TWO.ONE scoreless innings
} Carson had to really work for that SEVENTH save, giving up a lead-off double and a couple of strikeouts but the second strikeout was a WP that got away from Zu and the runner was able to get to 1B and then the following batter got an RBI via a ground out but, thankfully, on Carson’s THIRTIETH pitch, the last guy grounded out.

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits but, when TWO of them are TWO run homers, it helps (he also had a single).
When those TWO homers are from Robbie, in YS, it all the sweeter (Kyle was the one aboard both times). . .

IN the FIELD

No DP’s turned by either side or really any web gems to note

tweets of the game . . .