Cooperstown now has a Mariner . . . #JrHoF

So many memories ~ Congratulations, Junior!

Junior’s speech was heartfelt, extremely emotional and full of obvious love for Seattle – even included a plug for ‘Gar for HoF:-) I will admit a tinge of surprise disappointment that he didn’t mention Lou Piniella or Dave Niehaus (iconic Mariners, in my mind).

All in all, it was a very special day for Jr and for the Mariners and their fans❤

Here’s a little collection of tweets to help the stories live forever in our memories . . .

 

Though they stood at the same position today ~ behind the HoF podium ~ curious that they represent opposite ends of the baseball spectrum, in terms of draft position . . .

Griffey was the first #1 draft pick to make it to the Hall and Piazza the lowest (1390) draftee to be enshrined ~ congrats to both on their esteemed careers.

 

g97 | ‘t was a hit parade north of the border ~ whoa Nellie!

Mariners 14 | Blue Jays 5

hit parade

NINETEEN hits!!!

ON the MOUND

Kuma not super sharp but, with some nice adjustments and ending with a quality start . . . 
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ THREE strikeouts

Wade L w/his first career save and in the process gives the pen a rest . . .
THREE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

AT the PLATE

  • Every starter had at least ONE hit
  • SEVEN starters had multiple hits (including Nori, Robbie and Shawn w/THREE each)
  • Whoa, Nellie ~ TWO hits + BOTH homers + ONE a grand salami = SEVEN RBI
  • Kyle also with a homer (of the TWO run variety)

IN the FIELD

  • No DP’s turned (FOUR turned against them but, TWO of those scored runs)
  • A couple nice catches in the OF (including a nice throw by Nori that almost nailed a runner)

tweets of the game . . . 

g90-92 | Who’s your daddy?

Awesome outing from Kuma in the middle-game they won (and Steve earned his 22nd save) but, little else to write home about in this series😦

Mariners 3 | Astros 7

Mariners 1 | Astros 0

Mariners 1 | Astros 8

tweets of the series . . . 

g83-85 | home sweepers to road sweepees

Mariners 1 | Astros 2
yet another ONE-run loss, Wade M threw a nice quality+ start but, McCullers all but shut down the M’s bat and oh, the wasted chances (lead-off triple in the first that doesn’t score and bases-loaded with no outs = no runs)

Mariners 2 | Astros 5
Tai had to come out of the game due to his previous foot injury, Monty filled in great but, bats were fairly non-existance

Mariners 8 | Astros 9
heart-breaker, down early, tied middle then a roller coaster till the bitter end

tweets of the series . . . 

 

 

 

 

g82 | sweet sweep complete!

Mariners 9 | Orioles 4

four brooms

Pretty fun to be in attendance for the completion of a FOUR-game SWEEP!
Especially, when it was shared❤

ON the MOUND
Not Kuma’s best effort but, thanks to the “bully and the O”, it was plenty good enough . . .
SIX innings ~ TEN hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout

that bully of Edwin, Joaquin and Vidal combined for . . .
THREE innings ~ TWO hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

AT the PLATE
Another double-digit hit game including . . .
FIVE doubles (Ketel, Kyle, Robbie and Nellie) and THREE of them went back-to-back-to-back in the 7th (Nellie, Kyle and Adam)

Only ONE homer but, boy, was if memorable . . .
Seth’s FOURTH game in-a-row with a homer and this ONE counted for FOUR!
And, oh, by the way, it was his first career grand slam:-)

IN the FIELD

  • Martin had a bit of an unusually rough day in center – an error and a couple of mis-cues but, not too concerned – he’ll learn from it.
  • No DP’s turned by either side

tweets of the game . . . 

 

g81 | Have a night, Mike!

Mariners 12 | Orioles 6

Welcome back to the bigs, ZU!!! 

 

ON the MOUND
After cruising through THREE, James couldn’t quit get through SIX . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR runs (3 earned) ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

  • The Bartender (fresh up from Tacoma) got the final out of the 6th
  • Nathan went THREE, allowed a TWO-run homer in the but, was credited with the save and preserved James’ second victory and the M’s series win!

AT the PLATE
Where do I start?!?
SIXTEEN hits (including NINE for extra-bases) and FIVE home runs (including TWO from ZU in his 2016 debut!!!!)

  • So great to see ZU debut in a big way – hopefully the start of a very good thing!
  • Nellie, Adam and Seth (third in a row!) had the other homers
  • Kyle and Adam both had TWO doubles (and Adam was a triple short of the cycle!)
  • Nice to see more walks (SEVEN) than strikeouts (FIVE)
  • How ’bout Shawn?!? TWO hit, TWO runs, TWO walks
  • Only ONE starter (Dae-Ho) was without a run scored
  • Only ONE starter (Leonys) was without a hit (though he walked twice and scored once)

IN the FIELD

  • Shawn with an error
  • ONE dp turned (Kyle-Robbie-Adam)

 

tweets of the game . . .