g33 | Jason and the D

Mariners 2 | Tigers 1
D-E-F-E-N-S-E
spinning, pivots, bare-handed grabs, back-handed stabs…
yes – most by Brendan Ryan but, Kyle Seager was smack in the middle of those THREE double plays (TWO of the inning ending variety) AND Jason Vargas is certainly no slouch at fielding his position and he showed it tonight.

Elaine Thompson | AP
Elaine Thompson | AP

And, speaking of Jason…
SUPERB on the mound tonight ~ 8IP – 5H – 1R – ZEROBB – 6K
With only 90 pitches, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one thinking it would have been nice to see him get the CG (he did have 3 CG’s last season).

Smyly had ’em stymied for most of the 6 innings he pitched…
BUT, they managed to score j u s t  enough.
~ In the 4th, Ichiro singled and stole 2B and Kyle doubled him home (13 of his 20 RBI have come with TWO outs)

Otto Greule, Jr | Getty Images
Otto Greule, Jr | Getty Images

~ In the 8th, Michael led off with a double, Figgy sacrificed him to 3B and Jaso singled him home

Otto Greule, Jr | Getty Images


Elaine Thompson | AP

And the lead was secured…
despite the lead-off walk, Brandon nailed down his 8th save and the M’s 15th victory

Otto Greule, Jr | Getty Images
Otto Greule, Jr | Getty Images

After 16 games in-a-row the M’s “off-day” will be spent flying cross-country to NY where a series with the Yanks will start 20 straight games.

TRIVIA
~ going into tonight’s game, the M’s were 0-10 when scoring 2 or fewer runs
~ Cabrera was 0-13 with 3 GDIP for the series (courtesy Larry Stone tweet)
~ Ichiro hit a milestone tonight … he is in sole possession of #100 on the All-Time Hits list with 2467

M*A*S*H
~ Guti has apparently recovered nicely from the pec problem but, is now dealing with plantar faciitis
~ Still uncertain if Beavan will be cleared to pitch on his normal rest after taking a line shot to the elbow

MOVING UP
~ Steven Prior went from AA Jackson to AAA Tacoma yesterday
~ Moises Hernandez (Felix’s older brother) has been placed on the 15-day DL