The last time the Mariners swept a season opening series, my oldest daughter was only a few weeks old ~ that was in 1985
‘t wasn’t just a SWEEP of their division rivals of LAAAA land – ‘t was more like a POWER VAC – yes there are 26 “!” ONE for each of the TWENTY-SIX runs the M’s scored in this series (while holding the Halos to only EIGHT)
Lot more baseball to play but, sure feels good to start out like this!
ON THE MOUND
James Paxton’s outing = wow.
What was I worried about?!?
(not sure why but, JP is one I’ve been fretting about a bit – never mind my off base intuition!)
99 P ~ 7 IP ~ 2H ~ 0ER ~ 9K
} Joe finally got a “real” appearance in, and made the best of it = no runs, no hits, no walks
} Noesi made the 9th a bit interesting when a strikeout victim reached 1B via a WP and then Trout tripled to score that run and then scored on a sac fly (but hey, that was the extent of the Halos sccoring
AT THE PLATE
The bats are slacking off ~ only FOUR extra base hits tonight 😉 . . .
~ TWO doubles (Brad and Stefen) and TWO homers (Mike and Justin, back-to-back)
~ In his SECOND major league game, Stefen recorded his FIRST major league HIT, his FIRST major league RBI and FIRST major league RUN scored
~ At the other end of the spectrum – good old Willie showed he’s still got the wheels to take him from 1B to home on a long single (in this case, off the bat of Brad)
IN THE FILED
* awesome “recovery play” by Michael (who took over in right for Stepen in the 6th) – he slipped and went down on his knees but, kept his eye on the ball the entire way into his glove.
* nice to know Kyle can be spelled and defense isn’t compromised – old Willie can charge and toss from the hot corner
tweets of the game . . .