unexpected expectations

So glad my dad an I got to be there ❤

For a team where the expectations were few and far between, it was a happy and exciting circumstance for these Mariners to be playing in front of a packed stadium on the very last day of the season in a game that still mattered. It was so much fun for the players and win-starved fans alike. The experience gained from near-playoff baseball should prove to be invaluable to the young players going forward – in other words, despite not getting over that last hump, the future is looking bright.

And then, there was the special goodbye to Kyle Seager . . .
emotional for him, his teammates and the fans. They were behind the entire game but, we’d seen them come back time after time (42 to be exact) so, all hope was not lost. Until the top of the 9th, when the out of town scoreboard turned in favor of the Red Sox and dashed any post season hope for the M’s (even if they had won the game, they help they needed hadn’t materialized). It was at that point that the crowd started chanting “Kyle – Seager!” and he was given the opportunity to have a moment with the fans (he was even presented with the 3B bag!). Kyle gave his all for eleven years – and it’s such a shame that, like Felix, he was never able to take part in post season baseball. Even with that, he seemed to harbor no regret and in fact spoke glowingly about his years with the M’s and, especially THIS specific team which, according to him, had a particularly special bond.

Mariners 3 | Athletics 7

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ON the MOUND

The Halos were relentless – base runners galore – not only TEN hits but SEVEN walks . . .

  • Tyler just didn’t have it today (not quite as bad as his previous start vs the Halos but, given the magnitude of the game, it sort of felt like it: 1.2IP-5H-4R-3ER-2BB-0SO
  • Ramirez got the last out of the 2nd and pitched a scoreless 3rd
  • Misiewicz and Swanson gave up THREE runs in their combined TWO innings
  • Munoz, Doolittle, Sadler and Steckenrider combined for FOUR scoreless innings (Munoz made his debut – throwing 101MPH)

AT the PLATE

NINE total hits, including TWO doubles but . . .

  • the runs came via Jarred and JP RBI singles in the 3rd and a JP force out in the 6th
  • they were only 3 for 11 w/RISP and left NINE on base
  • the middle of the order was 0-16

IN the FIELD

  • SB (Toro)
  • TWO errors (both pitchers not helping their cause: Anderson and Swanson)

tweets of the game . . .

b.e.l.i.e.v.e (suitcases to the park tomorrow?)

Have a night, Mitch! (FIVE RBI)

First time the M’s have won NINETY games since 2003

Mariners 6 | Angels 4

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ON the MOUND

  • Flex wasn’t super sharp but, still gave ’em a chance: 5.1IP-6H-1R-1Er-1BB-1SO
  • Sadler: gets the next TWO batters in the 6th (of course!)
  • Misiewicz: three ground ball outs for a scoreless 7th
  • Sewald was (understandably) out of gas: he ending up striking out the side in the 8th but, not before walking the first TWO batters and giving up a homer and the lead (4-3 halos)
  • Steckenrider: fly-out to Mitch; line-out to Jake; double; line-out to Toro – and that’s all she wrote for the 9th!

AT the PLATE

amaze-balls!!!

  • 3rd: Ty w/a double and Mitch singled him in for the first run of the game
  • 5th: Ty w/a double and Mitch homered him in (are you seeing a pattern here?)
  • 8th: hit by a pitch, walk, sac-bunt, intentional walk, Mitch w/a 2-OUT, 2-run single, Kyle added a little insurance w/an RBI single

IN the FIELD

  • an awesome DP (Crawford-Toro-France)
  • great play by Kyle

tweets of the game . . .

sellout crowd disappointed . . .

Mariners 1 | Angels 2

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ON the MOUND

awesome pitching – unfortunately, the Halos TWO runs were all they needed . . .

  • Marco’s only struggle was in the 3rd: 6IP-3H-2R-2ER-2BB-5SO
  • Sadler: scoreless 7th (of course!) 7th
  • Sewald: scoreless 8th (including a strikeout of Otahni)
  • Castillow + Misiewicz = scoreless 9th

AT the PLATE

0-7 w/RISP, pretty much tells it all . . .

  • Toro singled w/TWO outs in the 2nd and Kelenic drove him in with a double for the first M’s run
  • huge opportunity in the 7th: Torrens led off with a triple, Toro walked but, the next three batters struck out in order
  • Kyle lead off the 9th with a double but then a ground out, popup, fly out

IN the FIELD

  • DP (Crawford-Toro-France)

tweets of the game . . .

more tweets than usual – couldn’t watch because, as of TODAY, Root Sports is no longer on DISH couldn’t be WORSE timing to lose the local sports broadcast 😦 😦 😦

Unfortunately, it didn’t give the right way . . .

e.p.i.c ~ youth on display

This game was the M’s 41st comeback victory and their 12th straight vs the A’s
And, it was SO cool to see the youth, the future, getting it done . . .
No matter what happens over the next three games – the experience for them is INVALUABLE.

Mariners 4 | Athletics 2

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ON the MOUND

  • SUPER outing for young Logan: 5.2IP-3H-1R-1ER-2BB-4SO
  • Smith got the last out of the 6th
  • Castillo struck out TWO but, allowed a solo shot to re-tie the game at 2-2
  • Sewald + Steckenrider = TWO scoreless innings

AT the PLATE

only SIX total hits but, that’s all they needed (along with capitalizing on some A’s goofs)

  • 6th: Mitch and Ty both reach via error: Jarred 2-run double to take the lead
  • 7th: Dylan walk; JP hit n’ run single; Ty sac-fly to break the 2-2 tie
  • 8th: Abraham with a solo shot

IN the FIELD

  • no DP’s or errors

tweets of the game . . .

e . l . e . v . e . n straight vs the A’s

it just continues . . .

Mariners 4 | Athletics 2

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ON the MOUND

  • Anderson getting the call on his bullpen day: 4IP-2H-1R-1ER-0BB-2SO
  • Misiewicz+Sadler combine for TWO scoreless (Sadler’s 1.1 marked a 26-game scoreless streak – most in the bigs, Mariners record)
  • Castillo gives up an “own” run (committed an error that allowed the lead off man aboard who would eventually score)
  • Sewald 1.1 super scoreless
  • Steckenrider: allows a lead-off single, then retires the side in order (including 2 K’s) for his 12th S

AT the PLATE

  • Crawford and Torrens each w/multiple hits (JP with TWO doubles)
  • Fraley, Haniger, Murphy all make their ONE hit count (2-run double, solo shot, rbi single respectively)
  • FIVE walks (none scored – total of TEN left on base)

IN the FIELD

  • TWO errors (Toro, Castillo)
  • awesome OA (Haniger to Crawford)

tweets of the game . . .

have a night, Hanny!

M’s now 10 straight wins vs the A’s

Mariners 13 | Athletics 4

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ON the MOUND

  • Flex flexin’ that K muscle (just too many pitches to go deep): 5IP-7H-4R-4ER-3BB-6SO
  • not to worry . . . Sadler+Doolittle+Ramirez+Andriese = not only combined for FOUR scoreless innings, they were FOUR HITLESS innings

AT the PLATE

just a tad to see here . . .

  • top of the order (Crawford, France, Haniger) combined for: 8H-9R-11RBI
  • bottom of the order (Kelenic, Murphy, Moore) combined for” 2H-3BB-5R
  • Mitch with, not ONE, but TWO THREE-run home runs!!!!!!
  • believe it or not, there was only on other extra-base – France double

IN the FIELD

  • no DP’s turned (one against)
  • solid D as usual

tweets of the game . . .

and they did it!
this is NOT a duplicate tweet 😉

great rebound for the series win!

took the offense time to get rolling but, Marco kept ’em in it so they had a chance

Mariners 5 | Angels 1

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ON the MOUND

  • Marco’s nice line: 7IP-3H-1R-1ER-3BB-5SO
  • Sewald and Castillo added a scoreless 2IP

AT the PLATE

  • SIX players with at least ONE hit
  • Crawford, Seager, Kelenic w/TWO
  • Kelenic ties the game at ONE in the 7th
  • and then in the 8th – Mitch with an RBI single and Jake F w/a THREE-run double!

IN the FIELD

Fraley with a SB

tweets of the game . . .

u-g-h

this one seemed over in the 3rd and just got worse

Mariners 1 | Angels 14

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ON the MOUND

  • Anderson’s outing, about as short and ugly as you can get: 2IP-9H-9R-9ER-2BB-0SO
  • Sheffield and Ramirez were unable to stop the bleeding
  • Swanson+Doolittle+Andriese combined for FOUR scoreless innings but, ‘t was too little, too late

AT the PLATE

  • Only SIX total hits
  • Only ONE for extra bases (Cal 2B)
  • the lone run was by JP on a force out

IN the FIELD

  • on errors
  • one DP (Anderson-Toro-France)
  • THREE DPs turned against them 😦

tweets of the game . . .

it just continues . . .

THIRTY-THIRD ONE-RUN VICTORY!!!

Mariners 6 | Angels 5

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ON the MOUND

  • Logan kept ’em in it: 5.1IP-5H-4R-4ER-3BB-4SO
  • Misiewicz gave up a run but the rest (Smith, Steckenrider, Sewald) posted ZEROS
  • and, Sewald escapes a bases-loaded jam (AGAIN!) to earn his 11th S

AT the PLATE

  • Crawford, France, Torrens w/TWO hits each
  • France w/THREE RBI, Haniger w/TWO Torrens w/ONE
  • France w/his 18th homer

IN the FIELD

No errors or DPs

tweets of the game . . .

s w e e e e p!

first time EVER the M’s have swept a four-gamer in Oakland!

Mariners 6 | Athletics 5

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ON the MOUND

  • able to overcome another extremely short outing by Kikuch (3IP and 3ER)
  • bullpen stupendous, combining for 2ER over SIX innings

AT the PLATE

  • A’s scored early, M’s scored in the middle, went ahead and made it last
  • only SEVEN total hits but, FIVE for extra-bases
  • doubles by Toro and Raliegh
  • homers by Raliegh, Haniger and Torrens

IN the FIELD

ONE error (France)

tweets of the game . . .