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 😉

losing late is a thing . . .

M’s tied the game at THREE in the third and there was no more scoring until the top of the 10th, when the Sox got SIX :-{

Mariners 4 | Red Sox 9

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ON the MOUND

  • Marco’s wasted QS: 6IP-3H-3R-3ER-2BB-7SO
  • Sadler+Sewald+Castillo = THREE scoreless innings
  • but, Swanson and Sheffield fell apart in the 10th

AT the PLATE

  • Only SIX hits
  • Only ONE for extra bases (Seager 2B)
  • RBIs by France and Seager (2)

IN the FIELD

Murphy had an error and a PB

tight till the 8th . . .

Mariners | Red Sox

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ON the MOUND

  • Anderson: 4.1IP-4H-1R-1ER-2BB-5SO
  • Sadler got the last two batters in the 5th
  • and then, VERY uncharacteristically, EVERY reliever proceeded to give up at least ONE run (Steckenrider allowed THREE) – also uncharacteristic some defensive gaffs . . .

AT the PLATE

  • Top and bottom: 1-4 and 8and 9 all with at least (Haniger and Raliegh each w/TWO – but only ONE for extra bases, Cal’s double)
  • TWO in the 4th: RBI single by France and a sac-fly by Fraley
  • TWO in the 9th: sac-fly by Crawford and a single by Haniger

IN the FIELD

  • ONE error (Toro)
  • DP (Toro-Crawford-France)

tweets of the game . . .

of young starters and come-back players . . .

Mariners now 31-18 in ONE-run games

Mariners | Red Sox

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ON the MOUND

  • Logan’s great night: 6IP-5H-2R-2ER-1BB-9SO (career high K’s – too bad he couldn’t get the W)
  • Castillo with a scoreless 7th (and the eventual W)
  • Sewald punched out the first two batters he faced and then gave up back-to-back solo shots
  • Steckenrider retires the side in order in the 9th for the S

AT the PLATE

top o’ the order to ya! JP + Mitch = SEVEN hits, THREE rbi, THREE runs scored

  • Mitch 4/4 with a THREE-run shot in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie
  • JP 3/4 with a double and TWO runs scored

IN the FIELD

NO errors (RS had TWO)

NO DPs (ONE turned against them)

tweets of the game . . .

missed opportunity . . .

had the chance to gain ground in the WC race w/Boston AND Oakland losing – buuuummer 😦

Mariners 4 | Diamondbacks 5

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ON the MOUND

  • Kikuchi’s line looks better than it felt but, good on him for bouncing back: 6IP-1R-1ER-1BB-8SO
  • in Misiewicz’s no good, very bad day he did not record an out and gave up THREE runs
  • Sadler+Doolittle+Smith combined for 3 scoreless frames (Swanson gave up the snakes 5th run)

AT the PLATE

  • the good: THREE homers (solo’s from Mitch and Dylan, exciting TWO-run shot from Jared in the 9th)
  • the bad: only FOUR total hits (and FOUR walks that didn’t score)

    credit to the AZ D – some hard smash line-outs and a l m o s t extra-base hits

IN the FIELD

TWO DP’s (Crawford-Toro-France)

tweets of the game . . .