of great starts, homer streaks and too many errors. . .

Well, this was unexpected!

Whodathunk that the Mariners would be leading the majors in WINS after the first ELEVEN games?!? Granted, they’ve played TWO more games than every other team but the A’s but, still . . .

Going in to today’s rubber match w/the White Sox, this was the stat leader board . . .

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Yes! YOUR Seattle Mariners were leading in ALL the above offensive categories! (plus doubles and stolen bases – which didn’t show within the screen print) 🙂

And, AFTER today’s game . . .

the homer streak is alive! ELEVEN straight games with a home run!

And, the pitching isn’t all that bad – EIGHT wins from starters and SIX saves from relievers (despite our closer being on the IL)

And then there’s the defense . . .

once upon a time, among our strongest suits, now the weakest sauce 😦

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No-No, eh?

Wowsa!

Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 0

I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )

I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂

So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.

Congrats, James!!!

halo sweep | heart-breaker finale

The bats FINALLY came alive in the finale and just when we thought we’d see one of the final “firsts” (a starters ‘W’) the bullpen totally imploded . . .

a 9-3 lead in the 9th turned into a nightmarish 10-9 loss

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Mariners 9 | Angels 10

the positives thus far:

  • 3 for 8 w/RISP (after 1 for 7, and 1 for 6 in the first two games
  • Robbie breaking out: homer, double, FIVE rbi
  • Mitch leading the M’s in homers (THREE) and runs (EIGHT)
  • Gene leading the Ms in average (.333), hits (TEN) and steals (THREE)
  • Felix seems to have no residual issues with the groin, decent outing yesterday
  • Kuma starting out well (despite too many walks) and his lack of a W on Sunday was not his fault

the negatives thus far:

  • until today, the bats were cold as ice
  • the bullpen has given up runs in FOUR of the SEVEN games so far

Time for the boys to head home, time to stack up some WINS!!!

See you tomorrow @Mariners 🙂

First firsts | opening series vs. the ‘stros

Obviously, the most important first came today . . .

the M’s first WIN ~ finally!

Mariners 4 | Astros 2

Here’s some other Mariners “firsts” from the first series of the 2017 season . . .

(notice that the some of the “new guys” are well represented 🙂 )

  • hit = Segura
  • double = Cano
  • home run = Segura
  • run scored = Haniger
  • RBI = Valencia
  • walk = Cruz
  • intentional walk = Seager
  • win = Altavilla
  • save = Diaz
  • stolen base = Haniger
  • double-play = Seager-Cano
  • outfield assist = Haniger

there were also some bad firsts (first loss, first blown save, first error) but, we’ll choose to focus on the positive . . . this is Rosy, after all 😉

Next up, the Hated Halos – Go M’s!

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 . . . 

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 . . . 

 

 

 

 

g70-73 | spittin’ bristles in DEtroit . . .

I can’t even . . .

hoodie

Mariners 7 | Tigers 8 (in 12)

Mariners 2 | Tigers 4

Mariners 1 | Tigers 5

Mariners 4 | Tigers 5 (in 10)

the story of this series was gettin’ ’em on, not gettin’ ’em in when it really counted . . .
FIVE fer THIRTY-THREE w/RISP 😦

and, to add insult to  injury . . .
So, Adrian Sampson, called up to replace Wade Miley (who went on the DL earlier this month) didn’t get to make his second major leagues start, he experienced issues in his warm up in Detroit and now, is scheduled for elbow surgery 😦

tweets of the series . . .

g69 | oh, those one-run losses . . .

soooo, close . . . 

this close

Mariners 1 | Red Sox 2

ON the MOUND
Good news: Tai’s first ever start in Fenway was great while it lasted
Bad news: lifted after only 88 pitches when the foot strain flared up again
FIVE innings ~ SIX hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

Bully . . .
} Vidal gave up a couple of singles and the tying run in the 6th
} Edwin gave up the ultimate winning run (solo shot to Betts) in the 7th
} Nick allowed a hit and a walk but, no runs – all too little, too late 😦

AT the PLATE
~ Only EIGHT total hits (and Guti’s solo shot the only one for extra-bases)
~ ZERO walks and TEN strikeouts – typically not a recipe for success
~ tip o’ the cap to Mr. Price

IN the FIELD
* a nice DP to get Ortiz w/TWO on to end the 3rd
* Nice throw by Chris to nail Betts (for the first time this season
* Ketel with a low liner snare with the bases loaded to end the 6th

tweets of the game . . . 

g68 |all things considered, the rook showed promise

Mariners 2 | Red Sox 6

rookie

ON the MOUND
‘t was a pretty tall order for local talent, Adrian Sampson’s major league debut . . . 
and, it started out well, working out of THREE-single trouble in the 1st, a lead-off walk in the 2nd, getting his first strikeout (and his first clean inning) in the 3rd but, then allowing a couple of homers: a solo shot in the 4th and killer THREE-run shot in the 5th
Live and Learn.
FOUR.TWO innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

Monty goes THREE.ONE (his longest of the season – maybe stretching him out to start) and gets THREE K’s but, allows another TWO runs.

At least the rest of the pen should be fresh . . .

AT the PLATE
Promising start with the bases-loaded and no outs in the 1st  . . .
but, when they only came away w/ONE, even this rosy one was discouraged.
Then a nice solo shot by Adam to take a TWO-nothing lead I was back to encouraged.
But, that would be that . . . such is the ebb and flow of the game and the season.

IN the FIELD
TWO more DP’s but, another (ELEVENTH) error for Ketel

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/hyphen18/status/744287461866496001