Started out OK in Tampa Bay – taking the series 2-1 but, it was all downhill from there . . series loss in Toronto and SWEPT away in Boston. ‘t will be a bit difficult to focus on the positive – or, maybe it will be easy, as there is little of it 😦
TAMPA BAY THREE 1-run games and the M’s took TWO
Marco w/a QS and the W in game ONE
Jesse w/a THREE-run homer in game TWO
Bats heated up to the tune of SIXTEEN hits in game THREE, including . . . -FOUR doubles (Abraham, Adam, Ty, Jesse) -TWO homers (Julio, Cal)
TORONTO A bit of everything . . .
Not much was working in the FIRST game: only FOUR hits, ONE double (Jesse); Chris did an admirable job, posting a QS w/SEVEN K’s but, the bullpen fell apart.
In the SECOND game a GREAT start by Logan (7IP-6H-3ER-2BB-9K) went to waste, as SIX hits yielded ZERO runs
Finally, in the THIRD game, the offense woke up pounding out TEN hits, including THREE homers (Abraham, Ty and Cal) and Marco posted another QS for the WIN
BOSTON Hey! The M’s scored a total of 18 runs in FOUR games (4.5/game) (unfortunately, the Red Sox scored a total of THIRTY-THREE runs in the same FOUR games)
game one: TEN hits, SIX runs (including doubles by Eugenio, Ty and homers by Dylan, Julio) should win it but, another rough outing for the youngster (George) and an even rougher performance by the bullpen, t’was not to be
game two: despite the still/recent torrid bats of Ty, Eugenio and Abraham and the decent start by Robbie (not so decent bullpen) – ya just can’t win it in Fenway w/THREE runs
game three: bats a bit better w/TWELVE hits, THREE doubles (JP, Mike, Julio) yielded FIVE runs but, despite the game being tied at FIVE for the majority of the game – the bp (Drew) gave up a triple and a single and what was the winning run, in the 8th
game four: ANOTHER nice start by Logan wasted – the M’s trailed the majority of the game, Eugenio homered to tie it in the 9th, Adam hit an RBI single to take the lead in extras – but, Munoz would give up a w/o GRAND SLAM in the bottom of the 10th
After going 7-2 on the home first home stand of the season (W vs Astros, W vs Rangers and a sweep of the Royals) – the M’s had the exact opposite results on the road (L vs Rays, L vs Marlins and swept by the Astros).
TAMPA Great start to the series with an 8-4 win which saw the bats hammer out SEVEN runs in ONE inning and another strong outing from Logan. Then came the bad news: a 2-3 loss where Marco got hit square on the wrist by a come-backer and a 1-2 loss where Scott was ejected when blowing off some well-deserved steam with regard to the ri-dic-u-lous strikes called on Julio.
MIAMI I occasionally like to listen to the opponents radio broadcast and was pleasantly surprised with the Marlins – they have a woman on their crew and both were well versed in their research of the M’s. But, the only good news from this series was Julio’s first major league homer which was of the THREE-run variety and came after they INTENTIONALLY Abraham – bit of a backfire there 😉 (he got the ball!) and another stellar start from Logan in the salvage game on Sunday – a 7-3 win. Brash had a rough go in the first game, giving up SIX runs in TWO innings – M’s bats tried to compensate and scored SIX runs of their own but ended up with a 6-8 loss. Robbie was OK in the second game but, the bats couldn’t get anything going and they ended up with a 1-3 loss.
HOUSTON yeah, we definitely have a problem – swept for the first time this season 😦 Marco had a decent bounce back start in the first game (after being hit by that come-backer in TB) and, in the same game JP extended his hit streak to ELEVEN but, they would get shutout in that game 0-3 AND in the next, where Chris pitched well, 0-4. The last game was a 2-7 loss where Matt got knocked around a bit and the bats couldn’t muster much in their second go at Verlander.
M’s won the first two games in Minny by one run; lost the next two via one blowout and one shutout. Offense is definitely off to a slow start so, let’s focus on the good, like the new kid on-the-mound today – making his big league debut for the M’s in the Chicago home opener . . .
Matt Brash –> 5.1IP-4H-2ER-6K
there was at least ONE bright spot at the plate – Suarez’s first homer as a Mariner . . .