g5 | Brash’s debut

Mariners 2 | White Sox 3

Coming off a split vs the Twins . . .

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 . . .

g1 | startin’ off right!

Mariners 2 | Twins 1

Pitchin’ and Defense . . .

  • Robbie Ray w/a solid M’s debut ~ 7IP-3H-1ER-4BB-5K
  • Cal was great behind the plate
  • lovely to see TWO double-plays
  • and, Julio’s game-winning catch in the 9th – whew!

They scored early but, not often . . .

#HannyHomer in the 1st plated Ty who was HBP (of course!) in his first AB for their only runs

They got a lot ON but, not a lot IN . . .

SEVEN walks but, only FIVE hits and 0/8 w/RISP

Some shades of last season . . .

  • M’s were involved in 53 one-run games (33W-19L) – here they go again ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Ty was tied w/Canha for the lead league in HBP (27) – his first AB = HBP

Welcome Back, Baseball!

it always starts w/Dave โค . . .

the LINEUP . . .

intra-Seattle best wishes . . .

and, if Opening Day wasn’t exciting enough – how cool was THIS news to wake up to?!?!?

PLAY BALL!!!

headed to the break: 48-43 (and a new catcher in the system!)

Mariners 1 | Angles 7

boxscore

ON the MOUND

Santiago’s (last appearance for awhile?): 3IP-2H-1R-1ER-1BB-1SO

and then, a tale of two bullpens . . .

  • Chargois+Misiewicz+Swanson = 2.1IP-1H-0R-0ER-0BB-3SO
  • Ramirez+Middleton+Montero = 3.2IP-8H-6R-5ER-3BB-3SO

AT the PLATE

Ty hit a sac fly that scored JP in the 1st and that was the offensive highlight ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

IN the FIELD

  • No errors (but a PB by Raliegh)
  • No DP’s

tweets of the game . . .

first inning blues . . .

Mariners 3 | Tigers 5

boxscore

ON the MOUND

  • been better days for Marco: 4IP-5H-4R-4ER-1BB-2SO
  • Rios+Vest+Santiago combined for just ONE run

AT the PLATE

  • total of EIGHT hits – only TWO for extra bases (Long, Trammell)
  • only ONE RBI (from Trammell’s double) as one run w/via and error and one via a GDP

IN the FIELD

Walton w a fielding error

tweets of the game . . .

COVID IL decimates bullpen; Padres bats decimate what’s left of M’s pitching

Mariners 1 | Padres 16

boxscore

not gonna lie . . .

I’m extremely disappointed in the Mariners (and MLB in general) regarding vaccine protocol. It is grossly unfair to the players and coaches who are vaccinated when those who aren’t get exposed and have to undergo the COVID quarantine. What happened to one for all, all for one? OR, taking one for the team? The bullpen was the one bright spot so far this season and now they are down FOUR arms for at least TEN days.

ON the MOUND

  • rare, HUGE struggle for Flexen (on a night where he REALLY needed to go l o n g) 1.2IP-10H-8R-8ER-1BB-2SO
  • new guys (Mills, Ramirez, Fetcher) were thrown into the fire and go badly burned –> for EIGHT runs

AT the PLATE

  • only FOUR total hits
  • only ONE for extra bases (Haniger double)
  • only ONE run (Seager RBI single in the 1st)

IN the FIELD

ONE DP (Walton-Crawford-Nottingham)

tweets of the game . . .

lots of firsts in one swing!

Mariners 7 | Indians 3

boxscore

ON the MOUND

  • interesting line for Flexen ~w/zero K’s but enough for the W~ 5.2IP-5H-1R-1ER-1BB-0SO
  • Graveman + Swanson, nice combo of: 2.1IP-1H-0R-0ER-0BB-1S0
  • then Chargois had a rough go (hbp, homer, double)
  • so, Montero came in for the last out (groundout) and the S

AT the PLATE

nice to see the bats come alive ~ their TEN hits was the first double-digit performance since Texas and included THREE homers (Kelenic, Seager, Haniger) and THREE doubles (Kelenic, Moore, Haggerty)

very fun to see “the new guy” contributing big time! (in only his second game!)

  • his first major league hit was also his first homer and accounted for his first (TWO) RBI
  • his first double in the bigs accounted for his THIRD RBI

IN the FIELD and ON THE BASES

  • TWO DP’s turned (Crawford-Marmolejos-Moore; Crawford-Marmolejos)
  • Moore with another SB (tied for third in the AL)
  • Marmolejos with TWO errors

tweets of the game . . .

nothing but bad news right before the game ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

but, then a LOT of good stuff during the game ๐Ÿ™‚

of debuts, rollercoasters and chances . . .

Mariners 2 | Indians 4

boxscore

looking at the K’s and BB’s – you’d think the outcome was different . . .

  • M’s only struck out THREE times and walked SIX
  • Tribe struck out ELEVEN times and walked ZERO

ON the MOUND

  • Gilbert’s debut, not too bad –> 4.0IP-5H-4R-4ER-0BB-5SO (pitches 71/52)
  • bullpen back to form and then some –> 5IP-1H-0R-0ER-0BB-6SO (Steckenrider, Dugger, Swanson)

AT the PLATE

  • NO hits until JP’s single in the 8th – and he would go on to score on Dylan’s homer
  • unfortunately, that would be that, they loaded to bases (via THREE walks after TWO outs) but couldn’t score more
  • Kelenic’s debut: fly out, strikeout, groundout, fly out

IN the FIELD

no DPs, no errors, PO by Dugger

tweets of the game . . .

g1 2020 | they’re baaaaaak!

I’m rusty and not gonna lie, this new fancy WordPress editor will take some getting used to ๐Ÿ˜‰

Opening Day 2020 . . .

didn’t come till today ~ July 24th

No fans in the stands.

TV broadcasters remote.

Players masked and socially distanced.

But . . .

it. is. baseball.

SEA 2 | HOU 8

OK, so it wasnโ€™t the stellarest of openings but, it is back and dad and I were watching from our virtual seats . . .

ON the MOUND

Marco’s second opening day start 4.1 IP – 5H – 4R – 3ER – 1BB – 2SO

Bullpen combined for 3.2 IP – 5H – 4R – 4ER – 3BB – 3SO

MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUTS (youngest team in baseball!)

  • Evan White 1B = first major league hit (single)
  • Jose Marmolejos LF = 0 fer 3 w/2Ks
  • Anthony Misiewicz RP: ONE inning, ONE run
  • Yohan Ramirez RP: ONE inning, only M’s pitcher to not give up a run

AT the PLATE

couple of solo shots was all she wrote . . .

Way to go Kyle & Kyle!!

IN the FIELD

Kyle w/an error; no DPs

Meet the 2020 Mariners

When it rains, it pours . . .

First, the M’s not only lose their first road series (vs. Tiger) and lose Robbie due to a broken hand (hit by a pitch on the 13th)

but then, on the 15th comes the extremely disappointing news that Robbie has been suspended . . .

It was going to be bad enough to do without Robbie for 4-6 weeks because of injury.

Now, not only does the team have to do without him for much longer but, the reason could have a larger, different impact on the team. Truly one of the biggest challenges the organization has had in many years. It will be interesting to see if the team is able to pull together and if Scott and Jerry can pull the right strings in order to get the right pieces, shuffle the field, respectively to ensure all bases are covered for the rest of the season.