g74 | look, runs we’ve been craving! look, it was all for naught.

Mariners 9 | Angels 10

Normally, we’re mourning for Felix and his lack of run support.
Not so tonight – the bats did just about everything they could – staking him leads of 7-0, 8-1 and 8-2 only to see it evaporate 8-7 by the time he left the mound after the 5th. Good things tend not to happen when your ACE has a very bad night and your bullpen is all kerfuffled because your closer is outta whack and other young arms are struggling.

Seems Felix used up his allotment of good games vs the Halos this season (ONE). They are indeed his nemesis. Of course, by the time I settled in to watch the game, it was the bottom of the 5th – that was the part where Felix gave up SEVEN consecutive hits (homer, single, single, single, homer, single single) and FIVE runs. The very unhappy Felix totals . . . .
FIVE innings ~ TWELVE hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ SIX earned ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Danny did sort of his usual thing – allowed a run (the tying run at the time 8-8) and struck out THREE

} Carter was unable to record an out in the 8th (also gave up a tying run 9-9)

} Yoervis came in to a tie game with a runner at 3B and no outs and they were able to get TWO outs at the plate but then he WALKED in the go-ahead run . . . argh!

} Ollie came in and struck out Hamilton for the last out of the 8th

Unfortunately, I missed all the good stuff . . .
you know, the part were the M’s scored EIGHT runs in the first FOUR innings.

Overall, certainly no complaints about the offense
~ Kyle’s on fire! FOUR hits (including a double and a homer) THREE runs & THREE rbi
~ Raul with TWO hits and TWO rbi
~ Nick just keeps on getting on . . . ONE hit, ONE walk, TWO runs
~ good to see Michael S with a couple of hits including a double
~ Henry & Justin were the only ones without hits, both walked and Justin scored (and it looked like he m i g h t have hit one out in the top of the 9th

* web gem by Brendan in the 8th – bases loaded diving stop and then throwing home from his knees video
* a nice catch by Michael to rob Boujos of extra bases (returning the favor) and an outfield assist from Raul
* also a couple of throwing errors (Felix and Henry) and a wild pitch

tweets of the game . . .

IS | game 4

According to the box score (courtesy “From the Corner of Edgar and Dave”) it was rather a mixed bag today. Another hitting barrage (19 total) but, an equally impressive amount of strikeouts (17) for the pitchers (Trayvon and Carlos P contributing 3 each – yikes!).

The final score was 5-3 but, seems many thoughts were still on Guti …

How quickly can he heal?  How long will it take for him to get back in playing shape and who will take Guti’s place until he is ready?

As I mentioned yesterday, Saunders seems to have the attitude down, now is certainly his chance to shine.

IS | game 3 and some other stuff

From the looks of the boxscore (courtesy “From the Corner of Edgar and Dave) looks like offense was the name of the game today…

a total of 20 hits and 9 runs 

So much for the pitchers being ahead of the hitters at this point (though they did only give up 3 walks)

  • Iwakuma had a rough “debut” – cruising through his first inning but unable to get out of the 2nd
  • Kelley’s line looks pretty messy too, thanks to Michael Saunders and his 3-run jack (also had a triple)
  • Vargas seems to be the furthest along, facing 12 batters through 3 full innings (4H – 1ER – 1K)

Besides Saunders’ really good day, other hitters who posted multiple hits: Catricala, Figgins and Chavez

Speaking of Saunders, apparently he had a REALLY good off-season and is REALLY motivated for the upcoming season.  Hard to listen to this podcast and not be encouraged and excited about the possibilities.

oh – and, Jesus had his first hit in “game action” of the spring – a ringing double off the LF fence!

Bad, bad news of the day revolves around Guti’s pec muscle (or there-abouts)

The first I heard of it was via this tweet from Shannon …

Looking for more info on Gutierrez, everything I am hearing sounds like shoulder. Attempted 2 throws from of to 3rd with nothing on them

My reaction was audible for anyone who happened to be walking by my cube at the time.

Then there were reports of Franklin returning but, awaiting results of an MRI.

Here’s the latest from Greg Johns | MLB.com.  Here’s hoping we get encouraging news tomorrow…

On a lighter note, look who’s back….

                       Larry Stone | Seattle Times

IS | game 2

First pitch is at 11:45am PT, just wish we could see it (or at least HEAR it)

Felix vs. Jesus!

courtesy “from the corner of Edgar and Dave”
Post Game UPDATE
Montero went 0-2 with a walk…
pop up vs. Felix, K vs. League, BB vs. Grube
Guti went nuts! 
3-3 including a lead-off homer ovs. Felix
Ackley celebrated his 24th birthday in style…
with a 2-run shot off Josh Kinney for a total day of 2H – 2R – 2RBI
Aside from those already mentioned, other hitters with multi-hit days…
Smoak, Catricala, Rodriguez and Moore
the following hitters had multi-run days….
Saunders, Figgins, Ackley
the following hitters had multi-RBI days…
Rodriguez and Ackley
  • Brendon Ryan fouled off a pitch from League and is day-to-day with a contusion (but the good news is, he is close to 100% with the shoulder that has side-lined him much of the time so far)
  • Josh Kinney seemed to be the only pitcher that really struggled but (as Larry Stone pointed out) the only one of 17 pitchers who worked an inning with NO base runners was Sean Henn