g108 | Felix scuffles in the 1st but, the King takes over till the 8th

Mariners 6 | Angels 4

rebound

Very strange start to this game (both for me and for the team) . . .

I arrived at the ballpark realizing I’d forgotten my portable phone charger so, I spent the first TWO innings near The Pen, at the ‘charging station’ watching a nearby TV and listening to the Halos broadcast via At Bat. Trout hit the THREE-run homer just as I plugged in (and, of course the Halos announcers were giddy – little did they know what would happen in the bottom of the inning 😉 )

ON the MOUND
Yes, that 1st inning was exasperating (Trout just seems to have Felix’s number) . . .
But, was SO good to see Felix dial it in and go a full EIGHT (something he had yet to do this season) and, ultimately, get the win . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Eddy gets his THIRD save in style ~ THREE up/THREE down ~ all K’s

AT the PLATE
FOURTEEN hits ~ only ONE for extra-bases ~ Zu’s THREE-run bomb in the 1st

  • Kyle the only starter w/o a hit
  • Nori and Adam both had THREE hits
  • Seth and Leonys both had TWO hits
  • only a total of THREE strikeouts

IN the FIELD
* error by Adam but, an OF assist by Seth to get the lead-runner in the 5th
* around-the-horn double-play (Kyle-Robbie-Adam) to end the 7th

tweets of the game . . .

g74 | of walk-offs and losing streak ends . . .

Mariners 4 | Cardinals 3

ye of little faiht

So, going into this game I was “0 fer attended” – but, I had a good feeling about this one …
There sure were a LOT of Cardinals fans (including next to me and behind me!) But, thankfully, I left much happier than they did, despite their team’s late lead.

ON the MOUND
Welcome to Seattle, the “other Wade”!
LeBlanc was acquired from Toronto as an emergency starter in place of Taijuan Walker and what a start it was (against the third most prolific offense in baseball) . . .
SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

and then, it was a tale of TWO bullys . . .
} Nick pitched a clean inning with ONE K
} Joaquin though, unimaginably, gave up THREE runs in the 8th without giving up a hit: a couple of walks (including one intentional and one of the bases-loaded variety), a HBP, an error and a wild pitch
} Don Roach, just called up from Tacoma, had a nice M’s debut: ONE-TWO innings w/a K

AT the PLATE
Only SIX total hits (Cards only had FOUR, each team walked FOUR times)
Only TWO for extra bases but, both came in the 9th . . .
Kyle with a lead-off double and then a HUGE walk by Dae-Ho just before the game-winning THREE-run shot by

IN the FIELD
Kyle showing off his GG skills but, also committing the error that allowed the Cards second and third runs.

other tweets of the game . . .

and, the proof of my first witness of a 2016 win . . .

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g47-49 | let’s just move along . . .

ugh. swept aside AGAIN by another lessor team . . .

swept

seems the M’s are playing to their competition of late.

g47 Mariners 2 | Twins 7
another bad night for Felix

g48 Mariners 5 | Twins 6
M’s had the bases loaded TWICE with only ONE run scored (via a DP – the other was THREE pop-ups in-a-row – can you spell F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N?!?) and, a whacky end to the game – after Guti homered in the 8th to bring it within one, he was up again w/runners at the corners and ONE out – both were thrown out after the catcher dropped and recovered a ball 😦

g49 Mariners 5 | Twins 5
another rough day for Tai, Guti did his part again, homering in the bottom of the 9th to bring them within ONE

tweets of the series . . . 

and, all was NOT lost, as I got to attend Saturday evening’s game with these lovely ladies . . . IMG_5532

g37 | first the sweepers, then the sweepees

Mariners 0 | Angels 3

only the second time this season the M’s were shut out

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Strange series to be sure . . .

  • M’s swept the Rays (who came into the series having won 8 of their last 12)
  • M’s got swept by the Halos (who came into the series having lost 10 of their last 12)

Go figure.

ON the MOUND
Probably Felix’s best start this season . . .
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts
Unfortunately, much like seasons past but, UNlike the season so far this year – the bats were all but dead.

Bully . . .
Nick allowed an inherited runner to score (still think they should ‘share the blame’) and Monty pitched a scoreless 9th

AT the PLATE
Move along . . . nothing to see here 😦
TWO measly hits (both singles), TWO hit-by-pitch, ONE walk
yuckity yuk!

IN the FIELD
a nice DP to end the 2nd (and we’re thinking ‘we got this’ . . . *sigh*)

 

But, it was a fun day at the ballpark because I got to share in the misery 😉

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g35 | of slow starts, mid-pop and late losses . . .

Mariners 6 | Angels 7

Sad to say, this was only the second M’s game I’ve attended this season (plan to get that total up to at least 20 before season’s end!). I was a bit lat because of some work falderal. Didn’t get to my seat until the top of the 4th (which turned out to be when all the action started) and I was famished . . .

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ON the MOUND
Nathan was so-so, only allowed ONE hit for extra-bases (a double that proved futile). The Halos just seemed to single, sac-fly and bloop hit him to death.
SIX.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

a rare, stumbling bully . . . 
Rare in that they came into the game 16-0 when leading after eight.
They (Vidal, Nick, Joel and Steve) combined for TWO.TWO innings with FOUR of the SEVEN hits they allowed for extra bases and they allowed FOUR earned runs.
Steve had a ONE run lead but, blew the save and took his second loss of the season. Hopefully, just an off-night and not the start of a struggle.

AT the PLATE
It was only the second loss for the M’s when scoring FOUR or more runs (now 16-2 in that category)

A little bit of everything from a little bit of everybody . . .
from sac flys (Leonys) to homers (Nellie & Chris) to bases-clearing triples (Ketel)

Nice to see the bottom third of the order coming through . . .
4/10 with TWO walks, TWO rbi, THREE runs scored

OUTSIDE the FIELD
Cool to see the Columbia Center, Smith Tower and Century Link Field reppin’ their Mariners teal. . .

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tweets of the game . . .

 

g4 | lots of pomp, little circumstance . . .

From the moment I stepped off the link light rail and onto the platform at Stadium Station ~ pleasantly assailed by the aromas of scotch broom, hot dogs and roasted peanuts ~ until my head hit the pillow, I savored every moment of the fact that: Baseball. Is. Back.

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couldn’t have asked for better weather (especially in April!)

From the record-setting regular season crowd to the Griffey Cooperstown Countdown, from the Make-a-Wish kid running the bases to the Military mom surprising her son, from Mr. Niehaus’s voice welcoming us all to Junior “Felixing” after the ceremonial first pitch, from the rare and amazing Seattle Spring weather to the Safeco Field sunset . . .
the Opening Night pomp and circumstance was super stupendous.

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And there they are, your 2016 SEATTLE MARINERS!!!

Oh, and then we got to watch this little game they call baseball . . .

Mariners 2 | Athletics 3

ON THE MOUND
Tai was a bit amped at first . . . 
(seemed like we could almost hear his breath and heart from the third deck) but, he eventually settled down, still threw a ton of pitches (in part due to two errors by his defense in the 2nd) and THREE of his K’s ended an inning . . .
SIX innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

The bullpen continued its roll, until the 9th . . .
} Joel and Joaquin both posted hitless frames combining for THREE K’s
} Then, as they were anointing the new closer, Steve,  complete with the audio-visual hoopla, I thought to myself . . . this isn’t a close situation and he hasn’t recorded a save yet (situation ripe for jinxing) and – BAM! Homer into the right field seats breaking the 2-2 tie  😦

AT THE PLATE
First game, in the extremely small sample size, where the M’s didn’t hit multiple homers.
Other than Dae-Ho’s solo shot,’t was the most anemic offensive performance yet . . .
~ only THREE other hits – all singles (Nori, Ketel, Robbie)
~ only TWO walks and both were stranded
~ nice to a little manufacturing (Leonys HBP after Dae-Ho’s homer, 1B to 3B on Nori’s single, scored on Ketel’s fly)

IN THE FIELD
Not their best leather but, not their worst so far . . .
* the good = TWO lovely DPs
* the bad = TWO errors in ONE inning (no damage but, a few extra pitches for Tai)

tweets of the game . . .

 

‘t would have been nice to get the win but, my theory is the M’s have issues with the first game of a series 😉

Anyway, the best part, is that I got to share it all with my Dad . . .

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The tradition continues

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almost time . . .

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awaiting the introductions . . .

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Opening Night

 

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Celebrating a legend

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Junior “Felixing” after his ceremonial first pitch

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Tai’s first pitch of 0f 2016

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Safeco Sunset

 

Hey, still atop the AL West 😉

FOUR down, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY EIGHT to go!

 

g112 | Happy, Happy Felix Day!!

Mariners 4 | Rangers 2

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Mariners victories always best shared with friends 🙂

ON the MOUND
Well, the Rangers certainly made The King work: 104 pitches thru SEVEN innings (which helps puts into perspective the Rookie Monty’s outing). But, Lloyd desperately needed Felix to go at least SEVEN and that’s what he did. The two runs were via an RBI double and a wild pitch (haven’t looked but, seems the M’s might have given up the most runs via WP this season)

SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

The bullpen was effective . . . .

  • The boos started with ball TWO and a lead-off walk allowed by Nando but, fly out, single, strikeout and groundout followed.
  • Carson allowed a lead-off single and also hit a batter but, in the end, recorded his 12th save and preserved Felix’s 14th victory

AT the PLATE
Only FIVE total hits for the M’s but . . .
~ Their first run was via Ketel’s FIRST major league RBI (scoring Mark who had reached 2B on an error on a pop-up and advanced to 3B on Brad’s sac bunt) and, he was the only Mariner w/TWO hits and also recorded his first big league stolen base
~ TWO-run bomb by Jesus M gave the M’s their second and third runs (and the lead for good) in the 4th

~ Nellie extended his hitting streak to NINETEEN with his THIRTY-THIRD homer (and his NINTH consecutive extra-base hit)

IN the FIELD
* No DP’s recorded (one against, an unassisted by Moreland)
* Nellie made a great diving catch in RF for the first out of the game (continues to be more than serviceable there)
* Brad with a nice play that he stayed with after a bad hop
* Robbie with one of his patented “sliding slick picks” snaring a liner on a short hop and throwing casually to 1B for the out to save a run

tweets of the game . . .