g115 | Kuma “the No-No” Bear

Wish I coulda been there . . .
Ended up watching the last TWO outs on the TV in the lunchroom at work (was sort of afraid to move before then 😉 )

kuma no-no

photo credit: Seattle Times

Yes, there were . . .
~ THREE Mariner runs scored
~ On only SIX hits
~ FOUR of which were doubles
~ Ketel, Guti and AJ scored the runs
~ Guti, Robbie and Jesus S drove them in

But, the number of the day was ZERO, as in NO hits allowed by Mr. Iwakuma

Let’s just revel and relish as history unfolded on the afternoon of August 12, 2015 at Safeco Field . . . . 







g114 | scoring early, scoring late . . .

Mariners 6 | Orioles 5 (in 10)

early and late

Tai was not very efficient (110 pitches) but pretty effective . . . 
He had a shaky start, giving up THREE of his FIVE hits, the walk and BOTH runs in the 1st – then Tai settled down, at one point retiring ELEVEN in-a-row
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

The first half of the bully, unfortunately, was NOT as effective . . .
}Tom gave up a TWO-run homer in the 7th and Joe a solo shot (to tie it) in the 8th

The second half of the bully ~ yowsa, back to form!
} Carson (9th) and Nando (10th) combined for TWO.TWO hitless, scoreless innings – Nando with the win

THIRTEEN total hits ~ FOUR for extra-bases . . . 
~ Nellie didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak to TWENTY-ONE w/his 34th homer in the 1st
~ Mark added a 3-run TRUM-BOMB in the same inning to give the M’s the 4-2 lead
~ Robbie and Seth combined to go 5/8 each with a run scored and Robbie also walked
~ Brad had a THREE hit night with a walk and a run scored
~ Kyle with a sac-fly that scored Brad in the 2nd
~ and AJ was the hero of the night with the game-winning RBI in the 10th scoring LoMo

No DP’s for either side, the O’s committed TWO errors (but neither resulted in a run)

tweets of the game . . .


g113 | Guti, Guti, good and the SUNSET steals the show – but, another one-run loss . . .

Mariners 2 | Orioles 3

so close

Out-hit by TWO . . . 
Out-scored by ONE . . . 
M’s now 22-20 in ONE-run affairs

Vidal did what he needed to do and, considering this is his second “spot start” out of the pen, I’d say we’ll take it!
He only allowed FIVE hits but, FOUR were for extra bases but, liking the NO walks and ONE K/inning 🙂
FIVE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO runs/earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

the rest of the story (pretty good pitching-wise) . . .
} Mayckol went a full THREE innings and built a picket fence (ONE hit, ONE run, ONE walk, ONE strikeout – the one run was a solo homer)
} Rasmussen redeemed himself a bit from his last outing, pitching a scoreless 9th

Only FIVE hits total but, THREE for extra bases . . .
~ Kyle and Guti both doubled
~ Guti homered (to tie it in the 2nd) and also scored BOTH runs
~ Nellie extended his hitting streak to 20 w/a single

things got a little exciting in the 9th . . .
~ Nelson got on base via an error but was erased when Robbie hit into a DP
~ Guti drilled a TWO-out double on the TENTH pitch of his at bat and advance to 3B on a wild pitch
~ AJ struck out but, it was a passed ball so, he was safe at 1B and Guti scored to bring the M’s within ONE
~ but, Jesus M struck out to end the game 😦

* a nice DP (Ketel to Robbie to Jesus)
* Nellie lunging, Jesus stretching . . .whodathunk?!?

tweets of the game . . .

and then, the real star of the night: the SUNSET . . . 


g38-40 | FOUR is the SCORE but, overall, woes at the O’s

Mariners 4 | Orioles 9

  • Tai gave up more hits than Mariners got
  • the bullpen pitched one more inning than Tai but, also gave up one more run
  • TWO double-plays turned but also an error (Nellie) and a PB (Zu)

Mariners 4 | Orioles 2

  • Elias was EXCELLENT: SEVEN.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
  • the bottom of the order did the producing: batters 6-9 w/all FOUR RBI (Justin w/a TWO-run homer)
  • Nando made it a bit interesting in the 9th but, in the end, recorded his TENTH save and Roenis’s FIRST victory

Mariners 4 | Orioles 5 (rain delayed)

  • JA’s roughest outing to date but, had the rain not come, might have been different: he gave up a grand slam in the 1st but, ended up striking out the side in the 2nd but, the rain delay after the top of the 3rd he wasn’t able to get a shot at redemption
  • the bats came back after the delay: TEN total hits but, all singles and only THREE for FIFTEEN w/RISP
  • the BP of Tom, Mark, Joe and Charlie put up THREE.TWO hitless/scoreless innings after the delay (w/SIX strikeouts)
  • enter Lord Farquhar 😦 who gave up TWO hits and the winning run

tweets of the series . . .



g111 | lead-off homer and that’s all she wrote . . .

Mariners 0 | Orioles 1

Of the M’s TEN losses since the All Star Break, SEVEN of them were by ONE run, TWO were by TWO

Their run differential since the break is 43-46 . . .
they don’t need  m u c h (they are in EVERY game!) but, sure hoping the recent moves help just enough.

Kuma did his thing once again – and, once again, nothing to show for it . . .
TWO of the FIVE of hits he allowed were for extra bases but, the only one that counted would be the only one that counted for the ENTIRE game – lead off blast by Markakis. After that, Kuma proceeded to strike out the next THREE batters. He was essentially cruise through the rest of the game (with a bit of a squeeze here and there :/ ) and was ONE out away from a complete game (Danny came in to get the final out)
SEVEN.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

As good as Kuma was ~ kudos to exM Tillman and his BP – just a smidge better . . .
They allowed only FOUR singles and set the M’s down in order from the 3rd inning to the 8th . . .  ugh!

* Zu with a dead to rights caught stealing of Lough for the third out in the 2nd
* Kyle with a great charging play on a chopper for the third out in the 6th

tweets of the game . . . 



g105 | another ONE-run loss . . .

Quite a series – sure woulda been nice to at least get the split. The first game of the series, Kuma had an unfortunately lapse in one inning (though since the offense failed to score – wouldn’t really have mattered) but, the next three games were each decided by ONE run, with only ONE of those in the W column.

Mariners 2 | Orioles 3 (10)






Roenis picked up where he left off after his last start . . .
After struggling mightily in his last three starts prior to the All Star break, he seems to have turned things around – with a nice outing vs the Mets and then here today vs the O’s. Roenis can’t quite get over that FIVE inning hump but, he cruised through the first TWO innings (striking out the side in order in the 1st) and then allowed THREE straight hits to lead off the 3rd:  a single, a double and an RBI single that tied the game but, was able to keep it tied by inducing a pop up AND a double-play to end the inning. Over his next innings, he allowed THREE walks and ONE hit but no more runs.
FIVE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

} Tom was terrific! TWO full innings with only ONE hit, NO runs and THREE strikeouts
} Brandon had his first real struggle since converting to a reliever. Ultimately, he struck out the side but, there was a double, a couple of walks (one intentional) and a bases-loaded single along the way to his first earned run as a reliever.
} Nando pitched a scoreless 9th in a tie game
} Yourvis had quite an inning – lead-off double and then TWO walks to load the bases. He also induced TWO pop-ups – unfortunately, there was a sac-fly in between them, that would ultimately be the winning run.

Finally, double-digit hits (BUT only 1 fer 7 w/RISP) . . . 
~ Kyle had a stinging line drive that stung a little TOO much, as Markakis was able to play if off the wall and throw a strike to 2B to nail Kyle trying to stretch it to a double (and get him by several strides a 2B). In his second AB he made the opposing pitcher work for NINE pitches before walking. Then, in rather ‘un-Kyle-like’ fashion, he struck out with TWO on, TWO out in the 7th and to lead-off the 10th.
~ Chris got his FIRST major league hit in his FIRST major league start (Thursday). Today his first major league RBI came in the form of his FIRST major league extra base hit (a double) in this his SECOND major league start. He also had a single in the 4th
~ Dustin and Zu both with THREE hits on the day – including Zu’s 8th inning homer to tie the game at 2

* Yowsa! And they say Corey can’t play the field – ‘t wasn’t real pretty but, what a catch to save a XBH!

* TWO nice DP’s (is there ever a bad one?) to end the O’s serious threat in the 3rd (they had already tied the game and had runners at the corners w/ONE out) and for the first TWO in the 9th
* Chris fielded a ground ball in the 8th with the bases-loaded and TWO out but his throw pulled Robbie off the bag and the go-ahead run (at the time) scored.
* JJ with a nice running catch for the second out in the 10th – unfortunately, the bases were loaded so the go-ahead run scored

tweets of the game . . . 

g104 | lookie here, runs!

Mariners 4 | Orioles 3

Chris Young. Sensational.
wow – holding the O’s scoreless on just TWO hits?!?! I’m thinking Mr. Young is deserving of Comeback Player of the Year AND Unsung hero
SEVEN innings ~ TWO hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO runs ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} So, the bullpen finally showed they were mortal, as Danny and Joe and Yourvis did NOT have a good day. Danny took over for Chris in the 8th and after TWO ground ball outs, he hit Adam Jones and walked Cruz. Enter Joe who threw a wild pitch and then (see in the field) TWO runs score on an error. Enter Yourvis who promptly gives up a single and an inherited runner along with it. But, there was the slimmist of margins to spare
} Congrats to Nando on his 28th save of the season and the 200th of his career!!!

Another game of single-digit hits but, also one of runs greater than TWO and THREE for EIGHT w/RISP . . .
~ Dustin just keeps on hitting . . .
~ TWO doubles today and TWO runs scored
~ Robbie also had a double, a run scored and an RBI
~ Kyle and Kendrys each had ONE hit and ONE RBI (LoMo w/the other RBI)

* rare Kyle error in the 7th allows the O’s first TWO runs to score
* rare final out – Nando catches Lough stealing 2B

tweets of the game . . .


g103 | “Right now we’re just having a funk. We’ll come out of it.”

I actually believe you, Lloyd. I really do. Gotta admire his consistency, he never waivers whether the team is on an up swing (he beats the drum for them to do better) or a down swing (he heaps encouragement on them).

Mariners 1 | Orioles 2 (10)

4 in a row






Felix being Felix ~ pitching out of his mind and getting another ND . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts

} Brandon and Nando combined for TWO hitless/scoreless innings to keep the game tied at ONE after NINE
} Charlie gave up what was ultimately the game-winner for the O’s – a TWO strike homer on the FOURTH pitch of the 10th inning and then Danny retired all THREE batters he faced

The fourth loss in-a-row was yet another game of single-digit hits and TOO FEW RUNS (the M’s have scored 1, 2, 0, 1 during this losing streak)
~ Endy, Robbie and Kyle all had TWO hits (Kyle and Robbie with a double and a triple respectively)
~ And, the “new, old guy” . . . Kendrys had a sac-fly scoring Robbie after the triple for the only M’s run
~ Crazy 5th inning when Brad walked with ONE out and then was out due to being hit by ball on Endy’s single. Then Endy stole 2B but was thrown out at home, for the third out, on JJ’s single. So an inning with a walk, two singles and a stolen base but, NO runs :/
~ And then, the game ends on a play over-turned on challenge (Robbie initially called safe at 1B on a REALLY close play but, play over-turned, third out, game over)

* Brad and Kyle with some really nice plays in the infield
* Zu with a great caught stealing on Adam Jones
* the O’s made some nice plays as well (including a lazer shot by Pearce to nail Endy by plenty, he probably should not have been sent)

tweets of the game . . . 


g102 | Oh gets 0 . . .

Some interesting moves prior to the game . . .
Tai Walker had been sent down right after the game yesterday, today they put Willie on the DL and called up Jesus Montero and Chris Taylor (major league debut tonight)

Goodbye and Good Luck Stephen Pryor   . . .  Welcome Back, Kendrys Morales!!!

Mariners 0 | Orioles 4







Kuma continued his incredible streak of 35 consecutive innings without allowing a walk  . . .
Unfortunately, he had a rare lapse in the 3rd, giving up FOUR straight hits – including a THREE run homer 😦 He recovered nicely, keeping the O’s at bay by facing only ONE over the minimum for the rest of his outing (innings 4-7)
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Yourvis and Charlie each pitch scoreless frames – Charlie struck out the side in order

M’s were shutout for the TWELFTH time this season :\
~ Gettin’ tired of this but, tip o’ the cap to Mr. Chen – he didn’t allow an XBH, just scattered FIVE singles and ONE walk in his EIGHT full innings of work.
~ JJ did steal his 20th bag

No DP’s on either side and can’t really speak to the DEE overall as I didn’t see this one either

tweets of the game . . .


g111 | Happy totals make for a happy flight home

And THIS is what can happen when the starting pitching isn’t perfect but gives you a chance, the offense does JUST enough and the bullpen is SHUTDOWN = win! win! win!

Mariners 3 | Orioles 2

Houdini Joe showed up vs. his old team at Camden Yards . . .
allowing the lead-off batter to reach in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th innings
working with a runner in scoring position in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th innings
But, able to escape damage until the 6th, when that lead-off runner finally came around to score on Valencia’s home run and the O’s took the lead 2-1. But, in the end, Joe’s ability to work out of trouble kept the M’s in it (with a little help from his BP)
SIX innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Yoervis ‘s 7th was impressive, to say the least, as he retired the heart of the O’s order IN order:  Machado (K),  Jones (K) and Davis (1-pitch groundout) and then he followed up with a 1-2-3 8th (and economical as well – only 21 pitches)
} Danny (aka: Lord Farquhar) earned his second major league save, in as many chances, and preserved the game victory for Joe and the series victory for the M’s

Quite the development of Danny going on before our very eyes . . .
the volume of K’s has been eye-popping from the beginning but, he started out giving up a LOT of runs as well. In the pre-game, both Mike Blowers and Danny himself mentioned that he had “re-introduced” his curve ball to keep the hitters off balance (had previously relied a little to heavily on the cutter) and, pitching inside ~ the results are astounding . . .

  • first 10.2 innings of his season = 18 K’s, 10ER
  • next 9 innings = 10K’s, 3 ER
  • last 16 innings = 24 K’s, 7 ER


~ the Ancient Mariners with ALL the M’s RBI today: Raul’s RBI double and Hank’s TWO-run homer
~ AB of the game (though it didn’t result in a run) was Justin’s 16-pitch base hit in the 4th
~ hit of the game was no doubt Hank’s 2-run homer in the 7th (apparently he can hit homers other than grand slams and in non-Felix games 😉 ) that was the first Chen had given up at Camden Yards all year – it recaptured the lead for the M’s that they would not relinquish

* one DP turned (Brendan-Brad-Justin)
* no DP’s turned against the M’s but, wow can Chen can field his position! (see top 5th)
* defensive play of the game ~ Brad’s WebGem for the first out in the 9th, smash liner that he had to dive for


tweets of the game . . .