g87 | M’s pitching and play as sloppy as the damp field in Cinci . . .

Mariners 4 | Reds 13

Jeremy didn’t exactly cruise through the first three innings (as he had at least one base-runner in each) but, he was able to limit the damage to ONE run . . . then came the 4th when the wheels came off and the Reds scored THREE via a couple of doubles (ONE of them a 2RBI – by Latos, the pitcher!) an IBB and a single AND the 5th where the combination of a couple of TWO out walks and singles scored another pair for the Reds and they took a 6-3 lead
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ FIVE walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Carter, having not pitched since June 25th (ill earlier on the trip) didn’t fair any better than Jeremy. A couple of singles and a double (with TWO out) scored THREE more and the Reds took  a 9-4 lead in the 6th. He was able to retire the side in order in the 7th and hand the Reds their only scoreless inning since the 3rd.
} Danny (and the DEE behind him) had a horrible 8th as FOUR more Reds runs scored on a couple of walks, a FC, a couple of singles and a double (and TWO errors on one play).

~ Things started out SO well . . . Endy singled and Kyle homered and it was 2-0 M’s again in the 1st
~ Latos settled down and proceeded to strike out SIX Mariners in-a-row until Brad worked a walk (on the 10th pitch of his AB in the 3rd inning – he would end up with THREE walks – and so far, he’s done nothing to lose the lead-off spot) and Endy’s single sent him to 3B and Kyle’s sac-fly sent him home, some more M’s manufacturing and the M’s took the 3-1 lead
~ Dustin (who was left stranded in his previous AB after doubling with TWO outs) singled with ONE out in the 6th and then scored from 1B on a double by . . .  Brendan! And the M’s cut the Reds lead to TWO (6-4)
~ FOURTEEN total strikeouts (THREE by Michael ~all swinging~ one ended the 5th with TWO runners in scoring position trailing by a run) and another ZERO for ELEVEN w/RISP . . . argh!!!

* Reds first run scored via a combo of a lead-off walk, passed ball and looper when Mike Z let a nearly perfect throw from Endy get by him (bounced off his shinguard)
* Endy with an awesome, diving  catch just above the grass in RF robbing a base hit in the 7th
* but then in the 8th, Brad and Endy make separate errors on the same play that would eventually turn into TWO unearned runs

* Reds Phillips had a web gem in the 9th that robbed Michael S of a bast hit or more
* Dustin looking generally less than comfortable in CF

tweets of the game . . . 

g82 | I thought the Cubbies were supposed to stink . . .

Mariners 6 | Cubs 7

Between catching up on errands and chores that went neglected yesterday in favor of social engagements and loss of cable and internet for awhile this afternoon, I was unable to see any of the game, though listened to as much as possible. ‘t was pretty bleak early, pretty exciting late and pretty disappointing in the end, though, not without bright spots on which I will try to focus.

Jeremy’s M’s debut back in early June left much to be desired, as he gave up SEVEN earned runs and was unable to get out of the 5th. Since then, he’s had FOUR total starts and gone at least 5+ in each (once a full EIGHT) and given up a total of FOUR earned runs.  Today, the Cubs definitely had his number, as he wasn’t even able to get out of the FOURTH . . .
3.1 innings ~ SIX hits ~ SIX runs ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Enter long-man, Blake. He allowed an inherited runner to score and then ONE of his own but, settled down and pitched pretty well . . .
4.2 innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Oh sO good to see Tommy mow ’em down! first batter took awhile to get (9 pitches till the fly out) but then a quick ground out and a strikeout swinging.

Let’s just get the bad outta the way . . .
ONE fer FOURTEEN w/RISP (blech! blech! blech!)

Now then, the good . . .
~ TEN hits ~ SEVEN for extra bases ~ FOUR doubles (2x Endy, 2x Brad) + THREE homers
~ Brad with his FIRST and SECOND big league hits ~ both doubles  ~ and his FIRST run scored
~ Jason with his TENTH homer (all solo shots)
~ Rauuuuuuul with his NINETEENTH homer (his total for ALL of last year)
~ Kyle with his ELEVENTH homer (a TWO-run shot to get the M’s to within ONE in the 8th)
~ Kyle and Nick (the future is now) each with TWO rbi

Brad's first big league hit - a double | Photo/Ted S. Warren, AP

Brad’s first big league hit – a double | Photo/Ted S. Warren, AP


A rare (best fielding 3B going into this game) and unfortunate error by Kyle allows 2 unearned runs

tweets of the game . . .


g77 | Kendrys goes ever so gently home . . .

Mariners 6 | Athletics 3

OK, so, I know they moved the fences in and all but, yowsa! Safeco Field has become a launching pad!
^ Friday night all the runs came via the long ball (FOUR homers for the A’s, ONE for the M’s)
^ Saturday night M’s homer TWO more times and get the win
^ Today the A’s get ONE more and the M’s THREE more in a wildly dramatic victory

Jeremy came into the game having given up only TWO earned runs in his last THREE starts (20 combined  innings vs. Yanks, Astros and Halos). He left the mound today having given up only ONE more (wild pitch with the bases loaded) but, he left the bases loaded and one of the inherited runners scored, for a final line of . . .
5.1 innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned run ~ THREE walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Danny  got TWO ground balls to get out of the 6th inning (unfortunately, the first one came with the bases loaded so, got the A’s to within ONE run 3-2). Then he proceeded to get SIX more outs in-a-row before giving up a game-tying homer in the 8th. I haven’t checked but, I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny has the best K/9 for a reliever with the highest ERA – in other words, I think he’s got a great strikeout rate but a horrible ERA ~ a rather odd combination. In any case, he kept it close, only giving up that ONE hit to get tagged with the BS.

} Enter good ol’ steady-Eddy Ollie. He gave up a lead off walk in the 9th, but then only ONE hit and NO runs through the TWO full innings to earn the victory AND see his ERA drop below one (0 .98 to be exact).

Old Man Rauuuuuuul did it again! Not ONCE but TWICE . . .
a TWO-run homer in the 1st and a solo blast in the 4th to put the M’s up 3-0

Homer #2 of the game 17th of the season | Ted S Warren, AP

Homer #2 of the game 17th of the season | Ted S Warren, AP

But, save for a couple of singles for Mike Z that would be all she wrote until the 10th – and then it would get really exciting. After Justin popped up on the first pitch, Mike got aboard after striking out on a wild pitch and then Michael S hit a solid single to RF, advancing Mike to 3B. So with runners at the corners and ONE out, Kendrys pinch hit for Brendan . . . BLAMMO!
Walk-off victory! And he  e  v  e  r  so gently crossed home plate 😉

Come gently home | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Come gently home | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

* Cespedes robbed Michael S of an extra base hit in the 2nd
* AWESOME turn by Kyle in the 3rd – snared a smash liner and threw to 1B to double up the runner
* really nice play by Nick to get an out at 1B in the 6th, A’s get a run but, coulda been worse
* A’s made a nice play on a bunt base hit attempt by Endy for the second out in the 8th
* Guti robbed Lowrie of an extra base hit at the top of the wall in CF (unfortunately, he left the game after the 5th with a tight hammy)

Death to flying things | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Death to flying things | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

tweets of the game . . .

g72 | a WIN? in Anaheim? in extras?

Mariners 3 | Angels 2

Earlier today, it was announced that Alex Liddi was optioned to AAA Tacoma and Justin Smoak was activated from the DL (after a rehab stint with the Rainiers). ‘t was a short trip for Justin to Oakland, as the Rainiers had been in Sacramento.

Really a shame that Jeremy didn’t get the win tonight, after putting up his THIRD straight quality start (allowed just ONE run in his TWO previous starts: a win vs. the Yanks in SIX innings, a ND vs. the ‘stros in EIGHT innings). His final line . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ ZERO strikeouts

} Ollie in for the 7th . . .
walked the lead batter (Ianetta), got Bourjos to fly out, then a WP advanced the runner to 2B, he then got Trout looking and Hamilton swinging.

} Tom in for the 8th . . .
boom. lead-off homer by Pujols ties the ball game (believe it or not, it was the first homer Tom gave up this season). The good news is he was able to retire the rest in order AND then come back out for the 9th where he gave up a lead-off base hit, a wild pitch and a walk BUT, got Bourjos to strikeout and Trout to fly out. There’s nothing wrong with Tom’s velocity (touched 97-98 a couple times) it’s just a matter of location and confidence and, despite the homer, the fact that he hung in and got some outs after that, is a means toward that end.

} Charlie took over in the 9th with TWO on / TWO out ~ and strikes out Hamilton

} Yoervis in for the 10th . . .
gets Pujols to pop-up behind the plate, Trumbo to strike out and Kendrick to ground out to earn his FIRST career SAVE . . .

He said, “For an inning, I felt like Mariano Rivera.”

~ back-to-back jacks from Rauuuuuuul and Justin on back-to-back pitches in the 2nd gave the M’s a 2-0 lead . . . 

Welcome back, Justin! | Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

Welcome back, Justin! | Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

~ Mike with his FIRST big league double with TWO outs in the 4th (but he was left stranded)
~ Brendan fails to get a bunt down (pop-up) TWICE
~ Kyle hits a TWO-out double in the 10th and scores the go-ahead run via Kendrys FIRST hit of the night (what would end up being his NINTH game-winning hit of the season)!

* THREE double plays turned (4-6-3, 6-4-3, 3-6-1) all off Hamilton’s bat
* Nick with his third stolen base of the season
* beautiful straight at ‘im catch by Endy to end the threat in the 6th with runners at the corners
* Michael S with a nice running catch for the first out in the 8th with a runner on (kept ‘im at 1B)

(on the other side, Bourjos robbed Justin of a sure double and Michael S of a possible homer)

tweets of the game . . . 

interesting note of the game . . .

ELEVEN players on the current 25-man roster were NOT on the opening day roster ~ NINE players on the current roster started the season in AAA

g67 | of too little O, imploding pens and wasted gems

Mariners 1 | Astros 6

Despite the meager offense, it was shaping up to be a really fun night with a battery consisting  of a journeyman starter and a rookie receiver (making his major league debut), dealing a scoreless  gem through EIGHT innings. Then, in seemingly the blink of an eye, it all evaporated . . . courtesy the bullpen.

Jeremy extended his scoreless innings streak to THIRTEEN and, was in the line for the win when Nick broke the scoreless tie in the 8th with an RBI single. Jeremy only threw  89 pitches . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

What the heck has happened to the ‘pen?!?
#ClosingTime is seeming perpetually open 😦

The M’s had dealt the Astros SEVENTEEN straight scoreless innings over the last TWO nights and then in the 9th, the bullpen combined for . . .
FIVE hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ TWO strikeouts
(Tom + Yoervis + Charlie) 5 charged to Tom
the most runs the M’s have given up in the 9th inning since 2006

~ The Good: Nick 3/4 w/the lone M’s RBI, Mike w/his first big league hit in his second big league AB
~ The Bad: only FIVE total hits
~ The Ugly: ELEVEN strikeouts

* Mike Zunino’s debut behind the plate was a success: blocking balls, framing pitches, moving with ease – he even threw out his first base runner . . . by a mile! (a failed hit and run)
* No DP’s but, Brendan made his usual “highlight per night”

tweets of the game . . . 

g62 | Will the REAL Jeremy Bonderman please stand up?

Mariners 4 | Yankees 1


Wow – what a difference a week makes!
First M’s outing (in MIN) 4.2 innings ~ NINE hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ONE strikeout
Tonight: SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

Way to go, Jeremy!

} Yoervis went 1.2 with TWO strikeouts and ONE walk
} Charlie came in to finish the 8th by striking out Cano
} The Bartender had walked four of the last five ‘first batters’ he faced so, to get the first guy with a strikeout was a huge relief. He ended up allowing a two-out double to Youk but then was able to get Wells to fly out to secure his FIFTEENTH save and Jeremy’s FIRST M’s victory! (since Sept of 2010).

4’s and 2’s were big
M’s scored FOUR runs in the FOURTH w/TWO outs via TWO, TWO-run singles

It all started with Michael M’s double (his first since returning to the lineup from the quad strain) then Nick walked and Kelly walked. So, with the bases loaded, Brendan came through with a TWO-run single and on a single that hit the 2B bag, Endy re-loaded the bases for Jason who also hit a TWO-run single.

THREE doubles of NINE hits, not a bad extra base ratio

* Brendan with an error (that he MORE than made up for with his RBIs!)
* Kelly with a pick-off of Wells at 2B and a nice mile-high pop-up catch
* Michael S made a great running, shoestring catch when he went in for the 8th and had the first ball hit to him
* Kyle made a great hot corner snare to end the game

tweets of the game . . .

instagram of the game . . . (courtesy of the Seahawks)

g57 | “split squad” = series losss

Mariners 0 | Twins 10

I didn’t see/hear the game today, as I participated in Race for the Cure in celebration of a dear friend’s survivor status (and, we had a lovely brunch afterward). I must say, I’m not sad to have missed the game so, this will be short and not so sweet . . .

} Jeremy Bonderman’s first major league start in 975 days did not go well
} Hector’s relief did not fair any better
} Danny did retire the side in order in the 9th (when it was already 10-0)

~ M’s only manage FIVE hits, NONE for extra bases
~ Kendrys had TWO of the hits (he was also thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double)
~ Brendan fouled THREE pitches off his foot (ouch!)

* Apparently, both Jason Bay and Alex Liddi had a nice diving catches
* no DP’s but, one turned against them

– Jeremy Bonderman was selected from AAA Tacoma
– Justin Smoak to the 15-day DL (retroactive to May 30th when he pinch hit in San Diego)
– Francisco Martinez (from the Fister trade) was traded back to the Tigers (for cash/PTBNL)
-Vinnie Catricala (2011 Minor League Player of the Year) was designated for assignment
– Franklin Gutierrez has about hit his rehab limit – will either have to rejoin big club or go back on DL
– Michael Morse expected to ease back into things this week . . . maybe taking some time at 1B

tweet of the game . . . 

December moves ~ players and restaurants!

More physical changes coming to the Safe!
As part of the rearrangement of fences, there’ll be a bit more real estate behind them so, why not add a restaurant? (actually, just replacing/expanding the old “Flying Turtle”) and, what better namesake than Edgar?!?