g158 | undefeated in the Dipoto era!

Mariners 6 | Astros 4

rally jig

Shawn O’Mallye with the Rally Jig!!!

ON the MOUND
Vidal threw a few too many pitches (and a couple in the wrong spot) but, kept ’em in it . . .
FIVE innings ~ SIX hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

bully, bully!
JC, Carson and Tom combined for FOUR innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE run ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
(and Tom earned his second win – recording FIVE outs)

AT the PLATE
Only NINE total hits but, they made ’em count!
~ Nellie and Robbie both with sac-flies in the 1st
~ Robbie with his TWENTIETH homer (a two-run shot )to tie the game at 4 in the 6th)
~ Shawn with a two-run single (w/the bases loaded) to give the M’s the lead in the 8th

IN the FIELD
Not much defense (on either side)
* no DPs
* M’s with one error (Jesus S) and Astros w/TWO

tweets of the game . . . 

the big news came yesterday, PC this morning . . . 

g145-147 | series win!

Mariners 10 | Angels 1

Mariners 3 | Angels 4

Mariners 3 | Angels 1

I attended the last game – a fun one!

Kuma was awesome . . .
he was only able to make it through SIX innings but, FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ NINE strikeouts

The bullpen has been out of this world in September and meeting the Halos was no different . . . .
ZERO runs allowed in this series!

The unlikely hero of the night was Jesus . . .
THREE-run bomb in the 4th – and that would be that 🙂

Plus, a couple of extras . . .
~ some fireworks between Weaver and Seager
~ AND Hyphen working some TV 🙂

tweets of the Kuma-Jesus show . . .

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/644354511755087873

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/644364142376148992

https://twitter.com/hyphen18/status/644376846654566400

https://twitter.com/hyphen18/status/644386851675963392

g143 | everybody contributes!

Mariners 7 | Rockies 2

everybody contributes

ON the MOUND
Roenis was ON FIRE to start . . .
– He retired NINE in-a-row to start the game (w/SEVEN strikeouts – all swinging!!)
– He allowed his first hit in the 4th, a single, followed by a DP and a line out
– He allowed his first walk n the 5th but, got a strikeout and a couple of ground outs
But, then came the 6th, where Roenis seemed to not recover from an error . . .
– the first batter reached on the error
– the second and third walked
– a ground out scored a run and that would be it, still a pretty decent outing . . .
FIVE.ONE innings ~ ONE hit ~ TWO runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Stellar job from the ‘pen . . .
Logan, Dave, Danny, Carson and Joe combined for:
THREE.TWO scoreless innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO walks  ~ SIX strikeouts

AT the PLATE
Only NINE total hits but, FIVE for extra bases . . .
~ Robbie, Jesus M, Guti all with solo shots
~ Nellie with a TWO-run homer (his career high 41st!)
~ Kyle with a double and TWO runs scored
~ John with a sac bunt squeeze that scored Sean (John’s first career RBI!)

IN the FIELD
* a nice Robbie ‘glove-flip DP
* Sean with a nice diving grab in the OF
* Roenis’ error

tweets of the game . . .

g135 | down early, up late

Mariners 11 | Athletics 8

comeback

ON the MOUND
Well, not exactly what you drew up for Edgar . . .
ONE.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE runs ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ZERO strikeouts

the pen (and when I say ‘pen, I’m talking nearly the ENTIRE bullpen) was stellar then bad then so-so, then stellar again . . .
} Jose went ONE.TWO hitless, scoreless (and ultimately would get the WIN)
} Tony and Mayckol combined for THREE innings and THREE runs
} Logan, Vidal, Carson and Tom combined for THREE innings w/FOUR hits and ZERO runs (Tom earned his NINTH save)

AT the PLATE
THIRTEEN hits, SIX for extra-bases . . . not too shabby!
~ Kyle, Stefen and LoMo all with multi-hit, multi-RBI nights
~ Ketel, Kyle, Stefen all with multi-hit. multi-run nights
~ Brad with only ONE hit but THREE RBI

IN the FIELD
* John with a nice caught stealing of Burns – TWICE!
* TWO dp’s turned

tweets of the game . . . 

g134 | Houston, no problem!

Mariners 8 | Astros 3

win

ON the MOUND
Quality start for Tai . . . 
SIX.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE runs/earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ THREE strikeouts

‘pen work . . . 
} Carson struck out the only man he faced to end the 7th
} Logan allowed a double and a pop up to the only TWO batters he faced
} Bartender to the rescue! A fly out and a strike out to end the 8th and then in the 9th . . .
a lead-off double but then 1-2-3 for his EIGHTH save (and, via the fluke of the “wins calculation”, Carson, facing ONE batter gets his SECOND win)

AT the PLATE
THIRTEEN hits should bode well and, it DID!
~ THREE doubles (Ketel, Guti, Kyle)
~ ONE homer (LoMo with a THREE-run shot in the 9th!)
~ And, hey look! The new, local kid (Shawn, just called up) with THREE hits, ONE walk, ONE run and TWO RBI!

IN the FIELD
* Guti with a rare (his first) error
* DP (Robbie to Ketel to Mark)
* Tai with a pick-off

tweets of the game . . .

g133 | see-saw in Houston ends on the up end

Mariners 7 | Astros 5

seesaw

ON the MOUND
Not Roenis’ best effort (too many balls and too many pitches) but, he hung in  . . .
FIVE.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

on the other hand, NICE bullpen tonight!
Mayckol gave up a couple of hits and a run but, the rest of the pen (Logan, Carson and Tom) combined for TWO hits ZERO runs and ZERO walks with FOUR strikeouts. Bartender earned his SEVENTH save and Logan is FIRST win (since 2009)

AT the PLATE
NINE total hits, THREE for extra-bases . . .
~ Guti, Mark and LoMo w/homers (Mark and LoMo’s were both TWO-run shots, LoMo’s a PH GW!)
~ Seth with a triple
~ Kyle and John (!) each with a stolen base, Robbie got caught
~ Guti on fire! besides the homer he walked and scored in Brad’s single and singled and scored on Mark’s homer

IN the FIELD
Not such a stellar defensive effort . . .
* John and Brad each with throwing errors
* No DPs turned but, TWO turned agains them

tweets of the game . . .

g126 | of a struggling starter, gutsy pen and j u s t enough OH

Mariners 6 | Athletics 5

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ON the MOUND
Monty’s struggles continue . . . 
ONE.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ZERO strikeouts (on FORTY pitches)

rejuvenated ‘pen . . .
} the new guys (Edgar and Logan) combined with the “oldies” (Carson and Tom) combined for SEVEN.TWO scoreless – Bartender with the SAVE and Edgar with the WIN

AT the PLATE
hits, hits and more hits!
~ ELEVEN total
~ FOUR doubles (Ketel, Robbie, Seth and AJ)
~ ONE triple (Ketel)
~ TWO homers (Nellie and LoMo)

IN the FIELD
* Zu with an error
* nice DP (Ketel to Robbie to LoMo) to end the 5th (w/runners at 1B and 3B)

tweets of the game . . .

and, just for fun, the only Yankee I root for did THIS tonight . . . 

g122-124 | woeful series w/the pale hose . . .

A couple of things that are abundantly clear (though may get a bit lost among the bullpen blow ups and the offensive woes):
~ Much as I love Crazy Legs, have to admit that Ketel is making a great case to be the shortstop of the future – awed by his defense and not too shabby as the lead-off guy
~ Nelson is on FIRE
~ Guti, when in, has also been smokin’ hot
~ Robbie and AJ aren’t doing too bad either
~ the bullpen CAN be lights out but, is usually the opposite

the future is now

Mariners 4 | White Sox 11
‘t wasn’t a very Happy Felix Day . . .
far from his worst outing and, he did give them a chance (which Nando, Dave and Rob did NOT) but, not near what we expect from Felix. As for the bats, the power was there (two homers: Mark and Nellie, a double: Ketel) but, as per usual, the production w/RISP was not.

Mariners 3 | White Sox 6
Really too bad for Vidal . . .
as he pitched really well, allowing only ONE run through his SIX.TWO innings (a solo shot in the 2nd) but, as has been the story more often than not of late – the bullpen (specifically Danny and Carson) melted down, allowing a combined FIVE runs in the 9th (that tied the game) and the 10th (that won the game for the Sox)

Mariners 8 | White Sox 6
Hey, look, a win!!!
A great first FIVE innings for Tai but, then he fell apart a bit in the 6th when he allowed two singles, a double, a homer and FOUR runs (one, an inherited runner that Kensing allowed to score) and Seattle’s lead went from 7-1 to 7-6. Thankfully, the M’s picked up an “insurance run in the 8th and were able to hold on the the 8-6 score as the bullpen of Carson and Tom actually did their job well.

tweets of the series . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/634956247272284161

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/635300104002342913

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/635316509867245568

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/635570203166834688

g120 | Kuma, Kyel, Nellie, and Seth

Mariners 3 | Rangers 2

IN the 1st . . . 
Kyle and Nellie both doubled and Seth homered – and that would be that for the offense

Thankfully, it was enough, as Kuma went . . . 
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

and, give Danny and Carson credit as well . . . 
each pitched a hitless, walkless, scoreless inning

tweets of the game . . . 

g118 | THIS time TEN (runs) WAS enough but, NINE (innings) was not . . .

Mariners 10 | Red Sox 8 (in 12)

extra innings

Yes indeed, the M’s scored TEN runs in back-to-back games but only have ONE win to show for it.

‘t was an exciting extra-inning affair in which the M’s took an early 7-0 lead but, as is their want (especially in Fenway) the Sox came roaring back and needed TWO in the 9th to tie it and that’s exactly what they got but, thanks to some EXTRA-GUTTY pitching in innings 20-12 and some EXTRA-CLUTCH hitting in inning number TWELVE, the M’s emerge victorious!

ON the MOUND
It would have been nice if Vidal could have gotten ONE more inning but, considering the circumstances, he did alright . . .
He held the Sox scoreless for TWO straight innings – something NO M’s pitcher had done in this series. He allowed a solo shot to Bogaerts in the 3rd, another solo shot to Castillo along with a double and a sac fly in the 4th, and another double and sac-fly combo in the 5th before being pulled on a very hot and humid day at Fenway.
FOUR.ONE ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

HUGE credit to the bullpen who must quite literally be running on fumes . . .
} Tom tossed TWO scoreless . . .
he was helped immensely by the “best friend” in the 5th (runner at 1B initially called safe but, M’s challenged, the call was over-turned and the M’s were out of the inning via the DP). Tom also threw a 1-2-3 6th
} Joe entered in the 7th (after Tom got a K but then walked the next guy) and walked the first and only batter he faced
} In came Nando who allowed an inherited runs to score on a ground out but, then got another ground ball to end the 7th. In the 8th, Nando allowed a hit but was able to hold the Sox scoreless that frame.
} Carson committed the cardinal sin in the 9th – lead-off walk and the RS sent the game to extras via a ground out RBI and THREE singles (thank heavens the RS sent Big Papi, as he was dead meat at home). In the 10th, Carson AGAIN allowed a lad-off walk (are you sensing a pattern here?) but, thankfully, buckled down and STRUCK OUT THE SIDE!!!
} Rob was great: he also walked a guy in the 11th but, got a couple of HUGE strikeouts (including Big Papi!) but, another lead-off walk in the 12th and Lloyd called to the pen, yet again.
} Danny to the rescue! TWO quick strikeouts and a ground ball he fielded himself earned him his first save of the season!

AT the PLATE
Where to start?!? not surprising when there are EIGHTEEN hits 🙂
~ SIX players with multi-hit games
~ Robbie with his second career FIVE-hit game
~ Robbie and Guti with back-to-back homers in the 1st (Robbie’s w/Ketel aboard)
~ Guti with another homer in the 3rd, this one a THREE-run shot!
~ Ketel had a great day – TWO doubles, TWO walks and TWO runs scored
~ AJ recorded TWO stolen bases and TWO hits and scored the NINTH run in the 12th
~ Nellie added what seemed at the time a nice insurance run – a solo shot in the 7th that made it 8-4
~ Zu and Kyle each with RBI singles in the 12th
~ Seth had a pinch hit triple and Brad pinch-ran and scored the M’s TENTH run in the 12th

IN the FIELD
* Vidal with a pick-off of Betts at 1B
* seems like they had endless chances at DP’s but, only ended up with ONE (Ketel to Robbie to Jesus M)
* Seth had an OF assist of Big Papi at home

tweets of the game . . .