g162 | couldn’t have ended on a more down note

OK – I admit it. I attended a lot less games this season than in years past and these past few weeks have been more of a chore than a labor of love (especially with the distraction that is that team across the street that has captured everyone’s attention).

I’m sure that once Spring Training rolls around, my passion will be renewed. As for my posting, I’m going to aim for quality over quantity and try to provide more creative, opinion-based content. I’ll also have some year-end reflections in the next few days. In the meantime, here’s the last, sad recap . . .

Mariners 0 | Athletics 9

ON THE MOUND
Erasmo didn’t just not have “it”, he didn’t have anything, he couldn’t even get out of the 2nd inning . . .
1-1 innings ~ THREE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} and then there was Hector, who lasted a bit longer but, also gave up FOUR runs
} Bobby and Carter ended well, combining for 3.2 innings of scoreless ball
} Tom was his usual self of late, giving up a run on a couple of hits and a walk

AT THE PLATE
Move along, nothing to see here. Only FIVE hits and none for extra bases (though Brad did have another multi-hit game)

IN THE FIELD
No DP’s in the entire game and, since I didn’t actually watch or listen, can’t speak to any particular great/odd plays.

tweets of the game . . .

 

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g160 | last Felix day, not so happy . . .

Mariners 2 | Athletics 8

Sort of a surreal feeling to this one, as prior to the game, it was reported that Eric Wedge would not return as manager next season (apparently, his decision). More on that later. Meanwhile, M’s have played the A’s tough all season – not so tonight.

ON THE MOUND
Not exactly the way Felix wanted to end the season . . .
It was a “quality start” and after the rough 1st he was able to settle down but, he just threw WAY too many pitches (106!)
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

} and then there was Ollie, Carter, Lucas and Tom . . .
with their all too familiar collective ineffectiveness 😦

AT THE PLATE
The bats continue to put up a good ratio of extra base hits but, when the TOTAL hits is only FOUR, doesn’t really matter that TWO of them were homers (Guti and Kendrys) – especially when they’re solo shots. Old Bartolo just shut ’em down.

IN THE FIELD
Only ONE double-play and, another error for Nick 😦

tweets of the game . . .

 

g156 | victory salvaged amid the bees . . .

Mariners 3 | Angels 2

ON THE MOUND
Great to see Felix back on the mound (after 20 days off) but, a rather strange outing . . .

FOUR innings ~ ONE hit ~ ONE earned run ~ FOUR walks ~ TEN strikeouts (in 92 pitches)

} Solid relief effort as Ollie, Carter, Charlie, Yoervis, Danny combined to give up only FOUR hits and ONE run, striking out FIVE over the next FIVE innings – Ollie picked up the win and Danny his 15th save.

AT THE PLATE
~ Kendrys with TWO hits and a run scored – on Mike’s 2nd inning RBI double
~ Justin hit his 18th homer of the season with Kyle aboard in the 6th to give the M’s the 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.

IN THE FIELD
Kyle with a SB and Carlos with an error (no DPs)

tweets of the game . . . 

 

 

 

 

 

g154 | dueling youngsters, M’s blinked first

Mariners 2 | Angels 3 (in 11)

ON THE MOUND
Erasmo was cruising along through SIX (as was Shoemaker) scattering a SIX hits and then came the 7th (where BOTH pitchers gave up their first TWO runs of the game). For Erasmo, they were both unearned, and given up by Chance after Erasmo left the game with a strained groin . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO unearned runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Lucas, Carter and Bobby managed to keep the Halos scoreless for another THREE full innings but, Bobby couldn’t hold it and gave up a couple of singles in the 11th, the last one coming with TWO outs and ONE on for the game-winning hit.

AT THE PLATE
Multi-hit games from Michael (who had BOTH RBI), Dustin and Nick but . . . .
TWO runs usually not gonna do it and, tonight was no exception

IN THE FIELD
* Kyle with another error
* THREE double-plays (all Dustin-Nick-Justin)

tweets of the game . . .

g151 | I sense a pattern here ~ M’s stuck on TWO, Tigers adding on . . .

Mariners 2 | Tigers 6

ON THE MOUND
Brandon with one of his best starts of the season . . .
He needs to gain efficiency, as it took him 86 pitches to get through FIVE innings but, considering the competition, this was an extremely encouraging outing for Brandon.
FIVE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

As for the bullpen . .  . blech!
the combination of Yoervis + Charlie + Carter = FOUR earned runs on FIVE hits and TWO walks. Bobby was the only effective one, striking out Fielder for the last out of the 8th

AT THE PLATE
When your offense has FIVE extra base hits . . .
~ THREE doubles (Michael, Carlos, Kendrys)
~ ONE triple (Michael)
~ ONE home run (Raul’s 28th)
it SHOULD bode well. When they only have ONE other hit – it doesn’t 😦

IN THE FIELD
NO DP’s, an error by Zunino, some lazy play and a bad throw – not exactly sterling today 😦

tweets of the game . . .

g149 | don’t bother to meet me in St Louie

Mariners 2 | Cardinals 12

ON THE MOUND
Erasmo was far from sharp . . . .
never a good sign when your pitcher gives up more runs than innings pitched (and he also hit a couple of batters)
FOUR innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout

Unfortunately, he was not alone in his “dullness” . . .
} Carter was no help (a common occurrence of late) . . . he faced THREE batters, retired NONE and gave up TWO runs
} Bobby gave up ONE run in his ONE inning
} Chance gave up THREE in his TWO
} Lucas was the sole effective pitcher – much too little, much too late

AT THE PLATE
Sad story . . .
~ Abraham had the loan XBH (a double ) and a sac-fly to score Endy
~ Guti had an RBI single that scored Abraham

IN THE FIELD
Dustin nailed at 2B by Molina (though, the reply appeared to show he was safe) . . .
losing track of the CS’s in this series – curious that they finally running when there’s a great catcher behind the plate 😦

tweet of the game . . . 

g145 | b l o w n OUT

Mariners 2 | Astros 13

blown out

 

 

 

 

 

ON THE MOUND
And so, for Joe, it turns out the first pitch of the ballgame was an omen of the evening. The solo shot in the first was followed by a an RBI double in the 2nd and THREE doubles, THREE steals and a single in the 3rd to score FOUR and that would be it . . .
THREE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

} wow – a night were Tom was the ONLY pitcher that DIDN’T give up a run (TWO full innings of hitless/scoreless ball, in fact)
} Carter, Chance and Luke combined to give up TEN hits, SEVEN runs, FIVE walks and SIX strikeouts in FOUR innings

AT THE PLATE
~ For the THIRD night in-a-row, only FIVE hits and at least ONE error
~ Raul’s double was the only extra base knock

IN THE FIELD
* Abraham with another error 😦
* ZERO double-plays turned
* Man – can (and do!) those Astros run!!! (FIVE stolen bases – THREE of which ended up scoring)

 

tweet of the game . . .