The day started out cloudy, stormy even – Seattle Sports Radio lost a transformer to a lightening strike! As I made my way via ferry, freeway and link light rail to meet my Dad at the Glove, it was one of those days that had me thanking the powers that be at the time of the stadium project that opted for a retractable roof. But, apparently, well before the first pitch they had it on good authority it would be safe to “pop the lid” and the roof slid back to expose the green grass and clay-colored diamond dirt to the elements.
The game, much like the day, started out a bit bleak – maybe a slight hangover from the thirteen-inning fan-tab-ulous marathon that was the the night before that the M’s won 1-0 (and to which I listened intently on the radio). No score through five innings: the Y’s had two singles, four walks; the M’s had one walk. And then came little Sam Haggerty ‘popping the top of the game’ by homering in the 6th, breaking the scoreless tie and breathing life into BOTH teams. The top and bottom of the 7th saw each team score THREE runs – a score that would hold (Ty singled, Mitch singled him home, Carlos homered he and Mitch home). Diego and Paul retired their respective sides in order in the 8th and 9th – it was truly a thing of beauty.
SO. MUCH. FUN. to beat the Yankees 🙂
And, the M’s did just that – taking the series 2-1 and the season series 4-2 (first time since 2002 that the M’s have taken the season series). #SeaUsRise
And, the only thing that made this even sweeter – is that it was attended with my Dad ❤
Started out OK in Tampa Bay – taking the series 2-1 but, it was all downhill from there . . series loss in Toronto and SWEPT away in Boston. ‘t will be a bit difficult to focus on the positive – or, maybe it will be easy, as there is little of it 😦
TAMPA BAY THREE 1-run games and the M’s took TWO
Marco w/a QS and the W in game ONE
Jesse w/a THREE-run homer in game TWO
Bats heated up to the tune of SIXTEEN hits in game THREE, including . . . -FOUR doubles (Abraham, Adam, Ty, Jesse) -TWO homers (Julio, Cal)
TORONTO A bit of everything . . .
Not much was working in the FIRST game: only FOUR hits, ONE double (Jesse); Chris did an admirable job, posting a QS w/SEVEN K’s but, the bullpen fell apart.
In the SECOND game a GREAT start by Logan (7IP-6H-3ER-2BB-9K) went to waste, as SIX hits yielded ZERO runs
Finally, in the THIRD game, the offense woke up pounding out TEN hits, including THREE homers (Abraham, Ty and Cal) and Marco posted another QS for the WIN
BOSTON Hey! The M’s scored a total of 18 runs in FOUR games (4.5/game) (unfortunately, the Red Sox scored a total of THIRTY-THREE runs in the same FOUR games)
game one: TEN hits, SIX runs (including doubles by Eugenio, Ty and homers by Dylan, Julio) should win it but, another rough outing for the youngster (George) and an even rougher performance by the bullpen, t’was not to be
game two: despite the still/recent torrid bats of Ty, Eugenio and Abraham and the decent start by Robbie (not so decent bullpen) – ya just can’t win it in Fenway w/THREE runs
game three: bats a bit better w/TWELVE hits, THREE doubles (JP, Mike, Julio) yielded FIVE runs but, despite the game being tied at FIVE for the majority of the game – the bp (Drew) gave up a triple and a single and what was the winning run, in the 8th
game four: ANOTHER nice start by Logan wasted – the M’s trailed the majority of the game, Eugenio homered to tie it in the 9th, Adam hit an RBI single to take the lead in extras – but, Munoz would give up a w/o GRAND SLAM in the bottom of the 10th
Now, THAT is how to serve up a Happy Home Stand! Winning ALL three series, 7-2 overall record, including a “royal” sweep!
ON the MOUND
Marco: a tale of two pitchers . . . a great bounce back start vs the Astros where he went SEVEN and only gave up ONE run getting the win in an 11-1 M’s victory. Then a sad start vs the Rangers where he didn’t even make it through FIVE innings, giving up SIX runs in the M’s 6-8 loss.
Chris: off to a slow start but, steady progress . . . He posted his second loss in as many starts in the M’s loss via shutout vs the Astros. Then, got his first win of the season, going SEVEN strong vs the Royals.
Matt: walking to victory and not . . . kind of a crazy start vs the Astros, where he picked up the “W” despite walking SIX. Then, in a no decision vs the Royals, he walked another FOUR and gave up THREE earned runs but, the M’s offense exploded, giving them the 13-7 victory.
Robbie: so far, just call him Steady Eddy . . . two nearly identical lines for Robbie in both his home starts: 6 innings 3 earned runs and one walk that gave him one victory and one no decision. The best news is the M’s won both.
Logan: super solid stud – .54 ERA after three starts he earned his second victory via a 6H – ZERO ER – ZERO BB performance vs the Rangers
OUT of the PEN
Still a strength, the pen combined for: 30IP-23H-8R-5ER-10BB-32K-1S
always good to have LESS hits than innings pitched
always good to have MORE strikeouts than innings pitched
only ONE save in SEVEN victories but then, there was only one save opp (thanks to the stellar offense)
AT the PLATE
Exceptfor a shutout vs Verlander, the offense was nothing short of spectacular! When was the last time you heard (read) those four words in reference to the Mariners?
Ty was the obvious standout hitter of this home stand – safe to say, he is ON FIRE . . . – 18/38 posting 19 RBI – 4 HR – 3 2B – 7 BB – He is TOP THREE in the AL in AVG (.371), HR (5), RBI (19) OBP (.459) SLG (.656) and OPS (1.115)
Eugenio and Adam are proving to be solid contributors
JP’s been steady from the start and just getting better
Jesse, continues to be “Mr. Patience” w/SEVEN more walks and leads the Majors w/FIFTEEN total
Julio and Jarred starting to come around, slowly but surely
Mitch missed all but the first game at home on the COVID DL (Skip was out for most of the home stand as well)
As a team so far in this young season, M’s offense is TOP THREE in the following categories . . .
IN the FIELD
The defense has been fairly steady – a few spectacular plays, a few uncharacteristic flubs
They can definitely TURN TWO – second in the league in DP’s w/16 (turned FOUR in the first FOUR innings of Matt’s start vs. Houston)
Fielding Percentage of .983 (10th in the AL) could definitely be improved
This game was the M’s 41st comeback victory and their 12th straight vs the A’s And, it was SO cool to see the youth, the future, getting it done . . . No matter what happens over the next three games – the experience for them is INVALUABLE.