g74 | Tai terrific, Robbie roars, Nando nifty

Mariners 3 | Angels 1

coming-together

 

Like the glass half full or half empty, this may be a symbol of the team coming together or coming apart 😉

(also a subtle tip o’ the cap to the SCOTUS today 🙂 )

ON the MOUND
Tai’s terrific-ness is becoming a thing, his steeliness beyond his years . . .

  • In the 1st he got TWO outs on FOUR pitches then, gave up a solo shot (which would prove to be the Halos only run)
  • He only retired the side 1-2-3 twice: the 3rd and the 7th
  • And the 6th was a thing of beauty: he allowed a single (Trout), a HBP (Pujols) and then a sac bunt that got runners to 2B and 3B with only ONE out. . . Tai proceeds to get a strike out (Freese) and a fly out (Joyce)

and what a performance by the pen!

  • Charlie K’s the only guy he faced in the 8th
  • Carson allowed a hit (Trout) and a walk (Pujols) but then induces the DP

  • and, welcome back to our old friend Nando – shoots the arrow for the 15th time this season and preserves Tai’s 6th WIN

AT the PLATE
Not a bad night for the bats . . .
~ NINE total hits
~ FIVE for extra-bases
~ Robbie w/his fourth homer
~ Brad and Nellie both w/RBI doubles (Brad was 3/4 w/TWO doubles) and Mark w/a double as well (his first as a Mariner)

IN the FIELD
* Nice relay from Mark to Robbie to Kyle to nab Aybar (was reviewed but call upheld)

* Well-timed DP to get Carson out of a ONE out TWO on jam in the 8th

tweets of the game . . .

g69 | Walker had duel meanings tonight: the starter and the hitters :-)

Mariners 6 | Astros 3

Coming Together

Stellar starter + outstanding offense + dynamite defense + resounding relief = SERIES WIN!!!

ON the MOUND
Tai just keeps getting better and better . . .
tonight, he recorded a career high strikeouts and walked NONE (just needs to get a bit more efficient) his full line . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ELEVEN strikeouts

the bullpen didn’t allow a run . . .
} Nuno didn’t recored an out (allowed a walk and a run)
} Nando, Mark, Charlie and Carson combined for a 2-hit, no run, no walk FOUR.TWO innings with Carson earning his FIFTH save, preserving Tai’s FIFTH victory

AT the PLATE
~ The first TWO runs came via TWO bases-loaded walks in the 2nd
~ Every starter but Zu had ONE hit (FIVE total walks) and THREE of them left the yard (all solo shots) . . .

~ The other run came off the bat of Robbie – an RBI single
~ LoMo with his FIFTH steal 🙂

IN the FIELD
* Brad had a couple of really nice spinning plays but, also had a scary moment when he nearly went into the stands to catch a foul ball but, instead crashed into the short wall (gonna have some sore ribs) and missed the ball due to fan interference (fan was escorted out)
* No DP’s on either side

tweets of the game . . .

g63 | oy vey

Mariners 0 | Astros 13

Just a sad day all ’round 😦

balloon deflated

ON the MOUND
A rare struggle for Roenis (but, join the club, seems nearly everyone struggles vs. these ‘stros)
after throwing THIRTY-THREE pitches and giving up THREE runs in the 1st, he needed only NINE pitches for a 1-2-3 2nd – you thought maybe, just maybe, he could hold ’em there but ‘t was not to be . . .
THREE.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ EIGHT runs ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ TWO strikeouts

the bullpen didn’t fair any better . . .
} Danny gave up TWO runs (and was sent back to AAA after the game)
} Mark, Charlie and Carson each gave up ONE run
} Nando gave up a walk (the Astros had SEVEN total) but, was the only pitcher not to allow a run – go figure!

AT the PLATE
After the early onslaught yesterday, it seemed like they might have found something . . .
clearly not – at least not permanently (though it does seem as if there were quite a few very hard hit balls that were run down by the outfield)
~ a double for AJ, a single for Kyle
~ FIVE walks but, zilch across the plate  (

IN the FIELD
Kyle with a costly error in the 1st and a PB by Jesus

tweets of the game . . .

g61 | Felix (yes, The King) 8 earned runs in the 1st ~ Sucre (yes, the catcher) a 1-2-3 8th

Mariners 0 | Astros 10

pigs fly

ON the MOUND
Felix has had his bad days but, NEVER anything like this . . .
ONE THIRD of an inning ~ FIVE hits ~ EIGHT earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout

AT the PLATE
move along, NOTHING to see here . . .
total of FOUR hits ~ all SINGLES 😦

IN the FIELD
and, this wasn’t much better . . .
TWO double-plays but, an uncharacteristic error by Felix and just generally meh – yuck in the field

tweets of the game . . . 

the GOOD news . . .

g58-60 | Series Win!

Sometimes life gets in the way of baseball (and blogging)

Mariners 3 | Indians 2
Roenis gets his third victory and the bats get doubles galore!

Mariners 9 | Indians 3
Tai-wonderful, doubles barrage continues and add in a Kyle HR!

Mariners 0 | Indians 6
Happ not happy, bats not batty (only TWO total hits)

g45 | oh thank heaven for Simply Seager!

Mariners 7 | Rays 6

easy

OK – JA and JOE both deserve MAJOR kudos as well 🙂

ON the MOUND
JA put up quite the gutty performance . . .
HIs last outing was shortened by a rain delay and he was in trouble right away in the 1st: gave up TWO runs on 30+ pitches that tied the game at the time. But, he hung in there through SIX, giving up ONE more run in the 3rd and working out of trouble in the 2nd and the 5th
SIX innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Tom and Charlie posted TWO scoreless
} and then came Nando . . . he loaded the bases with NO outs, allowed THREE runs (though the third run shouldn’t have happened – see “IN the FIELD”) that tied the game and would ultimately get the “W” (tell me how “pitcher’s wins” make ANY sense at all?!?)
} Way to go, JOE! a 1-2-3 10th for his first save

AT the PLATE
Well, ‘t was a Simply Seager kind of night . . .
THREE for FIVE, with TWO homers including a GRAND SLAM and SIX RBI – yowsa!

~ Great to see AJ back and contributing right away: lead off single, stolen base and scored a run in the 1st
~ Nellie was TWO for TWO, the second of which was his career 1000th hit
~ Welington, Brad and Chris were the only starters w/o a hit (Brad walked TWICE)
~ Robbie, Nellie, Kyle and LoMo all had multi-hit games

IN the FIELD
* AJ with a couple of nice catches (ankle seems just fine!)
* Robbie with a rare errant throw to 1B in the 9th: the runner was safe and a run scored instead of it being a game-ending DP

tweets of the game . . .

g34 | another ONE run loss . . .

Mariners 1 | Red Sox 2

this close

ON the MOUND
Great to see Roenis go SIX+ with a reasonable pitch count (89) and, more importantly, only ONE run (solo shot)
SIX.ONE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Mark and Charlie combined to finish the 7th
} Carson posted another scoreless inning (w/two strikeouts)
} Nando in with the game tied 1-1 in the 9th allowed a lead-off double, a sac bunt, a HBP and a sac-fly (which Rickie also dropped, which extended the inning but, the run would have scored regardless) which, ultimately, gave the Red Sox the win

AT the PLATE
Frustration ran high tonight . . .
~ M’s loaded the bases with ONE out in the 4th and failed to score (Zu struck out and Ack grounded out)
~ Justin came in to pinch hit in the 7th and absolutely stung it to RF and Victorino made a great catch, crashed in to the wall and was able to recover and throw to double the runner (Chris) off 1B
~ they had TWO on with ONE out in the 8th and Kyle hit into a DP
~ Only SIX total hits (all singles) and 0-6 w/RISP 😦

IN the FIELD
* Brad started his first ever game in LF – of course, the first play was to him – and, he caught it!
* Zu caught Ramirez stealing 2B – TWICE!
* M’s turned TWO once but, had TWO turned against them TWICE (one was that play by Victorino)

tweets of the game . . .