g129 | spittin’ bristles at The Safe

Mariners 1 | Angels 7

On the last road trip, the M’s played THREE series (TB, TEX and OAK) – they scored 10 runs, 10 runs and 12 runs respectively and won TWO of those series. Then, they come home and are swept by the team trailing them in the division by scoring TWO runs in the entire series. Un-freaking-believable.

Aaron was in TOTAL command . . .
for the first THREE innings. Things unraveled in the 4th, and again in the 6th, which was his un-doing . . .
5.2 innings ~  NINE hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Luke and Carter and Danny posted 3.1 scoreless with FIVE hits and TWO walks and FIVE strikeouts

Pretty short list here ~ only FIVE total hits and Dustin had TWO of them . . .
including the only extra-base hits (a double and a homer) and the only RBI and run scored (Dustin has definitely been one of the bright spots since the ASB)

No double-plays turned and no stolen bases (on either side)


tweets of the game . . .


g124 | of solid performances, missed opportunities and frustrating losses . . .

Mariners 1 | Athletics 2

By far Aaron’s best start in a long while. Really a shame he couldn’t get the victory (but, at least he didn’t get the loss) . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Charlie with a clean 8th, including TWO strikeouts
} Carter was a little pumped when he struck out the first batter of the 9th (Cespedes) but then, the ultimate bummer – a walk-off homer to Moss. Can’t blame Carter T O O much . . . M’s should have been ahead by at least a couple at that point.

only THREE hits, all singles (Michael S, Brad, Kendrys) through the 6th vs. Parker . . .
~ In the 7th ~ Nick led off with a single, advanced to 2B on a fielding error, got to 3B on a groundout and scored the M’s first run (to tie it at 1-1) on Kendrys base hit. They had something going when Justin hit a line shot down the 1B line but, Kendrys was tagged out at 3B after a rather unexpected (by Kendrys anyway 😦 ) throw.
~ In the 8th ~ ultimate frustration when Michael led off with a solid single, Dustin bunted nicely and ended up at 1B when the pitcher made a WIDE throw and Michael got to 3B  and then . . . K, pop-up, K . . .  argh!!!

Seemed like there were lots of long, loud outs (and, sure enough nine flyouts from Aaron, one from Carter). Unfortunately, the last long, loud hit came in the bottom of the 9th in a tie game and, it wasn’t an out, it went out 😦


tweets of the game . . .

’bout sums it up . . .



different game but, good to hear . . .


g119 | and they sting back

Mariners 4 | Rays 5

Aaron pitched much better than his last start (guess that’s not saying much as he only lasted TWO innings and gave up SEVEN runs in process) all things considered vs. a good team in their own ballpark . . .   a  l  m  o  s  t   a quality start . . .
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE runs ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Charlie and Yoervis combined for THREE scoreless-hitless innings (though Yoervis walked the bases loaded with TWO outs and then got out of it via a K)
} I guess The Lord would blow a save eventually . . .
hopefully Danny will learn from the experience and not let it shake his confident, cocky demeanor (but, really sucks to lose that way)

Only SIX hits but, TWO for extra bases (Brad’s TWO run triple and Nick’s RBI double) both in the 5th which was the last time they would score. The first run came in the 1st when Kyle was HBP with TWO outs and then stole a base and scored on a Kendrys base hit

No DP’s (from either side)

The Rays committed an error that the M’s weren’t able to capitalize on when Justin got a base hit and then made it to 3B on the error that followed but then was stranded when Dustin struck out.


tweets of the game . . .


g114 | at long last, a hush fell over the sea of non-Mariner blue at Safeco Field

Weekday, day game – I SO wish I had chosen this one to attend instead of last night. Not only would I have witnessed an M’s victory on a day where I’d normally be at work – I’d have had the added bonus of “hearing the sound of silence” from Blue Jays fans.


Mariners 9 | Blue Jays 7

Let’s just say Aaron has had a bit of a struggle of late (given up FOURTEEN earned runs in his last TWO starts) . . .
TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ ZERO strikeouts

} thankfully, at least for now, the bullpen seems to have “found itself” again: Brandon (Win), Charlie, Yoervis, Ollie and Danny (Save) combined for . . .  SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ SIX walks ~ SIX strikeouts


~ It took them a couple of days but they found their stroke again but, they did, scoring SIX of their NINE runs in the 5th inning to take the 9-7 lead they would not relinquish . . .
~ They pounded out ELEVEN hits including TWO doubles (Justin & Kendrys), a triple (Nick – breaking an 0-27) and a homer (Humberto). Brad, Kendrys and Dustin all had TWO hits, nearly “everybody” scored and the RBI were spread nicely throughout the line up.

Look ma, no errors!!!
Humberto had a passed ball and the M’s didn’t turn any double-plays but, compared to last night, the field play was sparkling.

tweets of the game . . .


g109 | bombs in Baltimore can’t overcome the mound melt down

But for the grand slam, ‘t was an 8-7 victory 😉

Mariners 8 | Orioles 11

Aaron used up his “monthly bad start” already here on the 2nd of August (he’s had one game every month where he’s given up 6+ runs) . . .
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout

Brandon didn’t fair any better in his second appearance since being recalled . . .
THREE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ FOUR runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

(Well, at least the bullpen got some rest after the horror show that was the series in Boston)

Certainly a decent night at the plate . . .
~ TWELVE hits ~ TWO doubles ~ FOUR homers ~ 3-5 w/RISP
(unfortunately, lately, it seems that when the offense clicks, the pitching implodes and when the pitching is shut-down, the bats ice up)
~ The “Michaels” had a nice night, combining for TWO homers, ONE double, THREE runs, FIVE rbi
~ Kendrys continues to scorch, FOUR for FOUR (including a homer), TWO runs scored and TWO rbi
~ Humberto with his first Mariner home run

ZERO dp’s and TWO errors (Raul and Brad) . . . certainly not a stellar glove night

tweets of the game . . .

g104 | bats still chilly, pen UN-relieving . . .

Aaron’s start was far from his worst in terms of giving up runs (though the TWO walks in ONE inning were a bit unusual) he just threw WAY too many pitches (credit the Twins batters for working him hard)
FIVE innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Lucas had a totally clean 9th but, by that time it was too late as Charlie, Yoervis and Danny had already combined to give up THREE runs on THREE hits and THREE walks in THREE innings

(NOTE: this morning, the Mariners recalled Brandon Maurer from AAA Tacoma and optioned Hector Noesi)

Not a lot to see here ~ only SIX hits and only ONE for extra bases (Kendrys’ double)
But, the good news is Brad and Kyle continue to see their averages climb (both with TWO more hits)

* Endy made a great catch and throw to hold a runner at 2B but then, an error on the next play allowed a runner to 3B and to eventually score.
* Seems Humberto was at least serviceable behind the plate. He had an inconsequential passed ball and threw out a runner trying to steal

tweet of the game . . .

g99 | Super pitching, just enough O and Closing Time returns

Some scary news prior to first pitch as Eric Wedge suffered some dizzy spells during batting practice. He went to the hospital and reports after the game were that he was resting comfortably there and staying overnight while awaiting test results. Thoughts and prayers . . . hopefully, the news of the Mariners SEVENTH victory in a row (under the sub-Skipper Robbie Thompson) helped him feel a bit better 🙂

Mariners 2 | Indians 1

Aaron was outstanding tonight with pretty much everything working ~ 99 pitches got him through . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

} Charlie posted a scoreless 8th with a strikeout (and assisted in the caught-stealing of Bourn
} Tom, dare I say “The Bartender”, had us holding our breath a bit – giving up a one-out double and then a ground ball that got the runner to 3B and then a two-out walk and then . . . B R E A T H E   a fly ball OUT . . . and his 22nd save . . . YES! In a way, it’s sort of good that he had just enough adversity that he was able to overcome (especially against THIS team – see game posts 42-45)

I loved that Kendrys was one of the first out of the dugout and VERY animated with Tom ~ you could just tell he was SO happy for Tom that he’s seemingly got his confidence back

Well, hits and runs were a bit harder to come by tonight than they have been lately (on BOTH sides) luckily, they were enough . . .
~ Kendrys’ 15th homer, a solo shot in the 4th, tied the game @ 1
~ Mike Z’s first homer at home gave the M’s the 2-1 lead (which they would not relinquish) in the 5th
~ Michael S ended his career high 10-game hitting streak

* Nice 1-3-6 to get Bourn tying to steal in the 8th (after he’d gotten aboard via a HBP from Charlie)
* Mike Z still showing solid behind the plate, including some dicey situations in the 9th with a tying run at 3B

tweets of the game . . . 


Tacoma News . . .
– Michael Morse began his rehab in Tacoma with a bang: TWO-run homer in his first AB (DH)
– James Paxton: 6 innings ~ 4 hits ~ 1 earned run ~ 7 strikeouts
– Stephen Pryor: one scoreless inning with a K
– Jesus Montero: 2/4 with a double and a run scored


Congrats to Brad Miller ~ the AL Player of the Week! (first M’s 


g91 | done in by RS bats and “the other” Venezuelan Felix

Mariners 4 | Red Sox 11

Early on, it was fairly apparent that seeing the M’s homer streak extended to EIGHTEEN games was likely be the best we could hope for (because, clearly, the M’s pitching was not up to the task of the mighty Red Sox these last TWO games) it was just a surprise that Brendan Ryan would be the one to do it. We are seeing a pattern in this series: 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 – first to ELEVEN tomorrow wins!  😉

Aaron looked to follow up his great start in Cinci with another but, ‘t was not to be . . .
1st inning went well, with the aid of a DP. The 2nd inning could have been MUCH worse, as the loaded the bases with NO outs (including a double by Ortiz that gave him the all time DH hits record – 1689) but they only managed a couple of sac-flys. And, it just escalated from there . . .
FIVE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ ZERO strikeouts

} Lucas, the only pitcher with a decent outing last night, did not help matters in relief of Aaron on this night, giving up a couple of inherited runners and then another of his own.
} Carter was far from dominant, walking a couple and loading the bases once but, he did manage to get through 1.1 w/o damage
} Ollie posted a pretty typical 1-2-3 (the reason he’s drawing some attention as the trade deadline nears)
} Tom walked the first two batters and allowed ONE run on a WP and another on a one-out single (to Mike Carp). He ended up striking out TWO on (sheer anger).

~ Kyle extended his hit streak to TEN games
~ Jason , Kendrys, Dustin, Justin and Michael S all with doubles
~ Brendan hit a homer on the 8th pitch of his AB in the 8th (having replaced Nick) off a pitcher making his major league debut
~ Kendrys, Justin and Henry with the other RBI

* DP (Brad-Nick-Justin) to erase the first hit of the game
* Kyle continued to show off his solid skills at the hot corner with a couple of nice plays
* Brad had a bad throw to Nick that allowed a run in the 6th

tweets of the game . . .

g86 | the future is NOW and Ollie, Ollie strikes out THREE

Mariners 4 | Reds 2

So, Brad made the most of his major league debut at the lead-off spot . . .
not ONE but TWO triples! And, best part was that he scored on the first one via Nick’s first pitch homer! And the other Mariners RBI’s – both from Michael S. As awesome as it has been to see what Raul is still capable of it is really great to see the “future M’s” contributing here and now.

Brad and Nick - future looking bright | Tom Uhlman, AP

Brad and Nick – future looking bright | Tom Uhlman, AP

Aaron apparently very comfortable back in his old stomping grounds . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE wals ~ FOUR strikeouts ~ FOURTH WIN!!!

} Yoervis as able to get a strikeout and a ground ball in the 7th after the lead-off guy reached 2B on an error

} Charlie with a super outing ~ retiring all FOUR batters he faced (1-4 in the Reds lineup) getting Choo lookin’ for the third out in the 7th and then retiring the side in order in the 8th: swinging strikeout and two ground outs. Votto took one behind the back before his ground ball – it wasn’t called a HB but, the Reds announcers vociferously begged to differ.

} Ollie merely struck out the side in the 9th for his SECOND save that preserved Aaron’s FOURTH victory!!

Ollie, Ollie strikes out THREE! | Tom Uhlman, AP

Ollie, Ollie strikes out THREE! | Tom Uhlman, AP

~ If early returns are any indication, seems a good bet that Brad will be batting lead-off again tomorrow 🙂
~ As mentioned earlier ~ Brad with TWO hits (both triples), Nick with a TWO-run shot, Michael S with a solo shot and a sac-fly for the other RBIs
~ Good to see the manufacturing as well . . .
Kyle drew a walk, advanced to 2B on a WP, advanced to 3B on a ground out by Mike Z and scored on a deep sac-fly by Michael S
~ Raul extended his hitting streak to ELEVEN games with a single in the 8th (unfortunately, he was erased by a GDP by Kendrys – the THIRD straight inning with a DP turned against them – the only ugh! moments of the game)

* Nice DP started by Brad in the 4th with the runner charging hard, stepped on the bag and fired to 1B
* Kendrys with a TWO base error allowed lead-off runner to get to 2B in the 7th
* Nice play by Kyle to hold the runner at 2B and throw to 1B for the second out
* Kendrys with a “lookie what I found” smash grounder and a flip to Charlie for the third out in the 8th

tweets of the game . . .

g81 | Turks lose in extras . . . but, they looked awfully dapper!

Mariners 3 | Cubs 5 (in 11)

Didn’t get to see or follow this game at all ~ too many social engagements: a lovely house-warming party for a friend WAY up north and then a joint birthday for two others back down south. I caught a bit of the post game so, between that and the box score, I gleaned the following . . .

Harang with a valiant effort to keep ’em in the game . . .
EIGHT innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout
} Charlie and Yoervis each with a scoreless inning
} Ollie with a rare lapse allowed what would be the eventual winning hit ~ a 2-run homer in the 11th

TEN hits including THREE doubles and a homer (Justin) not to mention 3 fer 6 w/RISP – sounds good, right? Apparently, it was woefully short. There was even an inning where the M’s got THREE hits, including a double, but failed to score (Bay caught stealing, Raul doubled, Justing singled and Raul was thrown out at home). Seemed to be par for the course for the day.
Endy was able to tie things up to send the game to extras but, a strange combinations of injury (Dustin diving for a ball and spraining his thumb) and Bay having pinch run for Kendrys meant they lost the DH (I really can’t keep track) and in the end that meant that Joe Saunders was in line to pinch hit for Oliver – which he did and flew out to end the game.

*each team had an outfield assist
*Jason was picked off between 1B and 2B and seems like that really killed what might have been a nice rally

Brendan as a Turk | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Brendan as a Turk | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

tweets of the game . . .