g159 | johnny all-staff starts

Mariners 6 | Astros 7

some do well, some do not . . .

bull pen

ON the MOUND
We knew going into the game, it would be a bullpen day . . .
} Tony Zych started things off well, going TWO.TWO giving up THREE hits but NO runs or walks and FOUR strikeouts
} Mayckol Guaipe did not fair so well , giving up TWO runs on THREE hits and ONE walk
} Logan Kensing gave up ONE run and was only able to retire ONE batter
} Ron Rasmussen retired the only batter he faced via a strikeout
} JC Ramirez had the roughest night of all allowing THREE runs on TWO hits and a walk
} Joe and Dave each posted a scoreless inning
} Danny lasted TWO full and allowed ONE run on THREE hits and posted THREE strikeouts

AT the PLATE
TWELVE total hits but, only TWO for extra-bases . . .
~ both homers as Kyle (26th) and Nellie (44th) go back-to-back in the 5th (both career highs!)
~ Ketel had TWO hits and Jesus S had THREE! (first career THREE hit game)

IN the FIELD
not a terrific night in the field FIVE total errors (FOUR by the ‘stros)

tweets of the game . . .

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 . . . 

g157 | oh woes is the ‘stros

Mariners 2 | Astros 3

eaor

ON the MOUND
Roenis through a ton of pitches but, kept ’em in it giving up only TWO solo shots . . . 
SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Danny allowed a solo shot in the 7th and took the loss
} Tony, Joe and Mayckol combined for TWO scoreless

AT the PLATE
Ketel hit his FIRST Safeco Field homer (second total) but, other than that milestone, not much to see here . . .
only FOUR total hits (Ketel’s homer the only one for extra bases)

IN the FIELD
* TWO DPs, including this unassisted one from LoMo

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 . . .

g70 | Well, at least it was fun to spend the day w/Dad :-)

Mariners 2 | Astros 6

dad and me

ON the MOUND
Kind of amazing that JA got through FIVE innings considering he through 40+ pitches in the first TWO innings . . .
(though Velasquez threw 43 in the 1st!)
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Tom seems to be allowing run after run of late . . .
} Joe had a scoreless 8th
} Nuno allowed a solo shot in the 9th

AT the PLATE
FOUR hits, all singles, nuf said

IN the FIELD
* the first TWO innings end in double-plays
* Brad with a fielding error

tweets of the game . . .

(I noticed that too and thought something was wrong with the gun)

oh, there was a little golf tournament held a few miles south . . .

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 . . .

g68 | Houston, we have a . . . victory!

Mariners 5 | Astros 2

ON the MOUND
Roenis bookended his start by allowing homers on the first pitch of the game and his last pitch of the game . . .
but, everything in-between was pretty great!

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/612114047702429696

at one point retired TWELVE in-a-row 🙂
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts

AT the PLATE
Only a total of EIGHT hits but, also SEVEN walks . . .
~ SIXTEEN opportunities w/RISP (OK – only came through THRICE but, ‘t was enough!)
~ it all started with LoMo being called SAFE w/ONE in the 1st out on a call that was reviewed and he would end up scoring the first run on a bases loaded walk
~ despite only ONE hit, Mark posted THREE RBI
~ good to see Kyle, Nellie (both had been suffering from food poisoning) and Robbie (out yesterday with ‘cough-cough’ a sore back) wasting no time contributing

IN the FIELD
No DP’s turned (though one turned against them)
‘stros have some great defensive players but, M’s were able to take advantage of a error

tweets of the game . . .

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/612106827765911552

2621199360https://twitter.com/JesseKnutsonTV/status/61211175

 

g66 | All Hail! A royal bounce back

Mariners 2 | Giants 0

ON the MOUND
Felix’s Court, Felix’s Team, Felix’s City . . .
EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO runs/earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Charlie and Carson combine for a 1-2-3 9th, Carson with his third save

AT the PLATE
Only FOUR total hits off Bumgarner but . . .
~ ONE RBI double (Robbie) and ONE RBI triple (AJ) did the trick

IN the FIELD
* Robbie with a throwing error in the 7th (right after a base-running guffaw in the 6th 😦 )
* No double-plays turned (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 . . .