g67 | Guti, Guti ~ have a day!

starting fast and adding on . . .

addon

Mariners 8 | Red Sox 4

ON the MOUND
Kuma solid, just shy of quality (one too many runs, though one more inning)
SEVEN innings ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FOUR strikeouts

Bully nicely done . . . 
Dave Rollins back for a bit and Steve w/his SIXTEENTH save

AT the PLATE
M’s bats were none too kind vs. their old pal Elias . . .
~ especially Guti – SIX rbi in FOUR innings (TWO homers and a bases-clearing double)
~ nice patience throughout the line up (SIX walks)
~ Robbie w/his NINETEENTH homer (most ever as an AL 2nd baseman)

IN the FIELD
* TWO dp’s turned, both: Kyle-to-Robbie-to DaeHo
* Ketel with his 10th error 😦

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/743979646731976705

https://twitter.com/ProspectInsider/status/743980047241863168

g61 | Rangers win the homer derby but, M’s take the game!

SEVEN, count ’em SEVEN home total home runs (and they say Safeco’s a pitcher’s park!)

Mariners 7 | Rangers 5

homerun-derby-pic

Rangers racked up FOUR to the M’s three but, when all was said and done, the Mariners emerged victorious. Having received a nice quality start from Kuma and TWO big blasts from DHL 🙂

ON the MOUND
Kuma was far from dominant but, was just good enough to get the job done . . .
Yes, the Rangers hit THREE homers against him but, all solo shots
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

Nick and Steve each allowed ONE run but, thanks to some wackiness in the 8th, no harm, no foul 😉 and Kuma earned his FIFTH victory, Steve his FOURTEENTH save

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits: FOUR singles, THREE homers (TWO by Dae-Ho, ONE by Kyle)

IN the FIELD
No highlight reel defense this game but, just good to know our CF is back!

tweets of the game . . . 

g54-56 | swept outta Arlington

that certainly didn’t go as planned or desired . . .

nobodys perfect

the first TWO games they were just out pitched (Karns and Walker w/season-worst starts) and out hit . . .

g54 Mariners 3 | Rangers 7

g55 Mariners 4 | Rangers 10

but, the third game was clearly a case of “where’s the DEE?” . . .

g56 Mariners 2 | Rangers 3

Kuma allowed a single to the first batter of the game and then proceeded to retire TWELVE straight. Unfortunately, he had to throw many extra pitches in the Rangers 5th where TWO of their THREE runs were UNearned (Sardinas and Romero each recorded key errors as well as UNrecorded faux paux that very likely made the difference between Kuma going NINE and getting a win and only going SEVEN and being tagged with the loss (Luis should have turned a DP to end the inning and later booted a ball, Romero also committed an error AND didn’t come up firing after fielding a fly ball, allowing the runner on 3B to score). Hurry back Ketel and Leonys!

tweets of the series . . . 

 

g44-46 | every which way but loose . . .

Ho-Hum, just another series victory!

winning

g44 Mariners 0 | Athletics 5
Enough hits (nine) but all singles and TWO errors by Taylor (who was brought up when Marte was placed on the DL)

g45 Mariners 6 | Athletics 5
Still need Nate to go longer but, Monty was AWESOME in relief! As for the bats . . .the hot stay hot and the late innings stay blistering! Robbie w/a TWO run shot in the 8th to bring the M’s to within ONE, Leonys with a TWO run shot to WIN it in the 9th

g46 Mariners 13 | Athletics 3
What series win would be complete without a blowout? Of course, then this is the time we get SEVEN strong from the starter (Kuma) but, we’ll take it (good to see Lind’s bat heating up)

tweets of the series . . . 

g36 | another roller coaster ride that didn’t end well . . .

Mariners 7 | Angels 9

roller coaster

The first time the M’s have lost two in-a-row since April 19th
First series loss since April 11-13 vs. Texas
figures it would be the (currently) lowly Halos 😦

ON the MOUND
Kuma was hanging in nicely, until the 7th when it all unraveled . . .
a lead-0ff homer, a double, a single and the Halos took the lead and Kuma made an exit
SIX.ONE innings ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

and the pitching definitely went downhill from there . . .
} Joel allowed back-to-back homers, giving the Halos a 6-2 lead
} Mayckol actually was good – ONE.TWO scoreless innings
} Steve, on the other hand, had his second consecutive blown save+loss

AT the PLATE
~ good news: double-digit hits and all the starters but one had at least one hit and the epic 8th inning comeback
~ bad news: only one walk and even though 4/10 w/RISP, soooo many blown opportunities

IN the FIELD
* Leonys’s first E
* nice DP to end the 1st (Kyle to Robbie to Adam)
* Steve C notches a caught stealing

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/731701480768446465

g31 | split in HOU ~ another winning road trip!

Mariners 1 | Astros 5

split

ON the MOUND
Kuma ~ good and bad . . .
EIGHT K’s in FIVE innings = awesome!
98 pitches and THREE doubles allowed in FIVE innings = not so awesome 😦
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Bully . . . 
} Mayckol retired the first three batters he faced in relief of Kuma but, then failed to record an out in the 7th allowing a couple singles, a couple stolen bases and a couple runs
} Monty and Steve each recorded a clean sheet inning

AT the PLATE
Not much to report here . . .
~ other than ANOTHER homer (ho-hum) by Robbie 😉
~ only FIVE total hits
~ and, only ONE walk

IN the FIELD
* couple of errors (Steve and Ketel)
* nice DP (Ketel to Robbie to Adam)

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/729356192409997313

 

g21 | missed the on-field sweep but, changes off the field . . .

Mariners 4 | Astros 7

ON THE MOUND
Not Kuma’s night . . .
Way too many pitches and extra-base hits allowed (3 doubles and a homer)
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

Bully . . . 
} Monty, Videl and Nick were great: combined for THREE.ONE innings of NO HIT relief
} Unfortunately, Mayckol didn’t even get out of ONE inning and gave up TWO runs

AT THE PLATE
~ Plenty of hits (TEN) and extra-base hits (FOUR)
~ TWO doubles: Kyle and Seth, TWO homers: Robbie and Adam
~ but, that old RISP deal bites again (ONE fer TWELVE)

IN THE FIELD
* Kyle with a great diving snare and throw to 1B for an out in the 6th
* a nice DP (Kyle to Ketel to Lee)
* an OF assist from Nellie (but also a fielding error)

tweets of the game . . . 

 

and, before the game, a big announcement!