g152 | 11 K’s, 9th inning drama and 46 arrows

What a game! Felix was mowing down the AAAAngels (since they clinched last night, no starters were in). But, the Halos pitching was returning the favor . . . until the 9th

As per usual, Felix was awesome . . .

} Though not sharp, Charlie and Tom managed to combine for a scoreless 8th
} Nando registering about 7.5 on the #QuiverMeter, allowing a ONE-out homer, committing an error (dropped toss from LoMo at 1B) but then getting a ground out and a strikeout – to earn . . .

Other than Robbie’s 1st inning TWO-out double, the M’s only scattered singles, until the 9th . . .
~Kendrys got a TWO-out single
~ JJ (who’d been ready and waiting ALL night long) pinch ran
~ JJ ended up on 2B via a pick-off attempt gone wrong
~ Kyle was then intentionally walked and THEN . . .

Zero DP’s turned and Nando had a little boo-boo at the 1B bag – thankfully, it didn’t matter

tweets of the game . . .


LOVE that Felix has his own stat (and he increased his lead in the category tonight!  🙂


g151 | UP down, UP down, UP down . . .

One night they are riding high, winning and the right teams losing.
The next night stellar starter but frozen bats and the wrong teams winning.

Mariners 0 | Angels 5

James was spectacular through SIX, allowing only TWO singles and NO walks . . .

and then came the 7th when he allowed TWO one-out singles that added up to the Angels first run. He then intentionally walked Aybar and struck out Inanetta and in came Danny who promptly gave up a homer to Crone and TWO runs were charged to James – who ended with a line I think we’d still take most nights . . .
SIX.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Bullpen was a tale of TWO relievers . . .
} Just wasn’t Danny’s night. Aside from giving up the THREE-run homer on the third pitch he threw, he allowed a walk on SIX pitches and then an RBI double on ONE pitch. Didn’t get out of the inning 😦
} Dom came in to get that seemingly elusive final out of the 7th (a K of Trout) and also retired the side in order in the 8th (which, unfortunately, was the last inning required for the Halos)

Not often walks exceed hits . . . 
~ M’s first base-runner wasn’t until the 4th (Robbie walked)
~ M’s first (and ONLY) hit wasn’t until the 5th (Justin singled)
~ M’s first runner past 1B wasn’t until the 7th when JJ stole 2B (pinch running for Kendrys who’s walked)

Everything bad happened in the 7th, including TWO rare fielding errors . . .
* Chris D’s got the Halos going
* Robbie’s missed catch advanced a runner to 3B (he was stranded but, the damage was done)

tweets of the game . . . 


g147 | encouraging full house, discouraging loss . . .


Treated myself to Terrace Club Seats for “NIGHT COURT”



So great to see and be in a FULL HOUSE


Mariners 2 | Athletics 3



Felix, backed by his “Night Court”, pitched a very Felix-like game thru SIX . . .
in which he gave up only FOUR scattered singles. In the 6th, a mistake to Donaldson allows the tying run to score via a solo shot. Things got a bit ugly in the 7th: even though he ended up striking out the side, TWO wild pitches and a single (that sailed inches above Chris T’s glove) allowed the go-ahead run to score.
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts



} Compare and contrast the top of the 1st and the top of the 8th . . .
^ top of the 1st – despite a lead-off single, Felix needed only FIVE pitches to get THREE outs
^ top of the 8th – it took FOUR relievers (Joe, Tom, Charlie and Danny) to get THREE outs (ZERO runs scored)
} Danny stayed in for the 9th and kept it tied via a couple of ground outs and a CS (in which the runner was originally called safe but, call overturned on challenge)
} Nando’s outing was a rare 10+ on the quiver meter 😦
FOUR walks which, of course included one of the bases-loaded variety

I’m convinced I jinxed the BP/caused the melt-down was due to the fact that I explained the ‘stellar-ness’ of the M’s bullpen (and the occasional FRE) to a St Louis fan sitting beside me 😉


Our view of the press box

Started out kinda fun – when a couple of rooks combine for the first run of a tight game . . .
~ JJ led off the 3rd with a triple (man, can that boy run!) and Chris T knocks him in with a solid single
~ Robbie tied the game in the 7th with a lead-off homer (his second in as many games)
~ Zu hit one “Space Needle high” – and we held our breath – but, ‘t was the last out instead of the tying run
But – can’t expect to win w/only FIVE total hits (even though TWO were for extra-bases)


DEE was solid, though ZERO DP’s turned (compared to THREE turned against them)
* JJ and Endy w/nice running OF grabs
* Kyle with a running, stretching grab on the line
* Chris T w/a snare of a smash liner to end the 10th (ultimately too little, too late but, easily saved TWO runs)
* LoMo made a couple of nice snares at 1B but, also muffed one and then his throw to Felix covering was WAY too hard (went all the way to home plate)

tweets of the game . . .


g143 | STELLAR pitching, CLUTCH hitting and SPEED kills!

Still HALF a game ahead of the Tiggers for the second wild card . . .
And now, only ONE game behind the ‘phants for the first wild card!

speed kills








Mariners 4 | Astros 1

Felix REALLY had to work in this one . . .
those pesky ‘stros took him to ninety-nine pitches and had him in and out of trouble ALL night long but, he found a way to hang in there
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO runs ~ FOUR walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Bull pen not perfect but, stellar . . .
} Brandon allowed the “almost” homer (ruled a triple) and then the Astros lone run on a sac-fly
} Danny walked one and struck out one but, got the W for his inning of work
} Nando was about 5.5 on the quiver-meter tonight – allowing a lead-off walk and a hit but, in the end, earning his 44th save

~ In the 6th, LoMo walked with ONE out, The Condor walked (after a TEN pitch AB – welcome back, Michael!) with TWO outs and then Brad jumped on the the first pitch for an RBI single and the first run of the game
~ And then, in the magical 8th, Zu drew a ONE-out walk and JJ came in to “be fast” (as Shannon said). With Michael batting, JJ stole 2B and Michael walked. With Brad batting, JJ stole 3B and Brad tripled – scoring JJ and Michael. Then, Austin’s RBI single scored Brad and the M’s took the 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.
~ Nice to see they can find ways to win when two of their thumpers (Kyle and Kendrys) go o’fer
~ SPEED is fun!!!

Despite NO DP’s (on either side) some nice DEE tonight . . .
* Nice nail of Presley at 2B by Zu (first time he was caught this year)
* How good is it to have Michael back?!? He saved a home run with his glove (originally called a homer but, clear and convincing evidence shows the ball in his glove but popped out back into the field of play: ruled a triple – arguing that point, Lloyd got run). Then, on the very next play, he  a  l  m  o  s  t  threw the runner out at the plate – perfect throw, just a tad late 😦

tweets of the game . . .



g140 | homers galore!


Mariners 7 | Rangers 5

Kuma wasn’t exactly lights out but, he did  j u s t  enough to keep ’em in it and get the “W” . . .
FIVE.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

The bullpen was an unusual mixed-bag . . .
Charlie was the only reliever not to allow hit, that means each of Brandon, Joe, Tom, Yourvis and Nanda  allowed a hit. Brandon and Nando each allowed ONE run. But, in the end, they got it done. M’s got their 77th victory (4th straight on the road trip) and Nando got his 42nd save.

Only SEVEN total hits but, FOUR for extra-bases . . .
~ Austin and James with doubles
~ Kendrys, Zu and Brad with homers (Kendrys w/TWO
~ Kendrys with FOUR RBI
~ Kyle (unusually!) didn’t collect a hit but, he walked TWICE and scored TWICE

Brad with another error 😦 but, also part of both DP’s the M’s turned

tweets of the game . . .


g135 | EVERYBODY contributes and spittin’ bristles avoided . . .

Now THAT’s more like it! A quality start from Kuma, shut down ‘pen performance and (though it took awhile) an explosive offense . . .

Mariners 5 | Nationals 3

Kuma rebounded nicely from the nightmare that was his last start in Boston . . .
Yes – he allowed THREE homers (these Nats bats are crazy good!) but, thankfully, they were all solo shots and the other TWO hits he allowed were doubles that did no further damage and in fact, he retired the last EIGHT batters he faced  (all-in-all, the M’s held the Nats to only SIX hits and 0-7 w/RISP)
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Once again, the ‘pen was back to being FLAWLESS . . .
} Charlie struck out the only batter he faced
} Danny and Yourvis combined for NO hits, TWO walks and THREE K’s for their 1.2 innings worth
} Nando, having to make it at least a little interesting, allowed a lead-off single before retiring THREE straight to earn his THIRTY-NINTH save

The Nats scored early (all of their runs coming via solo shots in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th) but, ‘t was the M’s game today . . .
~ Dustin STILL on fire – FOUR RBI, including a THREE-run shot giving the M’s a ONE-run lead in the 5th

~ Austin and Brad each had THREE hits (scoring ONE and TWO runs respectively)
~ Nice to see the strikeout numbers down a bit (M’s batters only FIVE compared to the Nats TEN)
~ James with TWO more steals (22 on the season!)
~ oh, and FOUR fer NINE w/RISP aint too shabby either!


No DP’s (and TWO turned against them) but a couple of nice catches by Austin in CF (including a back-handed, shoestring catch for the first out of the 9th w/ a runner on)


tweets of the game . . .

g102 | Oh gets 0 . . .

Some interesting moves prior to the game . . .
Tai Walker had been sent down right after the game yesterday, today they put Willie on the DL and called up Jesus Montero and Chris Taylor (major league debut tonight)

Goodbye and Good Luck Stephen Pryor   . . .  Welcome Back, Kendrys Morales!!!

Mariners 0 | Orioles 4







Kuma continued his incredible streak of 35 consecutive innings without allowing a walk  . . .
Unfortunately, he had a rare lapse in the 3rd, giving up FOUR straight hits – including a THREE run homer 😦 He recovered nicely, keeping the O’s at bay by facing only ONE over the minimum for the rest of his outing (innings 4-7)
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Yourvis and Charlie each pitch scoreless frames – Charlie struck out the side in order

M’s were shutout for the TWELFTH time this season :\
~ Gettin’ tired of this but, tip o’ the cap to Mr. Chen – he didn’t allow an XBH, just scattered FIVE singles and ONE walk in his EIGHT full innings of work.
~ JJ did steal his 20th bag

No DP’s on either side and can’t really speak to the DEE overall as I didn’t see this one either

tweets of the game . . .


g95 | TWO outta THREE ain’t bad . . .


Mariners 1 | Athletics 4

2 out of 3

Mr. Young cruised through the first FOUR innings . . .
– He retired the side in order in the 1st, 2nd and 4th, allowed a double, but no runs, in the 3rd
– Then in the 5th, a double, a walk and TWO singles gave the A’s a 2-1 lead
– He gave up a homer to Moss (21st) in the 6th, his last inning, to extend the A’s lead to 3-1
six innings ~ five hits ~ three earned runs ~ one walk ~ two strikeouts

} The bully of Danny, Charlie, Brandon and Joe combined for ONE run (solo shot by Punto off Joe, who hadn’t given up a run since April 26th) on TWO hits, NO walks and TWO strikeouts

Scoring was early but, not often, tip o’ the cap to Sonny Gray . . . 
~ M’s first and only run came in the 1st inning when JJ singled, got to 3B on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt and scored on a ground out by Robbie. None of their SIX hits were for extra bases and All Star Seager was the only one with multiple hits.
~ Speaking of Kyle – he had a rough AB/on base stint in the 6th – he singled right after taking a foul ball off his foot then was hit by a batted ball as he was advancing from 1B to 2B on a hit by LoMo. The really sucky thing is that it was the third out 😦

* NO DP’s on either side
* Really nice one hop back-handed snare by Brad for the 1st out of the 9th
* Justin was busy in his second game back w/SEVEN POs at 1B, so was Dustin – he recored EIGHT POs in LF

tweets of the game . . .


four star




Good Luck and Best Wishes to our FOUR All Stars . . .

Felix, Robbie, Kyle and Nando – we know you’ll do us proud!!!






g93 | the High Court approves of 50

Mariners 3 | Athletics 2

‘t is a losing battle to attempt finding not-yet-used superlatives to describe our Felix . . .
His performance tonight was nothing short of spectacular. Yes, he gave up TWO runs on THREE hits in the first but, he then he gave up only THREE more hits, TWO walks and ZERO runs in the other SEVEN full he pitched – total of 101 pitches (73 for strikes) to earn his ELEVENTH victory (most ever in his career prior to the break) . . .
EIGHT innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts

} ‘t was a little bit of nervous time in the 9th (quiver meter reading about a 3.5 – w/1.0 being a 1-2-3 and 10.0 being a blown save) for the first time in awhile (including a walk and a wild pitch) but, Nando got it done for his TWENTY-SEVENTH save, preserving Felix’s ELEVENTH victory (most ever for him prior to the break) and the M’s FIFTIETH win (first time to 50 before the break since 2003)

Not as many hits as the last couple of games and still only ONE w/RISP but . . .
~ FOUR of the SIX total were for extra-bases: doubles by Brad, JJ and Robbie and a solo shot by LoMo
~ Home runs are always fun, especially when they come on the 8th pitch of the AB
~ A little small ball is fun too, and it tied the game in the 3rd (Brad double, Zu groundout, Endy sac-fly)
~ Back-to-back doubles, with TWO out, are really fun (JJ and Robbie in the 6th), especially when they take the lead

* Really nice DP (Kyle-to-Robbie-to-Justin) for the first TWO outs in the 8th, then Felix got a grounder to end the inning
* The M’s had TWO DP’s turned against them and, as I was watching in person, it seemed like there were a TON of outs to 1B – sure enough, SIX of them (aside from the DPs)

tweets of the game . . .


my photos of the game . . .

Yedlin throws out the first pitch!

Yedlin throws out the first pitch!

All Rise for The King!

All Rise for The King!

The King's Court AND The High Court

The King’s Court AND The High Court

a Happy Seattle Safeco Summer Sunset

a Happy Seattle Safeco Summer Sunset

g92 | not lack of hits, lack of hits that count

Once again, the M’s outhit the Twins 12-9
Once again, the M’s lose to the Twins

As mentioned earlier in the season, M’s MO seems to be playing to the level of their competition . . .

  • 23-14 vs. teams OVER .500
  • 26-29 vs. teams UNDER .500

So, bring on the A’s!!!

So, the much talked about “bullpen day” has come and gone . . .
Tom (Tall Tom from Tucson, as Rick would say) gave up a walk in the 1st but, otherwise cruised through the first two innings. Then came the 3rd – a walk, a single, a double steal and a rare throwing error by Mike allows one runner to score and the other to advance to 3B (and subsequently score on a sac-fly). Tom used 53 pitches but, couldn’t get that third out in the 3rd (though it wasn’t all his fault) . . .
TWO.TWO innings ~ ONE hit ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Danny wasn’t too sharp – he got the last out of the 3rd, pitched a scoreless 5th and gave up a couple of 2-out singles before being replace by Joe who promptly gave up a 2-run double to Morales. Since the runners were inherited, Joe’s scoreless innings streak remained in tact (NINETEEN innings now) – something I’m on record as saying is not fairly credited (or debited 😉 )  – still say they should “share” the earned runs – one guy let them get on, the other let them score)

} Dom, Charlie and Lucas – performed as we are accustomed THREE innings of scoreless ball

~ Bases loaded TWICE and nothing to show for it :/
~ Hitters 1-4 had NINE of the TWELVE hits
~ Only ONE of the TWELVE hits was for extra bases (Kyle’s solo shot in the 3rd)
~ JJ was involved in TWO replay reviews: both overturned in Twins favor (pick off at 1B and 3B sac fly)
~ Hey, they were 1-3 w/RISP :/
~ LoMo with a couple of at ’em balls tonight – seriously, they are BOUND to start dropping
~ Michael was lifted in the middle of an AB in the 8th with a back issue 😦 (Dustin inherited TWO strikes and got the third on the first pitch he saw)

the Condor making some nice catches in the OF and nearly took out Robbie in shallow right . . .

A nice DP and a couple of “Robbie’s” but also, the fateful throwing error by Zu and a mis-play by JJ that allowed TWO runs to score

tweets of the game . . .