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

WoW!!!
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

ON the MOUND
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 . . .

AT the PLATE
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 . . .

IN the FIELD
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!  🙂

 

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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

ON the MOUND
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)

AT the PLATE
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)

IN the FIELD
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 . . .

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Treated myself to Terrace Club Seats for “NIGHT COURT”

 

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So great to see and be in a FULL HOUSE

 

Mariners 2 | Athletics 3

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ON the MOUND
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 😉

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Our view of the press box

AT the PLATE
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)

 

IN the FIELD
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

ON the MOUND
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

AT the PLATE
~ 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!!!

IN the FIELD
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

ON the MOUND
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.

AT the PLATE
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

IN the FIELD
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

ON the MOUND
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

AT the PLATE
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!

IN the FIELD

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)

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

Mariners 0 | Orioles 4

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ON the MOUND
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

AT the PLATE
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

IN the FIELD
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 . . .