g73 | watching from the first row in RF

Mariners 2 | Royals 8


At least the weather was gorgeous and the crab sandwich was delicious 🙂

Roenis’s second really rough start in three turns . . .
THREE.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ SEVEN runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

} Vidal wasn’t bad – giving up ONE run in THREE.ONE innings in relief of Roenis
} Tom and Joe each posted a scoreless frame

NINE total hits ~ all singles . . .
(Guti’s back!!)

THREE beautiful DP’s but, all for naught 😦

and this . . .

tweets of the game . . .

g72 | CGS + 10K’s + ZERO walks = the Full Monty

Mariners 7 | Royals 0

Monty CG

wOw ~ what a start by Monty ~ against his original team, no less!
The Royals have the fewest strikeouts in the majors – Mike K’d them TEN times!
The first couple innings looked a bit shaky . . .

  • in the 1st: he loaded the bases on a couple of singles and a HBP in the 1st – strikeout and then DP
  • In the 2nd: runners at 1B and 2B w/NO outs –  he strikes out the side
  • and that would be the first THREE of SEVENTEEN in-a-row retired.
  • the only other base runners came in the 7th (reached on an error) and the 9th (TWO out single)

NINE innings ~ FOUR hits (all singles) ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts

Love, Love, Lovin’ this version of the “OH” . . .
~ Kyle unable to score from 2B in the 2nd when Ack hits a double because it was of the ground rule variety
~ Kyle unable to score from 3B when Ack hits a single to shallow LF (but is able to touch home via Brad’s bases-loaded walk)
~ Speaking of Ack = THREE for THREE w/a 2-run homer (a triple short of the cycle)
~ Robbie and Seth also w/multi-hit games (Robbie w/a double and Seth w/ a RBI single)
~ LoMo w/his 9th homer, a solo shot, and another RBI via FC
~ Brad w/ a bases loaded walk (to start the scoring in the 4th)
~ Zu w/an RBI single and a walk

* A thing of beauty 3-6-1 DP – with the bases loaded – to end the 1st . . .
* A couple of errors (LoMo and Brad) but, thankfully, no damage

tweets of the game . . . 

g71 | on the wrong side of royalty tonight . . .

Mariners 1 | Royals 4

crooked crown

Not his usual “kingly self ” tonight 😦
SIX.TWO innings ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Joe and Nando combined for TWO+ scoreless

My kingdom for some run support!

the GOOD news . . .
100% extra base hits tonight
the BAD news . . .
only TWO total hits (Robbie’s homer and AJ’s double)

FOUR, count ’em FOUR double-plays (including a strike out/tag out at 1B and a strikeout/throw out at 2B)

tweets of the game . . .

g74 | bats back up the Bear . . .

Mariners 7 | Royals 5

Kuma’s been up and down so far this season – tonight was down . . .
He only made it FIVE+ and was hit pretty hard (a double and TWO homers)
FIVE innings ~ NINE hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

A super STELLAR effort from the ‘pen (and I mean nearly the ENTIRE ‘pen, as Yourvis was the only one NOT to throw a pitch) as they combined for FOUR scoreless innings

~ No lack of hits . . . TWELVE!
~ No lack of power . . .  TWO doubles (Endy and Robbie) and THREE homers (Mike, LoMo and Brad)
~ Kyle, Dustin and Willie the only ones w/o at least ONE hit (Kyle and Dustin each walked)
~ Mike the only player with ONE hit (and it counted 😉 )
~ Everyone else had TWO hits, except James who had THREE and a stolen base
~ the runs and RBI were spread nicely throughout the lineup

ONE double-play turned and a GREAT throw from Mike to nail a runner trying to steal 2B

tweets of the game . . .


g37 | bounce back bats can’t overcome gloves of lead . . .

Since I was out doing Mother’s Day stuff, I wasn’t able to see or follow the game. I’m thinking that was a good thing, as it seems the GOOD did not out weigh the BAD and the UGLY . . .

  • the GOOD – offensive onslaught that saw them rally from 0-4 down to a 7-5 lead
  • the BAD – Danny’s outing (the most consistent, reliable reliever so far in the young season)
  • the UGLY – FIVE errors (Kyle, Mike, Justin, Cole-2)

Really disappointing, as it could have been the 5th straight series win.

lead glove








Mariners 7 | Royals 9

Roenis, it appears, pitched better than the box score would indicate . . .
In the 2nd, when he gave up the GS, who knows what would have happened if the error hadn’t occurred (could have been TWO on w/TWO out, instead of bases-loaded w/ONE out). The encouraging thing is that despite allowing a few more hits, he battled and made it hrough FIVE only giving up ONE more run (again, because of lack of DEE behind him) . . .
FIVE innings ~ NINE hits ~ FIVE runs ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

} today’s Jekyll side of the bullpen (Dominic, Joe and Yourvis) pitched THREE scoreless with only ONE hit, NO walks and FIVE strikeouts
} then there was the Hyde side (from a most unexpected source) . . . Danny. He gave up a sac-fly after loading the bases via a grounds rule double and TWO walks (the first of which was on a VERY questionable call) and then the big blow – a THREE-run homer. The FOUR runs he gave up in the 7th inning were more than his season total of THREE (in 18.2 innings). Ugh.

~ Every starter had exactly ONE hit
~ Dustin had THREE hits, including TWO homers (his first career multi-hit game)
~ Runs and RBI were scattered nicely throughout the line-up
~ Only ONE walk

TWO double-plays were turned (and they had TWO turned against them)
BUT, the sad story of the day was the FIVE errors (I didn’t bother to look up the gory details, suffice it to say I hope there’s a significant amount of infield drills/practice tomorrow!)

tweets of the game . . .


g36 | 96 pitches ~ 2 homers ~ 1 arrow

Mariners 3 | Royals 1 

Mr Young just keeps cruising along . . .
He has won his last THREE straight starts (and the M’s have won his last FOUR straight) but, this was BY FAR his best outing yet (first time w/no walks and most IP)
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Typically an adventure, tonight’s Nando save was only about a 4 on the “quiver meter” . . .

He got TWO quick ground outs, then gave up a hit which brought the tying run to the plate but, thankfully induced another ground to end it

~ Only TWO extra-base hits but, luckily they were the kind that went far 🙂
~ Dustin and Justin each with homers that accounted for the M’s only runs in the game
~ Nice to see the rook (James), leading off and on base THREE times tonight (hit and TWO walks)
~ Robbie with TWO hits as per usual

The 7th inning might have seen a run or two more but, Robbie was ruled out at 2B after a review. He was originally called safe advancing to 2B on a single with Brad having walked in front of him. The call was over-turned because it was determined that his foot didn’t touch the bag because the baseman was blocking it with his foot. Inning over.

Seems it was the game of the “awkward outfield” . . .
* Dustin made a rather awkward looking catch in the 1st inning, showing some speed to beat James to the ball but, his knee sort of stuck in the ground as he went to dive – luckily, he was able to reach  j u s t  far enough for the ball to drop in his glove. Then, in the 8th, he started to fall down on the warning track just before catching a fly ball.
* Michael had an awkward play of his on a diving attempt at the edge of fair territory in RF – he sort of rolled his ankle as he fell and was limping afterward (the ball rolled into the RF corner for a triple and that runner later on a sac-fly). Michael finished the inning but, did not return to the field after the M’s ups – day-to-day with a hyper-extended knee. ugh! Just as he was coming around due to some regular playing time.

Some super smooth throwing and stretching and catching in the infield, however 🙂


tweets of the game . . .


g34 | ONE run on TWO hits in inning THREE


1.5 games back . . .

the bear




Mariners 1 | Royals 0

Kuma, The Bear, is BACK with a ROAR . . .
He had no Spring Training (due to the finger issue) and only one rehab start. His first start was so-so but, this one was arguably one of the best the M’s have had all season. Only 94 pitches and . . .
EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} After a couple of 1-2-3 saves (and even a 1-2-3-4) Nando had our stomaches churning . . .
He walked the first batter, gave up a sac-bunt and walked the next batter. Lloyd sauntered out for a mound visit and after that came a strikeout and a ground out and then the arrow flew (10th save). Thank goodness Kuma’s stellar-ness was not wasted!

j  u  s  t   enough . . .
It’s certainly not everyday that the team with TWO hits beats the team with FOUR hits 😉
Not only that but, the TWO hits came in the same inning (the 3rd) and led to the solitary run . . .
Mike led off with a double, Michael moved him to 3B with a sac-bunt, Stefen struck out, Robbie was intentionally walked and Corey singled home Mike. wha!laa! Score 1-0 after the 3rd and that’s where it would stay.

* NO errors and MUCH crisper play tonight all ’round
* Robbie had a shoe string catch of a chopper and a scoop to Justin in the 3rd
* Nice diving snag of a low liner by Smoak for the first out of the 6th
* DP = Kyle-Robbie-Justin


tweets of the game . . . 






g159 | Kuma’s strong finish dashes KC’s wild card hopes

Mariners 6 | Royals 0

Met my Dad at “the glove” for our last game together for the year – and, we picked a good one! Great pitching, plenty of offense and great defense ~ a rare night where the guys put it all together. I even got a little “America’s Cup primer ” over our pre-game hot dogs 🙂

Kuma was fantastic! from the box score link re-cap . . .

Iwakuma did the rest, wrapping up his first full year as a Major League starter with a 14-6 record and 2.66 ERA, establishing himself as an American League All-Star while ranking among the league’s top five in ERA, WHIP, opponent’s batting average and strikeouts-to-walk ratio.

The former Japanese star went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA over his final eight starts and did not allow a run in 23 straight innings over his last three games. Having also had a streak of 23 2/3 scoreless innings earlier, Iwakuma was the only Major Leaguer with two streaks of 20-plus scoreless innings this year. Only Jered Weaver of the Angels and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies pulled that off in 2012.

EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ NINE strikeouts

Only EIGHT hits but SIX for extra bases . . .
~ Brad, Kyle and Dustin with doubles (Kyle’s of the TWO run variety)
~ Mike and Michael with homers (Mike with TWO!)

TWO double-plays, including an unassisted one from Brad who made a LEAPING catch to snare a liner and double off the runner at 2B


tweets of the game . . .


g158 | super shutout

Mariners 4 | Royals 0

AWESOME outing by James! (especially considering he was facing a team that was fighting for a WC spot) he finishes the season with a record of 3-0 in his limited starts and a line tonight of . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts

} Yoervis and Danny combined for TWO scoreless (ONE hit) innings

}Kendrys had THREE hits, including an RBI single
}Justin had a THREE run shot in the 5th that gave the M’s the lead for good

Only ONE DP turned but, lookie here . . . Mike with a STOLEN BASE!

tweets of the game . . . 

g157 | extra heartbreak

Mariners 5 | Royals 6 (in 12)

M’s are now 6-15 in extra innings 😦

Nice to see Brandon go a full SEVEN for the first time this season – and a strong seven, at that . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE run ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

The bullpen, as has so often been the case this season, was NO help what-so-ever . . .
} Charlie gave up THREE runs to give the Royals the lead in the 8th
} Tom, Danny, Ollie and Chance combined for 4.1 scoreless innings
} Lucas gave up a walk and an RBI double that would ultimately be the winning run

‘t is a rare thing to have nearly twice as many walks as hits . . .
the M’s had only SIX hits in the entire game  but, THREE were for extra bases – Kendrys and Michael homered, Kyle’s double didn’t come till the 10th.  FOUR of their ELEVEN walks came in extras (TWO intentional to Kendrys and Michael in the 10th)

BOTH teams had TWO errors (throwing errors for Nick and Abraham) AND outfield assists on throws home (Michael). The Royals turned THREE double-plays to the M’s ONE

tweet of the game . . .