g159 | swept outta OakTown

Mariners 2 | Athletics 5

Homer streak broken…
at just one shy of the club record of eighteen straight games with at least one

Most importantly, Erasmo Ramirez’s performance… 
6.1IP – 3H – 2R – 4BB – 6K
He gave up TWO runs in the 1st and the walk total wasn’t great (he had only given up 4 in his last 40 starting innings) but, he showed a lot of composure and maturity by holding the A’s scoreless for 5+ after that – allowing only TWO more hits: one in the 3rd and one in the 7th.
The future rotation is sparkling bright!

Ben Margot | AP

Some great DEE on both sides…
including a “Super Seager Spear” in the 3rd to prevent an XBH and after that, I lost track of the at ’em balls – on both sides.

But, a foreshadowing of things to come, came in the 7th…
Cook allowed a double to Brendan Ryan and a single to Trayvon Robinson and then proceeded to strike out the side 😦

Ben Margot | AP


And then, the A’s did what they have been doing since the All Star Break…
homered. A solo shot off Shawn Kelley and a TWO-run shot off Lucas Luetge
The lead the majors in homers in the second half (now with 110 – O’s are 2nd with 105)
On the flip side, Mariners pitchers have yielded the third fewest home runs in the AL

Ben Margot | AP

Guti left the game in the 3rd due to a groin strain 😦

Back home vs. the Halos (who were less than happy with the M’s today 😉
Felix Day tomorrow and I’ll be there!

g148 | rumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’ vs da birds

Mariners 4 | Orioles 10The good news?
THREE doubles (Seager, Jaso, Montero)
THREE home runs! (Saunders, Thames and Jaso)

The bad news?
EVERYTHING else.

Starting with the starter…
Hector was absolutely pounded. After 54 pitches and SEVEN runs he was lifted with only ONE out in the 2nd inning. He old nemesis, the 0-2 homer, reared it’s ugly head again (he’s giving up 5 homers on 0-2 counts)

Then the first half of the bullpen…
Capps and Perez combined to give up another THREE runs in their 4.2 innings of work.

The second half BP ~ Kelley and Pryor ~ pitched well, combining for a scoreless THREE innings

Then there was the usually sparkling DEE that was anything but…
only ONE recorded error (Ryan) but it felt like they were missing plays all night long. It’s one thing for a young starter to have a horrible game (even Felix does now and then) but really discouraging to see the defense play like that. Hopefully, it was just a very temporary lapse.

It was especially frustrating to be sitting near fans who, by their comments, clearly were not as invested in the team as I. But, I just didn’t have the energy to explain to them that poor pitching and defense was an anomaly for this team. Now, their comments about the lack of decent batting average … I couldn’t argue with.

tweet from Shannon…

Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer)

#Mariners will be 1-7 in games after returning home from road trips w/no off day.

 

g146 | hey look, runs!

Mariners 8 | Rangers 6

The offense had a bit of a break out…
*they scored early – Saunders’ single in the first drove in Guti
*they scored often – Ackley lead-off homer in the 3rd and then a walk and four singles = 5 more runs
*they broke a tie – Smoak’s solo shot in the 8th
*they added on – Smoak’s single drove in Kawasaki (pinch running for Jaso) for an insurance run

Jason had to battle his entire outing…
but, despite walking the bases loaded in the 3rd, he allowed only one run through five. Then came the 6th – and good old Mike Napoli – a 3-run homer got the Rangers to within two and got after Jason got the next out, he would be lifted in favor of Shawn Kelley who would get the third out. Though Kelley and Luetge combined to give up the tying runs.

The rest of the pen was great…
Kinney, Furbush and Wilhelmsen went 2 innings giving up TWO hits and NO walks
Oh, and The Bartender simply recorded his 27th save by getting FOUR outs

Brendan Ryan with another WebGem 🙂

Seager and Saunders have been having a great road trip and great to see Smoak coming through vs. his old team.

A win tomorrow = a series win and a “season series” TIE (M’s currently 7-8 vs. Texas)

g140 | ground hog’s day

Mariners 1 | Athletics 6

The first 13 games between the M’s and the A’s not only had the M’s with a 7-6 advantage..
and a 7+ run differential (41-34)

What a difference a few weeks can make…
now, in the last two games, the run differential is +10 in favor of the A’s (2-12) and M’s have lost both

And, now that Kurt Suzuki is gone, George Kottaras has become the new Mariner killer…
3-run bomb last night, 2-run shot tonight

Iwakuma had be STELLAR in his 4 starts…
with a 3-0 record and only allowing ONE earned run in the 26 innings

But, all good things come to an end…
Kuma couldn’t even get through the 4th tonight and he allowed FIVE runs (FOUR earned)

Some great work in from the bullpen…
Capps and Kelley combined for 4.1 scoreless with SEVEN strikeouts
Pryor allowed a run but, wasn’t hit hard (singles and sac fly)
And that one earned run snapped a SEVENTEEN inning scoreless streak by the bp

O has to do better than SEVEN hits and ONE run…
exact same line as last night – granted, the A’s have one of the toughest staffs in the league

g117 | sunk by the streaking Rays

Mariners 1 | Rays 4

Beavan cruised, then sputtered majorly, then recovered remarkably and got through SIX.
Capps had a tad bit of a control issue (3 walks in one inning – yikes!) but didn’t allow a run.
Luetge and Kelley were also able to get through their respective outings unscathed.

They. just. could. not. string. together. hits.
(well, OK, two – Trayvon tripled and Eric drove him in)

Interesting irony…
Montero throws out Desmond Jennings (who had stolen 20 straight)
but allows a stolen base to – Jose Molina

Carp’s MRI apparently not clear…
Wedge said he couldn’t pronounce most of it – that’s never good and that he will likely go on the DL. They will be discussing the corresponding move. Smoak was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the Rainiers game tonight – so, we’ll see. Poor Mike, he had a bit of a skid on the road trip but he had been hitting well since returning from his last DL stint.

FUN FACT ONE…
The M’s have faced the Rays 34 time since David Price came up and the M’s have never faced him.
Won’t in this series either.

FUN FACT TWO…
Curto tweeted re: the Rainiers players (many of whom are exGenerals now) bus trip from Memphis to Nashville – apparently many of them shouted “You missed the exit!” when passing Pringle Park (home of the Jackson Generals)