see-sawing to victory!

Mariners 6 | Astros 5


The scoreboard in this one was a see-saw indeed!

0-3, 2-3, 4-5, 5-5, 6-5

with the ‘stros only scoring in the 5th and 7th and the M’s scoring in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th


Kikuchi’s see-saw started off on the upside: 4.1 innings of ZERO hits. Then, a couple of rough innings -5th and 7th- where he was sorta singled to death (including TWO of the 2-run variety). But, even though his final line wasn’t spectacular, good to see him get through SEVEN: 7IP-6H-5R-5ER-3BB-3SO

Way to go, Bully!

Steckenrider & Misiewicz combined for 2 innings of ONE hit, ZERO runs, walks and TWO Ks


and, oh that top o’ the order! Mitch + Ty + Kyle = SIX hits, FIVE RBI

  • Haniger extended his hitting streak to EIGHT games; recorded his 5th multi-hit game; has reached in all FOURTEEN!
  • Seager gets TWO in to take the team lead in RBI
  • White’s solo shot (his first of the season) tied it up in the 8th
  • France with a near homer had 2B in the 6th and got his FIRST career, game-winning hit!


  • TWO DPs for (involving France, Crawford and White but, in different order
  • ONE error (Moore)

tweets of the game . . .

OK – so, it won’t be 162-0

Mariners 3 | Giants 6



  • Kikuchi 6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 10 SO – everything working
  • Steckenrider .2 IP 2 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 SO
  • Middleton 1.1 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 SO


  • Torrens RBI double
  • White 2RBI single
  • 2B = Fraley, France, Torrens


  • super OF catch by Trammell
  • no DPs for the M’s (two against)

tweet of the game . . .

g9 2020 | strong arm; weak bats

Mariners 2 | Athletics 3


And Yusei makes it THREE starters in-a-row to record zero run start . . . unfortunately, he gets a no decision in his best ever start…

6 IP – 3 H – 0 ER, 9 SO 1 BB

Margevicius with the blown save in the 7th


  • first game of the season w/o an extra base hit
  • Kyle Lewis’s 16 hits leads the majors and his hitting streak continues to NINE games

IN the FIELD and ON the BASES

  • TWO DP’s: Long, Crawford and . . .

What a double-play!

  • ONE SB: JP
  • no errors

g19 | four stee-rate :-(


Kikuchi’s late start continues . . .

but, he ends up with decent numbers in his first loss (6IP ~ 5H ~ 3ER ~ 3 BB ~ 5 K)

the ‘pen did no favors (also allowing THREE runs)

K’s a plenty but, O looking up a bit . . .

  • Mitch, leading the AL in extra-base hits, extends his hitting streak to SEVEN
  • Edwin + Omar extend the homer streak to NINETEEN games
  • TWO doubles ~ TWO homers ~ FOUR walks

a tale of fielding  . . .

After the M’s get to within ONE (via back-to-back jacks from Edwin and Omar) a fabulous catch by Allen robs Ryon in the bottom of the 8th

Then flubby fielding in the top of the 9th gets the Tribe back up by TWO to stay (you don’t want to see it and I don’t want to dwell on it but, they have GOT to address this – soon).

Let’s start fresh tomorrow . . .



Time to meet at “the T” . . .

Hello, T-Mobile Park!

OK – I’ll be honest, I’m not feeling the magenta.

I’m glad to know that T-Mobile is a northwest born company (didn’t realize that till now) but, the pink seems a bit out of place with all our blue, green and teal. I guess we’ll get use to it. The pink clouds on Opening Night, however, were lovely . . .


pink clouds preferred to magenta signs

Well, the M’s are certainly off to a great start!

After having won both games vs. the Athletics in Japan, neither of which I watched, (I get up at 4am normally, just can’t make those 2:30am first pitches) they managed to take three of four from the world champs at home!

Scoring Early

One thing I noticed in the Red Sox series (besides the fact that I recognize less than one third of the team 😉 is that, except for the first game where they scored in all but three innings, they scored a LOT early but, nothing after the 4th inning in both the second and fourth games and nothing after the 5th in the third game.

Who IS this offense?!?

  • Averaging EIGHT runs per game
  • batting .310 w/RISP
  • Then there’s the  l o n g  balls . . .jiminey christmas! At least one in every game so far! FIFTEEN total: four Japan vs the A’s and eleven in the Red Sox series

Pen Probs

As a whole, the pen’s not doing two bad: a handful of guys are yet to post an ERA, gone through several long stretches in game w/o giving up runs. But, our new closer, Hunter Strickland, gave up a 3-run homer to Mitch Moreland in game two – which proved to be the winning run in the only Red Sox win. After the game, Bill Kruger mentioned he thought Hunter was making some suspicious movements, like he may be hurt – turns out he was right 😦 as Hunter has landed on the DL with a lat strain – out for “a couple of months” according to the Skipper.

3B woes

Gotta feel for Dylan Moore – rookie who got his first start at 3B on Saturday night and proceeded to commit THREE ERRORS in-a-row in the top of the 9th inning. Thankfully, the M’s were able to hang on to the ONE-run victory. Hopefully, he’ll get back out there soon – really the only way to push through the yips – #JustAskBlowers

Next up, the Halos for TWO – Felix’s first start of the season tomorrow . . . 


Now, some of the special moments of Opening Night . . .

Awesome to see the ovation for Edgar throwing out the first pitch and the unveiling of the countdown to the Hall of Fame . . .

 A moment of silence for those lost . . .


Awesome sunset from the third level concourse . . .


Black and White is better . . .


and then the garish from the outside . . .