Ups, Downs, all-arounds . . .

Just catching up on some of the movement of late.

Brad Miller’s call up set off some dominoes . . .
Reporting to AAA Tacoma were IF Carlos Triufel (optioned to make room on the 25-man roster) and RP Josh Kinney (out-righted, to make room on the 40-man roster) and 3B Ty Kelly (received in a trade from Baltimore for OF Eric Thames) and 1B Alex Liddi was designated for assignment.

Minor League Recognition . . .

* Guti back to the 15-day DL (hamstring) after only playing 1.5 games back from his last stint
* Michael M (strained quad) is getting close to being sent to Tacoma for a rehab assignment
* Jesus Montero scheduled to DH tomorrow in AZ (will be limited to DH/1B for the remainder of the year)
* Danny Hultzen was scratched a couple of nights ago from only his second start in Tacoma since coming off the DL – tests revealed no structural damage but, he’ll have 10-14 days before throwing again.

International Free Agents . . .
M’s sign 16-yr old Venezuelan OF, Greifer Andrade
Top-30 and where they’ve signed



g152 | Series Win!!! (and SEASON series TIE)

Mariners 1 | Rangers 0

Yes, the RISP woes continued…
M’s were 0-6 in such opportunities.
Good news was, the Rangers were 0-8 ūüôā

Beavan has been great vs. his old team all season and¬†tonight was no exception…
8hits – 0runs – 1walk – 2strikeouts
the M’s and R’s had another 1-0 contest earlier in the season in Arlington which the Rangers won – Blake was the pitcher in that one as well.
He can field his position too – a batted ball hit his foot and he was able to spin around, get the ball and fire a rocket to Smoak at 1B for the out

Ted S. Warren | AP

Kinney was IMPRESSIVE…
after Beavan gave up a double and a walk to start the 8th, Josh came in and got a two strikeouts and a ground ball

Closing time passed without the need for tums…
THREE ground ball outs (including a bit of a tricky hop that he handled) and The Bartender notched his 29th save (not too shabby considering he didn’t start closing until early June)

Jesus had a nice night…
two hits but even better behind the plate catching the impressive trio of Beavan-Kinney-Wilhelmsen
also – throwing out a would-be base-stealer AND getting an out at home plate on a relay.

Ted S. Warren | AP

Smoak also continued to perform well vs. his ex-teammates…
coming into this game he had a .400 BA and a 1.262 OPS

Ackley was still out with a sore neck, so Seager played 2B and Liddi was in at 3B…
not a good day for Alex … 0-3 w/3K’s

Another 2 DP’s from the DEE!

oh by the way…
12 consecutive games with at least one home run

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¬†ūüôā

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)

g130 | “bend but don’t break” Kuma and the Carolina Connection

Mariners 5 | Twins 2

Kuma was far from sharp…
Four walks and a hit batsman, for starters. But, despite giving up a run in his shakiest inning (the third), he didn’t allow his first hit until the fifth and he made it through the sixth to earn his fifth victory.

On again, off again ‘pen…
The early version of the bullpen (Perez and Kinney) was good.
The late version of the bullpen (Furbush and Wilhelmsen) was a bit scary but, they got the job done and the Bartender earned his TWENTIETH save.

Then the was the Carolina Connection offense…
Kyle Seager with a two-run homer
Dustin Ackley with a three-run shot

Jim Mone | AP

Brendan Ryan didn’t collect any RBI but…
he did go 3 for 4 with two doubles (enough to get him over the Mendoza line!) and scored 2 runs

Trayvon Robinson stole TWO bases!

And, the DEE still going strong – TWO more DPs!

g114 | Trout vs. Felix and the M’s

Mariners 5 | Angels 6

Felix with a 5-0 lead after the M’s 3rd – but every pitcher has his nemesis…
WIN in the bag, right?

  • He’s 52-3 with a 5-run or more lead
  • He’s only given up FIVE extra base hits in the last TEN starts
  • He’s only given up ONE homer in the past 145.1 innings

WRONG. Not when it’s against the Halos.

  • Felix’s .375 career winning percentage vs. the Halos is his worst vs. the AL
  • Felix’s 3.85 career ERA is his second worst vs. the AL

And, doesn’t help when the M’s are uncharacteristically poor in the field AND running the bases.

Two-run fly ball?  
bases loaded with one out and Thames makes a great catch on a fly ball but not a great throw (or catch by Ryan) and the runner from 2B also scores.

Bases loaded with one out in a tie game in the bottom of the 9th…
you figure chances are the Halos are going to come up with a run – ugly that it had to be on a wild pitch. Not really sure why Kinney was the one in there…

And so, the jubilation of multi-run homers by Ackley and Jaso is over-shadowed by an ugly loss.

Seven in-a-row seems so long ago…

g112 | rough night (early morning) in Baltimore

Mariners 7 | Orioles 8 (in 14)

It was 5-2 after TWO
Seager a 3-blast in the first, Olivo with a solo shot and Trayvon with an RBI single in the second

It was 7-2 after SIX…
Carp and Ackley each with RBI singles in the sixth. And,¬†it could have been more.¬†Ackley singled scoring Carp but Olivo was called out on a great throw by Adam Jones but, the¬†replay showed that Olivo wasn’t tagged.

It was 7-7 after THIRTEEN
Rough night for Lucas…

In the bottom of the FOURTEENTH…
Ackley made a great diving play, threw high from his knees to Carp who was able to pull it down and do a full splits to keep his foot on the bag. Trouble was, he was called safe.

“It cost us the ballgame”¬†–Eric Wedge in the postgame who was tossed after arguing re: the safe call “

“I have nothing to say worth saying. You guys all saw what happened, thoe whole contry saw waht happeden. Now if someone has the decency to say something abut it. That’s it.”¬†–Mike Carp in the clubhouse after the game

– Beavan posted his third straight quality start
– Luetge gave up the homer that tied the game in the 7th (he hadn’t given one up all year)
РPryor, Kinney, Perez, and Kelley combined 7IP Р8H Р3BB Р11K
and then the bad call at 1B, followed by a single, sac bunt, IBB, and the game winning RBI single

Lots of great D in this game…
besides the play that was called wrong, Kyle and Trayvon made some really nice plays as well

In a word – heartbreak.

g105 | K K K K K K K K K K K Kuma!

Mariners 4 | Blue Jays 1

Where in the heck did THAT come from?
Nearly as unexpected as the 21-run salute by the offense in Texas…

Iwakuma’s THIRTEEN strikeouts set the Mariners record for K’s by a rookie pitcher…
surpassing the likes of Randy Johnson, Mark Langston and Freddy Garcia, who each had at least one TWELVE strikeout game in their respective rookie seasons.

Pretty impressive, especially when you consider…
the Toronto Blue Jays are the most prolific offense in the major leagues – go on ya, Hisashi!

Elaine Thompson | AP

And, those pesky bats scored some more runs early too!
43 of the M’s last 80 runs have come in the 1st or 2nd inning
THREE more doubles (Ackley, Saunders and Ryan) and, of course, Seager with another RBI with RISP and 2-outs – Kyle leads the MAJORS in that category.

And, not to be lost in the shuffle of EIGHT innings and THIRTEEN strikeouts…
Josh Kinney struck out another TWO Blue Jays and then walked one.
Enter Lucas Luetge to induce a groundout and earn his first major league save.

oh, and then there was some player movement – details in the next post…

st16 & 17 | splittin’ the split squad – 6-1 win, 1-6 loss

Mariners 6 | Brewers 1

Felix appears to be ready and rarin’…

6 innings – 6 strikeouts – 1 hit – 0 runs – 1 walk

And then…

the combination of Jimenez, Fox and Kinney allowed one run on only one more hit (yes – the Brewers were 2-hit!) and no walks

Liddi, Ackley, Robinson – oh my!

Alex and Dustin each with 3 hits (Liddi -homer, Ackley -double) and Trayvon with 2 hits


Mariners 1 | Athletics 6

Iwakuma is ruffed up, again…

giving up 3 earned runs and 5 total in his 5 innings of work but, he did settle down a bit to retire 6 of the last 8 batters he faced and after the game Wedge said¬†Wedge said…

“I think if you look at his last few outings, he has had better stuff and he’s staying down in the zone,” Wedge said. “He still needs to move forward [with] regards to his total game, but we’ve seen some good indicators.”¬†after the game he was encouraged that he saw improvement.

the bully, on the other hand…

well, Kelley and Delabar specifically, was STELLAR! Those two combined for 3IP – 2H – 4K

Ruffin looking like he may not yet be ready for primetime.

the O has seen much better days this spring…

though Ichiro, with his 3 hits, is now over .400 in CL play. Guess his getting comfortable in the 3-hole.