g162 | couldn’t have ended on a more down note

OK – I admit it. I attended a lot less games this season than in years past and these past few weeks have been more of a chore than a labor of love (especially with the distraction that is that team across the street that has captured everyone’s attention).

I’m sure that once Spring Training rolls around, my passion will be renewed. As for my posting, I’m going to aim for quality over quantity and try to provide more creative, opinion-based content. I’ll also have some year-end reflections in the next few days. In the meantime, here’s the last, sad recap . . .

Mariners 0 | Athletics 9

Erasmo didn’t just not have “it”, he didn’t have anything, he couldn’t even get out of the 2nd inning . . .
1-1 innings ~ THREE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} and then there was Hector, who lasted a bit longer but, also gave up FOUR runs
} Bobby and Carter ended well, combining for 3.2 innings of scoreless ball
} Tom was his usual self of late, giving up a run on a couple of hits and a walk

Move along, nothing to see here. Only FIVE hits and none for extra bases (though Brad did have another multi-hit game)

No DP’s in the entire game and, since I didn’t actually watch or listen, can’t speak to any particular great/odd plays.

tweets of the game . . .


g154 | dueling youngsters, M’s blinked first

Mariners 2 | Angels 3 (in 11)

Erasmo was cruising along through SIX (as was Shoemaker) scattering a SIX hits and then came the 7th (where BOTH pitchers gave up their first TWO runs of the game). For Erasmo, they were both unearned, and given up by Chance after Erasmo left the game with a strained groin . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO unearned runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Lucas, Carter and Bobby managed to keep the Halos scoreless for another THREE full innings but, Bobby couldn’t hold it and gave up a couple of singles in the 11th, the last one coming with TWO outs and ONE on for the game-winning hit.

Multi-hit games from Michael (who had BOTH RBI), Dustin and Nick but . . . .
TWO runs usually not gonna do it and, tonight was no exception

* Kyle with another error
* THREE double-plays (all Dustin-Nick-Justin)

tweets of the game . . .

g151 | I sense a pattern here ~ M’s stuck on TWO, Tigers adding on . . .

Mariners 2 | Tigers 6

Brandon with one of his best starts of the season . . .
He needs to gain efficiency, as it took him 86 pitches to get through FIVE innings but, considering the competition, this was an extremely encouraging outing for Brandon.
FIVE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

As for the bullpen . .  . blech!
the combination of Yoervis + Charlie + Carter = FOUR earned runs on FIVE hits and TWO walks. Bobby was the only effective one, striking out Fielder for the last out of the 8th

When your offense has FIVE extra base hits . . .
~ THREE doubles (Michael, Carlos, Kendrys)
~ ONE triple (Michael)
~ ONE home run (Raul’s 28th)
it SHOULD bode well. When they only have ONE other hit – it doesn’t 😦

NO DP’s, an error by Zunino, some lazy play and a bad throw – not exactly sterling today 😦

tweets of the game . . .

g149 | don’t bother to meet me in St Louie

Mariners 2 | Cardinals 12

Erasmo was far from sharp . . . .
never a good sign when your pitcher gives up more runs than innings pitched (and he also hit a couple of batters)
FOUR innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout

Unfortunately, he was not alone in his “dullness” . . .
} Carter was no help (a common occurrence of late) . . . he faced THREE batters, retired NONE and gave up TWO runs
} Bobby gave up ONE run in his ONE inning
} Chance gave up THREE in his TWO
} Lucas was the sole effective pitcher – much too little, much too late

Sad story . . .
~ Abraham had the loan XBH (a double ) and a sac-fly to score Endy
~ Guti had an RBI single that scored Abraham

Dustin nailed at 2B by Molina (though, the reply appeared to show he was safe) . . .
losing track of the CS’s in this series – curious that they finally running when there’s a great catcher behind the plate 😦

tweet of the game . . . 

g146 | oh the woes . . . series loss to the ‘stros

Mariners 1 | Astros 6

Brandon’s struggles continue – looked great in the 1st inning and it was all downhill from there . . .
THREE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Other than Hector (who gave up ONE basically meaningless run on THREE singles in the 9th) the bullpen was strong . . .
Bobby, Tommy and Ollie combined for FIVE scoreless innings, allowing only ONE hit, ONE walk and striking out SEVEN

Only FIVE hits (with Kendrys’ 21st homer the loan XBH)

No DP’s turned by either team, a couple of pick-offs on each side, an SB by the ‘stros and a CS by Mike

tweet of the game . . . 

g144 | oh Lordy . . .

Mariners 4 | Astros 6

Taijuan’s home debut (and his last start of the season) started out a bit shaky but finished very strong . . .
He loaded the bases in the 1st but was able to escape without damage. Then gave up a double that later scored on a sac-fly in the 2nd. Back-to-back doubles gave the Astros their second run in the 3rd. Then Taijuan settled in and retired the side in order in the 4th, 5th and 6th (FIVE via K) . . .
FIVE innings ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} Luke posted ONE scoreless, the 7th
} Carter made things a bit interesting in the 8th by allowing runners to 2B and 3B with only ONE out but, Charlie to the rescue – a strikeout and a ground out (really felt like the momentum would carry them through 😦
} Danny with his SECOND blown save since taking over as closer ~ it happens. He struck out the first batter on THREE pitches and then proceeded to walk the next TWO and ended up allowing FOUR runs (THREE earned) on RBI single, an error and a TWO-run single
} Bobby took over and allowed a single and then a bizzare  deal – Justin caught a foul pop-up and his throw to the plate hit the runner who was crouching in the line of fire and got hit – run scored from 3B

Once again, only FIVE hits but, at least this time a decent ratio of extra base hits . . .
~ Abraham’s FIRST homer in the bigs (he also had a double) was a TWO-run shot that gave the M’s a 3-2 lead at the time
~ Brad hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 9th – too little, too late after the nightmare top of the frame

THREE errors (all throws) one each by: Justin, Brad, Abraham and NO double-plays


tweets of the game . . .


g98 | Houston, the M’s have no problem . . . SWEEP ! ! !

broom 1


OK . . .

the 9th inning was a bit of an adventure but, what counts is the W ~ and, nice that they got to count THREE of them on this trip!!!

Mariners 12 | Astros 5

Felix was Felix, ‘cept for the innings quantity, since there was a rather large lead . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Noesi loses the shutout, after getting TWO quick outs in the 7th, he gave up a double and a single but then the next batter smoked a line drive right into Smoak’s glove for the third out
} Lucas retired the side in order (including TWO strikeouts) in the 8th

} Bobby wasn’t feeling it today (a bit of an understatement) the first FOUR batters reached (via THREE straight singles and then a walk) before he recorded the ONE and only out he would get in the 9th (a strikeout)
} Danny got the first batter to fly out (a run scored) and the next one to strikeout but, because of a passed ball on the K and then an error on the throw to 1B, TWO runs scored and he had to throw more pitches. Luckily despite walking the next guy, he got a pop-up after that.

~ Nick started a new “homer streak” via his first Major League GRAND SLAM, to put the M’s up 7-0 in the 2nd

Nick - SLAM | Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Nick – SLAM | Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

~ Michael and Kyle were the only Mariners starters to not record at least ONE hit – but, they combined to score FOUR runs (aboard via HBP, error and walk)
~ Justin was the only starter not to score at least ONE run
~ the RBI were spread nicely throughout the line up as well – SIX from the top (Brad and Nick), one from the middle (Kendrys) and FIVE from the bottom (Michael, Dustin and Henry)

* Nice 4-3 by Nick to get Felix out of the only jam (his only one of the day) in the 5th
* Endy made an awesome throw from RF to Henry at the plate after fielding a fly ball with the bases loaded and one out in the 9th – a  l  m  o  s  t   got him
* Mess of things in the 9th when Danny had the batter struck out but, a passed ball by Henry allowed ONE run to score and then an error by Henry on the throw to 1B allowed ANOTHER to score (obviously not Henry’s best day 😦 )


tweets of the game . . .


Now, home to face The Tribe . . .
(and, hopefully, get some retribution from that nightmare that was the May series in Cleveland)

g15 | too bad we couldn’t keep score by pitchers’ K’s in this one

The M’s would have won going away … SIXTEEN to NINE 🙂

Mariners 2 | Tigers 6

I was only able to watch / listen to a couple of innings here and there . . .

the “new guy” ~ Aaron Harang ~ threw a lot of pitches (95) for FIVE innings but then, he struck out SIX, so there’s that. And, considering the potent Tigger lineup, THREE runs and ZERO walks is not too bad.

Charlie did his part out of the pen . .
scoreless inning+ ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO walks THREE strikeouts

Then things really went downhill from there . . .
Blake, Bobby and Yoervis (big league debut) combined to give up FOUR hits ~ THREE runs ~ THREE walks (two of the bases loaded variety). Yoervis didn’t exactly have a soft landing for his major league debut ~ bases loaded and he walks the first batter he faces but, he recovers nicely by striking out Cabrera for the third out of the 8th and then K’s TWO more in the 9th (Peralta and Fielder). Not too shabby.

Yoervis Medina’s first big league pitch | Elaine Thompson, AP

The good news . . .
Guti and Morse both back in the lineup
The bad news . . .
Guti was one of FIVE M’s batters who went o’fer
The good news . . .
Seager and Morales with back-to-back doubles, Morse with an RBI single = nice RISP hits
The bad news . . .
there was only ONE other hit (single by Smoak)

* Apparently, Michael made a nice running catch in the right field and Kyle some nice picks at 3B
* No DP’s 😦

Tweets of the game . . .




g10 | so much for the “lowly” Astros . . .

Mariners 3 | Astros 8

Earlier today, a couple of announcement were made regarding the roster . . .
* Casper Wells (designated for assignment after ST) was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays
(Good Luck, Casper!)
* Lucas Luetge sent to Tacoma and Bobby LaFromboise re-called from Tacoma

And the Astros just keep on hitting (including THREE more home runs) . . .
* Blake needed 102 pitches to get through 5.2 innings ~ FIVE runs (FOUR earned) ~ ONE walk ~ FOUR K’s
* Carter gave up THREE runs (including TWO homers)
* Bright pitching spot of the evening was Bobby’s major league debut ~ retired all THREE batters he faced: struck out TWO (including Chris Carter who had FIVE hits, including THREE homers, in the series) and got a ground ball out.

* Kelly provided the M’s first hit and run of the game in the 3rd inning via his first Mariner home run

Kelly’s first Mariner homer | Elaine Thompson, AP photo

* Rauuuuuuul checked in with a ground rule double into right field in the 4th but is left stranded
* Kelly also an RBI double in the 5th (reviewed for a homer) finished 3/3 w/a run, a walk and 2RBI
* Guti with a solo shot (and the last M’s run) on the 9th pitch he sees in the 6th brought the M’s to within ONE

* Scary first play of the game when Michael Saunders made a great catch up against the wall in right field . . .
unfortunately, he hit the wall HARD and had to leave the game with a shoulder injury. During the game they gave an update: strained shoulder, will be re-evaluated tomorrow and expected to miss some time

Michael catches the ball, hits the wall and leaves the game | Elaine Thompson, AP photo

* Guti was inexplicably charged with an error after Brendan lost a ball in the lights (which led to the M’s first unearned run of the season)
* Kelly nice throw to cut down a would-be base-stealer at 2B in the 3rd
*Raul collected an assist with Kyle as they nailed a runner trying to stretch a double into a triple

* new attendance low: 10,493 (sad)
* “BeerCatch” ~ a fan actually caught a foul ball in his beer cup



Tweet of the game . . .


Tweet of the day . . .