g84 | of iffy starts, back-to-back jacks, filthy pens and walk-off wins

Mariners 7 | Tigers 6

turning the tide

ON the MOUND
Tai allowed his first walk in ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN batters . . .
And, the REALLY unfortunate thing was the homer allowed to the next guy (and the next guy) as the Tiggers went back-to-back in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead. He only allowed SIX total hits but, THREE of left the yard . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Mark, just a walk in the park: struck out the side, in order, in the 7th
} Nando, hardly a walk in the park: THREE outs occurred but, not before a solo shot tied the game at SIX in the 8th
} Carson, just another walk in the park: struck out the side, in order, in the 9th and in the 10th he struck out TWO, allowed a double and, was able to escape w/a pop-up despite having to face an extra batter due to a boo-boo by Brad (that left him with runners at the corners and TWO outs instead of being out of the inning)
} Charlie, bit of a teeter in the park:  but, a strike out of the side none-the-less

AT the PLATE
Hello OH!!!!!!
for the second straight night the M’s score FIVE+ (and THIS time, it was enough!)
~ fun to see AJ and Guti go back-to-back (AJ’s first career grand slam and Guti’s first homer in the bigs since 2013)
~ Robbie also with a homer (now batting .417 for the month of July)

the bottom of the 9th held some “small ball” promise . . .
~ pinch hitter Seth, hit a solid single through the shift
~ pinch runner Brad advanced to 2B on AJ’s sac bunt
~ but Guti struck out
~ and Robbie flied out to shallow LF

to extras we went . . .
~ in the 10th: despite TWO walks (Nellie and Ack) THREE outs occur w/o a run
~ in the 11th: Brad with a lead off single but, erased on a FC by AJ, Guit singles and Robbie singles in the WINNING RUN!!!

IN the FIELD
* Tai picks off not ONE but, TWO
* LoMo w/and unassisted DP to end the 6th: a diving snare of a line shot doubled off the runner at 1B

tweets of the game . . .

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/61864066442360832

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g82 | Monty, Seth, Mark, Joe and Nando = WIN!

Mariners 2 | Athletics 1

road victory

Winning Road Trips are Nice!
Now, her’s to carrying some momentum home and going on a run vs. Tiggers and Halos!

ON the MOUND
Monty took his run of scoreless innings to TWENTY –  a l m o s t  tied a Mariners rookie record . . .
– before allowing a solo shot to Fuld but, that would be all she wrote for the A’s
– first of his SEVEN career starts that he didn’t go at least SIX – but, he gets his 4th WIN
FIVE.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

} How spectacular has Mark Lowe been?!?!
Another ONE.ONE innings of scoreless ball w/ONE hit, TWO strikeouts
} Joe with a 1-2-3 inning (helped immensely by his DEE)
} Nando with his SIXTEENTH arrow preserved Mike’s FOURTH victory

AT the PLATE
Only FIVE total hits but, all it took was ONE single by Seth . . .
~ with Robbie and Nellie aboard (via HBP and the M’s only extra-base hit, a double) and the M’s took the lead for good!

IN the FIELD
THREE HUGE double-plays . . .
* Kyle to Robbie to LoMo
* Brad to LoMo
* Robbie to LoMo
TWO sparkling catches in the 8th
* Zu pop-up concentration in foul ground
* AJ a sliding grab on a bloop to CF

tweets of the game . . .

and, All Star results announced after the game – Congrats, Nellie!!!

g80 | run fun!

Mariners 9 | Athletics 5

fun run logo_kids

ON the MOUND
JA with a slow, dicey start and a great finish . . .
– a 5-4-3 DP to get out of the 1st
– 2nd not so lucky as the A’s scored THREE on a single, a double and a ground out
– but then, JA holds them scoreless the rest of his way
SIX innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Mark and Charlie each with a hitless/scoreless inning (the 7th and 9th respectively)
} Carson, however, was not so effective: a couple of singles and a double yielded TWO runs (thankfully, he had a LARGE cushion 😉 )

AT the PLATE
Took a while for the bats to get going but then, going, going, gone is what they did!
~ Robbie, Nellie, Kyle and Brad all with multiple hits
~ Every starter but Mark w/at least ONE hit

not ONE, not TWO, not THREE but, FOUR 2-run HOME RUNS!!!!
(click below to to launch the video of all four)

IN the FIELD
* only ONE DP (Kyle to Robbie to LoMo to get JA out of the 1st)
* some nice OF catches and LoMo and Kyle some nice snares in all that foul ground

tweets of the game . . .

after the game . . . 

Tom, Vidal and Roenis were optioned to AAA with corresponding moves to be announced prior to tomorrow’s game

g78 | Tai,~ Terrific, again!

Mariners 7 | Padres 0

terrific

ON the MOUND
Yowsa! Yet ANOTHER great outing from Taijuan . . .

Now gone at least SIX innings in his last SEVEN starts w/o giving up more than THREE runs
His pitch count was low today but, Lloyd trying to preserve his arm
SIX innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Vidal, Mark, Nando and Tom were able to keep the shutout going . . .
pitching a combined THREE innings, giving up THREE hits and ONE walk

AT the PLATE
Look Ma, runs!
~ Is Robbie really turning the corner? FOUR for FIVE w/a homer, a double, THREE RBI and TWO runs scored

~ Nellie also with a multi-hit game: TWO hits (including a homer), TWO runs, TWO RBI

~ Zu with a walk and a run scored
~ Brad with a run scored and LoMo with an RBI

IN the FIELD
* ONE DP (Robbie to Brad to LoMo)
* Brad with a really nice pick and spin

tweets of the game . . . 

g75 | shoulda, woulda, coulda

Mariners 2 | Angels 4

coulda shoulda woulda

ON the MOUND
JA gave up TWO in the 1st (via a single and a homer) . . .
and then proceeded to retire EIGHTEEN in-a-row!
then came the 7th and the wheels sort of fell off . . .
a double, a couple of walks, a single and a ground out all led to TWO more Halo runs and run JA from the game. Still, ‘t was a serviceable outing . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

} Mark allowed a single and a walk but, no runs in his ONE inning of work

AT the PLATE
Not enough happening here . . .
but, good to see Zu with some production – he scored both the M’s runs (singled, advanced, WP and also a solo shot)

IN the FIELD
* Beautiful relay from Mark to Brad to Kyle to nail a runner who thought he had 3B going home 🙂
* On the other side of the ledger – TWO DP’s turned against them 😦

IN the DUGOUT – yikes!

tweets of the game . . . 

g69 | Walker had duel meanings tonight: the starter and the hitters :-)

Mariners 6 | Astros 3

Coming Together

Stellar starter + outstanding offense + dynamite defense + resounding relief = SERIES WIN!!!

ON the MOUND
Tai just keeps getting better and better . . .
tonight, he recorded a career high strikeouts and walked NONE (just needs to get a bit more efficient) his full line . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ELEVEN strikeouts

the bullpen didn’t allow a run . . .
} Nuno didn’t recored an out (allowed a walk and a run)
} Nando, Mark, Charlie and Carson combined for a 2-hit, no run, no walk FOUR.TWO innings with Carson earning his FIFTH save, preserving Tai’s FIFTH victory

AT the PLATE
~ The first TWO runs came via TWO bases-loaded walks in the 2nd
~ Every starter but Zu had ONE hit (FIVE total walks) and THREE of them left the yard (all solo shots) . . .

~ The other run came off the bat of Robbie – an RBI single
~ LoMo with his FIFTH steal 🙂

IN the FIELD
* Brad had a couple of really nice spinning plays but, also had a scary moment when he nearly went into the stands to catch a foul ball but, instead crashed into the short wall (gonna have some sore ribs) and missed the ball due to fan interference (fan was escorted out)
* No DP’s on either side

tweets of the game . . .

g68 | Houston, we have a . . . victory!

Mariners 5 | Astros 2

ON the MOUND
Roenis bookended his start by allowing homers on the first pitch of the game and his last pitch of the game . . .
but, everything in-between was pretty great!

at one point retired TWELVE in-a-row 🙂
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts

AT the PLATE
Only a total of EIGHT hits but, also SEVEN walks . . .
~ SIXTEEN opportunities w/RISP (OK – only came through THRICE but, ‘t was enough!)
~ it all started with LoMo being called SAFE w/ONE in the 1st out on a call that was reviewed and he would end up scoring the first run on a bases loaded walk
~ despite only ONE hit, Mark posted THREE RBI
~ good to see Kyle, Nellie (both had been suffering from food poisoning) and Robbie (out yesterday with ‘cough-cough’ a sore back) wasting no time contributing

IN the FIELD
No DP’s turned (though one turned against them)
‘stros have some great defensive players but, M’s were able to take advantage of a error

tweets of the game . . .

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