g17| of fielding errors, pitchers walks and general yuckiness . . .

Mariners 5 | Twins 8

ill

So, I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday and, needless to say, this game did nothing to improve my mental, physical or emotional condition 😦

The offense continues, for the most part to do what should be enough but the defense is totally breaking down which is not helping the already struggling starters not name Felix or Happ.

ON the MOUND
James didn’t get much help early from his defense. who played a big part in the Twins ability to score a run without the benefit of a hit in the 1st (though James’ TWO walks didn’t help matters either). After that, he retired SIX straight before the homer in the 4th but, another walk and an error and a hit in the 5th and that would be it for JP, who had thrown a TON (106) of pitches and ended up with a rather odd line . . .
FOUR.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR runs ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

The bullpen didn’t fair any better . .
} Dom, Tyler and Yoervis combined for THREE innings ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout
} Lucas faired the best of the bunch (in his 2015 debut, called up when Kuma went on the DL) going TWO.ONE innings and allowing TWO walks and recording TWO strikeouts but ZERO hits or runs

ONE AT the PLATE
Only EIGHT total hits from the offense but, considering that included FOUR doubles and a homer, should have been enough
The Good News . . .
~ Robbie extended his hitting streak to ELEVEN with a solid single in the 1st
~ ONE thru FOUR in the order went 7/17 with FOUR runs and FOUR RBI
The Bad News . . .
~ FIVE thru NINE in the order wnet 1/18 with ONE run and ONE RBI
~ Zu recorded TWO more strikeouts and LoMo continues to hit balls right at people

IN the FIELD
ugh! the errors and blunders are starting to mount . . .
* TWO errors (Kyle and AJ) in the 1st led to bases loaded with only ONE out
* Kyle had another error in the 5th that helped give the Twins the lead they would not reliquish

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g159 | salvaged and still breathing . . .

So, the M’s ACE and their Ace in-the-making lose BIG, the rook goes a stellar eight but loses and their only win in Toronto comes from the ‘bull-pen’ game – go figure.

still breathing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 7 | Blue Jays 5

ON the MOUND
This ‘bull pen’ start definitely wasn’t pretty but, the M’s will take the final result . . .
Tom “started” but only went 1.1 while giving up TWO earned runs. They proceeded to use EIGHT more pitchers, Danny the only one to go TWO innings. Joe also gave up TWO runs, they all combined for NINE strikeouts. Nando gave up ONE run but, shot the arrow for the 47th time this season.

AT the PLATE
The bat finally awoke! Of their TEN total hits, SEVEN were for extra-bases . . .
~ LoMo with TWO homers (FOUR rbi) and Zu with ONE
~ Brad with TWO doubles, Robbie and Kendrys each with ONE
~ Runs scored all through out the line up

IN the FIELD
THREE errors (Chris, Kendrys and Brad) but, thankfully didn’t factor in

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g154 | team meltdown . . .

meltdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 1 | Astros 10 

ON the MOUND
Mr Young’s struggled continued . . .
He gave up TWO 2-run homers in the 1st, an RBI double in the 2nd and back-to-back solo shots in the 4th which is when Lloyd finally made the switch . . .
THREE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Erasmo came in to relieve Chris and basically cruised through the 4th, 5th and 6th allowing only a walk and a single and no runs. Then came the 7th – where a THREE-run homer sealed the deal for the ‘stros
} Lucas had mop up duty – retired the side in order in the 9th

AT the PLATE
Move along, nothing to see here but, ONE walk by Austin, who scored the only run on Robbie’s RBI hit . . .
Things looked good in the 4th with THREE straight singles and no outs – Chris T struckout and Austin grounded into a (controversial – out on interference) double play. Only THREE more scattered singles the rest of the way.

IN the FIELD
Only ONE double-play turned but, THREE turned against them

tweets of the game . . .

 

g150 | of bad elbows, stellar relief and explosive OH

going batty

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 13 | Angels 2

ON the MOUND
Roenis had a rough 1st inning . . .
when he hit the lead-off batter and gave up THREE straight singles for the Halos first TWO runs. He settled down in the 2nd and 3rd allowing only one over the minimum but, then in the 4th he gave up a single and had to leave the game with an injury mid-way through the next AB 😦
THREE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ONE strikeout

the bullpen, called into early duty and they could not have performed better = SIX scoreless . . .
} Carson continues to impress – he threw TWO complete w/ONE walk and ONE strikeout to earn his first major league victory!
} Brandon, Tom, Joe and Lucas each threw ONE inning, Joe gave up the only hit in relief

AT the PLATE
Well, well, well! What do we have here?!? RUNS, RUNS, RUNS, and lots of fun with numbers – that’s what we have here!
~ FOURTEEN hits
~ THIRTEEN runs
~ SIX doubles (Ack, LoMo, Kendrys, Chris T and Zu)
~ THREE of the SIX doubles were in the 5th inning and drove in runs (Zu, Chris, Ack)
~ Every starter with at least ONE hit
~ Kyle, Kendrys, Chris T and Zu all with TWO
~ Runs and RBI’s nicely scattered throughout the lineup
~ ZERO homers

IN the FIELD
* Joe with a throwing error
* Nice DP turned to end the 1st w/runners on
* Zu threw out Hamilton trying to steal 2B
* Gotta love Zu’s ‘wiser than his years’ handling of Roenis. Apparently he let Skip know that something didn’t seem quite right fairly early on so, they were watching him close and sure enough (unfortunately) he had to come out of the game (elbow MRI coming tomorrow)

tweets of the game . . .

g149 | what happened to our Road Warriors?

Mariners 1 | Angels 8

ON the MOUND

They say, all good things must come to an end unfortunately it also coincided w/Kuma’s troubles of late . . .
He retired the first EIGHT men he faced (including FOUR via K) but, once he allowed that TWO-out walk, Kuma wasn’t able to recover. He allowed a single and another walk, then the dagger was the SEVEN-pitch AB to Pujols who doubled and cleared the bases (then another double scored him and in seemingly a blink – it was FOUR-zip)
THREE.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR earned runs

} the bright side, was the pen of Dom, Lucas, Erasmo (!) and Yourvis combined for . . .
FOUR.TWO innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ TWO strikeouts

AT the PLATE
Only SIX hits . . .
~ TWO for extra bases (LoMo and Robbie doubled)
~ the lone run came via a Humberto ground out that scored LoMo

IN the FIELD
ZERO DP’s turned (TWO turned against them) and Robbie with a rare error

tweets of the game . . .

 

g142 | bookend losses, middle-trip wins . . .

Despite the loss today (another of the ONE run variety), the M’s still prove to be ROAD WARRIORS . . .
losing the first game to the A’s and the last game to the Rangers but, coming away with a 5-2 road trip.

Road-Warriors

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 0 | Rangers 1

ON the MOUND
James with another nice outing – SIX of his EIGHT starts have been of the “quality” variety . . .
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Dom, Lucas and Tai each recorded an out in the 8th, retiring the Rangers in order
} Tai went on to pitch the complete 8th, giving up a triple to the second batter but, a sharp ground out to Kyle and a strikeout and he escaped trouble.

AT the PLATE
M’s outhit the Rangers by a couple (8-6) but, fell short in the run department . . .
~ First time the M’s have been shutout in Arlington since September of 1991
~ Austin and Robbie both with TWO hits
~ Kendrys and Jesus each with a double
~ Kyle and Corey with the other hits
Gotta tip the cap to Holland, Tolleson and Feliz (who the M’s have STILL NEVER scored upon)

IN the FIELD
* interesting bottom of the 3rd when the Rangers ran into THREE outs . . .
a DP caught the lead runner between 2B and 3B and, for some inexplicable reason, the runner at 1B kept going and was tagged out at 2B. Martin then singled on a bunt but during the next AB, he made the mistake of trying to steal and was easily thrown out by Jesus

* even MORE interesting . . .
Danny pinch ran for Kendrys with ONE out in the 9th and got to 3B on a single by Kyle but, was stranded there when James popped up to shallow left and Justin flied out to deep left

* M’s recorded TWO double-plays, to the Rangers ZERO
* But, they also had RARE errors from both Robbie and Jesus

tweets of the game . . .

 

 

g136 | oy . . .

::: The good news: M’s pitching held the A’s to ONE run over 7.1 innings 🙂
::: The bad news: the A’s scored FIVE runs in the first .2 innings 😦

ON the MOUND
To say it wasn’t Chris’s day (again) is a bit of an understatement . . .
This was the shortest outing of his career (which was preceded by another very short outing)
.TWO inning ~ FOUR hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ZERO strikeouts

Here’s hoping the M’s starting staff, in general, can pick it up in the coming days and weeks – TOO MANY short outings of late.

The bright spot of the day was Taijuan’s outing of long relief . . .
at one point, he retired TEN straight and he through 89 pitches – 61 for strikes!
SIX innings ~ SIX hits (ONE double, the rest singles) ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

} Joe and Carson (major league debut) finished off the 8th (which, unfortunately, was the A’s final inning) by retiring the side in order.

AT the PLATE
Not much to see here . . .
I mean REALLY not much to see here . . .
Brad hit a solo shot – which accounted for ONE THIRD of the M’s hits (Kyle and Endy each hit singles). They actually had more walks (5) than hits (when does THAT ever happen?)

IN the FIELD
Only turned ONE DP and Zu had a PB

tweets of the game . . .