When I made the choice several years ago to move to the southern most island in Puget Sound, I knew I attending games would be more of a challenge but, I still managed to get to every Opening Day as well as a handful of day games each season since moving. Then came 2020 and that little thing called a global pandemic – my only appearance at T-Mobile Park last season, like many fans, was as a cardboard cutout. I wasn’t able to make it to Opening Day this year so, today was my first time back at the ballpark since the middle of the 2019 season . . .
AND. IT. FELT. SO. GOOD!
ON the MOUND
Margevicius left with an apparent injury (thankfully, later it was determined to be minor) 4IP-1H-2R-1ER-1BB-3SO
ON the MOUND Roenis was ON FIRE to start . . .
– He retired NINE in-a-row to start the game (w/SEVEN strikeouts – all swinging!!)
– He allowed his first hit in the 4th, a single, followed by a DP and a line out
– He allowed his first walk n the 5th but, got a strikeout and a couple of ground outs But, then came the 6th, where Roenis seemed to not recover from an error . . .
– the first batter reached on the error
– the second and third walked
– a ground out scored a run and that would be it, still a pretty decent outing . . . FIVE.ONE innings ~ ONE hit ~ TWO runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts
Stellar job from the ‘pen . . .
Logan, Dave, Danny, Carson and Joe combined for: THREE.TWO scoreless innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO walks ~ SIX strikeouts
AT the PLATE Only NINE total hits but, FIVE for extra bases . . .
~ Robbie, Jesus M, Guti all with solo shots
~ Nellie with a TWO-run homer (his career high 41st!)
~ Kyle with a double and TWO runs scored
~ John with a sac bunt squeeze that scored Sean (John’s first career RBI!)
IN the FIELD
* a nice Robbie ‘glove-flip DP
* Sean with a nice diving grab in the OF
* Roenis’ error
Mariners victories always best shared with friends 🙂
ON the MOUND
Well, the Rangers certainly made The King work: 104 pitches thru SEVEN innings (which helps puts into perspective the Rookie Monty’s outing). But, Lloyd desperately needed Felix to go at least SEVEN and that’s what he did. The two runs were via an RBI double and a wild pitch (haven’t looked but, seems the M’s might have given up the most runs via WP this season)
Felix bringing it in what is probably his last inning. 93s and 94s. And a nifty pirouette after the Choo K.
The boos started with ball TWO and a lead-off walk allowed by Nando but, fly out, single, strikeout and groundout followed.
Carson allowed a lead-off single and also hit a batter but, in the end, recorded his 12th save and preserved Felix’s 14th victory
AT the PLATE Only FIVE total hits for the M’s but . . .
~ Their first run was via Ketel’s FIRST major league RBI (scoring Mark who had reached 2B on an error on a pop-up and advanced to 3B on Brad’s sac bunt) and, he was the only Mariner w/TWO hits and also recorded his first big league stolen base
~ TWO-run bomb by Jesus M gave the M’s their second and third runs (and the lead for good) in the 4th
That ties Cruz's career-high for hitting streak. It's also nine straight games with an extra basehit – longest streak this season in MLB
IN the FIELD
* No DP’s recorded (one against, an unassisted by Moreland)
* Nellie made a great diving catch in RF for the first out of the game (continues to be more than serviceable there)
* Brad with a nice play that he stayed with after a bad hop
* Robbie with one of his patented “sliding slick picks” snaring a liner on a short hop and throwing casually to 1B for the out to save a run
tweets of the game . . .
Nice recovery from Miller to still get the out after taking the hard ground ball from Beltre off the chest
ON the Mound
Can’t say it was Kuma’s most efficient outing but, it was effective . . .
He threw 118 pitches (most for an M’s starter this season) 85 for strikes (the Rangers hit foul after foul) SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ THREE runs/earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SIX strikeouts
} Joe and Tom combined for a scoreless 8th (Tom struck out the only batter he faced)
} HUGE confidence builder for Carson tonight – lead-off single but then , , . for his ELEVENTH save
AT the PLATE Every starter had at least ONE hit – TEN total
~ Robbie and Jesus M both with TWO hits
~ the M’s first run came when LoMo led off w/ a double, advanced to 3B via Ketel’s single and scored on on a balk
~ with his 32nd homer, Nellie extended his hitting streak to SEVENTEEN
~ THREE homers total: Mark in the 5th and Nellie and Robbie went back-to-back in the 6th
IN the FIELD
* No DP’s turned (one turned against them)
* The left field dive (that netted the Rangers their first TWO runs) wasn’t a good look for Mark . . .
Watching #Mariners Trumbo attempt to field sinking liner that cost 2 runs, I'm attempting to resist thinking Ackley would have had it.