of super pitching, walk-off grand slams and fans, fans, fans!

This one was special for a myriad of reasons . . .

  • not only a series win – but a FOUR-GAME SERIES SWEEP
  • not only another walk-off victory (the third of the series) – but a WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM
  • not only Father’s Day at the ballpark – but Father’s Day at the BALLPARK w/MY DAD
  • not only a game I was able to attend in person – but, was part of RECORD ATTENDANCE (since COVID)

it was REALLY cool that, finally, it felt like a real game again (complete w/chants and and cheers and boos; robust renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and lots of “Louie-Louie” dancers)

Mariners 6 | Rays 2


and a very Happy Father’s Day it was!
PLAY BALL on a sunny Sunday!
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
So great that the fans are baaaack!
a win, as series win, a series sweep!!!!
of course, ‘t was the rally cap that did it 😉


  • Marco getting back to form: 6.1IP-5H-2R-2ER-3B-6SO
  • and, oh that ‘pen! (Misiewiicz+Sewald+Steckenrider+Montero): 3.2IP-0H-0R-0ER-1BB-6SO


making the most of SIX hits . . .

  • THREE homers: solo shots by Torrens and France; grand salami (and the game-winner!) by Long, Jr.
  • somehow fought though ELEVEN strikeouts
  • hitting streaks extended: Bauers (9), France (9) Crawford (8)


TWO DP’s (Crawford-Moore-France; France-Crawford-France)

tweets of the game . . .

lots of firsts in one swing!

Mariners 7 | Indians 3



  • interesting line for Flexen ~w/zero K’s but enough for the W~ 5.2IP-5H-1R-1ER-1BB-0SO
  • Graveman + Swanson, nice combo of: 2.1IP-1H-0R-0ER-0BB-1S0
  • then Chargois had a rough go (hbp, homer, double)
  • so, Montero came in for the last out (groundout) and the S


nice to see the bats come alive ~ their TEN hits was the first double-digit performance since Texas and included THREE homers (Kelenic, Seager, Haniger) and THREE doubles (Kelenic, Moore, Haggerty)

very fun to see “the new guy” contributing big time! (in only his second game!)

  • his first major league hit was also his first homer and accounted for his first (TWO) RBI
  • his first double in the bigs accounted for his THIRD RBI


  • TWO DP’s turned (Crawford-Marmolejos-Moore; Crawford-Marmolejos)
  • Moore with another SB (tied for third in the AL)
  • Marmolejos with TWO errors

tweets of the game . . .

nothing but bad news right before the game 😦

but, then a LOT of good stuff during the game 🙂

the weather and the win ~in person~ doesn’t get any better!

Mariners 7 | Astros 2


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 . . .


Back at the ballpark!


  • Margevicius left with an apparent injury (thankfully, later it was determined to be minor) 4IP-1H-2R-1ER-1BB-3SO
  • And then came the ‘pen – what a performance . . .
  • Newsome + Sadler + Misiewicz + Montero + Steckenrider = 4IP-0H-0R-0ER-1BB-4SO


Once again, the top of the lineup power on full display!

Haniger and France combined for 6RBI (both had doubles, Mitch also a triple, Ty also a homer)


the only blemishes –> Seager’s TWO errors and Murphy’s ONE

tweets of the game . . .

g154-156 | swept outta LaLaLand . . .

Mariners 4 | Angles 8

Mariners 2 | Angels 3

Mariners 2 | Angels 3

the stand out from this series (unfortunately) was this play that WOULD have been a THREE-run homer for Jesus M but, Trout got in the way . . .

g145-147 | series win!

Mariners 10 | Angels 1

Mariners 3 | Angels 4

Mariners 3 | Angels 1

I attended the last game – a fun one!

Kuma was awesome . . .
he was only able to make it through SIX innings but, FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ NINE strikeouts

The bullpen has been out of this world in September and meeting the Halos was no different . . . .
ZERO runs allowed in this series!

The unlikely hero of the night was Jesus . . .
THREE-run bomb in the 4th – and that would be that 🙂

Plus, a couple of extras . . .
~ some fireworks between Weaver and Seager
~ AND Hyphen working some TV 🙂

tweets of the Kuma-Jesus show . . .





g143 | everybody contributes!

Mariners 7 | Rockies 2

everybody contributes

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

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!)

* a nice Robbie ‘glove-flip DP
* Sean with a nice diving grab in the OF
* Roenis’ error

tweets of the game . . .

g139 | 0’fer safeco . . .

I’ll just be honest . . .  I don’t have the energy tonight 😦

Mariners 6 | Rangers 9

tweets of the game . . . 

g121 | another series loss . . .

Mariners 2 | Rangers 7

Life (and work) sometimes get in the way of baseball (though can’t say I’m sorry to have missed this one 😦 )

tweets of the game . . .

g112 | Happy, Happy Felix Day!!

Mariners 4 | Rangers 2


Mariners victories always best shared with friends 🙂

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)

SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

The bullpen was effective . . . .

  • 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

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

~ Nellie extended his hitting streak to NINETEEN with his THIRTY-THIRD homer (and his NINTH consecutive extra-base hit)

* 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 . . .


g110 | of gutsy starts, reliable relief and power bats

Mariners 4 | Rangers 3

keep calm and win

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

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

* 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 . . .

* Seager’s spin and throw and Joe’s pick-off were nice/timely

tweets of the game . . .