g4 | of base on balls, strike called balls and meatballs . . .







Mariners pitchers walked a total of FOUR batters in the THREE game series in Anaheim.
Tonight they walked TEN (it’s a miracle that only one of those came ’round to score)

Mariners 2 | Athletics 3 (in 12)

Roenis’ major league debut was shaky in the first couple of innings when he walked three but, then settled he down. At one point he had retired ten straight and, in fact would have recorded FIVE no-hit innings had not a VERY questionable ball call been made by the ump – it would have been strike three to end the inning but, instead was called a ball and the batter singled on the next pitch. Well, welcome to the Big Leagues Roenis – make it a positive learning experience 🙂
FIVE innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Yourvis was a mixed bag of for the SIX batters he faces: two strikeouts and two ground outs before walking two in-a-row
} Charlie came in with TWO on, ONE out . . . got a line out to RF, then gave up a single to load the bases and then a strikeout on THREE pitches
} Tom was up to some old not-so-good tricks in the 8th 😦 taking over after Charlie walked the lead off guy, he walked the next guy, got a double play but, then gave up an RBI triple and then walked the next batter and then got a ground ball out to end the inning
} Danny had a nice 9th, to send the game into extras, with TWO strikeouts and a fly-out but allowed a couple of walks in the 10th ~ Joe to the rescue to send it to the 11th
} Joe then pitched the full 11th, giving up a hit but no runs (and, the only M’s pitcher tonight who threw more than one pitch and didn’t walk at least one)
} Hector 12th – second pitch = BOOM! game over 😦

The bats cooled off in OakTown . . .
~ whether it was the weather or just better pitching or a combination, I’m not sure ~ M’s took advantage of TWO errors in the 1st to get their first run: Abraham scored on Robbie’s ground out after reaching 1B on a fielding error and advancing to 2B on a throwing error. They didn’t get their second run until the 5th when they had THREE singles, with Almonte’s of the RBI variety ~ the 8th was particularly frustrating as the A’s pitcher needed only 9 pitches to get THREE fly-ball outs

* Play of the game was a sinking line drive by Flud that Abraham dove for and missed, it went all the way to the wall where LoMo chased it down, threw to Robbie who in turn threw a bullet to Zunino who tagged the would-be inside-the-parker OUT. Melvin had the play reviewed ~ it was not over-turned and, at that point (bottom 5) M’s led 2-1
* TWO nice DP’s
* Abe’s base-running blunder was a bit embarrassing but, hey, at least he’s almost always on base (he’ll learn from it)

tweets of the game . . .



g3 | s W e e P ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


The last time the Mariners swept a season opening series, my oldest daughter was only a few weeks old ~ that was in 1985

‘t wasn’t just a SWEEP of their division rivals of LAAAA land – ‘t was more like a POWER VAC  – yes there are 26 “!” ONE for each of the TWENTY-SIX runs the M’s scored in this series (while holding the Halos to only EIGHT)

Lot more baseball to play but, sure feels good to start out like this!


Mariners 8 | Angels 2

James Paxton’s outing = wow.
What was I worried about?!?
(not sure why but, JP is one I’ve been fretting about a bit – never mind my off base intuition!)
99 P ~ 7 IP ~ 2H ~ 0ER ~ 9K

} Joe finally got a “real” appearance in, and made the best of it = no runs, no hits, no walks
} Noesi made the 9th a bit interesting when a strikeout victim reached 1B via a WP and then Trout tripled to score that run and then scored on a sac fly (but hey, that was the extent of the Halos sccoring

The bats are slacking off ~ only FOUR extra base hits tonight 😉 . . .
~ TWO doubles (Brad and Stefen) and  TWO homers (Mike and Justin, back-to-back)
~ In his SECOND major league game, Stefen recorded his FIRST major league HIT, his FIRST major league RBI and FIRST major league RUN scored
~ At the other end of the spectrum – good old Willie showed he’s still got the wheels to take him from 1B to home on a long single (in this case, off the bat of Brad)

* awesome “recovery play” by Michael (who took over in right for Stepen in the 6th) – he slipped and went down on his knees but, kept his eye on the ball the entire way into his glove.
* nice to know Kyle can be spelled and defense isn’t compromised – old Willie can charge and toss from the hot corner

tweets of the game . . . 


Meet the ’14 Mariners | ‘Pen

shut the door






Biggest addition (in dollars and past production) to the bullpen – in hopes of providing stability that The Bartender lost somewhere along the way last season

Moves to setup after performing admireably in Tom’s struggle/absence. How can you not love Lord Farquhar?!?

The lone big league player left from the Fister deal, Charlie has proven to be a valuable lefty

Here’s hoping Tommy has conquered his demons (so strange how one can go from nearly automatic to losing it altogether)

Joe’s been around the block, this being his 7th big league team. His career numbers are less than impressive but, he’s a lefty so, there’s that.

Yoervis had a handful of horrendous outings but, for the most part, proved a valuable piece of the pen – especially, when he was asked to go more than 1.2 innings ( he had ONE outing where he gave up ONE run in 1.2 IP but, in every other outing of 1.2IP or more ~ 15 appearances in all ~ he had a 0.00ERA)

Oh that 0-2 pitch – seemingly forever Hector’s nemesis. Though it’s a small sample size, he seems to fair a bit better as a reliever than a starter, so here’s to Hector’s relief!

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 . . .


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 . . . 

g143 | brooms in the closet . . .

Mariners 1 | Rays 4

Erasmo deserved a much better fate (at least he didn’t get the loss)/ Despite the less ugly walk total, it was by far his best outing of the season . . . .
SIX innings ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FIVE STRIKEOUTS

} Charlie walked a batter but, posted a scoreless 7th
} Yoervis imploded in the 8th and was unable to record an out, giving up THREE runs in the process
} Ollie finished the 8th without further damage
} Hector added another run to the Rays total, seemingly a miracle that it wasn’t more (since he yielded TWO walks, TWO singles and TWO doubles – yikes!)

Then M’s scored their loan run on their loan extra base hit – Kendrys lead-off the 2nd inning with his 20th homer of the season. They also induced FIVE walks and had the lead-off man aboard in FIVE innings but, no mas.

* Abraham committed his first big league error but, also recorded an OF assist nailing a runner at the plate
* there were TWO double-plays turned in the losing effort

tweets of the game . . . 


g101 | streak ends at eight

First and foremost, and update on The Skipper . . . 
It was reported earlier this afternoon that Eric had suffered a mild stroke. He is expected to make a full recovery but, will not be with the team for the next three series (including the upcoming east coast trip to BOS and BAL). Robby Thompson will take the helm in his stead. Heal fast and well, Skip! 

Wedge released, believed to have had mild stroke | Greg Johns

Mariners 1 | Indians 10

Guess there will be no “nine is fine” 😦
But, a series win (3rd in-a-row) and SIX of their last NINE is definitely moving in the right direction.

Joe’s personal winning streak (4) ended along with the team’s (8) today. He gave up the same number of earned runs today that he did during that streak as he posted his fourth shortest outing this season . . .
4.2 innings ~ NINE hits ~ SIX runs ~ FIVE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} the bullpen of Hector and Lucas didn’t provide much relief ~ combining to give up another FOUR earned runs and THREE walks to only ONE strikeout

This will be brief . . .
TWO hits, both singles, ONE each by Justin and Nick.
Suffice it to say, Kazmir was “on” and the M’s bats, not so much.
They did score ONE run – it was unearned.

* another THREE dp’s = good
* rare error by Michael S = not so good (allowed an earned run to score)

tweets of the game . . .


g60 | of struggles, grand slams, heart and heartbreak

Mariners 5 | White Sox 7 (in 16)

Talk about from one extreme to another.

A scoreless game through THIRTEEN innings becomes a FIVE-all tie in the FOURTEENTH in a way that has NEVER happened in MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY ~ a grand slam to tie it in an extra inning game!

The heart they showed was heartening but, ultimately the result was heart-breaking.


Kuma was awe.some.
His stellar work was done after EIGHT innings (99 pitches) and unfortunately, there would be EIGHT more. He gave up a single in each of the first THREE innings and then retired SIXTEEN in-a-row with a final line of . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Yoervis took over in the 9th (Bartender was not available after pitching each of the first two games of the series) and promptly gave up a single and then allowed a runner to advance to 2B for the first time in the game (via a wild pitch) but was able to escape unscathed. Yorvis + Charlie + Carter +  Ollie = 3.1 scoreless

} Danny and Hector weren’t so lucky. In the FOURTEENTH they combined to give up TWO walks, FOUR singles and ONE double that yielded FIVE runs. Then the miracle happened in the bottom of the inning and then Hector played Houdini and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the FIFTEENTH but, would end up surrendering the winning run(s) in the SIXTEENTH via THREE singles.

~ In the first NINE innings, the M’s collected NINE hits (TWO doubles) and FIVE walks but also grounded into FIVE double plays. They had SIXTEEN total hits but were 3-16 with RISP
~ In the bottom of the FOURTEENTH, after the White Sox scored FIVE in the top of the frame, the M’s would put up FOUR consecutive singles then with ONE out then, with TWO OUTs and TWO strikes, a hit that will live in infamy (as it was the first ever grand slam to tie a game in major league history) despite the loss – in the words of Aaron Goldsmith . . .

“That. Just. Happened.”

the tie slam

‘t is really is a shame that they couldn’t have pushed across ONE measly run earlier in the game to win it for Kuma – they had SO MANY chances 😦

^ Nick seems to like to do “firsts” in “two’s” . . .
He hit his first and second big league homers in the same game (in SanDiego) and, today, he stole his first and second big league bases.
^ Despite a couple of errors (Endy and Kyle) there were THREE dp’s and some other really nice plays, like this one by Kendrys  . . .


tweets of the game . . .


* Guit to the 60-day DL (retroactive to April 23)
* Brandon Bantz selected from AAA and Carlos Triunfel optioned to AAA
* Michael Morse should be activated (from strained quad) tomorrow vs. the Yanks
* Likely, a move for a pitcher will have to be made prior to tomorrow’s game (Shannon mentioned that Noesi was packing up after the game)


g57 | “split squad” = series losss

Mariners 0 | Twins 10

I didn’t see/hear the game today, as I participated in Race for the Cure in celebration of a dear friend’s survivor status (and, we had a lovely brunch afterward). I must say, I’m not sad to have missed the game so, this will be short and not so sweet . . .

} Jeremy Bonderman’s first major league start in 975 days did not go well
} Hector’s relief did not fair any better
} Danny did retire the side in order in the 9th (when it was already 10-0)

~ M’s only manage FIVE hits, NONE for extra bases
~ Kendrys had TWO of the hits (he was also thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double)
~ Brendan fouled THREE pitches off his foot (ouch!)

* Apparently, both Jason Bay and Alex Liddi had a nice diving catches
* no DP’s but, one turned against them

– Jeremy Bonderman was selected from AAA Tacoma
– Justin Smoak to the 15-day DL (retroactive to May 30th when he pinch hit in San Diego)
– Francisco Martinez (from the Fister trade) was traded back to the Tigers (for cash/PTBNL)
-Vinnie Catricala (2011 Minor League Player of the Year) was designated for assignment
– Franklin Gutierrez has about hit his rehab limit – will either have to rejoin big club or go back on DL
– Michael Morse expected to ease back into things this week . . . maybe taking some time at 1B

tweet of the game . . . 

more ups and downs . . .

Nick Franklin selected from AAA Tacoma and  Dustin Ackley sent down.

Ryan Divish has the details here . . .

Welcome to The Show, Nick!

Welcome to The Show, Nick!

Also, Hector Noesi was recalled (for long relief insurance, in light of some of the short outings of late, not to mention the extra innings afair) and Lucas Luetge (who has struggled mightily this season after a solid rookie campaign) was sent down.

Here’s to major league success for those promoted and major  answers and improvement for those sent down!

* No word yet re: Justin’s oblique (day-to-day, as of yesterday)
* Guti continues his rehab with the Rainiers (homer and 3RBI in the past couple of games)