g24 | it started out SO well . . .

Mariners 4 | Astros 11

THREE homers in the 2nd inning?!? And, you figured they were off and running.

homer happy
Unfortunatley, Tai’s part didn’t go as planned 😦

homer sad

ON the MOUND
In FIVE starts vs the ‘stros, Taijuan was 3-0 w/ a 2.67 ERA. That went by the wayside today . . .
Despite setting the Astros down in order in the 1st and his offense handing him a 3-0 lead in the top of the 2nd, he quickly gave up a run in the bottom of the 2nd and then in the 3rd, back-to-back homers in the 3rd to relinquish the lead – for good. But, the nail was yet to come: back-to-back singles followed by an Altuve homer and Tai was unable to get out of the 4th
THREE innings ~ NINE hits ~ EIGHT runs ~ SEVEN earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

} Yoervis promptly gives up another homer to the first batter he faces in relief of Tai in the 4th
} Tyler gives up a single and a walk in the 5th but, escapes further damage. Then, back-to-back doubles in the 6th extends the Astros already ridiculous lead
} Danny had the only clean sheet (the 8th) vs the ‘stros

AT the PLATE
The good news is the power surge . . .
~ THREE homers in the 2nd: Nellie, LoMo (each their second straight game with a homer) and Zu
~ ONE more in the 6th (Nellie AGAIN!)
The bad news is . . .
~ that was it, the rest of the hits (only THREE) were all singles

That said – a few better pitches and a few less errors and this would have been a winnable game.

IN the FIELD
back to slop, slop, sloppy . . .
* THREE errors (Brad, Tai and Zu)
* though they did turn a nice DP (Kyle to LoMo) to end the 2nd

tweets of the game . . .

g23 | what a difference one pitch makes . . .

Mariners 3 | Astros 4

take it back

Not that this is all on Roenis, not by a LONG shot.
Once again, the hitters HAD THEIR CHANCES but,
a TWO-run homer on an 0-2 pitch with TWO outs in the 1st . . . hurts

ON the MOUND
The 1st, as already indicated, didn’t go so well for Roenis . . .
0-2 w/TWO outs and boom! stros lead 2-0
Then in the 2nd, he gave up a solo shot but, settled down and got both Altuve and Gatis to GDIP to end the 2nd and 3rd respectively. He walked one in the 4th but, ended up striking out the side and set them down in order in the 6th
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

Bully – one good, one not-so good . . . 
} Yoervis pitched a scoreless 7th
} Tyler gave up THREE hits in the 8th including a homer that would ultimately be the winning run

AT the PLATE
the frustration of chances not capitalized continues . . .
~ ONE fer FIVE w/RISP (including stranding LoMo in the 4th after a ONE-out triple)
~ AJ had a nice EIGHT pitch walk in the 3rd, stole 2B and then scored a run on Robbie’s double
~ Nellie and LoMo gave a spark in the 9th w/back-to-back jacks but, too little, too late

IN the FIELD
the DEE was much better . . .
THREE double-plays turned

tweets of the game . . .

some fun minor league notes . . . 

 

g20 | the HAPPiness continues!

Mariners 2 | Rangers 1

road winners

Nice to have the series in the bag with Felix up next and a decent shot at the first sweep! 🙂

ON the MOUND
Chalk up another QS for JA!
(unfortunately, I didn’t get to see/hear it but, seems like one of his best yet!)
The run he allowed didn’t come until TWO outs in the 7th!
SIX.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ NINE strikeouts

Bully really rounding into form (now that they’ve had more normal “rest” of late) . . .
} Tyler retired the only batter he faced (to end the 7th)
} Dom was the only reliever not to record an out (allowed a single to the only batter he faced – leading off the 8th)
} Charlie and Yoervis combined to get the THREE outs to end the 8th
} Nando, only needed TEN pitches to set them down 1-2-3 in the 9th for his SIXTH save and JA’s SECOND victory!

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits . . .
~ THREE for extra bases (Nellie with a double AND a triple and Rickie with a HOMER!)
~ Justin checking in on base TWICE again (TWO singles)

IN the FIELD
Not the best . . .
* another error by Brad
* no DP’s turned but TWO turned against them 😦

tweets of the game . . .

g18 | either: O – (P+D) = L ~or~ (P+D) – O = L

Mariners 2 | Twins 4 

disjointed 2
Seems the theme of the season is . . .
~ when the M’s get pitching and defense, they get NO hitting
~ when the M’s get hitting, they get NO pitching OR defense

WAY past time to get it all together! Here’s to a successful road trip

 

ON the MOUND
Roenis’ first start (called up due to Kuma’s DL stint: grade1 lat strain, out 2-4 weeks) was,  a l m o s t  a QS. He had runners on base in every inning but the 5th but, was able to get out of jam after jam. And, according to Lloyd (who was ejected) and the numerous “umps in the stands”, it should have been MUCH better 😉
FIVE.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

The bully got a work out today . . .
} Carson, Tyler, Danny, Nando combined for THREE.ONE innings, giving up only TWO hits and TWO walks and ZERO runs
} Tyler posted a 1-2-3 10th but lost it with a walk, a bunt, an IBB and a TWO-run triple

AT the PLATE
XBH were once again plentiful (THREE doubles and a homer). Alas, OH fer TWELVE w/RISP and they stranded a runner at 3B in FOUR different innings (TWICE w/less than TWO outs)
~ Robbie breaks his ELEVEN game hitting streak
~ Seth with his first homer as a Mariner and, there was NO doubt about it . . .

IN the FIELD
Well .  . .
* at lease no errors today but, a few less than stellar attempts in the OF
* nice Strike-em-Out, Throw-em-Out DP to end the 3rd

tweets of the game . . . 

 

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

tweets of the game . . . 

g12 | first HOME series VICTORY!!!

Mariners 11 | Rangers 10

roller coaster

Talk about a roller coaster (and Nando wasn’t even in the game!)
– Up 2-0 after 1st
Down 2-7 going to bottom 3rd
– Chippin’ away, still down 5-7 after 3rd
Down 5-10 after 6th
– Chippin’ away, still down 6-10 after 7
Chippin’ away, new game 9-10 after 8

WALK-OFF WIN . . . 11-10 🙂 🙂 🙂

ON the MOUND
Not James’ afternoon . . .
though, to be fair, that 3rd inning wasn’t all his fault (only TWO of the SEVEN runs were earned)
TWO.TWO innings ~ NINE hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout

} Tyler started out pretty well – got the last out of the 3rd for James, struck out Prince (TWICE!) and, despite a walk and a HBP, posted a scoreless 4th AND 5th. But, he allowed THREE runs in the 6th on a lead-off double, and IBB and a single (and a single and an RBI ground out via Carson’s outing)
} Dom had a nice (maybe over-looked) outing: TWO hitless/scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout
} Yoervis allowed a hit, a walk and recorded a strikeout but NO runs in the 9th

AT the PLATE
SEVENTEEN hits – only FOUR for extra-bases . . .
~ ONE double (Robbie) and THREE homers (Austin and Nellie)
~ Homers in Cream = Austin’s first this season, Nellie’s seventh AND eighth (now leads the majors!)

How ’bout THIS for a middle of the order?!?
NINE for FIFTEEN with FOUR runs, FOUR walks and NINE RBI

Really great to see the lead-off guy on base FOUR times . . .
Austin had the lead-off homer but, also drew a walk and another couple of hits (including an RBI to tie the game in the 9th)

And, they were able to grind out AB’s in the 8th and 9th . . .
~ SIX walks – including ONE IBB to Robbie (when has THAT ever happened?!?) and FOUR singles recorded FIVE runs!
~ Seth pinch hit in the 8th and worked walks in BOTH the 8th and the 9th and scored BOTH times

IN the FIELD
* Nellie with a nice sliding catch for the first out of the game (continues to prove he’s more than serviceable in RF)
* Nice running grab/throw by Willie at short to end the top of the 6th
* Justin with a great “sun-ball” catch on the track
* Kyle and Willie each with an error (Kyle really making up for his with THREE RBI)

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/aaronmgoldsmith/status/589943280558800896

g9 | spittin’ bristles in LA

Mariners 2 | Dodgers 5

Save for Nellie and the depleted yet, effective, bullpen, not a lot to write home about tonight.

bristles

ON the MOUND
Taijuan still struggling, mightily . . .
FOUR innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ THREE strikeouts
– Only ONE of the SIX hits was for extra-bases (but, it was a TWO-run double)
– TWO of the FOUR walks scored (as well as a HBP)

The bullpen was stupendous – gave them EVERY chance to come back . . .
} Tyler and Danny combined for FOUR scoreless innings allowing THREE hits and THREE walks and striking out FOUR

AT the PLATE
EIGHT total hits, only TWO for extra-bases . . . 
~ Nellie’s FIFTH straight game with a homer (SIXTH homer in FIVE games) was the highlight 🙂
~ Zu hit it hard in the once and the CF’er made a great play (in fact, a LOT of the Dodger fielders made great plays!). He then finally recorded his first hit of the series (a ground rule double) but, was erased when he was thrown out at home on a Justin single 😦

~ And then there was Robbie’s faux paux . . .

IN the FIELD
The defense was less than stellar tonight . . .
Nellie with an error in RF and overall, just not sharp (mentally AND physically)

tweets of the game . . .

g7 | first TWO were charmed, third straight, extra-inning game not so much

extras
For the third time in as many games, the M’s took the game to extras on the road. Unfortunately, third time was NOT the charm, despite an early 4-0 lead and hitting FOUR homers. Still a lot to be encouraged about: the power is coming alive from multiple bats, the DEE is still strong and I have a feeling the pitching will get stronger as we go along. Plus, the Dodgers are no weak sisters!

ON the MOUND
James had a bit of a rough go in the middle innings (to say the least) BUT, good to see him hang in and finish strong, retiring the last FOUR batters he faced . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Despite depletion (Tom on 15-day DL, Danny and Nando not available) the BP ALMOST muddled through . . .
} Charlie and Carson each got an out in the 7th
} Dominic (up to replace Tom) posted scoreless 8th and 9th but only recorded ONE out before loading the bases
} Tyler struck out the first batter he faced (Crawford) but then allowed the game-winning hit – valiant effort, good experience

AT the PLATE
bringing the BOOM – only ____ hits but, FOUR were homers . . .
~ Nellie with TWO (fourth, third in as many games)

~ Kyle with ONE (second)
~ Ack with ONE (third)
The bad news is the FIFTEEN K’s

IN the FIELD
* Kyle with an awesome diving stop and strong throw to 1B for the first out of the 2nd
* nice knee-high basket catch after coming in for the 8th
* smooth put out by LoMo to Dominic covering 1B for the second out of the 8th

tweets of the game . . .

g5 | first road win, first extra-inning win . . . .

and, the FIRST Major League victory for Tyler Olson!

Mariners 5 | Athletics 4 (in 11)

Talk about opposite expectations!

expectations

Whodathunk that Taijuan Walker would allow NINE runs in his first start of 2015 and the M’s first road victory would come via a J.A. Happ start?!?! Guess it goes to show that Spring Training stats aren’t necessarily reflective of the real season (granted, likely most stats in the REAL season after only FIVE games aren’t necessarily reflective of the entire season). But, we’ll take the wins any way we can get ’em!

ON the MOUND
Welcome to the Mariners, Mr. Happ!
J.A. retired the A’s 1-2-3 in the 1st, allowed three singles in the 2nd but, was able to escape a bases-loaded jam without damage, then proceeded to retire THIRTEEN A’s in-a-row before allowing TWO runs on FOUR singles and a sac-bunt in the 7th. His final line . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO strikeouts 
I do believe we’ll take THAT from HIM every time 🙂

} Danny allowed ONE (inherited runner) run on a single in the 7th and another on a double in the 8th
} Carson allowed an inherited (Danny) run to score but, preserved his 0.00 ERA by striking out THREE in his ONE.TWO innings of work
} Tyler allowed a couple hits AND a couple walks but, also preserved his 0.00 ERA and, as mentioned, picked up the W
} Without any drama what-so-ever, Nando picked up his second SAVE with a 1-2-3 11th

AT the PLATE
All the starters, except Robbie and Jesus, had at least ONE hit . . .
~ Ack hit his second homer of the season
~ Nelson had THREE hits including his first homer as a Mariner (a THREE-run bomb that came after Lloyd won a challenge on the previous play that left TWO runners on as opposed to only one at 1st as originally called)
~ Crazy Legs hit the winning RBI double (after LoMo’s single and Ack’s sac bunt)

IN the FIELD
The play of the game was in the 10th inning . . .
With ONE out, runners at 2B and 3B, Austin plays a high hop off the wall ~barehanded~ and fires a low but accurate throw to the cut-off man (Brad). Then Crazy Legs makes a great throw home to Zu who tags out the (would-be) winning run.

tweets of the game . . . 

g3 | rubber game = close but, no cigar

Mariners 3 | Angels 5

M’s drop the season opening series 1-2 to the hated Halos ~ the series highlights . . .

  • the bullpen still sporting a 0.00 ERA with even the young guys (Smith and Olson) looking impressive
  • Felix is Felix
  • James ~ please stay healthy ~ we’ll take his outing from last night ALL season LONG
  • Kuma with a rough start to the game but, settled down nicely
  • the bats: THREE homers, FIVE doubles but, ONE shutout

As for the rubber game . . .

close_but_no_cigar

ON the MOUND
The Bear was seemingly still hybernating through the first couple of innings, giving up all FIVE runs during that time. The good sign is that he finally as able to settle down and settle in (albeit too little, too late). His final line . . .
SIX innings ~ NINE hits ~ FIVE runs ~ FOUR earned ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

Tyler, Carson and Danny combined for . . .
THREE innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

AT the PLATE
Definitely a slow start at the plate tonight vs. Shoemaker . . .
~ Zu and Kyle each had their first hits of the season (Kyle’s happened to be a TWO-run homer (RIcks’s pick-to-click, BTW)
~ Crazy Legs checked in with his first homer and Robbie his first double
~ they were on the wrong side of a strike ’em out throw ’em out w/Dustin at bat and Austin running 😦
~ big chance in the 8th – runners on 2B and 3B with NO outs but Nelson struck out, then they intentionally walked Kyle and Rickie struck out and LoMo flied out
~ NINE total hits but, only ONE fer SEVEN w/RISP – would, coulda shoulda

IN the FIELD
A little bit of good, a little bit of bad . . .
* Our Hawt Corner resident showed off his gold glove
* Brad had a nice play in the 5th
* Nelson had an OF assist
* Robbie committed a fielding error, allowing an unearned run in the 1st

tweets of the game . . . 

Day off tomorrow as they travel to OakTown . . .
hopefully, to stomp the ‘phants!