Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 0
I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )
I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂
So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.
~ a tale of two series ~
where the second game of each was the stand out w/very different outcomes . . .
Mariners 2 | Athletics 3
(M’s win the series 2-1)
The M’s second series with the A’s featured a heart-breaking loss in which James struck out SIXTEEN batters (in SEVEN innings). Unfortunately, M’s bats weren’t exactly on fire either and both Juan and Edwin gave up runs late, wasting the best outing of James’ career and blowing the victory.
Mariners 9 | Angels 8
(M’s lose the series 1-2)
What a crazy game on Saturday! The M’s didn’t score until the 6th when Jean, Mitch, Robbie and Nellie go: single, double, double, walk to score TWO and cut the Halos lead in half. Then in the 8th, they take the lead with a couple of singles, a double, a walk and a homer (Zu! TWO run shot). Halos tie it up in the top of the 9th and it goes to extras – where the roller coaster begins: Halos score in the 10th, M’s tie it. Halos score in the 11th, M’s tie it with a Kyle double (scoring Robbie who had a lead-off walk) and then Ryon’s first walk-off for the M’s – double scoring Kyle 🙂
Well, so much for my regular posting 😦
(my current commute, along with planning my daughter’s wedding – which we are hosting this September – makes for very little time to actually watch/listen to the games, let alone blog about them)
Hard to believe a month of games is already in the books!
- March 1-1
- April 15-10
- 16-11 overall and 2nd in the ALW
- one postponement (@MIN)
Team Leaders | offense . . .
- HR: Haniger (10)
- 3B: 1 each – Haniger, Gamel, Segura, Gordon
- 2B: Segura (9)
- Hits: Gordon, Segura (tied at 34)
- AVG: Cano (.313)
- AVG w/RISP: Segura (.500)
- SB: Gordon (10)
- BB: Cano (17)
- K: Haniger (26)
- played in all 27 games thus far: Cano, Haniger, Gordon, Segura, Seager
Team Leaders | pitching . . .
- ERA-starter: Gonzales (5.02)
- IP-starter: Leake (33.1)
- K-starter: Paxton (44)
- WHIP-starter: Felix (1.29)
- ERA-pen: Diaz (0.63
- IP-pen: Diaz (14.1)
- K-pen: Diaz (27)
- WHIP-pen: Diaz (0.63)
NOTE: Starters Mike and Felix each had ONE really bad game, James and Marcos each had TWO bad games and Erasmo has struggled in both of his TWO starts so far . . . hopefully, everyone can continue to stay healthy and get in the groove soon! The bullpen on the other hand – with a few exceptions has been great and Edwin has been other-worldly 🙂
Good tweets . . .
injuries seem to have subsided ~ knock on wood!
- Zu was out to start the season but, has been back since the 20th
- Lost Nellie for a couple of weeks early but, he came back with a bang!
- Ryon was also out for a chunk of time but has a hit in every game since returning on the 26th (including THREE homers! in the last TWO games!)
- the pitching has been healthy – just needs to be more effective 😉
Yes, we will take TWO out of THREE every time! (and all ONE-RUN games, at that!)
Mariners 2 | Indians 1
Mariners 5 | Indians 6
Mariners 5 | Indians 4
(covered Opening Day in previous post )
Each of the second and third game saw the M’s earn FIVE runs (one short of a win in one game and just enough to win the other). So, in the two games combined, they had EIGHTEEN hits, FIVE doubles, THREE homers and FIVE walks . . . very decent production.
Mitch is on F I R E !!!
I know, it’s only three games but, still . . . fun to see him leading the majors in BA/OBP/OPS/SLG 🙂 especially since I picked him to be the best “new-comer” last season and he was off to a great start but, then got hurt (a couple times 😦 )
Speaking of injuries . . .
oh, Nellie! a homer in each of the first TWO games and then some freak accident, turning his ankle stepping into the dugout 😦
spectacular wall-climbing catch on Saturday: Ichiro’s robbery
On the MOUND
- James had a bit of a blip on Saturday (OK – giving up a grand slam in the first inning is not how anyone draws it out) but, he’s allowed a mulligan or two if he can just stay HEALTHY this season (please! please! please!).
- Mike Leake had a nice > quality start in Sunday’s game: SEVEN innings – FIVE hits – TWO earned runs – THREE walks – FOUR strikeouts
- Overall, the BULLY was pretty great. As mentioned, Eddie’s save on Thursday was a bit of an adventure but, Sunday’s was a gem: 1-2-3 SIT!!! The pen followed up James’ short and not so sweet outing with FOUR.ONE innings of HITLESS, SCORELESS ball!
So, really seems that it all comes down to health . . .
- Seems like the new guys (Gordon, Healy, Marjama) really have a chance to contribute.
- Kyle off to a slow start (but, then, you can pretty much draw up his season in PEN – slow start but great defense and in the end .260 w/25 homers.
- As mention, Mitch is hot and Robbie’s not far behind, Segura should be steady.
- Get well soon, Nellie and Zu!
- And, of course the arms . . . please protect the arms!
Next up – short 2-game series w/the Giants in SanFran and then the Twins home-opener (another Thursday/Saturday/Sunday series) then off to Kansas City for three).
Mariners 3 | Angels 1
ON the MOUND
James was awesome – pitching into the 9th and, but for getting hit on the elbow by a come-backer, would likely have recorded only the second complete game by a Mariners pitcher this season. Fingers crossed that it’s just a bruise . . .
EIGHT.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE run ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts
Bartender walked one but, got the last two outs.
AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits . . .
- none for extra bases
- all scoring in the 4th (2 singles and a sac-fly)
- TWO of the hits were milestones (Mike Freeman’s first and second major league hits and the second resulted in his first major league RBI)
IN the FIELD
Shawn had a fielding error and the M’s didn’t turn a DP (had one turned against them)
tweets of the game . . .
Awesome outing from Kuma in the middle-game they won (and Steve earned his 22nd save) but, little else to write home about in this series 😦
Mariners 3 | Astros 7
Mariners 1 | Astros 0
Mariners 1 | Astros 8
tweets of the series . . .
Mariners 12 | Orioles 6
Welcome back to the bigs, ZU!!!
ON the MOUND
After cruising through THREE, James couldn’t quit get through SIX . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR runs (3 earned) ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts
- The Bartender (fresh up from Tacoma) got the final out of the 6th
- Nathan went THREE, allowed a TWO-run homer in the but, was credited with the save and preserved James’ second victory and the M’s series win!
AT the PLATE
Where do I start?!?
SIXTEEN hits (including NINE for extra-bases) and FIVE home runs (including TWO from ZU in his 2016 debut!!!!)
- So great to see ZU debut in a big way – hopefully the start of a very good thing!
- Nellie, Adam and Seth (third in a row!) had the other homers
- Kyle and Adam both had TWO doubles (and Adam was a triple short of the cycle!)
- Nice to see more walks (SEVEN) than strikeouts (FIVE)
- How ’bout Shawn?!? TWO hit, TWO runs, TWO walks
- Only ONE starter (Dae-Ho) was without a run scored
- Only ONE starter (Leonys) was without a hit (though he walked twice and scored once)
IN the FIELD
- Shawn with an error
- ONE dp turned (Kyle-Robbie-Adam)
tweets of the game . . .