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 . . .
Paxton with his 4th K of Trout today. Last time Trout wore the sombrero? Sept. 2014. Paxton had 3 of them.
ON the MOUND James’ first inning may have been a bit of an omen for the rest of the game . . .
He allowed a lead-off triple and then a ground rule double, a walk, a couple of strikeouts and a fly out – so, he was lucky to get out of the inning allowing just ONE run. He then scattered a couple hits/walks over the next TWO innings, had a 1-2-3 4th but, the 5th would be his undoing: after striking out the lead-off batter, he allowed THREE straight doubles and THEN a TRIPLE – ugh. FIVE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts
the bully was no better . . .
Only Dave Rollins (who struck out the only batter he faced) had success.
Donn, Nick, Edwin and Vidal combined for THREE.TWO innings and SIX earned runs
AT the PLATE on the surface, it sounded like a successful day – TWELVE hits and SIX runs
~ including FOUR doubles (Dae-Ho, Shawn, Robbie and Nellie)
~ TWO homers (Nellie’s solo shot to extend a lead & Guit’s 3-run shot to tie it at SIX)
But, the early lead and the late comeback were overwhelmed by the Cards SIX homers in FOUR innings 😦
IN the FIELD
* Chris w/a passed ball and Kyle w/a fielding error
* Guti with an extra base hit robbery at the wall
the story of this series was gettin’ ’em on, not gettin’ ’em in when it really counted . . .
FIVE fer THIRTY-THREE w/RISP 😦
and, to add insult to injury . . .
So, Adrian Sampson, called up to replace Wade Miley (who went on the DL earlier this month) didn’t get to make his second major leagues start, he experienced issues in his warm up in Detroit and now, is scheduled for elbow surgery 😦
tweets of the series . . .
On May 26, Mariners were 28-18 and led AL West by 1 1/2 games. Since then, 8-16 and now trail Texas by 9 1/2.