g135 | salvaging one from the laa laa’s

Mariners 2 | Angels 1

So….
The Halos absolutely have Felix’s number but…
Iwakuma positively has theirs ūüôā

7.1IP + 5H + ZERO R + ZERO BB + 7K = AWESOME!

Elaine Thompson | AP

And speaking of numbers – how ’bout these?!?
Jesus Montero went 2 for 4 today with the two hits ~a homer and a single~ coming off Jeff Weaver bringing his lifetime total vs. Weaver to 5 for 9 with FOUR homers.

Now, Jesus wasn’t without his foibles during the game…
in fact, he was thrown out at home AND at 1B and his manager would comment in the post game that had he gone in ‘straight’ on both of those plays, he would have likely be called safe. Live and learn.

Anyhoo, Jesus and Carlos were the lone, “solo shot” offense today…

Joel Nicholson | US Presswire

While there were no DP’s turned, there was plenty of great DEE…
notably: Seager, Robinson and Smoak – that helped the M’s pitchers hold the Halos to 1-12 w/RISP

The Bartender has made the 9th a bit more interesting lately that most would like but…
he got it done for save number twenty-two!

g106 | Jason stayed. Jason won.

Mariners 7 | Blue Jays 2

I, for one, breathed a sigh of relief when the trade deadline passed and Jason Vargas was still a Mariner. He hasn’t been a model of consistency and, many point out his home/road splits (though he did pitch very well, and win, his last three road starts) but, he’s proven very durable and the M’s are going to need someone along with Felix as they start to bring up their young guns in the next couple of years.

Prior to the game, it was announced that Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps were called up from Tacoma to replace the traded ones: Brandon League and Steve Delabar. Then, to make room for the newly acquired Eric Thames, Carlos Peguero was optioned to Tacoma.

Dustin – first pitch – in the seats!

Lookie here!
a POSITIVE run differential!!!

Jason started well … striking out the side.
And finished even better … locking down his 12th victory and marking¬†first time a Mariner pitcher has posted FIVE wins in any one month since Felix did it in 2009

How ’bout Brendan Ryan? on May 2nd his average was at .125. Tonight, he got a beer shower for the Herculean effort it took to finally surpass the Mendoza line. Some extremely encouraging stats…

  • 44 of last 84 runs the M’s have scored have come in the first two innings
  • Felix and Jason have combined to go 8-0 with a 1.83 ERA in July
  • over the last 13 games, M’s starters have combined to go 9-1 w/ a 1.69 ERA and 12 QS

g101 | the mendozas hits Mendoza

Mariners 4 | Royals 1

The bottom of the order ~all hitting under .200 coming into the game tonight~ produced well…
Carp, Olivo, Peguero and Ryan combined for SEVEN hits, FOUR rbi, TWO runs.

Also good to see Ackley coming around…
TWO hits (including a double) and TWO walks. Something tells me he is  t h i s  close to breaking out.

Billy Butler’s double in the 4th was the only hit surrendered by Jason Vargas.
Billy Butler’s double in the 9th was the Royals only other hit of the game.

Vargas was great (was it his last start as a Mariner???)
Jason walked THREE but only gave up the ONE run and struck out FIVE
He certainly did nothing to damage his potential trade value. Though I fall in the “keep Vargas” camp – there has to be another veteran starter, besides Felix, going forward, at least until all the young arms settle in. While Jason has had his road homer woes, he has also proven to be very durable and is obviously a perfect fit for Safeco Field.

courtesy ESPN.com

g95 | Bonus Baseball Bummer

Mariners 3 | Rays 4

bats cool off in Tampa Bay…

I didn’t get to see any or hear much of this one.
(due to the early PT start and the fact that I’m preparing for a little weekend get-away)

Looks like Iwakuma had one of his best starts…
SIX innings – SIX hits – TWO runs – ONE walk – SEVEN strikeouts
Problem was, it took SIX more pitchers to get through the game and The Bartender ended up surrendering the winning run.

Heard tell Peguero’s home run was a monster!

Kudos to Montero for catching a marathon like this.

and yes, another two double plays!

Up, down, injuries and more hardware for Zunino

Recent movement

  • Good luck, Hector. Hope you find your focus in AAA
  • Welcome back, Piggy!
  • Best Wishes, Adam Moore ~ claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals
  • Mike Carp’s been rehabbing in Tacoma since the 7/4 at DH/1B to keep that shoulder healthy
M*A*S*H report
* Guti will be eligible to come back about July 13th but will have a couple game rehab stint first.
* Montero took BP for the first time since his injury and will not catch tomorrow but, may DH
* Pryor to be sent on a rehab stint
* Erasmo won’t be ready for awhile so, M’s will need another starter after the ASB
Congratulations to Mike Zunino!

The award, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is annually bestowed to the amateur player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the 2010 Golden Spikes recipient, made the announcement live on MLB Network. 

A former University of Florida catcher who was selected by the Mariners in the Draft, Zunino won the 35th edition of the award over fellow finalists Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and Carlos Rodon, a left-handed pitcher from North Carolina State.

Zunino, who also won this year’s Dick Howser Trophy as the premier college player and the Johnny Bench Award as the best collegiate catcher, batted .322 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs as a junior for the Gators in 2012.

As the Mariners tweeted … he’s going to need a bigger mantel ūüôā

g85 | “groundhog’s day too many times for me” —Eric Wedge

Mariners 1 | Athletics 4

WHAT A SHAME FOR KEVIN MILLWOOD
he pitched a whale of a game 7IP – 3H – ZERO runs – 2BB – 7K and gets a no decision for his effort because ~ surprise, surprise ~ the offense could not get anything going.

THE SOLO RBI GUY
Look how level that swing is!

Jeff Chiu | AP Photo

LOOK WHO’s BACK
Peggy makes a nice catch in right! He also had a triple (the M’s only extra base hit) with two outs in the 9th but Dustin failed to bring him home…

Jeff Chiu | AP Photo

THE SKIP WAS NONE TOO HAPPY
methinks this team will look a bit different after the All Star Break.

g12 | tribe trounces, so what else is new?

Mariners 8 | Indians 9

I was treated to some entertainment of a different sort tonight …. CATS!

So, other than listening to the 9th inning on the train, just as I was passing by Safeco Field on the way home after the show, I missed all the excitement of getting a large, early lead and all the frustration of losing it. Apparently, Justin Smoak had his first ever 4-hit night, Jaso had a homer and Millwood had better games..

oh and some M’s milestones…

  • Kyle Seager’s single in the 4th was the 50,000th hit in Mariner history
  • Brendan Ryan’s bases-loaded walk in the same inning, scored the 25,000th Mariner run

Can’t let this cool record go unmentioned….

Congratulations Jamie Moyer ~ now the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league baseball game!

AP photo

PeteCarroll

Jamie Moyer… 49 years old… 0 ER in 7 IP… oldest pitcher to get a W in MLB history… epitome of a great competitor!

Some injury updates from last Friday (better late than never)…

~ Carlos Peguero (sore knee) joins Mike Wilson and Darron Ford as outfielders on the DL for Tacoma ~ ~ Adam Moore was activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to TacomaMike

~ Carp started his rehab assignment with Tacoma in Fresno

~ George Sherrill placed on the 15-day DL, Charlie Furbush called up just in time for the Home Opener

st 26 | slugfest at Salt River Fields

Mariners 8 | Rockies 9

As ST winds down some who have had good-to-great springs (such as Ramirez, Wilhelmsen and League) are starting to falter (maybe just anxious to get the party started, for real!) and George Sherrill, who has had his typical sucky spring, is just rounding into form. Granted, today, THREE of the NINE runs allowed were UNearned – as there were FIVE errors (ugh!)

twitpic from Shannon Drayer

Even though it wasn’t enough because of the pitching struggles, look at those hitters hit!

  • Every starter had as least one hit – yes, even Carlos who had FOUR (including a 2-run homer!
  • There were also THREE doubles and TWO triples
  • Kawasaki continued to be TORRID – currently leads all of MLB in BA this spring

oh, btw ~ Jesus wasn’t in the game but, not to worry, we are assured that he is none the worse for wear after his “beaning” yesterday (whew!)

Here’s a bit of a shocker…
Shawn Kelley was optioned to Tacoma earlier this morning. Huh. He’s had a decent spring.

A tweet from Shannon spoke of Junior in the clubhouse giving Peggy a bad time for getting hit by Jamie, twice!

ūüôā

st 25 | the old(est) man vs. the King

Mariners 7 | Rockies 2

So, according to a tweet from Larry Stone, Jamie Moyer hasn’t faced the Mariners since May 21, 1996 while he was with the Red Sox. ¬†He faced Jr, A-Rod, Edgar and Bone and only lasted 3 innings (in a 13-7 Mariners win). Oh, and Jose Canseco was in LF for the Sox.

OK – back to the present…
There’s been some hub-bub about Felix’s velocity (or lack thereof) this spring. ¬†Read here¬†about how he says it’s nothing to worry about and jokes that he was just trying to pitch like Jamie ūüėČ While today didn’t really do anything to quell the velocity concerns (he topped out at 90 or so) it certainly proved that what Felix is currently lacking in velocity he is MORE than making up for in effectiveness. He only went four today (that’s all he was scheduled for) in this, his last, springtime tune-up…

4IP – 2H – 0BB- 0ER – 6K ~ I think he’s “tuned”

Speaking of velocity, some funny tweets during the game comparing the two starters, including…

 shannondrayer
Gameday has Moyer’s 78 mph pitch as a fastball and Felix’s 89 mph pitch as a change up. Gameday might explode today.

The other five innings were a mix…
~ Iwakuma gave up another 2 runs in his 3 innings of work
~ Kelley posted 2 runs and 2 strikeouts in his scoreless 2IP

THREE HBP today…
~ Carlos Peguero was hit TWICE by Jamie Moyer (and stole a base one of his times on!)
~ Jesus Montero was hit IN THE HELMET by Edgmer Escalona. ¬†Apparently, he was none too happy about it (who would be) though I don’t know that it was intentional. Wedge and Griffen had to hold him back. Luckily, it was an 83mph change up (instead of the previous 95mpg fastball) and it looks like he’ll be fine.

As for the O, another good day…
~ every starter (except Peggy) had at least one hit
~ Ichiro, Ryan and Kawasaki had multiple hits – each with a double and an RBI

Nice to hear that Jesus caught all four of Felix’s innings…
he did have a throwing error but, supposedly did really well behind the dish, catching all of Felix’s five pitches more than¬†adequately¬†(oh – and he had a hit, scored a run and drove in a run as well)

M*A*S*H
Saunders, Ackley and Sherrill have all been ill since returning from Japan but are expected to be back in action tomorrow. ¬†Now it’s Hector Noesi who is under the weather…

st21 | so THIS is what they mean by firing on all cylinders…

Mariners 8 | Reds 1

Yes, it’s still just Spring Training but…

Opening Day is only EIGHT DAYS AWAY!!!

And this is one of the first games where nearly everything went well…

~ starter (Millwood) went a strong FIVE

~bully (Iwakuma and Luetge) posted a scoreless FOUR

~ hits, runs and RBI up and down the lineup

~ nice D including a DP and an attempted thief gunned down (by Jesus!)

some of the stand-out hitters today…

  • Kawasaki with THREE hits
  • Seager with THREE doubles
  • Peguero with a homer and FOUR rbi