Started out OK in Tampa Bay – taking the series 2-1 but, it was all downhill from there . . series loss in Toronto and SWEPT away in Boston. ‘t will be a bit difficult to focus on the positive – or, maybe it will be easy, as there is little of it 😦
TAMPA BAY THREE 1-run games and the M’s took TWO
Marco w/a QS and the W in game ONE
Jesse w/a THREE-run homer in game TWO
Bats heated up to the tune of SIXTEEN hits in game THREE, including . . . -FOUR doubles (Abraham, Adam, Ty, Jesse) -TWO homers (Julio, Cal)
TORONTO A bit of everything . . .
Not much was working in the FIRST game: only FOUR hits, ONE double (Jesse); Chris did an admirable job, posting a QS w/SEVEN K’s but, the bullpen fell apart.
In the SECOND game a GREAT start by Logan (7IP-6H-3ER-2BB-9K) went to waste, as SIX hits yielded ZERO runs
Finally, in the THIRD game, the offense woke up pounding out TEN hits, including THREE homers (Abraham, Ty and Cal) and Marco posted another QS for the WIN
BOSTON Hey! The M’s scored a total of 18 runs in FOUR games (4.5/game) (unfortunately, the Red Sox scored a total of THIRTY-THREE runs in the same FOUR games)
game one: TEN hits, SIX runs (including doubles by Eugenio, Ty and homers by Dylan, Julio) should win it but, another rough outing for the youngster (George) and an even rougher performance by the bullpen, t’was not to be
game two: despite the still/recent torrid bats of Ty, Eugenio and Abraham and the decent start by Robbie (not so decent bullpen) – ya just can’t win it in Fenway w/THREE runs
game three: bats a bit better w/TWELVE hits, THREE doubles (JP, Mike, Julio) yielded FIVE runs but, despite the game being tied at FIVE for the majority of the game – the bp (Drew) gave up a triple and a single and what was the winning run, in the 8th
game four: ANOTHER nice start by Logan wasted – the M’s trailed the majority of the game, Eugenio homered to tie it in the 9th, Adam hit an RBI single to take the lead in extras – but, Munoz would give up a w/o GRAND SLAM in the bottom of the 10th
M’s avoid a four game sweep in the Bronx via a nail-biter shutout . . .
It was scoreless until the 8th when Segar hit a ground rule double scoring Toro. Then, an unfortunate dust up when Kelenic got tossed after jawing with the ump on a strikeout call for the second out (Servias also got run). Raleigh came through after that to score Haniger (Segar was thrown out at home for the 3rd out) to make it 2-0, where it would stay.
Sure, it would have been nice to at least have a split vs the Yanks but, to get this last one, especially in such tense fashion, should make for a much happier flight home – with a day off before the home stand vs Texas and Toronto.
Funny that the M’s run differential has been pretty pathetic all season – this road trip was +7 but only equated to
ON the MOUND
a few too many pitches for Kikuchi to get to a QS (Yanks worked the count ALL series) but FIVE scoreless in the Bronx not exactly sneeze-worthy: 5IP-4H-0R-0ER-3BB-6SO
Sadler saw just three batters (single, HBP, popup) before being replaced by Sewald – who Servias commented “flipped the momentum” – he got the next two batters out to end the 6th and then retired the side in order in the 7th and ended up with the W
enter Steckenrider for two full innings of ONE hit NO runs NO walks and TWO strikeouts for the save
AT the PLATE
Obviously not a lot of offense – on either side . . . each team had only SIX hits and only ONE extra base hit (both doubles) and left a TON on base (M’s 9 / Y’s 11)
IN the FIELD and ON THE BASES
overall GREAT defense (from hot shots on the hot corner to leaping, diving outfield snares)
Unfortunately, I had to be up VERY early for an appointment on Tuesday so, went to bed around the 6th inning (after the M’s had gotten to within two). I was listening via my phone and dosed off for bit until Rick’s ecstatic call of Dylan’s “GRAND SALAMI!” jolted me from my slumber – needless to say, I stayed awake for the duration and then some (‘t was worth it!!!)
McCaughan’s first big league start certainly didn’t go as planned: 4IP-8H-7R-7ER-1BB-2SO
That 1st inning was p a i n f u l but, the encouraging thing is that he sucked it up and got through the next TWO scoreless and, after a leadoff homer in the 4th, was able to get through his last inning w/o further damage. Hopefully, in the spirit of “what doesn’t kill ya makes ya stronger” he learned a lot. No question that Darren will forever be connected to one of the greatest Mariners comeback victories of all time 🙂
Middleton gave up ONE run in his inning of work (5th)
the rest of the bullpen (Swanson+Graveman+Sewald) did what they do w/regularity: FOUR innings of hitless/scoreless relief ❤
AT the PLATE
single digit hits, double digit runs . . .
Raleigh: THREE run double
Seager: THREE run homer
Long: ONE run single
and, of course, the “awakening” of Moore’s GRAND SLAM 🙂