g102 | UNhappy Felix Day

Mariners 2 | Diamondbacks 8

I actually attended this one but, time got away, so didn’t recap . . .

I remember that Felix was down 4-0 in the 1st inning before we even took our seats!

It was 90+ degrees and we were there as a ‘work event’ . . .

luckily, another group was there from work and they were in the SHADE, so we sat up with them from the 3rd inning on  . . .

g100 | effective Nando? clutch Zu? ineffective Carson? it’s a topsy-turvy world!

Mariners 3 | Diamondbacks 4

topsyturvy

ON the MOUND
Monty a bit shaky in the first couple of innings but then settled down . . .
SIX.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE runs ~ TWO earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Nando and JA (yes, the starter) combined for TWO.ONE innings of scoreless ball
} Unfortunately, Carson struggled mightily in the 10th, a couple of walks, a hit batter and a sac fly gave the Snakes the lead for good
} Nuno came in to get the last TWO outs of the 10th but, bats couldn’t muster up any magic

AT the PLATE
NINE total hits and FIVE walks and 2/4 w/RISP should have yielded more than THREE runs . . .
~ Mark had THREE hits, including TWO doubles, vs his former team
~ Robbie with TWO more hits including a solo shot in the 6th
~ Zu robbed AGAIN at the wall but, he also provided a TWO out RBI single to tie the game in the 9th (and extend his hitting streak to SEVEN games)

IN the FIELD
TWO errors, blech!
* Robbie with a botch of a shovel toss
* Brad with a fielding error in the 2nd that led to the DB’s third run
* NO DP’s turned but THREE turned against them 😦

tweets of the game . . .

g98 | from studly to stinking . . .

Mariners 6 | Blue Jays 8

we need a pitcher

Seems that when the M’s FINALLY score some runs, their normally steady pitching falls apart . . .
M’s have given up FIVE or MORE runs in THIRTEEN of the TWENTY NINE games they have score FIVE or more

ON the MOUND
Hardly HapPY . . .
After retiring the side in order in the 1st, JA couldn’t get out of the 2nd . . .
FOUR walks a HBP and a single yielded THREE runs and closed the book on JA
ONE.TWO innings ~ ONE hit ~ THREE runs/earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ ONE strikeout

} Vidal and Tom actually were pretty respectable in relief, combining for . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE run ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
} and then came the FRE: lead-off walk, game-tying homer
} Carson, who should have had the day off but, due to the above issue, had to pitch (WE MISS YOU CHARLIE!) and consequently, was unable to record an out in the top of the 9th: a lead-off walk, a double, a single gave the Tiggers TWO more runs and the lead for good. Joe was able to come in and stop the bleeding, getting a DP and then a strikeout

AT the PLATE
SIX runs typically means a very good day but, as mentioned above . . .
it seems the M’s are determined to give up more runs than they get even when they score a nice total but, credit where credit is due . . .
~ the first FIVE in the order (AJ, Kyle, Nellie, Robbie, Seth) went 7/19 w/FIVE runs scored and FOUR RBI
~ TWO fer EIGHT w/RISP
~ M’s scored in the first FOUR innings
~ Only TWO extra base hits: Robbie’s TENTH homer, Jesus’ FIRST (not only of the season but, of his CAREER!)

IN the FIELD
TWO more DPs . . .
* including another OF assist (this time from Seth, who also made his FIRST error of the season)
* and the Joe to Robbie to LoMo to finally record the first two outs of the 9th

tweets of the game . . .

g94 | now THAT was different!

Mariners 11 | Tigers 9

expect the unexpected

  • nearly a FOUR-hour NINE-inning game
  • a total of TWENTY runs on TWENTY-SIX hits (and the M’s TWO more of each!!)
  • Tai struggles after being given a BIG lead
  • Guti with a pinch-hit grand slam (the ultimate game-winner)
  • two errors but, some sparkling DEE as well

ON the MOUND
Tai retired the side in order in the bottom of the 1st after being spotted that BIG lead in the top . . .
In the 2nd, the lead-off runner reached via an error by Kyle and a couple of singles later, the Tiggers were on the board. In the 3rd, a HPB pitch and a MOON shot (JD Martinez) brought them to within two. He bounced back a bit in the 4th with a 1-2-3 but, the 5th would be his undoing – a single and a homer gave the Tigers the lead (they’re just so potent!). A least it was good to see the control and the K’s but, that would be it for Tai . . .
FOUR.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX runs ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Dave, Tom, Joe and Nando combined for THREE.ONE innings and Joe was the only one not to give up a run
} thank heaven for Carson – and a FOUR-out save

AT the PLATE
Well, not often this team posts FOURTEEN hits and ELEVEN runs so, despite giving up NINE, we’ll take it!
~ Every starter but ONE (Ack) had at least ONE hit (and Ack did post an RBI)
~ THREE had multi-hit games (AJ, Kyle and Robbie)
~ first FIVE went 9/23, walked FOUR times, scored NINE runs and only struck out TWICE
~ Nellie hit his longest Mariners homer

~ BOTH pinch-hitters (Mark and Guti) got a hit – Guti’s came with a little rye bread and mustard!

IN the FIELD
A couple of unfortunate fielding errors (Kyle and AJ) but, they made up for it in other ways . . .
* Beimel with a pickoff
* a nice DP (Brad to LoMo) for the 1st and 2nd outs of a 1-2-3 6th for Tom
* Brad with a couple of REALLY nice plays at SS (even the Tigers’ announcers were gushing 😉 )

tweets of the game . . .

Yes INDEED, he’s comin’ ’round . . .

After all he’s been through – so, SO great to see ~ Guti, Guti, Good . . . 

g91 | In YS, Kyle on, Robbie at bat = good things

Mariners 4 | Yankees 3

double trouble

ON the MOUND
The Bear was extremely effective and efficient (just the ONE mistake that went for a 2-run homer) . . .
It was curious that Lloyd pulled him prior to a full SIX (76 pitches) but, it was hot and he said the didn’t have the “zip to his legs” he saw earlier in the game. Guess he’s just being cautious, as this is only his third outing since coming off the DL and his good to great performance is going to be vital in the second half. Fun Fact: of Kuma’s FIVE strikeouts, THREE were to Alex 😉
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Joe, Mark, Vidal and Nando combined for TWO.ONE scoreless innings
} Carson had to really work for that SEVENTH save, giving up a lead-off double and a couple of strikeouts but the second strikeout was a WP that got away from Zu and the runner was able to get to 1B and then the following batter got an RBI via a ground out but, thankfully, on Carson’s THIRTIETH pitch, the last guy grounded out.

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits but, when TWO of them are TWO run homers, it helps (he also had a single).
When those TWO homers are from Robbie, in YS, it all the sweeter (Kyle was the one aboard both times). . .

IN the FIELD

No DP’s turned by either side or really any web gems to note

tweets of the game . . .

g89 | oh woe is DEE . . .

Mariners 3 | Angels 10

errors

Yes, the Halos won in a blow-out but . . .
the defense (great on the Halos part and dismal on the M’s part) played a HUGE part.

ON the MOUND
Tai far from sharp but, in his defense, neither was his defense . . .
Halos first THREE runs scored via:  error by Robbie, WP by Tai, error by Mark
and then things REALLY fell apart in the 6th . . .
Tai added his own error for the Halos fourth run on a sequence that was none too pretty: HBP, single, sac bunt (with the error, so all safe and a run scores), 2-run double and that would be the end of Tai’s day and the end of his first half . . .
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SEVEN runs ~ SIX earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts 

} Enter Dave who promptly allows a single, a ground out RBI, and a 2-run homer, a single and a walk
} Danny comes in and is able to FINALLY get the last TWO outs of the 6th (Trout flies out and Pujols pops up) and holds the Halos scoreless in the 7th, despite a couple of singles
} Nando gets some work in, allowing run via a lead-off double and a couple of ground outs
} Carson allowed a hit in the 9th but retired the side w/o further damage (including TWO K’s)

AT the PLATE
Despite the hit total, going down 1-2-3 in the 1st, 6th and 7th, they had their chances . . .
~ Kyle w/ a lead-off double in the 1st, Brad w/a lead-off single in the 2nd – both erased
~ Robbie hit a ROCKET at ’em ball which Pujols turned the unassisted DP w/o effort 😦
~ and, of course Aybar and Trout saved a couple runs/extra base hits, as per usual
~ good news: AJ, Brad and Kyle all with multi-hit games and Seth with a pinch hit homer

IN the FIELD
comedy of errors and a WP lead to the Halos first FOUR runs. . .
* Robbie fielding (first)
* Tai WP (second)
* Mark throwing (third)
* Tai throwing (fourth)

tweets of the game . . .

g84 | of iffy starts, back-to-back jacks, filthy pens and walk-off wins

Mariners 7 | Tigers 6

turning the tide

ON the MOUND
Tai allowed his first walk in ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN batters . . .
And, the REALLY unfortunate thing was the homer allowed to the next guy (and the next guy) as the Tiggers went back-to-back in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead. He only allowed SIX total hits but, THREE of left the yard . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Mark, just a walk in the park: struck out the side, in order, in the 7th
} Nando, hardly a walk in the park: THREE outs occurred but, not before a solo shot tied the game at SIX in the 8th
} Carson, just another walk in the park: struck out the side, in order, in the 9th and in the 10th he struck out TWO, allowed a double and, was able to escape w/a pop-up despite having to face an extra batter due to a boo-boo by Brad (that left him with runners at the corners and TWO outs instead of being out of the inning)
} Charlie, bit of a teeter in the park:  but, a strike out of the side none-the-less

AT the PLATE
Hello OH!!!!!!
for the second straight night the M’s score FIVE+ (and THIS time, it was enough!)
~ fun to see AJ and Guti go back-to-back (AJ’s first career grand slam and Guti’s first homer in the bigs since 2013)
~ Robbie also with a homer (now batting .417 for the month of July)

the bottom of the 9th held some “small ball” promise . . .
~ pinch hitter Seth, hit a solid single through the shift
~ pinch runner Brad advanced to 2B on AJ’s sac bunt
~ but Guti struck out
~ and Robbie flied out to shallow LF

to extras we went . . .
~ in the 10th: despite TWO walks (Nellie and Ack) THREE outs occur w/o a run
~ in the 11th: Brad with a lead off single but, erased on a FC by AJ, Guit singles and Robbie singles in the WINNING RUN!!!

IN the FIELD
* Tai picks off not ONE but, TWO
* LoMo w/and unassisted DP to end the 6th: a diving snare of a line shot doubled off the runner at 1B

tweets of the game . . .

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/618633023840346112

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/61864066442360832

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/618641668284153856

g82 | Monty, Seth, Mark, Joe and Nando = WIN!

Mariners 2 | Athletics 1

road victory

Winning Road Trips are Nice!
Now, her’s to carrying some momentum home and going on a run vs. Tiggers and Halos!

ON the MOUND
Monty took his run of scoreless innings to TWENTY –  a l m o s t  tied a Mariners rookie record . . .
– before allowing a solo shot to Fuld but, that would be all she wrote for the A’s
– first of his SEVEN career starts that he didn’t go at least SIX – but, he gets his 4th WIN
FIVE.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

} How spectacular has Mark Lowe been?!?!
Another ONE.ONE innings of scoreless ball w/ONE hit, TWO strikeouts
} Joe with a 1-2-3 inning (helped immensely by his DEE)
} Nando with his SIXTEENTH arrow preserved Mike’s FOURTH victory

AT the PLATE
Only FIVE total hits but, all it took was ONE single by Seth . . .
~ with Robbie and Nellie aboard (via HBP and the M’s only extra-base hit, a double) and the M’s took the lead for good!

IN the FIELD
THREE HUGE double-plays . . .
* Kyle to Robbie to LoMo
* Brad to LoMo
* Robbie to LoMo
TWO sparkling catches in the 8th
* Zu pop-up concentration in foul ground
* AJ a sliding grab on a bloop to CF

tweets of the game . . .

and, All Star results announced after the game – Congrats, Nellie!!!