g54-56 | swept outta Arlington

that certainly didn’t go as planned or desired . . .

nobodys perfect

the first TWO games they were just out pitched (Karns and Walker w/season-worst starts) and out hit . . .

g54 Mariners 3 | Rangers 7

g55 Mariners 4 | Rangers 10

but, the third game was clearly a case of “where’s the DEE?” . . .

g56 Mariners 2 | Rangers 3

Kuma allowed a single to the first batter of the game and then proceeded to retire TWELVE straight. Unfortunately, he had to throw many extra pitches in the Rangers 5th where TWO of their THREE runs were UNearned (Sardinas and Romero each recorded key errors as well as UNrecorded faux paux that very likely made the difference between Kuma going NINE and getting a win and only going SEVEN and being tagged with the loss (Luis should have turned a DP to end the inning and later booted a ball, Romero also committed an error AND didn’t come up firing after fielding a fly ball, allowing the runner on 3B to score). Hurry back Ketel and Leonys!

tweets of the series . . . 


g135 | down early, up late

Mariners 11 | Athletics 8


Well, not exactly what you drew up for Edgar . . .
ONE.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE runs ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ZERO strikeouts

the pen (and when I say ‘pen, I’m talking nearly the ENTIRE bullpen) was stellar then bad then so-so, then stellar again . . .
} Jose went ONE.TWO hitless, scoreless (and ultimately would get the WIN)
} Tony and Mayckol combined for THREE innings and THREE runs
} Logan, Vidal, Carson and Tom combined for THREE innings w/FOUR hits and ZERO runs (Tom earned his NINTH save)

THIRTEEN hits, SIX for extra-bases . . . not too shabby!
~ Kyle, Stefen and LoMo all with multi-hit, multi-RBI nights
~ Ketel, Kyle, Stefen all with multi-hit. multi-run nights
~ Brad with only ONE hit but THREE RBI

* John with a nice caught stealing of Burns – TWICE!
* TWO dp’s turned

tweets of the game . . . 

g99 | tonight, ‘t was the Mariners who were “amazing”

Mariners 5 | Mets 2






Roenis comes back firing . . .
it took him 90 pitches to get through 5+ (and, he left as a precaution – forearm cramps) but, he earns his first victory since June 22 (vs. Royals). Skip praised his command, his change up and poise.
FIVE.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} Yes, Mr. Leone owes Mr. Ackley a steak dinner (see IN the FIELD for Ackley’s catch of Leone’s first pitch). He gave up a couple of hits but no runs
} Charlie got a couple of outs, including a strikeout
} Brandon continues to dazzle in his new role (has yet to give up a run in 14 innings) and went 1.1 tonight
} Danny made his first appearance since that epic battle in Anaheim on Friday – he posted a scoreless 9th

Willie was leading off and, apparently, for good reason . . .
THREE hits, TWO runs scored an RBI and a SB
~ Dustin also with THREE hits and an RBI
~ Kyle and Stefen each with TWO hits
~ Zu with a MAMMOTH home run to break the 1-1 tie in the 3rd
~ Willie, Robbie, Corey and Dustin all with doubles

Ack with a WEB GEM!!!!!
WHAT A CATCH – seriously robbing d’Arnaud of a home run! His glove was OVER the wall . . .

* Endy and James both with nice running catches
* Rare error by Robbie

tweets of the game . . . 


g98 | oh. so. close.

Mariners 5 | Angels 6

this close

I wasn’t able to see this one (as I was attending my fabulous father-in-law’s 90th birthday party!). Although I did hear the bottom of the 9th in the car on the way home 😦

‘t was a heart-breaker today but, to lose the first game in SIXTEEN innings, to win the second game in TWELVE innings and to have the third game come down to the 9th – I’d say the M’s are no longer looked upon as a ‘weak sister’ in the ALW (where they are 27-23)

As I’ve pointed out many times, the M’s play to the level of their competition like nobody’s business . . .
^ 28-18 vs .500 or better teams
^ 24-28 vs under .500 teams


Chris posted yet another QS, impressive considering the competition . . .
He threw a LOT of pitches and gave up a LOT of hits (including THREE doubles and TWO homers) but walked ZERO and was able to manage severe damage control. FIVE of his SEVEN strikeouts came in the first TWO innings
SIX innings ~ TEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Yourvis pitched the 7th and recorded TWO strikeouts but also gave up a run to get the Halos one run closer at the time (5-4)
} In the 8th, Joe gave up a single and a fly out and Nando came in to get the final TWO outs. Unfortunately, he shot his arrow ONE inning too soon, as he would return for the 9th and . . . walk Trout, give up the game-tying double to Pujols, give up a single to Hamilton, IBB Kendrick and, AMAZINGLY, get Freese to GDIP (including an out at home of course) to extend the inning and the game. But then, after IBB’ing Navaro (Friday night’s 16th inning hero) Green would get a base hit – the game winner. And Nando would get the loss AND the blown save (his third).

Started out oh, so promising . . .
Kyle hit a TWO out solo homer in the first and then FOUR consecutive singles (Stefen, Justin, Corey, Dustin) scored TWO more giving the M’s the 3-0 lead in the 1st

Kudos to Halos pitcher Skaggs who really settled down, keeping the M’s off the board in innings 2-6. But, in the 7th, the M’s broke through again . . .
Zu collected a ONE out RBI double (scoring JJ, who pinch ran for Corey) and then Endy hit a TWO out single to score Zu

~ Willie was the only starter without at least ONE hit
~ Kyle and Zu both had TWO hits
~ RBI and runs were sprinkled nicely throughout the lineup

Since I didn’t see or hear (except the 9th) all I can say re: the DEE is . . .
what a double-play (the second of the game) in the bottom of the 9th!


tweets of the game . . . 


g71 | Roenis splendid, bats go batty!

This would have been a fun one to be at . . .
AWESOME pitching, LOTS of power and nice DEE
(not to mention it would have been a day out of the office 😉 )

Mariners 6 | Padres 1

Roenis with a super outing . . .
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ZERO walks and the pitch efficiency (only 87). Keep it up Roenis!
SEVEN innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ SIX strikeouts

EIGHT hits ~ FOUR for extra bases . . .
~ TWO doubles: Stefen and Kyle (the TWO RBI variety)
~ TWO homers: the exYanks (Jesus and Robbie)
~ JJ with ANOTHER stolen base, THREE hits and a run scored

ONE double-play but, can’t speak to any highlight plays (as I didn’t get to see/hear the game – I vow to attend a weekday day game this season thought!)

tweets of the game . . . 


g68 | five in-a-row in the bad column . . .

Mariners 3 | Rangers 4

5 in a rowON the MOUND
Erasmo wasn’t sharp or efficient, taking 89 pitches to go FIVE but, it was definitely progress, as they were scoreless innings . . . 
FIVE innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
} The good news is that Lord Farquhar struck out the side in the 6th. The bad news is that he allowed THREE runs in the inning (single, double, K, K, homer, K)
} Joe and Yourvis each went ONE scoreless inning
} Nando, came in for the 9th in a 3-3 tie and went ground out, single, ground out, single to allow the leading run to score


Double digit hits (ELEVEN to be exact) but didn’t make enough of them count . . .
~ Seager, as per usual vs. the Rangers, had a multi-hit game
~ James, Robbie, John and Willie also w/2 hits each
~ RBIs = Robbie, John and Stefen
~ Runs = Robbie, John and Willie
~ In the 6th, down by TWO, Robbie singled and Jesus followed with his first Mariners hit this season – he was then then lifted for a pinch-runner (Dustin). Robbie scored via John’s single on an awesome slide to tap the plate but, avoid the tag (the SAFE play was challenged, field ruling UPHELD)
~ In the 7th, with ONE out and the bases-loaded, Robbie hit a sinking line drive that short-hopped into the fielders glove, allowing Willie to score from 3B

* In the 1st, a SAFE call at 2B was challenged and OVER-TURNED, giving the M’s a strike-em out, throw-em out DP to end the inning
* In the 2nd, after a lead-off walk, Chirinos doubled and then a really nice relay: Stefen-to-Robbie-to-John to nail the runner at home

* In the 4th, a scary moment in the OF when Stefen and James collided, James belly flopped on the ground and it wasn’t clear until the replay that Stefen was the one in possession of the ball (and both seemed OK)
* In the 7th, an interesting “synchronized diving” play by the runner trying to get back to 1B and Willie flying to try to tag him (the OUT play was challenged and OVER-TURNED)

tweets of the game . . .


g60 | bats cold in Florida (0-4 now, in the Sunshine state)

Not sure if it was a let down after what one would think was a much needed day off (M’s had just completed a SIXTEEN game stretch where they went 10-6)  ~OR~ that old adage of “playing to the level of your competition” (to which the Mariners seem to be the definition of this season, whether it be good OR bad: 9-12 vs. below .500 teams, 22-17 vs. teams .500 and above) but, they came out FLAT

Mariners 0 | Rays 4

flat tire

Chris was walking a tight-rope his entire outing . . .
amazingly, none of the FIVE walks he gave up scored as he was able to work out of TWO bases-loaded jams and, despite allowing THREE doubles, all the scoring came via sac-fly and singles. All things considered, he did keep ’em in it . . .
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ FIVE walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Joe gave up another couple of walks but, no runs

} Tom had a bad start to his outing allowing a couple of singles, a HBP and a WP that resulted in ONE run (coulda been worse) in the 7th but, bounced back in the 8th and retired the side in order

Move along, nothing to see here 😦
~ Only FIVE hits (from only THREE players: Cole, Robbie, Stefen) ~ only ONE for extra bases (Cole’s double)
~ Hopefully, it’s just a tweak and not anything serious (Levy jinx?) but, Michael left with a shoulder issue 😦

interesting . . .
NO double plays in the game for EITHER side

tweets of the game . . .


g59 | Kuma’s back, shutdown pen and leave it to the Beavers

Mariners 2 | Braves 0

leave it to beaver


Great to see Kuma bounce back from a couple of rough outings . . .
and with authority, no runs and no walks (not too shabby with the bat either: walk, sac bunt, K) on 96 pitches
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Now FIFTEEN scoreless innings for the BP. Today’s contributors ~ Yourvis and Nando ~ each with a hitless, scoreless frame and ONE strikeout. Nando’s 16th save.


~ Lots of hits (NINE), not a lot of power (ONE triple the only EBH) and WAY too many K’s (THIRTEEN)
But, it was  j u s t  enough ~ leave it to the Beavers!
Cole and Stefen the only batters with multi-hit games ~ both with TWO hist, Cole with an RBI, Stefen with the only extra-base hit (a triple)

* ONE double play (Robbie-Brad-Willie)
* Willie was at 1B today and made a nice line drive snag in the 6th
Brad had a couple notable plays . . .
a nice charging, quick release in the 3B and a not-so-quick release in the 9th (was so close it was challenged but, review confirmed the original call on the field – OUT)

tweets of the game . . .


g58 | oh no, Erasmo ~ yessiree, BP and the bats!

Mariners 7 | Braves 5

Erasmo dug himself into a hole early, giving up TWO doubles and TWO homers so, despite pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd, that would be his last inning
THREE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FOUR strikeouts

Tom + Dom + Danny + Nando = SIX scoreless innings, giving up only TWO hits, TWO walks and NINE strikeouts

Surprises abound in Hot-Lanta . . .
~ Stefen with a PINCH hit THREE-run homer (that tied the game at FIVE in the 4th
~ John with his FIRST homer as a Mariner (a TWO-run shot that put the M’s ahead for good in the 7th)
~ Brad and James with the other RBI’s
Plenty of hits (THIRTEEN) w/ a couple of stark contrasts . . .
~ Kyle and Justin = 0-10
~ Robbie and Michael = 5-10

* Brad-Robbie-Justin with a DP
* James with an error

tweets of the game . . .


g38 | FOURTEEN hits, TWENTY wins

And the hits just kept on comin’!

hit parade





Mariners 12 | Rays 5

Felix more Felix-like tonight, until the 7th, when he was thrown out (1st career ejection) . . .
He had scattered FOUR singles through SIX innings w/ZERO walks. Then came the 7th where the singles weren’t scattered but, back-to-back-to-back to load the bases. Then, Felix proceeded to strike out TWO but then, gave up a bases-clearing double on his 111th pitch and he was done – literally and figuratively (he was thrown out of the game due to some “words” he had for the umpire as he was coming out of the game). Not that Felix would use it as an excuse but, he had leads of 3-0, 8-0 and 9-0 ~ could be tough to stay loose in those  l  o  n  g   half innings  . . .
SIX.TWO innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Tom came in and promptly allowed the inherited runner to score on a double but, got the next guy and then retired the side in order in the 8th (including TWO K’s)
} Yourvis got ONE of everything (inning, hit, earned run, walk, strikeout)

Back-to-back “yellow line” doubles in the 1st, sort of portended the final result . . .
~ Dustin and Brad were the only starters who went hitless (though Brad scored after reaching on an error)
~ Justin and Mike were the only starters with hits who had only ONE (but, BOTH were homers)
~ The rest of the line-up, each with multi-hit games (and each of those had at least ONE run or RBI)
~ Top ‘o the Order (James, Stefen, Robbie) SEVEN for THIRTEEN w/SEVEN runs scored and FIVE RBI
~ SIX extra-base hits (THREE homers: Justin, Mike and Stefen; THREE doubles: James, Robbie, Stefen)
~ Only THREE walks but TWO from Mike (who had only walked THREE times in 104 AB’s this season)
~ kudos to the TB starter, Ramos as he ended up staying thru SIX.TWO – truly taking one for  the team


* Only ONE double-play turned but, THANKFULLY, no errors tonight

* TB couldn’t say the same – they were charged with FOUR errors – all in the same inning)
* Some nice OF play (especially a sliding catch by James!)


tweets of the game . . .