g161 | Rooks take the day: Maurer wins, Bradley “bunches” & Danny saves

Mariners 7 | Athletics 5

Brandon put up a decent last outing of the season, though too. too many pitches (103) . . .
5.1 innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Chance, on the other hand, left nothing to it – giving up TWO home runs (one a 2-run shot) in the 7th to allow the A’s to creep ever closer to the once large lead)
} Charlie, Lucas and Yoervis bent but didn’t break (combining to give up TWO hits and THREE walks but NO runs)
} Danny retired the A’s in order in the 9th for his SIXTEENTH save

Power on display at The Safe!
~ Justin gave the M’s their first lead of the game with a TWO run homer in the 2nd
~ Brad extended the lead with a solo shot in the 3rd
~ Brad, as is his habit, hit a SECOND homer ~ this one a GRAND SLAM! ~ to break it open in the 5th

* No DP’s (and the A’s pulled off a double steal on Zunino/Medina)
* Justin made a nice catch of a pop-up (over the camera well) to end the 7th

tweets of the game . . .


g157 | extra heartbreak

Mariners 5 | Royals 6 (in 12)

M’s are now 6-15 in extra innings 😦

Nice to see Brandon go a full SEVEN for the first time this season – and a strong seven, at that . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE run ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

The bullpen, as has so often been the case this season, was NO help what-so-ever . . .
} Charlie gave up THREE runs to give the Royals the lead in the 8th
} Tom, Danny, Ollie and Chance combined for 4.1 scoreless innings
} Lucas gave up a walk and an RBI double that would ultimately be the winning run

‘t is a rare thing to have nearly twice as many walks as hits . . .
the M’s had only SIX hits in the entire game  but, THREE were for extra bases – Kendrys and Michael homered, Kyle’s double didn’t come till the 10th.  FOUR of their ELEVEN walks came in extras (TWO intentional to Kendrys and Michael in the 10th)

BOTH teams had TWO errors (throwing errors for Nick and Abraham) AND outfield assists on throws home (Michael). The Royals turned THREE double-plays to the M’s ONE

tweet of the game . . .


g154 | dueling youngsters, M’s blinked first

Mariners 2 | Angels 3 (in 11)

Erasmo was cruising along through SIX (as was Shoemaker) scattering a SIX hits and then came the 7th (where BOTH pitchers gave up their first TWO runs of the game). For Erasmo, they were both unearned, and given up by Chance after Erasmo left the game with a strained groin . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO unearned runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Lucas, Carter and Bobby managed to keep the Halos scoreless for another THREE full innings but, Bobby couldn’t hold it and gave up a couple of singles in the 11th, the last one coming with TWO outs and ONE on for the game-winning hit.

Multi-hit games from Michael (who had BOTH RBI), Dustin and Nick but . . . .
TWO runs usually not gonna do it and, tonight was no exception

* Kyle with another error
* THREE double-plays (all Dustin-Nick-Justin)

tweets of the game . . .

g149 | don’t bother to meet me in St Louie

Mariners 2 | Cardinals 12

Erasmo was far from sharp . . . .
never a good sign when your pitcher gives up more runs than innings pitched (and he also hit a couple of batters)
FOUR innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE runs ~ ZERO walks ~ ONE strikeout

Unfortunately, he was not alone in his “dullness” . . .
} Carter was no help (a common occurrence of late) . . . he faced THREE batters, retired NONE and gave up TWO runs
} Bobby gave up ONE run in his ONE inning
} Chance gave up THREE in his TWO
} Lucas was the sole effective pitcher – much too little, much too late

Sad story . . .
~ Abraham had the loan XBH (a double ) and a sac-fly to score Endy
~ Guti had an RBI single that scored Abraham

Dustin nailed at 2B by Molina (though, the reply appeared to show he was safe) . . .
losing track of the CS’s in this series – curious that they finally running when there’s a great catcher behind the plate 😦

tweet of the game . . . 

g147 | lack of fundamentals sinks rooks and wastes Kuma’s gem

Mariners 1 | Cardinals 2 (in 10)

lead glove

Kuma tossed a gem (getting to that 200 inning milestone once again) but it was all for naught . . .
SEVEN innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout

the bullpen was a mixed bag . . .
} Charlie allowed a run on a walk and a hit
} Yoervis was strong in his 1.1 w/ no hits or walks and ONE strikeout
} things really crumbled in the 10th when Chance came in, struck out the first two batters, then allowed a single. Ollie relieved him and walked TWO to load the bases and then the winning run scored on a passed ball 😦

~ TEN hits is good.
~ Only ONE run on only ONE extra base hit (Mike’s third homer), not so much.
They were still in line to take this game, despite the lack of offensive production – the defensive miscues really hurt.

* Nick misjudged a pop-up that ended up going for a TWO base error
* Brad made a bad throw to Kendrys that allowed the tying run to score
* Mike allowed a passed ball with the bases loaded in the 10th that allowed the winning run to score

tweets of the game . . . 

g145 | b l o w n OUT

Mariners 2 | Astros 13

blown out






And so, for Joe, it turns out the first pitch of the ballgame was an omen of the evening. The solo shot in the first was followed by a an RBI double in the 2nd and THREE doubles, THREE steals and a single in the 3rd to score FOUR and that would be it . . .
THREE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

} wow – a night were Tom was the ONLY pitcher that DIDN’T give up a run (TWO full innings of hitless/scoreless ball, in fact)
} Carter, Chance and Luke combined to give up TEN hits, SEVEN runs, FIVE walks and SIX strikeouts in FOUR innings

~ For the THIRD night in-a-row, only FIVE hits and at least ONE error
~ Raul’s double was the only extra base knock

* Abraham with another error 😦
* ZERO double-plays turned
* Man – can (and do!) those Astros run!!! (FIVE stolen bases – THREE of which ended up scoring)


tweet of the game . . .


g142 | Congrats ~and condolences~ to James

Mariners 6 | Rays 2

On the night James Paxton made his major league debut . . .
he was apparently only hours removed from learning of his grandfather’s death. What a tribute he was able to give him – recording a victory in his FIRST ever start! Yes, the Rays have been struggling of late but, they are in the playoff hunt and James handled them almost with ease for most of the game. His fastball was 94-97mph and his other stuff got better as he went along. His great debut was all the more impressive once it was reported, shortly after the game, what a heavy heart he held. Way to go, James! Here’s to many more lines like this in your career . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts


} Tom up to his old tricks (walking the first TWO batters) but, he was able to escape without damage.
} Chance, Luke and Danny kept the scoreless streak going – giving up only ONE hit, ONE walk and striking out THREE over the last TWO innings

Rather odd note . . .
this was the fourth straight game in which the M’s have scored exactly SIX runs (3-1 in those games) . . . . we’ll take it! And, the other thing we’ll take is the balance of manufacturing AND ready-made scoring.

We’ve seen Abraham run and catch . . .
tonight we got to see him walk, steal and bunt (once for an RBI on a safety squeeze!) – lovin’ the small ball 🙂

and the power was on display as well . . .
Justin and Kendrys both with solo shots and Nick and Michael both with RBI doubles

Michael made a FANTASTIC throw from RF . . .
A perfect, NO-hop, strike to Mike at the plate to keep the runner at 3B

Only ONE double-play but, it ended the game (those are always extra, special sweet!)

Super, scary moment when Justin and Nick were both going to field a pop-up, it went off Justin’s glove just as Nick was sliding to get out of the way. Unfortunately, his head (neck) was able to get out of the way of Justin’s knee. He was on the ground for several minutes but able to get up on his own eventually AND, he stayed in the game (whew!)

tweets of the game . . .



Interesting that there was a Sounders’ match and a Mariners’ game simultaneously (thought they usually tried to avoid that) and great that they both were victors (and the games ended at almost exactly the same time)


g140 | of strong starts, let downs, come backs and heartbreak . . .

Mariners 6 | Royals 7 (in 13)

Oh no, Joe your nemesis (the “big” inning) reared it’s ugly head again . . .
this time in the 5th when the Royals scored THREE to get to within ONE and then he was gone . . .
4.2 innings ~ ELEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Brandon wasn’t much help – giving up THREE runs of his own in his 1.1 inning of work
} Charlie and Luke were impressive through their FOUR innings, recording a combination of TWO hits, ONE run and FIVE strikeouts (with Tom in their for 1/3 – giving up a hit and recording an out)
} Chance look great for a time – retiring the first FIVE batters he faced (including TWO strikeouts). It was that FOURTH pitch to the FIRST batter of the THIRTEENTH inning that hurt 😦


ELEVEN hits and SIX runs is good, right? Yep, ‘cept when the other team gets NINETEEN hits and SEVEN runs 😦

extra-base hits galore . . .
~ Homers by Justin and Raul and
~ Doubles by Abraham, Dustin, Michael and Kyle

Sure started out great . . .
with THREE in the 1st and adding on in the 3rd and 4th and then tying it (via Raul’s homer) in the 9th to send it to extras – where they had their chances, just couldn’t get it done.

THREE double-plays turned and NONE turned against them


tweets of the game . . .


st16 & 17 | splittin’ the split squad – 6-1 win, 1-6 loss

Mariners 6 | Brewers 1

Felix appears to be ready and rarin’…

6 innings – 6 strikeouts – 1 hit – 0 runs – 1 walk

And then…

the combination of Jimenez, Fox and Kinney allowed one run on only one more hit (yes – the Brewers were 2-hit!) and no walks

Liddi, Ackley, Robinson – oh my!

Alex and Dustin each with 3 hits (Liddi -homer, Ackley -double) and Trayvon with 2 hits


Mariners 1 | Athletics 6

Iwakuma is ruffed up, again…

giving up 3 earned runs and 5 total in his 5 innings of work but, he did settle down a bit to retire 6 of the last 8 batters he faced and after the game Wedge said Wedge said…

“I think if you look at his last few outings, he has had better stuff and he’s staying down in the zone,” Wedge said. “He still needs to move forward [with] regards to his total game, but we’ve seen some good indicators.” after the game he was encouraged that he saw improvement.

the bully, on the other hand…

well, Kelley and Delabar specifically, was STELLAR! Those two combined for 3IP – 2H – 4K

Ruffin looking like he may not yet be ready for primetime.

the O has seen much better days this spring…

though Ichiro, with his 3 hits, is now over .400 in CL play. Guess his getting comfortable in the 3-hole.

st12 | watch Blake pitch, watch Jesus hit…

Mariners 6 | Rangers 4

A nice outing for Beavan today…

Even though he gave up 2 runs, it was good to see that he made it through 5 full innings using 64 pitches (43 for strikes!) oh, and NO walks.  BB is definitely making a case for the starting ro.

the bully was a bit of a mixed bag today…

Kuo and Sherrill each tossed a scoreless inning (though George walked 2)

Ruffin and Camp each gave up a run in their respective innings of work.

The 8 hits were scattered nicely throughout the lineup…

but the RBI were concentrated mostly at the catcher and DH position: Miggy hit a 3-run bomb off Nathan in the 6th to give the M’s the lead at the time and Jesus hit a 2-run double in the 9th to give the M’s the lead for good.  Oh, and Vinnie hit his second homer of the spring.

Great Cactus League Report tonight (thank heavens for the podcasts, as we had company for dinner and I couldn’t listen live). Jack Z, Saunders, Wilhelmsen, Smoak, Montero, Robinson and Jim Caple