For a team where the expectations were few and far between, it was a happy and exciting circumstance for these Mariners to be playing in front of a packed stadium on the very last day of the season in a game that still mattered. It was so much fun for the players and win-starved fans alike. The experience gained from near-playoff baseball should prove to be invaluable to the young players going forward – in other words, despite not getting over that last hump, the future is looking bright.
And then, there was the special goodbye to Kyle Seager . . . emotional for him, his teammates and the fans. They were behind the entire game but, we’d seen them come back time after time (42 to be exact) so, all hope was not lost. Until the top of the 9th, when the out of town scoreboard turned in favor of the Red Sox and dashed any post season hope for the M’s (even if they had won the game, they help they needed hadn’t materialized). It was at that point that the crowd started chanting “Kyle – Seager!” and he was given the opportunity to have a moment with the fans (he was even presented with the 3B bag!). Kyle gave his all for eleven years – and it’s such a shame that, like Felix, he was never able to take part in post season baseball. Even with that, he seemed to harbor no regret and in fact spoke glowingly about his years with the M’s and, especially THIS specific team which, according to him, had a particularly special bond.
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)