g155 | series loss but . . . . Rauuuuuuul is indeed cool!

Mariners 5 | Angels 6

A rather Jekyll and Hyde night for Joe . . .
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ SIX earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts (125 pitches!)

} Good to see a clean inning, including a K, from Tom

The M’s out-hit the Halos (9 to 6) but just didn’t get enough across but, HUGE congrats to Rauuuuuuul !!!!
In the 9th inning, Raul got the M’s to within ONE run with his 29th homer of the year ~ which tied Ted Williams for most as a 41-year-old. It was all the 300th homer of Raul’s long, solid career.

No DP’s from either side (unfortunately, ONE steal ~ of home ~ for the Halos ~ and it was the difference of the game)

tweets of the game . . .





g150 | dog, er . . . tiger, days

Mariners 2 | Tigers 4

Joe had an ominous start, allowing a couple of singles and a WP in the 1st for the Tigers first run . . .
he then settle down and cruised through the next FOUR innings (with the help of a couple double plays). But, with TWO outs in the 6th, he gave up a walk (to Miggy) and THREE straight singles for the Tigers next TWO runs and that would be that.
5.2 innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

} Tom was able to get that third out of the 6th right away but, allowed a run on a couple of singles in the 7th
} Ollie posted a clean inning but, ‘t was too little, too late for the O

Only SEVEN total hits  – TWO of the extra base variety – from the young and the old . . .
~ Abraham’s hot bat stays that way with TWO more hits, including his 2nd homer
~ Raul hit his 20th double

* Justin with a rare error
* Carlos, while he didn’t get any hits, filled in nicely for Brad at SS (including being in TWO of THREE double plays)

tweets of the game . . .


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 . . .


g125 | comin’ from behind – rare but, fun!

Mariners 7 | Athletics 4

To say Joe had a rough start is a bit of an understatement . . .
giving up FOUR runs (on 40 pitches!) in the 1st inning is never a good sign but, he defied pessimism and hung in there, scattering FIVE hits over the next FIVE innings, thereby giving ’em a chance . . .
SIX innings ~ TEN hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Brandon got a little work, posting a scoreless 7th that included a strikeout
} Yoervis had a rather shaky inning, getting himself in and out of trouble (as has been is MO of late) with a hit and a couple of walks but, was able to escape damage
} Danny struck out TWO (including Cespedes to end the game) to earn his EIGHTH save in NINE tries

~ Nick with his first home run since July 28th cut the A’s lead in half (4-2) in the 3rd

Not much happened after that, on either side, until the top of the 8th . . .
the M’s recorded FOUR consecutive hits with no outs (Michael S single, Henry double, Brad RBI single, Nick RBI single) to tie the game at FOUR. Then, Kyle walked and, with Kendrys batting, a WP scored Brad (pinch-running for Henry) from 3B and then Kendrys hit a high chopper and a close play at the plate but Nick was called safe and the score was 6-4. Nick apparently got his knee scraped up by the catcher’s cleats blocking the plate. Raul had a long AB and ended up walking then, another WP, scored Kyle to make it 7-4, where it would stay.

thank heaven for the 8th cuz the 9th look a lot like last night . . .
Humberto was up to bunt, after Brad had singled, and hit a chopper that the catcher fielded bare handed and threw to 2B but, there was no baseman so, Brad got to 3B and Humberto ended up at 1B. Then, a couple of strikeouts and then Raul walked to load the bases  . . . and Justin flied out.


Nifty 1-3 ended the 5th and was ONE of THREE double-plays that helped Joe survive after that  L  O  N  G  1st inning (he also recorded a pick-off)

Nick’s knee required FIVE stitches and he’ll likely be out about a week


tweets of the game . . .

g120 | oh Joe and no O . . .

Mariners 1 | Rays 7

Second straight 4.1 innings outing for Joe but this time all the runs were earned . . .
4.1 innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ ZERO strikeouts

} the good for Brandon was only TWO hits and NO walks in 2.2 innings. the bad for Brandon was the ONE earned run and the fact that he threw FIFTY-SEVEN pitches.
) Carter was Carter, couple of hits, a run and a strikeout

Nice extra base hit ratio . . . trouble is, the denominator was only FIVE
and, Raul’s first homer since before the All Star Break accounted for the only run

Well, at least they played error-less ball again 😉
But, from the sounds of things there was more than a little mis-communication in the infield . . . live and learn ~ hopefully.

tweets of the game . . .

g115 | Brews double up . . .

Mariners 5 | Brewers 10


Obviously, not Joe’s best effort, though his defense was NO help WHAT-so-ever . . .
4.1 innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ NINE runs ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Not sure why Erasmo was put in out of the pen but, he went 1.2 and gave up a run
} Carter & Lucas were nearly lone bright spots, combining for THREE innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs/walks ~ FOUR K’s

~ Brad the only batter with multiple hits (THREE) including a double (but no RBI)
~ Justin with only ONE hit but, it was a TWO-run homer
~ Kyle and Nick with the rest of the RBI

Not sure what’s up with the  s l o p p y  baseball lately  😦 . . .
* Kyle with TWO more errors (FOUR in the last THREE games, he now has ELEVEN on the year)
* Nick also made an error

tweet of the game . . .

(OK – it was after the game but, hey, there wasn’t a lot during ;-( )

g111 | Happy totals make for a happy flight home

And THIS is what can happen when the starting pitching isn’t perfect but gives you a chance, the offense does JUST enough and the bullpen is SHUTDOWN = win! win! win!

Mariners 3 | Orioles 2

Houdini Joe showed up vs. his old team at Camden Yards . . .
allowing the lead-off batter to reach in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th innings
working with a runner in scoring position in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th innings
But, able to escape damage until the 6th, when that lead-off runner finally came around to score on Valencia’s home run and the O’s took the lead 2-1. But, in the end, Joe’s ability to work out of trouble kept the M’s in it (with a little help from his BP)
SIX innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

} Yoervis ‘s 7th was impressive, to say the least, as he retired the heart of the O’s order IN order:  Machado (K),  Jones (K) and Davis (1-pitch groundout) and then he followed up with a 1-2-3 8th (and economical as well – only 21 pitches)
} Danny (aka: Lord Farquhar) earned his second major league save, in as many chances, and preserved the game victory for Joe and the series victory for the M’s

Quite the development of Danny going on before our very eyes . . .
the volume of K’s has been eye-popping from the beginning but, he started out giving up a LOT of runs as well. In the pre-game, both Mike Blowers and Danny himself mentioned that he had “re-introduced” his curve ball to keep the hitters off balance (had previously relied a little to heavily on the cutter) and, pitching inside ~ the results are astounding . . .

  • first 10.2 innings of his season = 18 K’s, 10ER
  • next 9 innings = 10K’s, 3 ER
  • last 16 innings = 24 K’s, 7 ER


~ the Ancient Mariners with ALL the M’s RBI today: Raul’s RBI double and Hank’s TWO-run homer
~ AB of the game (though it didn’t result in a run) was Justin’s 16-pitch base hit in the 4th
~ hit of the game was no doubt Hank’s 2-run homer in the 7th (apparently he can hit homers other than grand slams and in non-Felix games 😉 ) that was the first Chen had given up at Camden Yards all year – it recaptured the lead for the M’s that they would not relinquish

* one DP turned (Brendan-Brad-Justin)
* no DP’s turned against the M’s but, wow can Chen can field his position! (see top 5th)
* defensive play of the game ~ Brad’s WebGem for the first out in the 9th, smash liner that he had to dive for


tweets of the game . . . 



g101 | streak ends at eight

First and foremost, and update on The Skipper . . . 
It was reported earlier this afternoon that Eric had suffered a mild stroke. He is expected to make a full recovery but, will not be with the team for the next three series (including the upcoming east coast trip to BOS and BAL). Robby Thompson will take the helm in his stead. Heal fast and well, Skip! 

Wedge released, believed to have had mild stroke | Greg Johns

Mariners 1 | Indians 10

Guess there will be no “nine is fine” 😦
But, a series win (3rd in-a-row) and SIX of their last NINE is definitely moving in the right direction.

Joe’s personal winning streak (4) ended along with the team’s (8) today. He gave up the same number of earned runs today that he did during that streak as he posted his fourth shortest outing this season . . .
4.2 innings ~ NINE hits ~ SIX runs ~ FIVE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} the bullpen of Hector and Lucas didn’t provide much relief ~ combining to give up another FOUR earned runs and THREE walks to only ONE strikeout

This will be brief . . .
TWO hits, both singles, ONE each by Justin and Nick.
Suffice it to say, Kazmir was “on” and the M’s bats, not so much.
They did score ONE run – it was unearned.

* another THREE dp’s = good
* rare error by Michael S = not so good (allowed an earned run to score)

tweets of the game . . .


g96 | young bats pick up right where they left off . . .

So, as you can see by my previous post, I have an EXCELLENT excuse for the be-lated game post 😉

Mariners 10 | Astros 7

Joe  a  l  m  o  s  t   posted a quality start and did get the win . . .
5.1 innings ~ NINE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

} Yoervis allowed an inherited run to score but retired the next batter to end the 6th and posted a scoreless 7th
} Danny and Ollie made a bit of a mess of the 8th ~ combining for FOUR hits, ONE walk and THREE earned runs
} Tom was able to shut the door on the 8th and, although he allowed a run of his own in the 9th, he saved his 20th game and preserved Joe’s NINTH victory

~ Kyle extended his personal hit streak to FIFTEEN games and the club’s homer streak to TWENTY-THREE games
~ Mike Z got on base THREE times via ball FOUR ~ and scored EACH time
~ Dustin had a TWO-rbi double
~ Justin added a little insurance in the 9th, with his NINTH homer
~ Brad’s banner day included his first AND second major league homers and accounted for HALF the M’s runs


As @shannondrayer would (and DID) say, “Brad Miller is good.” And, she wasn’t the only one who noticed . . .


tweets of the game . . .


M*A*S*H and Movement
* Stephen Pryor and Guti began their respective rehab stints with Tacoma today
* Jesus Montero also joined the Rainiers as he was activated from the DL yesterday (and he hit a triple!)
* Erasmo, who was assigned to Everett so he could stay on during the break, will be recalled to start back at home on Tuesday


g93 | “I’m honored to be his teammate.” —Joe Saunders, re: Raul

Mariners 8 | Angels 3

When you hear sincere respect like that coming out of a clubhouse, it bears repeating.
I know that it’s more important for the young guys to do well because they are the future (and there was a good share of that in this game as well) but, it is pretty cool to watch this incredible, unexpected season that Raul is having. And, you KNOW it’s got to be helping these youngsters – in EVERY way imaginable. Raul has always been a great role model as a person and a player with an exceptional work ethic and a willingness to share his knowledge and experience (because players like Jamie Moyer and Edgar did it for him) but, for him to be having a season like this at age 41 is pretty special. You go, Raul!

Safeco Joe is back ~ and looking really good against his old team . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ZERO walks ~ TWO walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Danny promptly gave up the shutout (allowed TWO runs on his own and an inherited runner scored later) and struck out ONE
} Lucas didn’t record an out, gave up a double to the only batter he faced (Hamilton – his first hit of the game)
} Yoervis gave up Danny’s inherited runner via a ground ball out and induced a pop-up for the third out to limit the damage in the 8th and then retired the side in the 9th to hand Joe his EIGHTH win (he’s now 8-8)

~ Once again, Kyle extends TWO streaks with ONE swing . . .
his personal hitting streak to TWELVE and the M’s consecutive game homers to TWENTY (club record)
~ Rauuuuuul hit not one but TWO more homers (#23 went into the Hit It Here Cafe, #24 to right center)
~ Kendrys went back-to-back with Raul in the 7th
~ Mike’s been comin’ ’round, THREE more hits (including a double) and an RBI tonight

Rauuuuuuul | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

Rauuuuuuul | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

So, the middle of the order REALLY WAS: FOUR homers ~ ONE double ~ SIX runs scored ~ FIVE rbi
Also, while the homers are fun, it is also great to see some versatility from the offense like, walks and deep fly balls with runners on and less than two outs so that singles can then be productive. It works. Keep it up.

* crazy bloop drops in a triangle of defenders down the right field line that resulted in Halos at 2B and 3B in the 2nd (luckily Joe would get out of it with back-to-back strikeouts)
* Dustin with a great running, snow cone catch in CF (definitely the best catch I’ve seen him make in the OF so far)
* rather odd – no double plays, on either side
* Mike threw out Trout (of all players!) I personally think that gave Mikey a little extra swagger when he took his AB’s 😉

O U T !  | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

O U T ! | Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images


tweets of the game . . .