g78 | Tai,~ Terrific, again!

Mariners 7 | Padres 0


Yowsa! Yet ANOTHER great outing from Taijuan . . .

Now gone at least SIX innings in his last SEVEN starts w/o giving up more than THREE runs
His pitch count was low today but, Lloyd trying to preserve his arm
SIX innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

} Vidal, Mark, Nando and Tom were able to keep the shutout going . . .
pitching a combined THREE innings, giving up THREE hits and ONE walk

Look Ma, runs!
~ Is Robbie really turning the corner? FOUR for FIVE w/a homer, a double, THREE RBI and TWO runs scored

~ Nellie also with a multi-hit game: TWO hits (including a homer), TWO runs, TWO RBI

~ Zu with a walk and a run scored
~ Brad with a run scored and LoMo with an RBI

* ONE DP (Robbie to Brad to LoMo)
* Brad with a really nice pick and spin

tweets of the game . . . 

g77 | ANOTHER Full Monty!!!

Mariners 5  |  Padres 0


And this one was of the ONE-HIT variety!

What a gem for Monty! His second complete game shutout in as many outings!
What fun it is watching him blossom before our eyes 🙂
NINE innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs/earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

Only SEVEN total hits but . . .
~ TWO homers (Zu and Brad w/a TWO run shot)
~ and a triple for LoMo
~ AJ w/an RBI single to score Kyle
~ Nellie scored on a ground out and a throwing error

* a DP (LoMo to Brad) ended the 1st of what would be SIX+ super fun innings

* some nice running catches by AJ

tweets of the game . . .

g33 | Vedder Cup = split

Mariners 2 | Padres 4

ducks on the pond

Basically . . .
the Friars got ’em on, got ’em over, got ’em in
the M’s just got ’em on

Taijuan posted a solid, quality start (though he needs to get more efficient – 102 pitches) allowing only a solo homer and a sac fly . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

} Joe allowed a run in the 7th and a lead off single in the 8th who would score after Carson came in and allowed a steal and a WP (his first of the season) but got a couple of K’s and a line out
} Danny shaky again – a HBP on the first pitch to the lead off batter and then a single but then a strikeout and a couple of great plays by our resident 3B GG’er ❤

Well . . .
ONE for THIRTEEN w/RISP sorta tells ya all you need to know about the bats tonight 😦
~ Brad continues his hot hitting (maybe this DH thing will stick) – as he gets BOTH RBI – a homer and an RBI double
~ Zu also had a double (but, also THREE K’s)

* Kyle with not ONE but TWO charging plays (7th and 9th)
* Nellie with a great throw from RF to get the runner going to 3B (unfortunately, there was a runner ahead of him who scored)
* Robbie with a great shoe string catch of a liner

tweets of the game . . . 

g32 | goin’ batty for the Vedder Cup!!!!!!

Mariners 11 | Padres 4

going batty

Not used to seeing an offensive onslaught like that!
My mantra is: “Chicks did the long ball but, REAL women love leather” but . . .
even I have to admit THAT was FUN 🙂 (especially in person with friends to share it with!)

After the 1st inning in which he threw all of NINE pitches, I thought, m a y b e this would really be James’ night. He did end up with a SIX inning shutout but, it was far from smooth sailing . . .

Pitching with a FOUR run lead in the 2nd, after retiring the first two batters, he proceeded to walk the bases loaded but, got Barmes to pop up on his THIRTY-EIGHTH pitch of the inning. The Padres also loaded the bases for Barmes in the 4th – this time he struck out. So, ‘t wasn’t always pretty but, the result was great as James records his first victory . . .
SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO run/earned runs ~ FIVE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Danny continued to struggle, getting the lead off batter in the 7th but, loading the bases with a single and TWO walks
} Tom came in and got Kemp to hit a ground ball but, Chris booted it so, not only did the runner score from 3rd but, the bases were reloaded. He struck out the next batter then, allowed a single that scored the rest of the inherited runners and ended the inning with a strikeout.
} Charlie retired the Pads in order in the 8th
} Mark had a bit of a rough go (thankfully, the lead was LARGE) allowing a couple of walks, a double and a run

Let’s just say . . .
save some for tomorrow! 😉

~ Nice homer to hit ratio (SIX / FIFTEEN)
~ Kyle got the homer parade going in the 1st with a THREE-run shot
~ LoMo, Nellie  and Justin (pinch-hitting for Brad) all launched solo shots (Justin’s first as a Mariner)
~ Really awesome to see Zu coming around – 3/4 with THREE RBI via TWO homers (all three hits w/TWO strikes)
~ Brad (DH’ing tonight) had consecutive ground rule doubles (one in RF corner, one in LF corner
~ ALL the starters had at least ONE hit, FOUR had multiple hits
~ ALL but TWO starters scored at lease ONE run
~ ALL but THREE starters had at least ONE RBI

* Chris had the error in the 7th that led to TWO unearned runs
* he was also part of a tailor made double-play in the 3rd
* but, the WEB GEM of the night belongs to Dustin Ackley . . .

tweets of the game . . . 


g73 | home/road split w/the Pads

Mariners 1 | Padres 4

Erasmo actually pitched VERY well . . . .
He retired the side in order THREE times and both hits allowed were singles – makes one wonder why he was pulled after only 70 pitches (maybe Lloyd knows something we don’t or, maybe he just didn’t want to push his luck)
SIX innings ~ TWO hits ~ ZERO runs ~ TWO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

Unfortunately, it was one of those rare games that the bullpen faltered . . .
} Dom was very un-Dom like ~ allowing back-to-back triples with only one out and it spiraled out of control from there, all the Padres runs were charged to him
} Joe got them out of the 7th but, not before allowing one of the inherited runners to score and Nando just came in because he needed some work (pitched a scoreless 8th)

Not much to see here . . .
* though all but TWO starters had at least ONE hit, only one was for extra-bases (Dustin’s double) and only ONE drove anyone in (Robbie’s single in the 5th – he also had TWO other hits)
* LoMo had a SB

No errors and no DP’s (though they hit into TWO :/ )
I never feel I can speak to the defense unless I actually see/hear the game and, due to the early start time, that wasn’t possible

tweets of the game . . .


g72 | Oh, the O (or lack thereof)

Mariners 1 | Padres 2

This is getting ridiculous . . .
Last THREE Felix starts:  22.1 innings ~ 11 hits ~ 2 earned runs ~ 3 walks ~ 31 strikeouts ~ 0-1 record :/

Tonight Felix gave up a hit to the lead-off batter then proceeded to retire FIFTEEN in-a-row. The only run the Pads scored off him was via a WP
SEVEN innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts

} Charlie gave up an RBI double (ultimately, the winning run) after a very long AB (not pitch count-wise but, lots of stops/starts, calls for time (both by the battery and the batter) w/a runner on 2B. Yourvis allowed a hit but, got the last out of the 8th

~ SEVEN hits, only ONE double (LoMo was stranded at 3B with not outs, as he took 3B on a PB)
~ The M’s only run came in the 2nd: Mike was HBP (what else is new?!?) and Dustin and Brad singled
~ After stealing FOUR bases in the past TWO games, JJ was caught in this one (for only the second time)
~ Kudos to Brad, who is slowly but surely doing his best to climb out of the abyss (at least one hit in EIGHT of his last ELEVEN games (including a double, a triple and a homer)

no DPs and few highlight plays  (though Brad had a nice leaping grab in the 2nd)

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 . . . 


g70 | M’s score in bunches early, Pads avoid shutout late . . .

Heavy hearts across all of baseball today as Tony Gwynn is remembered, revered and mourned
(see next post)

Mariners 5 | Padres 1


Chris done good vs his former team . . .
totally gave his hitters props for setting the tone early and allowed him to be aggressive
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

} Joe and Tom combined for THREE innings of ONE hit ball (unfortunately, that ONE hit was a solo shot in the 9th to wreck the shutout but, a win is a win

Efficient offense is fun . . .
Not as many hits tonight (7) as yesterday (13) but, same about of runs ~ gettin’ ’em over and gettin’ ’em in was NOT an issue tonight!

Speed is fun . . .
JJ with THREE stolen bases in TWO innings (and an pretty nifty, clean, hard slide to break up a DP) and he scored both times. Kyle had a SB as well (after reachin on a walk but, was stranded when Jesus struckout)

Power is fun . . .
~ Kyle keeping it rollin’ with a THREE-run homer in the 1st that (as Chris said) “set the tone for the game” (and, on a 3-0 pitch, no less!)
~ Brad with his 5th homer (a solo shot in the 2nd)
~ Robbie had the fifth RBI via a double in the 2nd (scoring JJ who had just stolen his third base)

I didn’t see the game so, can’t speak much to the DEE past the boxscore . . .
* Couple of flubs by the battery (bad pick-off attempt and a passed ball) though neither did any damage
* A couple of nice DP’s

tweets of the game . . .


g54 | Nick has a day!

Mariners 7 | Padres 1

cliff notes . . .
Felix goes EIGHT, M’s hit FIVE homers, Brendan displays his usual wizardry with the glove . . .
M’s win! M’s win!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see / listen to the game but, there were great tweets, galore!

Now THERE’s the Felix we know and love! (‘cept for the walks) – PetCo was just what the doctor ordered . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

} Ollie put up a scoreless frame in the 9th (despite giving up a hit and a walk)

~ NINE hits
~ FIVE for extra bases, all homers: Kendrys, Brendan, Endy and Nick (2)!
~ Felix didn’t get a hit but, he did take a walk – and scored on Endy’s homer

~ Nick hits his FIRST major league home run AND his SECOND


Sounds like Brendan was even better than usual (and more than made up for yesterday) . . .


other tweets of the game . . .


Off to Minny they go!


g53 | say it ain’t so, Joe!

Mariners 2 | Padres 3

the cliff notes . . .
Joe was awesome, Jason was clutch, Carter was Houdini and Tom was none of those 😦

You’ve heard of Safeco Joe, how ’bout Petco Joe? (suggested first by kjrmitch)
He had gone 22.2 scoreless innings against the Pads. He did end up surrendering a run (first inning solo shot) but, was lights out otherwise. What a shame to waste what was FINALLY a road start to right home about . . .
SEVEN runs ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE run ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts

Apparently, the Pads like to load the bases . . .
^ they did so in the 8th against Carter ~ but came away empty (just call him Houdini!)
^ they did so in the 9th against Tom ~ tied the game (gave up his first hit to a RH’er this season)
^ they did so in the 10th against Yoervis ~ won the game (poor kid, hopefully he’ll learn from it)

~ the bats posted another double-digit (12) strikeout game (ugh!) to go with ZERO walks (double ugh!)
~ They only managed FOUR hits with their first not coming until Endy’s single in the 4th and he would eventually score (Kyle doubled and Kendrys grounded out)
~ Justin hit for Joe in the 8th (he flew out but, good to see him swinging the bat again after the oblique strain)
~ Jason’s homer gave them the lead 2-1 in the 9th (what a pleasant surprise he has been)
~ Nick collected his first major league hit . . .

I didn’t see much of the game but sounds like there were some great plays on both sides. with multiple jaw-droppers by Endy and Ryan, as per usual.

tweets of the game . . . 


Guti slowly heating up on his rehab assignment (another 2 hits tonight -both doubles- and a walk  in a crazy 25-6 Rainiers win in Colorado Springs)

Michael M stayed behind in Seattle – tests on the quad showed just a strain (3-5 days)

Alex Liddi was re-called and Brandon Maurer was sent down . . .
I think this will be best for Brandon – I’ve thought all along he should have started the season in AAA, skipping levels rarely seems to go well.