g161 | win in #161 = meaningful #162 and chance for #163

WOW – what a game!
To see young guys who failed at their first opportunity come through in their second chance . . .
sort of a microcosm of the season and bodes well for the future no matter the outcome tomorrow. These players are learning what it’s like to play meaningful baseball in September and that experience is INvaluable going forward.

smooth sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 2 | Angels 1 (in 11)

ON the MOUND
James had a nice bounce-back from the nightmare that was his start in Toronto . . .
Didn’t make it through SIX and threw a LOT of pitches but, ONE earned run? (and it came in the only inning -2nd- that he had any trouble so, nice he was able to limit the damage) We’ll take that every time!
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

The bullpen was NAILS . . .
} Danny, Charlie, Carson and Yourvis combined for TWO.ONE innings of NO hits + NO runs
} Nando (tie game – eeek!), Tom and Dom each gave up ONE hit in their ONE inning of work but NO runs

AT the PLATE
Not a whole lot going against CJ for the first SIX innings . . .
~ In the 7th – a Kyle walk and a LoMo double tied the game at ONE
~ In the 9th – a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY turned to lead – as the bases loaded w/NO outs and they could not score (Brad and Chris each struck out and Austin lined out)
~ More opps in the 10th – Ack led off with a single, Robbie grounded out (moving Dustin to 2B) then Kendrys was intentionally walked, Humberto struck out and LoMo grounded out
~ Then the magic that was the 11th –  three “goats” of the 9th became HEROS – Brad doubled with ONE out, Chris T singled (moving Brad to 3B) and Austin collected the GW RBI w/a walk-off fielder’s choice . . .

*** MARINERS WIN!!! ***
STILL ALIVE IN THE #HuntForThePostSEAson

IN the FIELD
* Kyle with a rare mis-play allowed the Halos only run to score
* Dustin made an awesome running grab in the 10th
* Endy mis-played the very next ball in play, putting a runner at 2B w/TWO outs . . . luckily, it didn’t matter

tweets of the game . . .

 

g160 | Kuma back to Kuma

‘t was my last regular season game in person and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Meaningful baseball on the 160th game of the season is FUN 🙂

Frog-hanging-by-a-thread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 4 | Angels 3

ON the MOUND
He had to come out of the game for precautionary reasons in the 7th . . .
But, Kuma rebounded to give the M’s exactly what they needed. His only snafu – back-to-back solo shots (Calhoun and Trout – no shame there) . . .
SIX.ONE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} Brandon, Danny and Carson combined for only ONE hit and FOUR strikeouts (including a classic one of Trout by the rook Smith)

} Yes, it was a FRE . . .
as Nando gave up a run on a single and a double but, the 48th arrow flew into a sea of rally towels

AT the PLATE
Not super prolific but, powerful . . .
~ Only SEVEN total hits but THREE homers (Kendrys, Michael and Ack)
~ Michael also had a double
~ Austin had a stolen base and Chris T had TWO! (only seems happy when his uni is dirty 😉 )

IN the FIELD
No double-play and one turned against them but, SOLID DEE all-around tonight (including on the other side, especially Trout’s filthy theft of  Kendry’s sure double in the 8th)

tweets of the game . . .

 

g159 | salvaged and still breathing . . .

So, the M’s ACE and their Ace in-the-making lose BIG, the rook goes a stellar eight but loses and their only win in Toronto comes from the ‘bull-pen’ game – go figure.

still breathing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 7 | Blue Jays 5

ON the MOUND
This ‘bull pen’ start definitely wasn’t pretty but, the M’s will take the final result . . .
Tom “started” but only went 1.1 while giving up TWO earned runs. They proceeded to use EIGHT more pitchers, Danny the only one to go TWO innings. Joe also gave up TWO runs, they all combined for NINE strikeouts. Nando gave up ONE run but, shot the arrow for the 47th time this season.

AT the PLATE
The bat finally awoke! Of their TEN total hits, SEVEN were for extra-bases . . .
~ LoMo with TWO homers (FOUR rbi) and Zu with ONE
~ Brad with TWO doubles, Robbie and Kendrys each with ONE
~ Runs scored all through out the line up

IN the FIELD
THREE errors (Chris, Kendrys and Brad) but, thankfully didn’t factor in

tweets of the game . . . 

 

g155 | Houston, YOU don’t have a problem but, the M’s sure do!

Losing TWO of THREE is never what you WANT and definitely not what the Mariners NEED right now 😦

Mariners 3 | Astros 8

ON the MOUND
Kuma’s struggles continue (getting tired of the fact that EVERYONE’s struggles seem to continue!)
His strikeouts were there but, the walks are really killing him (he has given up EIGHT now in September – he gave up EIGHT total in May and June, ONE in July and FOUR in August). Today, he gave up THREE and TWO of them scored but, they still had a chance . . .
FOUR.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} Chris S again stellar – TWO outs TWO strikeouts
} Maybe Chris should have gone a bit longer – as  Dom, Charlie and Yourvis ALL gave up runs (the killer was the THREE-run jack Yourvis allowed in the 7th)

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN hits and Michael w/TWO (including a homer) – good to see him picking up where he left off though it’s seeming like it could be too little, too late.

IN the FIELD
ZERO double-plays and Robbie with an error (one away from double-digits for the season)

tweets of the game . . .

 

g150 | of bad elbows, stellar relief and explosive OH

going batty

 

 

 

 

 

Mariners 13 | Angels 2

ON the MOUND
Roenis had a rough 1st inning . . .
when he hit the lead-off batter and gave up THREE straight singles for the Halos first TWO runs. He settled down in the 2nd and 3rd allowing only one over the minimum but, then in the 4th he gave up a single and had to leave the game with an injury mid-way through the next AB 😦
THREE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ONE strikeout

the bullpen, called into early duty and they could not have performed better = SIX scoreless . . .
} Carson continues to impress – he threw TWO complete w/ONE walk and ONE strikeout to earn his first major league victory!
} Brandon, Tom, Joe and Lucas each threw ONE inning, Joe gave up the only hit in relief

AT the PLATE
Well, well, well! What do we have here?!? RUNS, RUNS, RUNS, and lots of fun with numbers – that’s what we have here!
~ FOURTEEN hits
~ THIRTEEN runs
~ SIX doubles (Ack, LoMo, Kendrys, Chris T and Zu)
~ THREE of the SIX doubles were in the 5th inning and drove in runs (Zu, Chris, Ack)
~ Every starter with at least ONE hit
~ Kyle, Kendrys, Chris T and Zu all with TWO
~ Runs and RBI’s nicely scattered throughout the lineup
~ ZERO homers

IN the FIELD
* Joe with a throwing error
* Nice DP turned to end the 1st w/runners on
* Zu threw out Hamilton trying to steal 2B
* Gotta love Zu’s ‘wiser than his years’ handling of Roenis. Apparently he let Skip know that something didn’t seem quite right fairly early on so, they were watching him close and sure enough (unfortunately) he had to come out of the game (elbow MRI coming tomorrow)

tweets of the game . . .

g146 | pitcher battles, solo shots rule, save prevails . . .

Mariners 4 | Athletics 2

ON the MOUND
James said he didn’t have fast ball command and really had to battle but, all the better to know that he could get through SIX on a less than stellar day . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts
(the THREE walks were in the same inning – the 3rd – TWO one-out walks, a strikeout, an RBI single, a walk and a K)

} Carson continues to impress, this time retiring the first FIVE batters he faced (including TWO strikeouts) before walking a batter. Charlie came in and got the third out of the 8th (Dunn flied out)
} Nando’s franchise tying 45th save (w/Sasaki) wasn’t without a tad bit of drama (first two batters singled) but, as per usual – he GOT IT DONE with a ground out and TWO K’s

AT the PLATE
Not a lot of hits (7) but, just enough runs and a nice extra-base hit ratio (5) . . .
~ THREE solo shots (Robbie, LoMo and Kendrys)
~ a Kyle walk and a Zu double accounted for the other score (LoMo had the other double)

IN the FIELD
* Austin took a couple steps forward, made a quick adjustment for a great catch for the third out of the 1st
* Kyle made a great play (after a muff) diving stop and a flip to Robbie at 2B to get the pitcher running (yes – the pitcher in an AL game – Oak lost their DH when he had to move to catcher when

tweets of the game . . .

 

g141 | “It was worth the wait.” —Lloyd McClendon

Mariners 4 | Rangers 2

 

ON the MOUND
Mr Young had a nice bounce-back start – didn’t go far and didn’t get the win but, kept ’em in it . . .
Too many walks (although ONE was intentional) and too many pitches prevented him from getting a career high THIRTEENTH victory but, still worlds beyond his last start and still a serious candidate for Comeback Player of the Year
FIVE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

The bullpen strikes (’em down) again . . .
} Carson, Charlie and Danny combined for THREE scoreless innings, Danny went TWO and got the W
} Nando a quiver-free 1-2-3 9th for his league-leading 43rd save

AT the PLATE
ELEVEN total hits – only TWO w/ RISP but, it was enough . . .
~ Kyle was the star – which is nothing new, especially vs. the Rangers – THREE hits and only TWO w/RISP, including the game-tying homer in the 4th and a single and a run-scored in the 8th
~ Awesome to see Brad contributing – even in his now reduce roll – FOUR hits today, including a double
~ Robbie had a hit and scored a run
~ Kendrys had another TWO hits – he and LoMo each recorded RBI singles
~ the bad news of the day was Dustin coming out of the game with an ankle injury of some sort 😦

IN the FIELD
* Ack with a nice sliding catch of a pop foul – had to run far and slide in time
* M’s didn’t turn any DP’s but did have TWO turned against them
* Danny with a pick-off at 1B
* Brad with an error which was followed by the unearned runs

tweets of the game . . .