unexpected expectations

So glad my dad an I got to be there ❤

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.

Mariners 3 | Athletics 7

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ON the MOUND

The Halos were relentless – base runners galore – not only TEN hits but SEVEN walks . . .

  • Tyler just didn’t have it today (not quite as bad as his previous start vs the Halos but, given the magnitude of the game, it sort of felt like it: 1.2IP-5H-4R-3ER-2BB-0SO
  • Ramirez got the last out of the 2nd and pitched a scoreless 3rd
  • Misiewicz and Swanson gave up THREE runs in their combined TWO innings
  • Munoz, Doolittle, Sadler and Steckenrider combined for FOUR scoreless innings (Munoz made his debut – throwing 101MPH)

AT the PLATE

NINE total hits, including TWO doubles but . . .

  • the runs came via Jarred and JP RBI singles in the 3rd and a JP force out in the 6th
  • they were only 3 for 11 w/RISP and left NINE on base
  • the middle of the order was 0-16

IN the FIELD

  • SB (Toro)
  • TWO errors (both pitchers not helping their cause: Anderson and Swanson)

tweets of the game . . .

b.e.l.i.e.v.e (suitcases to the park tomorrow?)

Have a night, Mitch! (FIVE RBI)

First time the M’s have won NINETY games since 2003

Mariners 6 | Angels 4

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ON the MOUND

  • Flex wasn’t super sharp but, still gave ’em a chance: 5.1IP-6H-1R-1Er-1BB-1SO
  • Sadler: gets the next TWO batters in the 6th (of course!)
  • Misiewicz: three ground ball outs for a scoreless 7th
  • Sewald was (understandably) out of gas: he ending up striking out the side in the 8th but, not before walking the first TWO batters and giving up a homer and the lead (4-3 halos)
  • Steckenrider: fly-out to Mitch; line-out to Jake; double; line-out to Toro – and that’s all she wrote for the 9th!

AT the PLATE

amaze-balls!!!

  • 3rd: Ty w/a double and Mitch singled him in for the first run of the game
  • 5th: Ty w/a double and Mitch homered him in (are you seeing a pattern here?)
  • 8th: hit by a pitch, walk, sac-bunt, intentional walk, Mitch w/a 2-OUT, 2-run single, Kyle added a little insurance w/an RBI single

IN the FIELD

  • an awesome DP (Crawford-Toro-France)
  • great play by Kyle

tweets of the game . . .

e.p.i.c ~ youth on display

This game was the M’s 41st comeback victory and their 12th straight vs the A’s
And, it was SO cool to see the youth, the future, getting it done . . .
No matter what happens over the next three games – the experience for them is INVALUABLE.

Mariners 4 | Athletics 2

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ON the MOUND

  • SUPER outing for young Logan: 5.2IP-3H-1R-1ER-2BB-4SO
  • Smith got the last out of the 6th
  • Castillo struck out TWO but, allowed a solo shot to re-tie the game at 2-2
  • Sewald + Steckenrider = TWO scoreless innings

AT the PLATE

only SIX total hits but, that’s all they needed (along with capitalizing on some A’s goofs)

  • 6th: Mitch and Ty both reach via error: Jarred 2-run double to take the lead
  • 7th: Dylan walk; JP hit n’ run single; Ty sac-fly to break the 2-2 tie
  • 8th: Abraham with a solo shot

IN the FIELD

  • no DP’s or errors

tweets of the game . . .

e . l . e . v . e . n straight vs the A’s

it just continues . . .

Mariners 4 | Athletics 2

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ON the MOUND

  • Anderson getting the call on his bullpen day: 4IP-2H-1R-1ER-0BB-2SO
  • Misiewicz+Sadler combine for TWO scoreless (Sadler’s 1.1 marked a 26-game scoreless streak – most in the bigs, Mariners record)
  • Castillo gives up an “own” run (committed an error that allowed the lead off man aboard who would eventually score)
  • Sewald 1.1 super scoreless
  • Steckenrider: allows a lead-off single, then retires the side in order (including 2 K’s) for his 12th S

AT the PLATE

  • Crawford and Torrens each w/multiple hits (JP with TWO doubles)
  • Fraley, Haniger, Murphy all make their ONE hit count (2-run double, solo shot, rbi single respectively)
  • FIVE walks (none scored – total of TEN left on base)

IN the FIELD

  • TWO errors (Toro, Castillo)
  • awesome OA (Haniger to Crawford)

tweets of the game . . .

TWO shutouts in-a-row

Mariners 1 | ‘stros 0

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ON the MOUND

Gilbert posts the first FIVE scoreless innings

then the “S’s” followup with the next THREE (Sheffield, Sadler, Steckenrider, Sewald)

AT the PLATE

and, guess who got the only run?

Toro again! Not as dramatic as last night but, turns out a sac-fly in the 6th was all that was needed 🙂

IN the FIELD

TWO DPs (Toro-Seager-France; Crawford-Toro-France)

short, sweet sweep!

Mariners 5 | Athletics 1

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ON the MOUND

an extremely rare (for the M’s anyway) TWO pitcher game . . .

  • Flexen: 6.2IP-6H-1R-1ER-1BB-5SO
  • Steckenrider: 2.1-2H-0R-0ER-0BB-1SO

AT the PLATE

ELEVEN total hits . . .

  • every batter but one had at least ONE hit (Mitch who walked twice)
  • bottom of the order delivering: Torrens, Murphy, Kelenic and Moore combining for SEVEN hits and all FIVE rbi

IN the FIELD

  • ONE error (Seager)
  • TWO DP’s (Crawford-Seager-France, Crawford-Toro-France)

tweets of the game . . .

of salvaging w/superb arms and j u s t enough bats . . .

Mariners 2 | Yankees 0

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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)

  • no M’s errors (Yanks recorded two)
  • no DPs (one turned against them)
  • Bauers w/a SB

tweets of the game . . .

all it takes is “one more run” ~ the M’s are proving the master of such!

Mariners 4 | Athletics 3

TWENTY THREE – EIGHT in ONE run games ❤

45-13 when scoring FOUR runs or more 🙂

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ON the MOUND

  • Marco threw a ton of pitches but, got the W and was just shy of a QS: 5.2IP-5H-2R-2ER-2BB-4SO
  • Chargois+Sadler+Misiewicz+Steckenrider THREE innings w/just a solo shot (off Sadler)

the bullpen is freakin’ amazing!!!

AT the PLATE

only SEVEN total hits, NONE for extra-bases, all RBIs came on singles w/TWO out in the 3rd

Crawford 1B, Haniger BB, France HBP, Seager 1B, Torrens1B, Murphy1B

IN the FIELD

Beautiful outfield assist by Bauers was key in the 9th

tweets of the game . . .

3 pitchers, 3 hits = shutout victory!!!

Mariners 2 | Angels 0

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ON the MOUND

  • Flexen flexin’ his QS plus for the WIN: 7IP-3H-0R-0ER-2BB-6SO (has allowed ONE run or LESS in his EIGHT of his last TEN home starts)
  • Steckenrider strikes out the side in his inning of work for the HOLD
  • Sewald K’s Otahni and then gets a fly out and a ground out for the SAVE

AT the PLATE

Not a lot of O but, with pitching like above, who needs it?!?

  • Fraley with a fielder’s choice
  • Torrens with an RBI triple (his last triple was in 2017)

IN the FIELD

No errors, No DPs – just solid D (including Moore at 3B)

tweets of the game . . .

of debuts, rollercoasters and chances . . .

Mariners 2 | Indians 4

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looking at the K’s and BB’s – you’d think the outcome was different . . .

  • M’s only struck out THREE times and walked SIX
  • Tribe struck out ELEVEN times and walked ZERO

ON the MOUND

  • Gilbert’s debut, not too bad –> 4.0IP-5H-4R-4ER-0BB-5SO (pitches 71/52)
  • bullpen back to form and then some –> 5IP-1H-0R-0ER-0BB-6SO (Steckenrider, Dugger, Swanson)

AT the PLATE

  • NO hits until JP’s single in the 8th – and he would go on to score on Dylan’s homer
  • unfortunately, that would be that, they loaded to bases (via THREE walks after TWO outs) but couldn’t score more
  • Kelenic’s debut: fly out, strikeout, groundout, fly out

IN the FIELD

no DPs, no errors, PO by Dugger

tweets of the game . . .