g122-124 | woeful series w/the pale hose . . .

A couple of things that are abundantly clear (though may get a bit lost among the bullpen blow ups and the offensive woes):
~ Much as I love Crazy Legs, have to admit that Ketel is making a great case to be the shortstop of the future – awed by his defense and not too shabby as the lead-off guy
~ Nelson is on FIRE
~ Guti, when in, has also been smokin’ hot
~ Robbie and AJ aren’t doing too bad either
~ the bullpen CAN be lights out but, is usually the opposite

the future is now

Mariners 4 | White Sox 11
‘t wasn’t a very Happy Felix Day . . .
far from his worst outing and, he did give them a chance (which Nando, Dave and Rob did NOT) but, not near what we expect from Felix. As for the bats, the power was there (two homers: Mark and Nellie, a double: Ketel) but, as per usual, the production w/RISP was not.

Mariners 3 | White Sox 6
Really too bad for Vidal . . .
as he pitched really well, allowing only ONE run through his SIX.TWO innings (a solo shot in the 2nd) but, as has been the story more often than not of late – the bullpen (specifically Danny and Carson) melted down, allowing a combined FIVE runs in the 9th (that tied the game) and the 10th (that won the game for the Sox)

Mariners 8 | White Sox 6
Hey, look, a win!!!
A great first FIVE innings for Tai but, then he fell apart a bit in the 6th when he allowed two singles, a double, a homer and FOUR runs (one, an inherited runner that Kensing allowed to score) and Seattle’s lead went from 7-1 to 7-6. Thankfully, the M’s picked up an “insurance run in the 8th and were able to hold on the the 8-6 score as the bullpen of Carson and Tom actually did their job well.

tweets of the series . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/634956247272284161

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/635300104002342913

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/635316509867245568

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/635570203166834688

g117 | TEN is usually WAY more than enough . . .

Mariners 10 | Red Sox 22

football or baseball

If I told you the M’s would collect 13 hits, including 3 home runs, and score 10  . . . .
^ likely your assumption would be WIN
^ likely your assumption would be correct – 99 times out of 100
Unfortunately, the other side scored three touchdowns/extra points +1, so it wasn’t even close

ON the MOUND
Felix’s TWO worst outings of his career have come this season . . .
today: TWO.ONE innings ~ TWELVE hits ~ TEN runs/earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeout
Jun12: .ONE inning ~ FIVE hits ~ EIGHT runs/earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout

Let’s not dwell, let’s move on (and hope there isn’t something wrong with Felix)

As for the pen, they had their issues as well . . .
} Danny was just re-called and was able to go nearly THREE innings but, gave up ONE run
} Joe and Dave each gave up FOUR runs
} Tom was the only one who didn’t allow a run
) Bless his heart, Jesus S pitched an inning (for the second time this season) to help save the BP: after getting ONE quick out, he gave up a single and then got another out but then a double, a homer, a single and the RS had THREE more

AT the PLATE
As mentioned earlier, if you just looked at the offensive box score, you’d have been happy . . . .
~ THIRTEEN hits
~ TEN runs
~ THREE home runs (Zu with a solo shot, AJ and Nellie each w/TWO run blasts)
~ Ketel, AJ, Nellie, Mark and Zu each w/TWO run games

So, the moral victory is that they kept fighting. Even though these last TWO games are extreme outliers, I continue to be much more concerned with the number of runs Mariners pitching has been allowing this season than the lack of runs Mariners hitting has been scoring this season.

IN the FIELD
* a nice DP for the first TWO outs of the 1st (Felix to Ketel to Jesus M)
* the Red Sox turned TWO against
* Jesus M with his first error

tweets of the game . . .

g115 | Kuma “the No-No” Bear

Wish I coulda been there . . .
Ended up watching the last TWO outs on the TV in the lunchroom at work (was sort of afraid to move before then 😉 )

kuma no-no

photo credit: Seattle Times

Yes, there were . . .
~ THREE Mariner runs scored
~ On only SIX hits
~ FOUR of which were doubles
~ Ketel, Guti and AJ scored the runs
~ Guti, Robbie and Jesus S drove them in

But, the number of the day was ZERO, as in NO hits allowed by Mr. Iwakuma

Let’s just revel and relish as history unfolded on the afternoon of August 12, 2015 at Safeco Field . . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/631582395947286528

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/631588512341598211

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/631595081984663552

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/631597049469775872

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/631598260407308289

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/631631320641355776

g111 | ooooooh boooooy . . .

Mariners 3 | Rangers 11 (in 11)

blow out

So, believe it or not, this one was tied at THREE from the 4th until the top of the 11th 😦
– The Rangers scored their initial THREE runs in the 4th on an RBI-double, and RBI single and a bases-loaded walk
– The Mariners tied it up in the bottom of the inning with TWO RBI singles and a sac-fly
– Knotted till the 11th when all HECK broke loose (thankfully, as I was on my way to a party, I didn’t see/hear the destruction)

ON the MOUND
So much for the confidence builder in Minny – Monty had a rough go today . . . .
He threw a TON of pitches (82 – less than half for strikes) and his control wasn’t there FOUR walks, TWO scored)
FOUR innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

The first SIX guys out of the pen were great: Dave, Mayckol, Nando and Tom combined for SIX scoreless!

and then came the 11th w/Rob and Joe . . .
he gave up SIX runs without recording an out (FIVE straight singles and then a double) without recording an out. Joe promptly allowed another single (allowing the inherited runner to score) got an out then allowed a TWO-run homer before retiring the last two batters.

AT the PLATE
Only EIGHT total hits and ONE for extra bases (Nellie’s 17 double which extended his hitting streak to 18) and FOURTEEN strikeouts

They had their chances though, the best one coming in the bottom of the 10th when the Rangers IBB’d BOTH Robbie and Nellie but, with TWO outs, Jesus M struck out

IN the FIELD
* Jesus S involved in a couple of good plays (that were both challenged and ruled in the M’s favor): a pick off of Beltre at 1B and a tag out of Gimenez at Home
* Brad had an OF assist throwing to Robbie to nab the runner trying to advance to 2B
* Zu to Robbie naild Odor trying to steal 2B for the second out in the 9th
* Nice DP to end the 9th (Tom to Brad to Jesus M)

tweets of the game . . . 

g102 | UNhappy Felix Day

Mariners 2 | Diamondbacks 8

I actually attended this one but, time got away, so didn’t recap . . .

I remember that Felix was down 4-0 in the 1st inning before we even took our seats!

It was 90+ degrees and we were there as a ‘work event’ . . .

luckily, another group was there from work and they were in the SHADE, so we sat up with them from the 3rd inning on  . . .

g98 | from studly to stinking . . .

Mariners 6 | Blue Jays 8

we need a pitcher

Seems that when the M’s FINALLY score some runs, their normally steady pitching falls apart . . .
M’s have given up FIVE or MORE runs in THIRTEEN of the TWENTY NINE games they have score FIVE or more

ON the MOUND
Hardly HapPY . . .
After retiring the side in order in the 1st, JA couldn’t get out of the 2nd . . .
FOUR walks a HBP and a single yielded THREE runs and closed the book on JA
ONE.TWO innings ~ ONE hit ~ THREE runs/earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ ONE strikeout

} Vidal and Tom actually were pretty respectable in relief, combining for . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE run ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
} and then came the FRE: lead-off walk, game-tying homer
} Carson, who should have had the day off but, due to the above issue, had to pitch (WE MISS YOU CHARLIE!) and consequently, was unable to record an out in the top of the 9th: a lead-off walk, a double, a single gave the Tiggers TWO more runs and the lead for good. Joe was able to come in and stop the bleeding, getting a DP and then a strikeout

AT the PLATE
SIX runs typically means a very good day but, as mentioned above . . .
it seems the M’s are determined to give up more runs than they get even when they score a nice total but, credit where credit is due . . .
~ the first FIVE in the order (AJ, Kyle, Nellie, Robbie, Seth) went 7/19 w/FIVE runs scored and FOUR RBI
~ TWO fer EIGHT w/RISP
~ M’s scored in the first FOUR innings
~ Only TWO extra base hits: Robbie’s TENTH homer, Jesus’ FIRST (not only of the season but, of his CAREER!)

IN the FIELD
TWO more DPs . . .
* including another OF assist (this time from Seth, who also made his FIRST error of the season)
* and the Joe to Robbie to LoMo to finally record the first two outs of the 9th

tweets of the game . . .

g61 | Felix (yes, The King) 8 earned runs in the 1st ~ Sucre (yes, the catcher) a 1-2-3 8th

Mariners 0 | Astros 10

pigs fly

ON the MOUND
Felix has had his bad days but, NEVER anything like this . . .
ONE THIRD of an inning ~ FIVE hits ~ EIGHT earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ ONE strikeout

AT the PLATE
move along, NOTHING to see here . . .
total of FOUR hits ~ all SINGLES 😦

IN the FIELD
and, this wasn’t much better . . .
TWO double-plays but, an uncharacteristic error by Felix and just generally meh – yuck in the field

tweets of the game . . . 

the GOOD news . . .