g99 | of gutsy starts, reliable relief, triple plays, walk-off home runs and series wins

Mariners 6 | Blue Jays 5

putting it all together2

Putting it all together!

Taijaun needed to go STRONG and LONG because of the bullpen situation (meaning DEPLETED)
It wasn’t looking good early for Tai, he wasn’t able to go quite as long as desired but, save for too many walks (he’d only given up ONE in his previous SEVEN starts and gave up THREE today) he really gutted it out . . .
In the 1st, the homer to Donaldson in the 1st didn’t seem a huge concern
– Ugly 2nd: Single, Double, Balk, Single, Error, Walk, SacFly gave the Blue Jays THREE runs before Tai got THREE outs
– In the 3rd a single was erased after a fly ball and a beautiful strike ’em out, throw ’em out DP
– And then the 4th will be one to remember: a TRIPLE play! (explained below In the Field)
– The 5th was a thing of beauty with Tai striking out the side
– 6th not too shabby despite a lead-off walk – a DP followed and then a K (on a 97mph fast ball)
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ FOUR runs ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Considering the condition of the BP going into this game – they did a STELLAR job . . .
} Dave gave up a lead-off homer in the 7th (to Carrera who had just robbed Zu in the last half inning) and walked a batter but was able to escape further damage
} Mark is SUPER STUD! Threw TWO scoreless innings w/THREE strikeouts. Things were a little dicy in the 9th when he had TWO on, TWO out but got Donaldson to groundout and kept the game tied.

THIRTEEN hits in all, only THREE extra-base hits but, they were BIG ones . . .
~ AJ with a lead-off homer in the bottom of the 1st
~ Nellie with a TWO-run bomb to tie the game in the 7th

~ Guti with a solo shot w/TWO outs in the bottom of the 10th 🙂

M’s had runners on in every inning except the 2nd and the 8th . . .
~ Only TWO batters (Mark and Chris) were without at least ONE hit
~ FIVE batters had multi-hit games (including ZU with THREE!!)
~ Top of the order (AJ, Kyle, Nellie) was 6/14 w/THREE runs and FIVE RBI

In the 3rd, they singled Buehrle to death: THREE straight singles (Brad, Mike, AJ) for their second run and then TWO more (Nellie and Robbie) for their third (to bring it back to a ONE run game). Guti also drew a walk (Buehrle hadn’t given up a walk in his past five starts)

So happy to see Zu coming ’round. He had THREE more hits and scored a run (did NOT strikeout). In the 6th, he missed a TWO-run shot by mere INCHES as Carrera robbed him at the yellow line.

Well, you don’t see THIS everyday . . .

* they also turned TWO DPs (Zu to Chris and Mark to Miller to Mark)
* error by Chris at 2B messes up chance for a DP in the 3rd

tweets of the game . . .

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

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

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
~ 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!)

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 . . .

g97 | what’s this? TWO wins in-a-row?!?

Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 2

2 in a row

Felix had a shaky start but, a fabulous finish . . .
He made a very “UN-Felix-like” play in the 1st, fielding a soft ground ball then WAY over-throwing to LoMo at 1B allowing the runner to take 2B. After a ground out and a walk, the Blue Jays scored their first run on a ground out to 1B in which LoMo seemed a bit nonchalant throwing home, hence, the run was unearned due to Felix’s error and LoMo’s uncharacteristic lapse. Then Felix resumed being Felix and, against the most prolific offense in the majors, proceeded to retire TEN in-a-row before allowing a solo shot (to Joey Bats) and finishing up with the following line . . .
SEVEN innings ~ SIX hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ SEVEN strikeouts

Then the steady Eddies took over . . .
Mark and Carson combined for TWO scoreless innings and Carson earned his NINTH save preserving Felix’s TWELF victory

There were M’s on base in EVERY inning but the 6th though still only 2-10 w/RISP
~ AJ and Brad were the only ones w/o a hit (Brad did walk once but, also had a base-running gaffe, getting picked off 3B)
~ Nellie was THREE for THREE w/a run scored
~ Mark had ONE hit – but it was a biggie – a TWO-run shot to take the lead for good in the 4th
~ Robbie continues to stay hot in July – only ONE hit but, we’ll take a TWO-run triple any day

No DP’s on either side and some shakiness on the M’s part . . .
* the afore mentioned flub by Felix
* the afore mentioned lapse by LoMo
* Seth had a catch of a long fly ball at the wall that was nothing spectacular but, heart-stopping in the sense that it really looked (at least to me) that it was going out (hence my tweet #NoSweatSeth)

tweets of the game . . .

g43 | uP, UP . . . down

Mariners 2 | Blue Jays 8

Just when you think they are getting somewhere . . . 

up and down

Tai had his share of walks (THREE in the first FOUR innings) but, didn’t give up his first hit until the 5th . . .
unfortunately, he also gave up FOUR other hits in that inning – including TWO 2-run homers 😦
in the 6th, Tai appeared to have righted the ship, getting TWO quick outs but, then a walk and a single lead to bringing on the bullpen. His final line . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ FOUR walks ~ THREE strikeouts

} Danny’s struggles continue – ugh
} Joe unusually off-kilter
} Mark, the loan pitching bright spot w/ another SOLID outing:  NO hits/runs  ~ THREE strikeouts in his ONE.ONE inning

EIGHT hits, including a homer and a double but, O’fer w/RISP (in this case FIVE) . . .
~ Kyle continuing to heat up: his second homer in as many games
~ Robbie, on the other hand, is about as cold as you can get: O’fer the series 😦

* Brad did a pretty nice job at 2B (w/Robbie getting a bit of a rest at DH)
* Ack with a not so pretty play in center when the ball took a HIGH bounce and it went over his head in the fated 5th

tweets of the game . . . 

g42 | back to “close and clean” . . .

Mariners 3 | Blue Jays 2

how you draw it

This is how we expected things to go . . .
solid starting pitching, stellar relief and just enough offense to keep it CLOSE, along with CLEAN defense to make a difference

James was a little shaky early but, great the rest of the way . . .
he gave up a lead-off double, a wild pitch, a single, a walk and a run on a sac fly – all in the 1st (breaking his 20-inning scoreless streak) but, was able to limit the damage and, after a visit from Lloyd in that 1st inning, he settled down nicely . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

and as for the ‘pen – EXACTLy as you’d write it up when you need THREE innings. . .
} The Bartender with a scoreless 7th
} Carson with a scoreless 8th
} Nando not only a scoreless 9th (for his TWELFTH save – “Dirty Dozen” 😉 ) but, he got them 1-2-3, no drama!

Only SIX total hits but, then made ’em count!
~ Kyle’s solo shot in the top of the 2nd tied the game at ONE
~ Willie’s TWO-run double in the 3rd, scoring Chris and Rickie, gave the M’s the lead they would not relinquish

No question the DEE played a part, and a pretty one, indeed!
* awesome “step and a dive” by Kyle in the 3rd
* Willie earns an OF assist getting a runner at 2B from RF in the 4th

* Robbie with a “very Robbie” play – catch of a smash liner and an nonchalant flip to 2B for the DP in the 6th

* nice sliding catch by Ack for the last out of the 7th

tweets of the game . . . 

g41 | Felix and Nellie and Nando, oh my!

Mariners 4 | Blue Jays 3

oh my

Nice to see Felix conquer the team/park that gave him fits last season as well as bounce back from his worst (last) start this season . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts

} Carson with a scoreless 8th
} Nando . . . er, dramatics again . . . a double and a homer made it WAY more interesting than it needed to be but, his ELEVENTH save was recorded to preserve Felix’s SEVENTH victory

Only SIX total hits but, nice extra-base hit ratio . . . 
~ Nellie’s (league leading) SEVENTEETH homer
~ LoMo with a TWO-run triple
~ Zu with a ground rule (fan interference) RBI double (and Nellie also had a double)

THREE, count ’em THREE! double-plays . . .
* Kyle to LoMo
* Robbie to Chris to LoMo
* Chris to Robbie to LoMo

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

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.

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

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

tweets of the game . . . 


g158 | Tai does what James and Felix couldn’t . . .

Well, at least this is more how we’re used to losing – ONE run games instead of blow outs but, wouldn’t you know, the M’s FINALLY get the great pitching to which they are accustomed (and from the rook, no less!) yet, they can’t eek across a single run. The post season math is getting hard . . .

Mariners 0 | Blue Jays 1

Tai was the total bright spot of the mostly putrid road trip and a real positive for the future . . .
EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts 

Move along, nothing to see here . . .
THREE total hits, ONE double (Corey) and ONE walk (Zu – shock!)

ONE double -play turned (Robbie-to-Chris-to-Kendrys)

tweets of the game . . .


g157 | um, repeat yesterday’s post title :-(

Mariners 2 | Blue Jays 10

Felix definitely not being Felix . . . 
including a fielding error, couple of walks in ONE inning (one of the bases loaded variety) and an inning so bad he was replaced before it was over . . .
FOUR.TWO innings ~ SIX hits ~ EIGHT runs ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Dom got the final out of the 5th (but not before giving up inherited runners)
} Erasmo pitched TWO full but, gave up TWO runs
} Yourvis was the only one with a clean sheet (though he did allow a walk)

It was just an ugly, ugly game at the absolute wrong time of the season 😦

Not a lot to see here . . .
THREE of the M’s SIX runs came in the only inning that they scored (the 3rd) when Michael led off with a double, Brad singled and Robbie hit a 2-run single for the M’s only runs.

Felix had the rare error and there were NO double-plays turned

tweets of the game . . .

(and it just got worse 😦 )


g156 | didn’t see THAT coming . . .

Mariners 4 | Blue Jays 14

The shortest start of James’ career couldn’t have come at a worse time . . .
He gave up EIGHT earned runs tonight (after allowing only FIFTEEN in his other ELEVEN starts this season) and also broke his own league-leading streak of 142-batters faced without an extra-base hit (w/THREE allowed – TWO doubles and a triple)

TWO.TWO innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ NINE runs ~ EIGHT earned runs ~ SIX walks ~ ONE strikeout

} Brandon, Tom, Lucas, Danny and Joe combined for the remaining FIVE.ONE innings. The good news is, they didn’t walk anyone. The bad news is they gave up FIVE runs (FOUR earned) on NINE hits

FOUR is usually enough . . .
but, not tonight doubles by Robbie and LoMO and homers by Kyle and Chris D fell WAY short

a little of everything – good and bad . . .
* PB from Jesus
* error by Chris T
* an OFA by Chris D
* a double-play from Chris-to-Brad-to-Justin

tweets of the game . . .