g76 | bristles beyond the grasp . . .

Mariners 6 | Cardinals 11

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ON the MOUND
James’ first inning may have been a bit of an omen for the rest of the game . . . 
He allowed a lead-off triple and then a ground rule double, a walk, a couple of strikeouts and a fly out – so, he was lucky to get out of the inning allowing just ONE run. He then scattered a couple hits/walks over the next TWO innings, had a 1-2-3 4th but, the 5th would be his undoing: after striking out the lead-off batter, he allowed THREE straight doubles and THEN a TRIPLE – ugh.
FIVE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

the bully was no better . . . 
Only Dave Rollins (who struck out the only batter he faced) had success.
Donn, Nick, Edwin and Vidal combined for THREE.TWO innings and SIX earned runs

AT the PLATE
on the surface, it sounded like a successful day – TWELVE hits and SIX runs
~ including FOUR doubles (Dae-Ho, Shawn, Robbie and Nellie)
~ TWO homers (Nellie’s solo shot to extend a lead & Guit’s 3-run shot to tie it at SIX)

But, the early lead and the late comeback were overwhelmed by the Cards SIX homers in FOUR innings 😦

IN the FIELD
* Chris w/a passed ball and Kyle w/a fielding error
* Guti with an extra base hit robbery at the wall

 

tweets of the game . . . 

g74 | of walk-offs and losing streak ends . . .

Mariners 4 | Cardinals 3

ye of little faiht

So, going into this game I was “0 fer attended” – but, I had a good feeling about this one …
There sure were a LOT of Cardinals fans (including next to me and behind me!) But, thankfully, I left much happier than they did, despite their team’s late lead.

ON the MOUND
Welcome to Seattle, the “other Wade”!
LeBlanc was acquired from Toronto as an emergency starter in place of Taijuan Walker and what a start it was (against the third most prolific offense in baseball) . . .
SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

and then, it was a tale of TWO bullys . . .
} Nick pitched a clean inning with ONE K
} Joaquin though, unimaginably, gave up THREE runs in the 8th without giving up a hit: a couple of walks (including one intentional and one of the bases-loaded variety), a HBP, an error and a wild pitch
} Don Roach, just called up from Tacoma, had a nice M’s debut: ONE-TWO innings w/a K

AT the PLATE
Only SIX total hits (Cards only had FOUR, each team walked FOUR times)
Only TWO for extra bases but, both came in the 9th . . .
Kyle with a lead-off double and then a HUGE walk by Dae-Ho just before the game-winning THREE-run shot by

IN the FIELD
Kyle showing off his GG skills but, also committing the error that allowed the Cards second and third runs.

https://twitter.com/ProspectInsider/status/746590868702826496

other tweets of the game . . .

https://twitter.com/ProspectInsider/status/746583586426368000

and, the proof of my first witness of a 2016 win . . .

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g70-73 | spittin’ bristles in DEtroit . . .

I can’t even . . .

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Mariners 7 | Tigers 8 (in 12)

Mariners 2 | Tigers 4

Mariners 1 | Tigers 5

Mariners 4 | Tigers 5 (in 10)

the story of this series was gettin’ ’em on, not gettin’ ’em in when it really counted . . .
FIVE fer THIRTY-THREE w/RISP 😦

and, to add insult to  injury . . .
So, Adrian Sampson, called up to replace Wade Miley (who went on the DL earlier this month) didn’t get to make his second major leagues start, he experienced issues in his warm up in Detroit and now, is scheduled for elbow surgery 😦

tweets of the series . . .

g69 | oh, those one-run losses . . .

soooo, close . . . 

this close

Mariners 1 | Red Sox 2

ON the MOUND
Good news: Tai’s first ever start in Fenway was great while it lasted
Bad news: lifted after only 88 pitches when the foot strain flared up again
FIVE innings ~ SIX hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

Bully . . .
} Vidal gave up a couple of singles and the tying run in the 6th
} Edwin gave up the ultimate winning run (solo shot to Betts) in the 7th
} Nick allowed a hit and a walk but, no runs – all too little, too late 😦

AT the PLATE
~ Only EIGHT total hits (and Guti’s solo shot the only one for extra-bases)
~ ZERO walks and TEN strikeouts – typically not a recipe for success
~ tip o’ the cap to Mr. Price

IN the FIELD
* a nice DP to get Ortiz w/TWO on to end the 3rd
* Nice throw by Chris to nail Betts (for the first time this season
* Ketel with a low liner snare with the bases loaded to end the 6th

tweets of the game . . . 

g64-66 | of early leads, late losses, strikeout duels, bases-loaded walk-offs and finally – a win

salvaged!

salvage

g64 | Mariners 7 | Rays 8
w/ a 4-0 and 7-4 leads turning to a 7-8 loss – just not the pitchers’ day (hopefully Tai will be OK (left the game in the 4th) and the fielding didn’t help

g65 | Mariners 2 | Rays 3
Nathan had a nice outing (needed less pitches to go deeper) bp was great . . . till the 13th

g66 | Mariners 6 | Rays 4
great to see James with another solid outing, bats up and down the lineup and bp success

tweets of the series . . . 

 

off to Boston they go . . .

 

 

63 | gap widens in ALW . . .

Mariners 4 | Rangers 6

ON the MOUND
Definitely not Wade’s best effort . . .
He was able to work around lead-off walks in the first TWO innings and posted a clean sheet in the 3rd but, then came a rough 4th
FIVE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Wade wasn’t alone in a bad day . . .
Steve gave up THREE runs without recording ONE out (though TWO were inherited runners that Vidal allowed to score). Nick had a clean 9th but, too little, too late.

AT the PLATE
* BAD news:  only TWO of the NINE total hits were for extra bases
* GOOD news:  they were from the M&M guys – nice to see Leonys (homer) and Ketel (double) picking up where they left off before their DL stints

* CRAZY news: Robbie getting thrown out  at 2B during a TWO out rally to end the game

tweets of the game . . .

Sadly, though baseball provided a bit of a distraction, there was still the horrific news of the Orlando massacre 😦

Honor and peace to those who lost their lives, comfort and strength to those who lost loved ones, thoughtful guidence to our leaders . . . 

g61 | Rangers win the homer derby but, M’s take the game!

SEVEN, count ’em SEVEN home total home runs (and they say Safeco’s a pitcher’s park!)

Mariners 7 | Rangers 5

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Rangers racked up FOUR to the M’s three but, when all was said and done, the Mariners emerged victorious. Having received a nice quality start from Kuma and TWO big blasts from DHL 🙂

ON the MOUND
Kuma was far from dominant but, was just good enough to get the job done . . .
Yes, the Rangers hit THREE homers against him but, all solo shots
SEVEN innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

Nick and Steve each allowed ONE run but, thanks to some wackiness in the 8th, no harm, no foul 😉 and Kuma earned his FIFTH victory, Steve his FOURTEENTH save

AT the PLATE
Only SEVEN total hits: FOUR singles, THREE homers (TWO by Dae-Ho, ONE by Kyle)

IN the FIELD
No highlight reel defense this game but, just good to know our CF is back!

tweets of the game . . . 

g52-53 | M’s take the ‘Vedder Cup’ in crazy fashion . . .

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g52 Mariners 6 | Padres 14

Scoring SIX runs should by indicative of a win but, unfortunately, James (subbing for Felix who’s now on the DL with a calf strain) had a rough 2016 debut. He didn’t even survive the 4th and made a costly error that contributed to a SIX run 1st inning for the Padres.

The bullpen wasn’t much help – Joel and Steve each allowed FOUR hits and THREE runs! (and, Joel found himself DFA’d after the game)

The good news was: Kyle, Robbie, Nellie and Guti all stayed HOT, HOT, HOT (even Luis had a couple of hits!)

g53 Mariners 16 | Padres 13

You think the score is crazy? Wait till you hear how they got there!!!

THE biggest come-back in Mariners organization HISTORY!

Down 12-2 in the going into the 6th, the M’s proceeded to score FIVE in the 6th and NINE in the 7th to seal what would become one of the craziest wins ever (luckily, I got home just as the 7th inning started so, got to witness history, at least via TV). Obviously, not a lot of pitching on either side (Miley w/his worst M’s start) but, the ‘new guy’, Cody Martin gets the victory for the M’s

I’ll let some tweets tell the story . . . 

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/738709473544413184

https://twitter.com/ProspectInsider/status/738582702748663810

 

g37 | first the sweepers, then the sweepees

Mariners 0 | Angels 3

only the second time this season the M’s were shut out

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Strange series to be sure . . .

  • M’s swept the Rays (who came into the series having won 8 of their last 12)
  • M’s got swept by the Halos (who came into the series having lost 10 of their last 12)

Go figure.

ON the MOUND
Probably Felix’s best start this season . . .
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts
Unfortunately, much like seasons past but, UNlike the season so far this year – the bats were all but dead.

Bully . . .
Nick allowed an inherited runner to score (still think they should ‘share the blame’) and Monty pitched a scoreless 9th

AT the PLATE
Move along . . . nothing to see here 😦
TWO measly hits (both singles), TWO hit-by-pitch, ONE walk
yuckity yuk!

IN the FIELD
a nice DP to end the 2nd (and we’re thinking ‘we got this’ . . . *sigh*)

 

But, it was a fun day at the ballpark because I got to share in the misery 😉

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g35 | of slow starts, mid-pop and late losses . . .

Mariners 6 | Angels 7

Sad to say, this was only the second M’s game I’ve attended this season (plan to get that total up to at least 20 before season’s end!). I was a bit lat because of some work falderal. Didn’t get to my seat until the top of the 4th (which turned out to be when all the action started) and I was famished . . .

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ON the MOUND
Nathan was so-so, only allowed ONE hit for extra-bases (a double that proved futile). The Halos just seemed to single, sac-fly and bloop hit him to death.
SIX.ONE innings ~ SIX hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

a rare, stumbling bully . . . 
Rare in that they came into the game 16-0 when leading after eight.
They (Vidal, Nick, Joel and Steve) combined for TWO.TWO innings with FOUR of the SEVEN hits they allowed for extra bases and they allowed FOUR earned runs.
Steve had a ONE run lead but, blew the save and took his second loss of the season. Hopefully, just an off-night and not the start of a struggle.

AT the PLATE
It was only the second loss for the M’s when scoring FOUR or more runs (now 16-2 in that category)

A little bit of everything from a little bit of everybody . . .
from sac flys (Leonys) to homers (Nellie & Chris) to bases-clearing triples (Ketel)

Nice to see the bottom third of the order coming through . . .
4/10 with TWO walks, TWO rbi, THREE runs scored

OUTSIDE the FIELD
Cool to see the Columbia Center, Smith Tower and Century Link Field reppin’ their Mariners teal. . .

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tweets of the game . . .