g162 | shutout and series win on final day

Mariners 12 | Angels ZIPPO

whoa! Nice way for Mr. Beavan to finish out his season…
EIGHT shutout innings – SEVEN hits – ONE walk. The ZERO strikeouts was rather odd but, Pryor helped make up for it a bit, striking out TWO in his ONE inning of work.

as for the O…
ELEVEN hits and TWELVE runs – I’ll take it!

and the D…
TWO double plays, including my favorite kind, an outfield assist to nail a runner at home (and, in this case it was Casper to Jesus to nail Trout … sweet!)

Mr. Montero gunned down Mr. Trout trying to steal (keeping him from #50 on the year)
Trout had been caught only FIVE times this season – TWICE by Olivo, ONCE by Montero

other funny contrasts between M’s and Halos…
Felix was 0-3 vs. the Halos
Iwakum was 4-0 vs. the Halos
Weaver was 0-3 vs. the Mariners

bye-bye summer home…

Edgar’s street….
more than a backward glance….
lights in the twilight…
my section of choice this season….

Until April, Safeco Field, I will miss you so!

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g160 | Halos eliminated

Mariners 4 | Angels 8

So, despite yet another victory over the M’s, the Angels post season hopes were dashed tonight when the A’s beat the Rangers, clinching at least the Wild Card spot. I must admit to a bit of schadenfreude, especially with the 3 Halos fans sitting directly behind me. It’s one thing to have fans of the opposing team around when it’s a packed house with both teams fighting for something – that’s good fun. It’s quite another in a nearly empty stadium with nothing but pride on the line … that’s just kind of depressing and very annoying.

Anyhoo…
Good on the A’s! I was rooting for them – always nice to have some new blood.

As for our game..
What is it about the Angels? They are Felix’s nemesis….
In his last 6 starts, he had 4 losses (2 to the Angels) and 2 no decisions (one to the Angels)
Ironically, one of the few Mariners who was flying high for most of the season, finished with more than a bit of a thud.

Larry Stone tweeted “After shutting out MIN on aug 27 –his 9th straight win — Felix finished 0-4, 6.62 in last six starts. Had been Cy Young favorite”

Shannon Drayer tweeted “Felix’s ERA without the Angels starts this year 2.56. They did some damage.”

Greg John’s game recap

Hernandez said the one good thing coming out of his finale was that he finished the season healthy, having thrown 232 innings, his fifth straight season of 200-plus innings.Asked to assess his season, he said: “It was fine. It was OK. I need to get better. That’s it.”
What exactly would The King like to improve on?
“I need to pitch better against the Angels,” he said.

Elaine Thompson | AP

the good?
* NINE hits – including THREE doubles and ONE home run
* FIVE walks
* Wells apparently becoming CJ’s daddy (TWO homers and ONE double in SIX career AB’s)
* Wells also w/an OF assist (doesn’t rhyme like “don’t go on Ichiro”, but the “new” RF’er can throw and this time it was to get the speedy Mike Trout trying to stretch a single into a double
* Smoak on base THREE times tonight
* nice DP – Ackley-to-Ryan-to-Smoak

the bad?
besides Felix’s outing … TWO errors

the ugly?
3-12 w/RISP

g158 | out in extries once again

Mariners 4 | Athletics 7

EIGHTEEN games in-a-row with at least ONE home run…
Seager and Saunders each hit their NINETEENTH home run in the 4th inning

Really a shame for Vargas…
He pitched SO well in this, his final start for 2012, going 7IP – 5H – 1ER – 0BB – 7K
Jason racked up 217 innings for the season, giving the M’s their first TWO 215+ starters since Garcia and Moyer in 2002 ~
The first ground ball Vargas surrendered didn’t come until the 4th inning (everything to that point had been a fly ball out or a strikeout) and it got through for a hit and an RBI with Cespedes scoring from 1B. Vargas left the game with a 4-1 lead and a good chance at his 15th victory.

The A’s, however, had other (post season) plans…
In the 8th, Wilhelmsen relieved Capps with TWO on, ONE out and got the first batter to pop out on the first pitch. Then, CoCo Crisp stole 3B and Tom gave up a double to Moss, scoring Crisp but Wells and Ackley made an awesome relay home to Olivo who nailed Stephen Drew at the plate.

Unfortunately, the adrenaline of that great end to 8th didn’t carry over to the 9th…
The Bartender blew a rare save – allowing a walk to Reddick and then a homer to Donaldson to send the game into extras (and hand poor Jason an ND)

Things didn’t get any better from there…
the M’s failed to score in the top of the 10th
Perez gave up a single and got an out
Pryor walked a batter and, despite Lucas being ready, was left in to face Moss who deposited the first pitch he saw from Stephen into the seats – and that was all she wrote.

this gave me a bit of a chuckle…

Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32)

Guys I think Bob Melvin might be a witch

 

g151 | finally – a witness to victory

Mariners 6 | Rangers 3

Seems like forever since I attended a win (I believe it was back on Supreme Court night) so, it was good leave the field with a little spring in my step for a change.
‘Kuma was solid… 
He continues to make a pretty strong case for the starting Ro next season.
He gave up 8 hits but only 3 runs and struck out 4 in his full 7 innings of work to earn his 7th win.
bullpen back to form…
Pryor and Wilhelmsen each gave up a hit that went for not and The Bartender earned his 28th save.
Otto Greule Jr | Getty Images
‘t was a first for the SS…
Carlos Triunfel made his first major league start – he got a hit, scored a run and collected his first MBL RBI (solid RBI double). He also made some nice plays in the field (including being a part of THREE double-plays).
Nice to see some POWER tonight…
THREE doubles (Smoak, Wells, Triunfel)
ONE triple (Guit)
ONE homer (Miggy with a 2-run insurance shot in the 8th)
Ted S. Warren | AP Photo

Ackley left the game with a stiff neck …
Seager moved to 2B and Liddi came in at 3B

M’s have played the Rangers tough this season…
current season series record is 8-9 AND the M’s have out-scored the R’s 84-69
Let’s tie the season series tomorrow and win it Sunday 🙂

 

g129 | fifth for FiFi

Mariners 1 | Twins 0

So apparently, Felix made a little bit of history….
– he became the only pitcher in M’s history to record FIVE shutouts in a single season
– he is the first pitcher since 1976 to get the win in 4+ complete games (Blyleven, Jenkins, Drysdale, Gibson and Horlen last five to do it)

Felix is 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his last 14 starts which ties his career win streak.

So anyway …
Felix was good.

Jim Mone | KansasCity.com

Prior to the game, the M’s activated Guti from the DL and optioned Casper Wells to AAA.

Guti had a single in his first AB, two stolen bases and an awesome catch at the wall. Not too shabby for his first day back.

Jim Mone | KansasCity.com

I didn’t see the game but, heard mention he seemed a little “gun-shy” when at 1B – understandably so! He even admitted after the game that it’ll take awhile for him to get over the “flashbacks” (maybe he should talk to Justin – seems like he’s overcome it pretty well).

And the hitting hero of the night…
The Twins actually outhit the M’s 5-3 but Eric Thames made his count in the 8th inning with his 7th home run of the season.

courtesy SB Nation

g128 | of falderal and rain delays and some fun in Everett

Mariners 3 | White Sox 4

‘t was raining cats and dogs in ChiTown…
So what else is new? I swear it rains more there than in Seattle – get a friggin’ roof!

Anyhoo, the M’s took an early lead on a Jesus Montero infield single (four words not often written consecutively) in the first inning. Then they lost the lead. Then it rained. Then they took the lead again on a Casper Wells 2-run home run. Then it rained some more – enough for a 6 minute delay. Then the WS took the lead. Then it rained a lot more – enough for a nearly 2 hour delay, after which the game was finally called. buuuuu-mmer.

Meanwhile, I had fun in Everett…
Aqua Sox 5 | Bears 2

Free program and reusable bag!
the lineup
Everett Memorial Baseball Stadium
really yummy dog!
daughter and dad 🙂
view from our “over the dugout” seats!
Oh say can you see?
Unsworth earned his 7th victory
Unsworth after his last inning
Littlewood right before hit hit a 2-run shot to put the Sox up 3-2

 

Frogs Win!!!
Cool touch at the headquarters

g108 | too much CC

Mariners 3 | Yankees 6

In this 7th meeting between the two teams this season, it’s the first time the M’s have faced CC
Thank goodness – sheesh!
The good news: the M’s hit TWO homers (Casper in the 4th and Dustin in the 9th)

The bad news: the M’s only mustered THREE total hits.

After the game, Wedge said about CC, “I think he beats anyone tonight.”
He also gave some praise to his own guys though, “We didn’t give at bats away today.”

Millwood threw a lot of pitches (109 in 6 innings) but kept ’em in it till the 6th when he gave up the 2-run homer to Chavez – which could have been, but was not, called fan interference.

Larry Stone ‏@StoneLarryThames said the Chavez homer hit a fan’s glove, then his, otherwise he would have caught it.

Carter Capps made his major league debut in the 7th…
Despite throwing SIX 100/101mph pitches (of 12 total) he gave up a hit to Martin, a walk to Granderson and then Jeter laid down a sac bunt. Unfortunately, Perez replaced Capps and allowed a couple of singles to Cano and Ibanez and both of Carter’s runners scored.

Ichiro continued his hitting streak…
He has exactly one hit in each of his 10 games with the Yanks so far and zero walks, zero strikeouts.
Still so strange to see…

courtesy ESPN.com