g108 | Felix scuffles in the 1st but, the King takes over till the 8th

Mariners 6 | Angels 4

rebound

Very strange start to this game (both for me and for the team) . . .

I arrived at the ballpark realizing I’d forgotten my portable phone charger so, I spent the first TWO innings near The Pen, at the ‘charging station’ watching a nearby TV and listening to the Halos broadcast via At Bat. Trout hit the THREE-run homer just as I plugged in (and, of course the Halos announcers were giddy – little did they know what would happen in the bottom of the inning 😉 )

ON the MOUND
Yes, that 1st inning was exasperating (Trout just seems to have Felix’s number) . . .
But, was SO good to see Felix dial it in and go a full EIGHT (something he had yet to do this season) and, ultimately, get the win . . .
EIGHT innings ~ THREE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Eddy gets his THIRD save in style ~ THREE up/THREE down ~ all K’s

AT the PLATE
FOURTEEN hits ~ only ONE for extra-bases ~ Zu’s THREE-run bomb in the 1st

  • Kyle the only starter w/o a hit
  • Nori and Adam both had THREE hits
  • Seth and Leonys both had TWO hits
  • only a total of THREE strikeouts

IN the FIELD
* error by Adam but, an OF assist by Seth to get the lead-runner in the 5th
* around-the-horn double-play (Kyle-Robbie-Adam) to end the 7th

tweets of the game . . .

g106 | Kuma and the solo shots!!!

Mariners 3 | Red Sox 1

solo shots

~ bad news: only FOUR hits
~ good news: THREE of them were homers

ON the MOUND
that’s Kuma “the Bear” we know and love!
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

then Drew gave us all heart attacks when he relieved Kuma in the 7th . . .
first batter he faces singles, second pops up and the third L  O  N  G  fly out to Nori at the wall – whew!!!

Then Edwin made it interesting in the 9th . . .
he actually, shock, allowed a run – but, got it done in the end for his SECOND save in as many chances, preserving the well-deserved W for Kuma!

AT the PLATE
As mentioned at the top, only FOUR hits but THREE of them were homers . . .
All solo shots: Nellie, Zu and Adam
Anyone noticed Zu’s OPS??  1.190 (yeah, I know it’s a small sample size but, jiminey!!)

IN the FIELD
A couple of nice/timely catches in the OF . . . 
Seth with a basket catch at the wall in the 4th and Nori with a catch of a scary fly ball (w/two runners on) in the 8th

No DP’s turned by the M’s (one turned against them)

Robbie’s sick play to end the game

tweets of the game . . .

THIS. is AWESOME . . .

g105 | a night of firsts . . .

Mariners 5 | Red Sox 4

firsts

Guillermo Heredia notched his FIRST major league RBI via his FIRST major league hit (a single to LF) and his FIRST major league run scored (via Robbie’s homer)

Edwin Diaz recorded his FIRST career save in his FIRST appearance as closer (he allowed ONE hit but, ended up striking out the side)

ON the MOUND
Lost in all the drama was Wade’s quality start . . . 
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ FIVE strikeouts

Donn went TWO full, giving up ONE run on a sac fly to Ortiz

Welcome to the closer role, dear Edwin . . .
He struck out the side (walking ONE) on a total of SEVENTEEN pitches, TEN for strikes to earn his FIRST career save (as Steve C takes a breather from the closer role)

AT the PLATE
Well, not much happening in innings ONE thru SEVEN but . . .
How ’bout that EIGHTH inning?!?!?

  • Zu leads off with a homer
  • Leonys, Luis ad Guillermo all single – and Price is chased on Guillermo’s FIRST major league hit resulting in his FIRST major league RBI
  • After Seth strikes out – Robbie hits a THREE-run shot to give the M’s a 5-4 lead (and Guillermo’s FIRST major league run scored) they would not relinquish

IN the FIELD

Nothing too out of the ordinary on either side and also, NO DP’s the entire game

tweets of the game . . . 

g81 | Have a night, Mike!

Mariners 12 | Orioles 6

Welcome back to the bigs, ZU!!! 

 

ON the MOUND
After cruising through THREE, James couldn’t quit get through SIX . . .
FIVE.TWO innings ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR runs (3 earned) ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts

  • The Bartender (fresh up from Tacoma) got the final out of the 6th
  • Nathan went THREE, allowed a TWO-run homer in the but, was credited with the save and preserved James’ second victory and the M’s series win!

AT the PLATE
Where do I start?!?
SIXTEEN hits (including NINE for extra-bases) and FIVE home runs (including TWO from ZU in his 2016 debut!!!!)

  • So great to see ZU debut in a big way – hopefully the start of a very good thing!
  • Nellie, Adam and Seth (third in a row!) had the other homers
  • Kyle and Adam both had TWO doubles (and Adam was a triple short of the cycle!)
  • Nice to see more walks (SEVEN) than strikeouts (FIVE)
  • How ’bout Shawn?!? TWO hit, TWO runs, TWO walks
  • Only ONE starter (Dae-Ho) was without a run scored
  • Only ONE starter (Leonys) was without a hit (though he walked twice and scored once)

IN the FIELD

  • Shawn with an error
  • ONE dp turned (Kyle-Robbie-Adam)

 

tweets of the game . . . 

g126 | of a struggling starter, gutsy pen and j u s t enough OH

Mariners 6 | Athletics 5

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ON the MOUND
Monty’s struggles continue . . . 
ONE.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ ZERO strikeouts (on FORTY pitches)

rejuvenated ‘pen . . .
} the new guys (Edgar and Logan) combined with the “oldies” (Carson and Tom) combined for SEVEN.TWO scoreless – Bartender with the SAVE and Edgar with the WIN

AT the PLATE
hits, hits and more hits!
~ ELEVEN total
~ FOUR doubles (Ketel, Robbie, Seth and AJ)
~ ONE triple (Ketel)
~ TWO homers (Nellie and LoMo)

IN the FIELD
* Zu with an error
* nice DP (Ketel to Robbie to LoMo) to end the 5th (w/runners at 1B and 3B)

tweets of the game . . .

and, just for fun, the only Yankee I root for did THIS tonight . . . 

g118 | THIS time TEN (runs) WAS enough but, NINE (innings) was not . . .

Mariners 10 | Red Sox 8 (in 12)

extra innings

Yes indeed, the M’s scored TEN runs in back-to-back games but only have ONE win to show for it.

‘t was an exciting extra-inning affair in which the M’s took an early 7-0 lead but, as is their want (especially in Fenway) the Sox came roaring back and needed TWO in the 9th to tie it and that’s exactly what they got but, thanks to some EXTRA-GUTTY pitching in innings 20-12 and some EXTRA-CLUTCH hitting in inning number TWELVE, the M’s emerge victorious!

ON the MOUND
It would have been nice if Vidal could have gotten ONE more inning but, considering the circumstances, he did alright . . .
He held the Sox scoreless for TWO straight innings – something NO M’s pitcher had done in this series. He allowed a solo shot to Bogaerts in the 3rd, another solo shot to Castillo along with a double and a sac fly in the 4th, and another double and sac-fly combo in the 5th before being pulled on a very hot and humid day at Fenway.
FOUR.ONE ~ NINE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ TWO strikeouts

HUGE credit to the bullpen who must quite literally be running on fumes . . .
} Tom tossed TWO scoreless . . .
he was helped immensely by the “best friend” in the 5th (runner at 1B initially called safe but, M’s challenged, the call was over-turned and the M’s were out of the inning via the DP). Tom also threw a 1-2-3 6th
} Joe entered in the 7th (after Tom got a K but then walked the next guy) and walked the first and only batter he faced
} In came Nando who allowed an inherited runs to score on a ground out but, then got another ground ball to end the 7th. In the 8th, Nando allowed a hit but was able to hold the Sox scoreless that frame.
} Carson committed the cardinal sin in the 9th – lead-off walk and the RS sent the game to extras via a ground out RBI and THREE singles (thank heavens the RS sent Big Papi, as he was dead meat at home). In the 10th, Carson AGAIN allowed a lad-off walk (are you sensing a pattern here?) but, thankfully, buckled down and STRUCK OUT THE SIDE!!!
} Rob was great: he also walked a guy in the 11th but, got a couple of HUGE strikeouts (including Big Papi!) but, another lead-off walk in the 12th and Lloyd called to the pen, yet again.
} Danny to the rescue! TWO quick strikeouts and a ground ball he fielded himself earned him his first save of the season!

AT the PLATE
Where to start?!? not surprising when there are EIGHTEEN hits 🙂
~ SIX players with multi-hit games
~ Robbie with his second career FIVE-hit game
~ Robbie and Guti with back-to-back homers in the 1st (Robbie’s w/Ketel aboard)
~ Guti with another homer in the 3rd, this one a THREE-run shot!
~ Ketel had a great day – TWO doubles, TWO walks and TWO runs scored
~ AJ recorded TWO stolen bases and TWO hits and scored the NINTH run in the 12th
~ Nellie added what seemed at the time a nice insurance run – a solo shot in the 7th that made it 8-4
~ Zu and Kyle each with RBI singles in the 12th
~ Seth had a pinch hit triple and Brad pinch-ran and scored the M’s TENTH run in the 12th

IN the FIELD
* Vidal with a pick-off of Betts at 1B
* seems like they had endless chances at DP’s but, only ended up with ONE (Ketel to Robbie to Jesus M)
* Seth had an OF assist of Big Papi at home

tweets of the game . . . 

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 . . .