I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )
I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂
So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.
The M’s second series with the A’s featured a heart-breaking loss in which James struck out SIXTEEN batters (in SEVEN innings). Unfortunately, M’s bats weren’t exactly on fire either and both Juan and Edwin gave up runs late, wasting the best outing of James’ career and blowing the victory.
What a crazy game on Saturday! The M’s didn’t score until the 6th when Jean, Mitch, Robbie and Nellie go: single, double, double, walk to score TWO and cut the Halos lead in half. Then in the 8th, they take the lead with a couple of singles, a double, a walk and a homer (Zu! TWO run shot). Halos tie it up in the top of the 9th and it goes to extras – where the roller coaster begins: Halos score in the 10th, M’s tie it. Halos score in the 11th, M’s tie it with a Kyle double (scoring Robbie who had a lead-off walk) and then Ryon’s first walk-off for the M’s – double scoring Kyle 🙂
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 . . .
Since June 17, the Mariners have played 41 games – only seven against teams sub .500 – and have 19-22 record over that span.
~ 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)
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 . . .
Scott Servais: "He's ready for it. There's no doubt."