Don’t look now but M’s win 6th in a row

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The Seattle Mariners just took a sweep against the Texas Rangers and with that they surge ahead of the Anaheim Angels of Orange County in the standing to a 19-22 record. Granted the Rangers are the dreck of the American League West, but wins are wins and, in a year where any victories the M’s can get are appreciated, make way for this pleasant labor day weekend surprise. The M’s finally put together all aspects of the game where pitching and offense complemented each other and a team full of new faces and no-names can take some pride as they inch closer to the .500 line.

Sept 9th               vs Rangers          W 8-4

Super-sub Dylan Moore nailed a solo homer and hit a 3 run double and Kyle Seager would bomb a 2-run shot as the M’s got out the brooms and swept away Texas. Newly traded for Ty France got 2 RBI in the DH spot and has raised eyebrows across Mariners fandom.

Marco Gonzales went 7 innings of 2-run ball and struck out 7 as he picked up his 5th win of the year.

“I think you’re seeing a burst of confidence from a large majority of this team that’s finally feeling comfortable, finally feeling like they have a good routine down in the big leagues and going out there and really searching for wins,” Gonzales said. “We’re a very united group and we have been since day one here. I’m excited to see what this last stretch of baseball holds for us because we are playing great baseball right now.”

Sept 8th               vs Rangers          W 4-3

In the 9th game this year between the M’s and Rangers, the 2 Kyles would show off their muscle as Seager would launch a 2-run homer and Lewis would add a single shot of his own. Seager’s 6th would be be a 1st inning shot to get the M’s rolling and Lewis would nail one in the 9th  for the game winner.

“It’s fun. It’s fun to watch it every day,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “You can score runs in a number of ways. You can prevent runs in a number of ways. It’s just not hit the ball over the fence and hope you strike everybody out. Everybody’s contributing.”

Pitching was again staunch as Justin Dunn would go 6 innings of 2 run ball. He would allow 2 homers, but he would not get flustered and recouped his composure when needed. Kendall Graveman made a guest appearance as a reliever in the 8th to earn a hold. A curious appearance and one that deserves more investigation in games to come.

Sept 7th               vs Rangers          W 5-3

Jose “Marmalade” Marmolejos’ RBI in the 8th broke a tie and won the game for the M’s. Marmalade redeemed himself after leaving bases loaded twice with no results. Newcomer Ty France played 2nd base and got 2 more hits and scored another run to impress his new team.

Justus Sheffield wouldn’t get the win, but he put in a very strong 7 innings of 2-run ball.  Sheffield has now lasted at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts.

“Sheff was dynamite tonight,” Servais said. “I know he wants to get that one pitch back on the home run he gave up there in the seventh. But really happy with how he continues to throw the ball and progress.”

Sept 6th               vs Rangers          W 6-3

Yusei Kikuchi struck out 7 batters and shortstop JP Crawford nailed a 3-run dinger to power the Mariners to victory. This was the 1st game since a 3 game layoff from a postponed Oakland Athletics series; however, the break did the M’s well as they were ready to pounce on the woebegone Rangers squad.

“We knew what he was going to do,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said of Kikuchi. “He threw the fastball with the cutter and we just kept pounding it into the ground to the pull side. We’ve got to find a way to put a little bit more pressure on the other team. You’re not going to win too many games if you have one baserunner through eight innings.”

Newly acquired Ty France proved himself much more valuable than Dan Vogelbach as in his M’s debut he had a hit, drew a walk, and scored a run. Kyle Seager and Evan White got in on the walk parade with 2 walks a piece and 2 runs scored a piece.

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