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Haniger and Diaz power the Mariners to 3 wins in Cleveland
The Seattle Mariners have been on fire as they propel their way to contention. This weekend, the M’s took 3 of 4 games against a strong Cleveland Indians squad, including 2 games that were utter blowouts. The Mariners climbed to 12nd place in the AL west, while Cleveland lost it’s huge lead in the AL central with is now down to just 4 games.
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Apr 26 @ Cleveland W 5 – 4
Game 1 saw James Paxton put on a fine performance allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings. Run production would come early as a 3rd inning burst started by Dee Gordon’s RBI triple would get the crooked numbers on the board. The M’s would find that their advantage was pressed when Cleveland would storm back in the 7th to tie up the game at 4. Kyle Seagar would be the hero on the day with a deep left center double to score Ichiro and win the day.
Apr 26 @ Cleveland W 5 – 4
The M’s would find themselves in another close game, having to struggle to find their way back into the game. Erasmo Ramirez would get shelled right out of the game allowing 3 Indian’s runs. Francisco Lindor would have the Mariner’s lunch as he went 3-5 with a homer. And Michael Brantley would also get 3 hits and launch a homerun himself. All in all, there were 5 home runs by the Indians on the day.
On the bright side, Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino helped the M’s get back in the game with multi run homers themselves. But it would be too little too late as the Corey Kluber had struck out most of the other M’s earning 10 K’s on the afternoon.
Apr 28 @ Cleveland W 12 – 4
Saturday’s game was a laugher as Jean Segura, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seagar, and Ryon Healy would each hit home runs en-route to a beat down on the Indians. Starting pitcher Mike Leake did not pitch especially well giving up 4 runs in 6 innings, but pay no mind as the offense came with their boomsticks locked and loaded. The 1st inning saw Segura and Cruz go yard and the M’s never looked back.
Apr 29 @ Cleveland W 10 – 4
Starting pitcher Marco Gonzales looked like a world beater for a change, he went 6 innings with just 2 runs allowed. With 4 K’s and only 1 walk, he kept the M’s in it as the offense ran amok for the 2nd game in a row. Ryon Healy would have 2 homers on the day and Mitch Haniger would blast his team leading 10th homer to close out the 9th inning.
And now … Mitch Haniger! pic.twitter.com/UCgUvcuvBN
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Just the stats ma’am
- .256 batting average (6th in the MLB)
- 36 homeruns (4th)
- .441 slugging percentage (3rd)
- Edwin Diaz, has just 0.63 ERA to go with his 11 saves
- With a 3.59 ERA, Cleveland was 7th in ERA, but gave up 8 runs per game to Mariners