Listen up, the Seattle Mariners are in 1st place, first time in 15 years!
I find it hard to find the words as in recent memory, we have never had the honor of saying that in June, your Seattle Mariners are in 1st place in the AL West! With a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, the flags in Safeco’s left field saw the replacement of the Houston Astro’s banner to represent, your American League West leading Seattle Mariners. The M’s would bite and claw their way to relevancy (for the 1st time since 2003) into the division lead in June.
Jun 1 vs Tampa Bay W 4 – 3
A 13th inning walk-off homer by, who we can now call a superstar, Mitch Haniger won the day. The solo shot to deep right center was one of 11 hits that the M’s spread around in a 4 and ½ hour showdown The M’s were hard up for runs as they left 15 men on base. A blown save by Ed Diaz was overcome as a recently called up Roenis Elias and newly acquired Alex Colome would pitch magnificently in relief.
Jun 2 vs Tampa Bay W 3 – 1
Alex Colome would pitch perfect for a hold while Diaz would turn around his game with a save. Their efforts would help starter Marco Gonzales notch his 6th win on the year. The former Gonzaga Bulldog has pulled in may of the Mariner fan’s attention with his 3.36 ERA and 3:1 strike out to walk ratio. Having been traded for hotshot prospect Tyler Oneil, many of M’s fans worried that this was the undoing of the hometown 9. But, so far, it is Marco who has taken the MLB by storm.
Jun 3 vs Tampa Bay W 2 – 1
A 2 run 8th sparked by newcomer Denard Span and driven in by Dee Gordan won the day. Additionally, the 8th inning heroics may have proven that M’s GM Jerry Dipoto may actually know what he is doing after all. The acquisitions of Span and Gordan were indicative of a “win now” philosophy and it paid dividends as the pair would push the M’s to victory on Sunday. Felix Hernandez would shut down his detractors with a fine 8 inning 1 run performance. You can keep doubting the King if you want, but 7 Ks and a win later, he has the last laugh
Four straight. 8-2 homestand. 13 of 16.
— Mariners (@Mariners) June 4, 2018