Mariners keep finding their winning ways on the road, take series from Texas
Ok the Texas Rangers are not good this year; however, they are an MLB team and the Seattle Mariners who just got creamed by the Houston Astros, found renewed vigor as they defeated Texas in game in games 1 & 2 before dropping the Sunday game.
The Mariners are now 11-9 on the season and in 3rd place of the AL West. It will be a hard road ahead, but getting cellar dwellers like Texas and the upcoming series against the Chi-Sox should bear good results for a team in the Mariners who are trying to find themselves.
Friday Mariners 6 Rangers 2
This game was proof that he Mariners are not deficient in hitting rather the previous series with the Astros proved that good pitching beats good hitting.
The runs didn’t come easy or early as the M’s squandered a win for Felix Hernandez’s stat line. King Felix would go 5 1/3 innings giving up just 4 hits and 2 runs. The King would strike out 5, but leave the game with only 1 run for support which is yet another his epic career of getting no-decisions.
Rather it would be Juan Nicasio who would pitch a scoreless 8th to earn the win. The runs came in bunches as a Mitch Haniger home run tied the game in the 8th. Haniger’s fifth homer was a two-out shot to the lawn in center field.
Jean Segura would get into the fray as he would nail one against the Texas closer Keone Kela. The shot would score Daniel VogelBach and Dee Gordon who had singled earlier.
“We were due to put a rally together,” manager Scott Servais said. “We certainly had a lot of chances earlier in the ballgame. Our situational hitting and some other stuff, our execution wasn’t very good early.”
Catcher Mike Zunino was a welcome sight behind homeplate, he would unfortunately strike out 4 times though.
Saturday Mariners 9 Rangers 7
Nelson Cruz would launch his 100th home run in Arlington on Saturday to power the Mariners to victory. The 453 moon shot came off of a 44 year old Bartolo Colon who recently almost pitched a no hitter.
“He didn’t miss that pitch again. He didn’t miss it the first time,” said Mitch Haniger, who also went deep for the Mariners. “Just shows you how good of a hitter he is, to stay composed and do it again on the next swing.”
Robinson Cano was a key figure to as he sent a 2 run homer flying out in the 7th inning to put the Mariners up 8-6.
James Paxton got roughed up a bit. Big Maple would allow 6 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs. The Canadian would be pulled after 96 pitches in the 4th as he was unable to stop the flood gates.
The M’s would bring in Chasen Bradford (would earn the win), Danny Altavilla (hold), Mike Rzepczynski (hold), and Edwin Diaz (save) who performed yeoman’s work to keep the game in contention. The 4 relievers would allow 2 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.
Sunday Rangers 7 Mariners 4
The Mariners would be unable to complete the sweep as starter Erasmo Ramierez would get rocked. The 27 year old Nicaraguan would only make it 64 pitches. In 4 2/3 innings he would give up 2 homers for 5 runs on 5 hits.
The hot hitting Mitch Haniger would homer yet again–is 3rd in 3 games. Haniger’s 2 run shot in the 7th would put the M’s within 1 run, down just 5-4. Haniger si batting .314 with 7 homers and 22 RBI. His 8 multi RBI games lead the American League.
“He’s making adjustments a little bit quicker,” manager Scott Servais said. “The league is certainly pitching him more carefully now that they have a little track record on him. But (Haniger) has been outstanding.”
The Rangers pitcher Matt Bush would however get out of a bases loaded jam by striking out David Freitas and Mike Zunino.
The story of the day is that to make room for the 25 man roster–due to the addition of Erasmo Ramierez–the Mariners optioned Guillermo Heredia to Triple A Tacoma. This means that Ichiro Suzuki wills stay with the team. He is hitting .250 in his 12 games, and all nine hits are singles. His 3,089 career hits in the majors are the most for an active player.