Mariners send Angels spiraling, have now won 8 of last 9

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After having swept the Royals over the weekend, the Seattle Mariners just took 2 more games this time against the LA Angels giving them 8 wins over the over  in the last 9 games. Pitching was the name of the game this week as outstanding performances as pitching has kept the M’s pull just a game and a half back from the Astros.  This beat down has now knocked LA down to .500 and put them a full 12.5 games behind the M’s.

Jul 3       vs            LA Angels            W            4 – 1

Wade LeBlanc continued his come from nowhere season as he went 7 innings of 3 hit ball to win the game. A lone home run by Andrelton Simmons in the 4th inning was the only hiccup during Wade’s 4th win of the season. The M’s would strike first in the 1st inning when Kyle Seager doubled scoring Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger. Nelson Cruz would knock his 22nd home run of the season to put the game away.

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Jul 4       vs            LA Angels            L              7 – 4

Mike Leake started strong but got knocked around a bit on Independence Day. Leake would surrender 3 runs in his last 2 innings on a barrage of singles by the Angels. The Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun was especially difficult on Leake going 3-5 with a homer and 3 RBI in the game.

The Mariners got back-to-back homers from Kyle Seager and Ryon Healey in the 2nd to keep the M’s in the game; however, the Angels bullpen shut down the M;s going 4 innings allowing just 1 run.

Jul 5       vs            LA Angels            W            4 – 1

The Mariners bounced back with win based on another fantastic outing by Marco Gonzales. The former Gonzaga Bulldog collected his 9th win with a 6 inning 1 run game. With 7 strikeouts to just 2 walks Marco gave the True to the Blue a glimpse into why he was a former 1st round draft pick.

Dee Gordon saved the day with amazing defense and a 2-4 day which saw him hit a triple and earn his 21st RBI. As well, reliever Edwin Diaz literally earned his 34th save with a 3 up and 3 down inning that saw him strikeout the entire side.

Just the stats ma’am

  • The Mariners ranks 4th in the MLB with a .260 batting average
  • Jean Segura is 2nd in the AL with a .332 batting average
  • Mitch Haniger is ranked 2nd in RBI with 62
  • Edwin Diaz leads the MLB with 34 saves

SSU Player of the Series

Marco Gonzales earns our player of the series. Part of this award is a carry over from his complete game win against the Royal; however, he backed that up with another outstanding win this Thursday. Gonzales had a bit of a slump in mid June where he got rocked for 14 runs over 3 games, but he has settled down nicely and becoming a trusted middle of the rotation arm with now a 9-5 record and a 3.64 ERA.

Standings

AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 58 31 .652 0.0
Seattle 56 32 .636 1.5
Oakland 48 39 .552 9.0
LA Angels 44 44 .500 13.5
Texas 39 49 .443 18.5

 

 

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.