Mariners sweep Minnesota, pull within 1 game of Houston
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Three games, one trade, and a sweep later the Seattle Mariners find themselves at the helm of a sweep that puts them just one game out from the AL West lead. Each game against the Minnesota Twins were hotly contested, but the M’s showed time after time that they are capable of pulling out the win in the clutch. The Mariners are on a roll beating the teams that are not as good as they are. With this kind of success and confidence, it is only a matter of time before they can take out the Astros of this world, right?
May 25 vs Minnesota W 2 – 1
James Paxton put together a win that Mariner fans have become used to. An 11 strikeout, 7 inning game saw Big Maple surrender just 1 run. This would be needed as the Mariner offense took their time to give him the support he needed. A 6th inning single by Mitch Haniger scored Guillermo Heredia.
May 26 vs Minnesota W 4 – 3
The Mariners would win yet another 1 run game in yet another extra inning game. The M’s won extra inning games on Sunday and Tuesday, and added yet another win this Saturday. Going 12 innings, catcher Mike Zunino would be the hero with a 401 foot shot in the bottom of the 12th to win the game. The walk off homer would make up for a poor 6th inning that saw Wade LeBlanc hit the wall and surrender 2 runs. Additional home runs by Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz in the 6th would keep the M’s in business until Zunino won the game.
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May 27 vs Minnesota W 3 – 1
The M’s would wait until the 8th inning to reward pitcher Mike Leake wit the win. Leake pitched 8 innings surrendering just 1 run on 4 hits. The M’s would see a Ryon Healy double knock in Haniger and Kyle Seager for the go head runs. New comer Alexe Colome would earn the save with a perfect 9th.
SSU Player of the Series
We give this one to Mike Leake. The 30 year old journeyman is now 5-3 with a 5.46 ERA in 10 appearances. While the ERA is high, it was just a handful of games that skew his inflated ERA. Leake’s wins have been solid efforts and for a pitcher at the back-end of the rotation all that is required is just solid occasional efforts.