The Seattle Mariners hosted the Boston Red Sox this weekend for a 4 game set and nearly swept them. The Mariners used an offensive onslaught to basically outscore the BoSox. Take note True to the Blue fans, this will most likely be a microcosm of the season and the pitching deficient will have to suffer a lot of runs and score even more to get some wins.
This series saw the M’s outscore the Sox 34-24. In fact going back to the Oakland series in Tokyo, the Mariners average 8 runs per game. That is pretty darn good; however, keep in mind the pitching and defense has shown holes allowing their opponents to score almost 6 runs per game.
Mar 28 vs Boston W 12 – 4
The home opener at the newly christened “T-Mobile” Park saw all the spectacle of overhead flyovers, extravagant introductions, a powerful guitar driven national anthem by Pearl Jam’s Mcreedy, and a concert by Macklemore—not former Mariner Mark Mclemore, rather the Seattle based rapper who is for some reason famous.
The pregame fireworks couldn’t outshine the in game fireworks as new Mariners Edwin Encarnacion, Domingo Santana, Ryon Healy, and Tim Beckham would rock moon shot home runs that quieted the normally annoying visiting Red Sox fans.
“We like our team. It’s a different look to our team. I get that. It’s not the household names, the names you are used to seeing in our lineup,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “But these guys can play and I’ve said it all along, as this season goes along I think fans will have plenty of guys to latch onto because we certainly have personality on this team. You saw some of that come out today.”
Marco Gonzales went 5 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs ( 3 earned runs) which was good enough to earn his second win of the season. Boston’s ace, Chris Sale had none of his championship material allowing 3 homers and 7 runs.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 29, 2019
Mar 29 vs Boston L 7 – 6
In a game that the Mariners should not have lost came to be with a 9th inning meltdown as the M’s showed portents of things to come as the Sox got a 9th inning 3-run homer by Mitch Moreland to give Boston the win.
Just an easy 125-yard wedge shot for Domingo. 🏌️♂️
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 29, 2019
To compound problems, the new Mariners closer Hunter Strickland ended up getting a lat strain during the relief appearance where he served up the homer. Strickland will now be on the disabled list leaving the bullpen duties to a bunch of unknown commodities.
The offense did enough to win, running off Boston’s pitcher Nathan Eovaldi by shelling him for 6 runs off 3 home runs in just 5 innings.
The Mariner’s new Japanese import Yusei Kikuchi did pretty well with a 6 inning 3 run performance. He did serve up two meatballs that were launched out of the park, but they were solo shots and didn’t cause too much damage. Former AquaSox pitcher Matt Festa made an appearance getting a hold in an appearance.
Mar 30 vs Boston W 6 – 5
While the M’s showed they can lose the close game, they also showed they can win a close game. Jay Bruce would get his 1st home run as a Mariner with a 3 run shot to center as the M’s abused the Red Sox yet again.
The Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez didn’t even make it 5 innings as he was run off allowing 8 hits and 6 runs over 4 1/3 innings. Mike Leake on the other hand looked pretty good. He went 6 innings allowing just 2 runs and striking out 7 batters.
— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) March 31, 2019
The M’s would almost blow it as the Sox would get 3 runs on 3 errors by new Mariners 3rd baseman Dylan Moore. The former Brewers prospect was signed by Jerry Dipoto in the offseason ironically as a utility man brought in for his defense.
Mar 31 vs Boston W 10 – 8
The Mariners took another BoSox pitcher, Rick Porcello, to task with a 7 run 3rd inning. The M’s pitching would also look shaky as Wade Leblanc earned a shaky win that saw him give up 6 run (4 earned).
Newcomer Tim Beckham would continue his hot start getting another hit and fellow off season addition, Jay Bruce would get his second homer in the 4th inning. Yet another new Mariner, catcher Omar Narvaez would get a homer of his own (his 2nd of the season).
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 30, 2019
“I knew we’d hit some homers,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It seems like the ball is carrying here, but those balls are hit. Not too many cheap ones getting out of here.”
SSU Player of the Series
There are a lot of good choices for this series, but let’s give it to #1 himself, Tim Beckham. The former #1 overall draft pick made his way from Tampa, via Baltimore, to try and resurrect his middling career. The 5th year player is starting his M’s career with a bang. Tim has a .435 batting average and 3 homers on the season. With a 6 game hitting streak, Tim accumulated 2 homers, a double, and 4 RBI while playing a solid shortstop.
DATE OPP R H HR RBI AVG
03/31 vs BOS 1 1 0 0 .313
03/30 vs BOS 0 1 0 1 .333
03/29 vs BOS 1 1 0 0 .333
03/28 vs BOS 2 2 2 3 .400
AL West W L Pct GB
Seattle 5 1 .833 0.0
Texas 2 1 .667 1.5
Oakland 3 3 .500 2.0
Houston 1 3 .250 3.0
LA Angels 1 3 .250 3.0
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