photo courtesy of @Mariners
The Seattle Mariners won three more one run games this weekend as they took 3 of 4 games from the Tampa Bay Rays. Holding on to a tenuous grip on the AL lead over the Huston Astros, the Mariners are now 41-24. Their record is the 3rd best start that they ever had and is starting to cause some buzz across the MLB.
Jun 7 @ Tampa Bay W 5 – 4
Mitch Haniger was the hero on Thursday as he hit an RBI single in the 2nd and launched a 410 ft home run in the 5th inning to put the M”s up 5-1. Hainger’s heroics were needed as a meltdown in the 9th inning almost upended Seattle’s efforts.
Recently acquired from Tampa, Alex Colome had a rough 9th inning. He surrendered a 3 RBI double to Johnny Field before settling down and shutting down the remaining threat. Luckily, Colome came through as Starter Mike Lake would earn his 6th win on an 8 inning 2 run performance.
Of note, the Rays used their new strategy of starting the game off with a reliever as Ryne Stanek took the mound for an inning before handing off to the eventual starter Austin Pruitt in the 2nd.
— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) June 8, 2018
Jun 8 @ Tampa Bay W 4 – 3
Marco Gonzales earned his 7th win of the year with 7 1/3 strong innings. Allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits Gonzales has won his 4th game in a row; over the course of those 4 games, he has allowed just 3 runs!
Edwin Diaz got the save as he lowered his ERA to just 2.65. This is his 4th save in a row over his last 4 appearances.
Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia have shown some liveliness offensively as they each scored a run and Daniel Vogelbach got off the snide with a RBI hit. If the role players like these continue to keep the M’s in the game, this bodes well for the “True to the Blue” as it will take more than their star power to remain ahead of the Astros.
Jun 9 @ Tampa Bay L 7 – 3
Felix Hernandez did not have his stuff as he was shelled for 5 earned runs over the first 3 innings. Allowing 7 hits, he was removed just 3 innings in.
The Mariners would rally as Nelson Cruz would find the fence, but the damage had already been done and the M’s would take the loss.
— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) June 9, 2018
Jun 10 @ Tampa Bay W 5 – 4
The M’s brought the lumber as the M’s would get homers from Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, and Kyle Seagar. The fireworks supplemented a 7 inning 3 run outing by James Paxton. The Big Maple struck out 10 en route to his 6th win.
*Cue Superman theme* pic.twitter.com/ZzG6pVPoGT
— Mariners (@Mariners) June 10, 2018
Just the stats ma’am
- #6 in the MLB in batting average (.257)
- #6 in WHIP (walks/hits per inning) with 1.21
- #4 in Steals (44)
- #3 in fewest strikeouts at the plate (498)
SSU Player of the Series
This week we have co-players: James Paxton, Marco Gonzales, and Mike Leake. The trio allowed just 7 runs over the course of 22 1/3 innings. While Pax had the sexy 10 strikeouts, Leake and Gonzales came through time after time
|James Paxton (6-1)||7.0||5||3||3||0||10||1|
|Marco Gonzales (7-3)||7.1||5||2||2||0||3||1|
|Mike Leake ( 6-3)||8.0||8||2||2||1||3||1|