The Seattle Mariners went to Chicago and found themselves waylaid with a rain-out on Thursday followed by a 10-8 loss to the White Sox on Friday. The Mariners would keep their bats alive the next two days for wins by virtue of bludgeoning their opponents into submission. The M’s now have 27 homers on the season–#2 in the MLB—with at least one homer in all 11 games.
Of note, starting SS Beckham has been nursing a hamstring and starting 2nd baseman Dee Gordon has muscle tightness himself.
Wade LeBlanc gave a solid performance earning his 2nd win. He went 6 innings allowing just 2 runs and went after hitters with strikes. He was able to accumulate 6 strikeouts allowing just 1 homer and 1 double.
April 7 Mariners @ White Sox 12-5
Platoon 1st baseman Daniel Vogelbach had a good game. He turned in a 2 home run and base clearing double to accumulate 6 RBIs on the day. Considered a bust up until recently, Vogelbach has been effective in his platoon role. He did well in place for Jay Bruce who leads the team with 5 home runs.
“It’s fun, but every day with this team is fun,” Vogelbach said. “Any time you wake up and look forward to coming to the ballpark, it makes your life a lot more fun.”
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 7, 2019
April 6 Mariners @ White Sox 9-2
The Mariner’s league lead of 8 runs per game was put on display on Saturday as Jay Bruce hit 2 solo shots and Beckham slugged a 3 run dinger. Ryon Healy would get a double for 2 RBIs as nearly everyone got into the act.
“We’re clicking on all cylinders offensively,” manager Scott Servais said. “All the guys are buying into what we’re talking about doing, what’s important to us and our identity. That’s controlling the strike zone.”
Brandon Brennan, Disgusting 95mph Sinker (w/ motion tracker). 🤮 pic.twitter.com/jiaMoiVfI9
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 7, 2019
Mike Leake would have a strong start earning his 2nd win of the year. Going 6 1/3 innings, he would allow 9 hits. However, he only allowed 2 runs and struck out 6. When the pressure was on he put the focus on getting balls into play as he tossed far more strikes than balls.
April 5 Mariners @ White Sox 10-8
The M’s shortstop Tim Beckham pulled a repeat of last weeks performance by Dylan Moore and made 3 errors in Friday’s game. The shortstop was indicative of what we may have to come to expect from this team as a team who will give other teams extra chances. Mallex Smith also had a (non-error) ball bounced off his glove as the M’s couldn’t give starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi anything to work with.
“We got a lot of gamers on the team, man, and even though we lost that game we showed a lot of fight and it shows a lot about our team,” Beckham said.
The @Mariners were down 5.
That's nothing for the league's hottest team. pic.twitter.com/wH4moY69ss
— MLB (@MLB) April 5, 2019
Kikuchi gave up 4 earned runs (6 total) and 7 hits over 5 innings. This was his first start since learning his father passed away from cancer. It was good to see that he didn’t lose his cool and pitched hard even when his defense was making mistake after mistake.
The offense held up their end of the bargain with 4 homers and 10 runs, but the bullpen would have a melt down as Corey Gerrin, Zac Rosscup, and Chasen Bradford would combine for two miserable innings where they allowed 4 runs. While only Rosscup earned the blown save, one could argue all 3 were equally to blame. Former Mariner Alex Colome would earn the save for the ChiSox in the 9th.
SSU Player of the Series
We will award a trio Player of the Series in Yusei Kikuchi, Wade LeBlanc and Mike Leake. While not stellar, but Wade and Mike earned wins and Yusei fared well all things considered, until his bullpen had a meltdown and robbed him of the win.