Mariners tame the Motor-city Kitties winning series against the Tigers

Mariners tame the Motor-city Kitties winning series against the Tigers

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The Seattle Mariners had a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers and found themselves yet again winning another series.In the shadow of the Robinson Cano suspension, this Mariner squad has come together and several players stepped up big-time. The endeavor would prove difficult as the Tigers endeared themselves as tough outs. It would take some late game heroics and solid pitching to keep the Motor-city Kitties from using the Safeco as their personal sand box. But hey, the M’s are 5-2 since Canó got hurt, 4-2 since his suspension and maybe that was the kick in the pants that the M’s needed to bond together.

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May 17 vs           Detroit  L             3 – 2

The Mariners Marco Gonzales would pitch a solid 5 2/3rds innings allowing just 1 run and 5 hits. He rebounded nicely from a disastrous outing on May 12th against these same Tigers, however, a melt down by reliever Nick Vincent allowed the game to get away from them. Detroit’s Jose Iglesias would get a 2 out single that scored Mikie Mahtook and James McCann for the go ahead runs.

May 18 vs           Detroit  W           5 – 4

34,932 fans would come to the Friday outing that saw Felix Hernandez on the mound. The King did not look good in the 1st inning, giving up 3 runs. The King managed to settle down and finish out the 6th with his team down just 4-0. The M’s bats were quiet until the 7th inning where they exploded for 5 runs.

Ben Gamel, Dee Gordan and Jean would all get RBIs in the 7th to get the M’s within reach leaving Mitch Haniger the opportunity to play hero with a two out double to earn the go ahead runs as well as his 33rd and 34th RBIs on the season.

May 19 vs           Detroit  W           7 – 2

James Paxton is all you need to know. Another stellar outing saw him allow just 2 runs in a complete game. Add 8 strikeouts and it was quite clear that the Tigers had no chance. Mitch Haniger lent a glove with a stellar dive into the crowd to save a run. And Segura had a homer and 3 RBI to propel the M’s to a 4 run outburst in the 6th to put the game out of reach.

 

May 20 vs           Detroit  W           3 – 2

This 11 inning masterpiece was predicated on an otherworldly performance from veteran Tiger’s pitcher Francisco Liriano. Liriano carried a no hitter into the 7th before giving up his only hit, but the M”s would hold with a gritty performance to win the day. Wade LeBlanc went a valiant 7 innings allowing just 2 runs which is more than any of us could ever expect from the cagy veteran. A 2 run bomb in the 9th by Mitch Haniger would keep the true to the blue in the game though. But the heroics didn’t stop there as Segura would come up big in the 11th knocking in Dee Gordon for the game winner.

SSU Player of the Series

Mitch Haniger needs some attention nationally. Saving games with his A+ defense, winning game 2 and tying game 4 with his bat has seen this unheralded superstar come into his own. On the year, Haniger is batting .298 with 11 HR, 26 RBI, and 22 runs scored. These are All-Star numbers.

Haniger Opp R H 2B HR RBI AVG
May 20 DET 1 2 0 1 2 .298
May 19 DET 0 1 0 0 0 .291
May 18 DET 0 1 1 0 1 .292
May 17 DET 0 1 0 0 1 .293

 

Standings

AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 30 18 .625 0.0
Seattle 27 19 .587 2.0
LA Angels 26 21 .553 3.5
Oakland 25 22 .532 4.5
Texas 18 30 .375 12.0

 

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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.