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Nelson “Boom-Stick” Cruz willed the Mariners to victory with 3 homers over the series. Heroics abound as Cruz now has 5 mammoth home runs over the last 6 games powering the M’s to good fortune. Sprinkle in some strong pitching and defense and you have a recipe for a team that remains #1 in the AL West and increase their record to 20 games above .500 with a 44-24 record.
Jun 11 vs LA Angels W 5 – 3
Six home runs were hit this day but the Mariners got the best results out of their homers. Mike Trout launched 2 homers and was supported by Albert Pujols for an additional solo shot. Nelson Cruz though answered with a 2 run shot in the 1st inning and a solo in the 4th. Ryon Healy would also help out with his own 2 run shot a homer that would end up being the difference.
Wade Leblanc looked good again in a start. He struck out 5 in five innings and gave up just 2 runs. And solid bull pen work went the remaining 4 innings allowing just a solo homer to Trout and winding up in a save for Edwin Diaz.
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Jun 12 vs LA Angels W 6 – 3
Mike Trout would hit another 2 home runs against the Mariners, however, Ryon Healy would put up a pair of homers himself to counter the Angel superstar. Other than Trout the Angel batters went just 3-29 against Mariner pitching.
Mike Leake would earn his 7th win on the season as he went 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. With the exception of Ryan Cook who has fallen on hard times lately, the bullpen looked sharp. The likes of Pazos and Diaz got past Cooks 2 earned runs and closed out the game safely.
Jun 13 vs LA Angels W 8 – 6
More late game heroics come into play as Mitch Haniger launched a 9th inning 2 run homer. The M’s got off to a quick start as they scored 2 in the 1st and were aided by a 2 run bomb by Cruz in the 3rd. But a meltdown in the 7th saw the Angeles tie it up on twin home runs to left field. But que the music as once again the M’s saw the fruition of the trade that sent Taijuan Walker to Arizona. Jean Segura who is batting .344 got on base yet again to be driven in by Haniger who earned what is now his 51st and 52nd RBI of the season.
Marco Gonzales had a 7 strikeout effort but gave up 3 runs forcing him out in the 5th inning. Reliever Mike Morin would blow the save and Chasen Bradford would let in two more before a returning Roenis Elias would shut down the final two innings.
Just the Stats Ma’am
- Mitch Haniger is #2 in the AL with 52 RBI
- Jean Segura is #2 in the AL with a .344 batting average
- Dee Gordon is #1 in steals in the MLB with 19
- 5th in the MLB in batting average (.259)
- 11th in runs scored (303)
- 7th in WHIP (walks/hit per inning) 1.21
SSU Player of the Series
Three games and 5 homeruns seems good enough for me to award Ryon Healy the Player of the Series ward. Going 7-12, with 5 HR, on 6 hits, Healy raised his batting average from .239 to .255 on the season. Healy is now 3rd on the M’s with 13 home runs and 4th in RBIs. The former Athletic was seen as a good fit when he was traded for and has proven to be a solid contributor, the type you need for a winning team, and has locked down the starting 1st base position.