General Manager Jack Zduriencik was on the radio today, talking about how he hopes to see some more consistency from his team and a lot less streakiness. The team must have heard about those comments, as they came out swinging tonight, putting up 3 early runs on route to a 4-2 win.
Mike Zunino hit a 2 out, 0-2 double to score Justin Ruggiano giving the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. Ruggiano wasn’t done, as he would hit a 2 run homer in top of the 4th. Roenis Elias continues to show why his terrible spring was just an aberration as he rolled to his 1st win of the season, walking 0 while striking out 4.
The Mariners were still unable to keep Jimmy Paredes’ bat quiet as he increases his series RBI total to 5, with a 2 out double off Carson Smith in the bottom of the 8th inning. With Fernando Rodney also giving up a run during his inning, both bullpen arms ended up allowing runs to score.
The Mariners just can’t seem to get a quiet night out of the bullpen, the Dodgers can tell you all about how that worked out for them last year; and this year.
2B: Justin Ruggiano (4), Mike Zunino (5)
3B: Chris Taylor (1)
HR: Justin Ruggiano (2)
RBI: Mike Zunino (12), Justin Ruggiano 2 (3), Taylor (1)
Roenis Elias – 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.17 ERA
Wei-Yin Chen – 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 5.14 ERA
Fernando Rodney (10)
SSU Player of the Game:
Just as his outfield platoon partner Seth Smith did yesterday, Ruggiano had an awesome day in Baltimore. Two extra base hits, including a 2 run homer, comprised the majority of the Mariners’ runs tonight, righting the ship, after the team’s 4 game winning streak was snapped last night.