ZUNINO POWERS THE M’S IN TAKING TWO FROM TWINS, JUST 1 GAME FROM .500

Seattle Mariners’ Mike Zunino tosses his batting helmet as he heads home on his two-run home run, scoring the winning run against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners won 6-5. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Zunino powers the M’s in taking two from Twins, just 1 game from .500

The injury-riddled Seattle Mariners may have found some relief offensively from their catching position. No you heard me right, the Mariners found a bat in the much maligned Mike Zunino this week and bot did it help them push their season forward as on Wednesday, Zunino’s 2 homers powered the M’s to victory.

Jun 6 vs Minnesota W 12 – 3
Jun 7 vs Minnesota W 6 – 5
Jun 8 vs Minnesota L 2 – 1

Zunino to rhyme with hero

Mike Zunino was sent down to the minor league after a miserable start to fix his offense. After failing to qualify for the Mendoza line (batting .200), General Manager Jerry Dipoto sent Zunino down to Triple A Tacoma to figure out his swing. The 2012 1st rounder out of Florida, found himself in the uneasy position of having to prove himself. Having been previously been fast-tracked for greatness, Zunino had yet to make things click by age 26.

In Tacoma, Zunino had 41 at bats with 12 hits (.293 avg).  He slugged 5 homers and 2 doubles and that caught the attention of the Majors and he was promptly indoctrinated into the lineup. It would pay dividends as the former Florida Gator would find himself on fire with 14 hits in his last 36 at bats. (.388).

It would pay dividends as Zunino would hit a grand slam last Saturday to win the game for the M’s, and 2 more homers this Wednesday–including a walk off homer–to down the Twins and put the M”s at .500.  Zunino still strikes out a lot; however, if he is pulling in 13 RBI and scoring 6 runs  in his last 10 games, M’s fans will take that 7 days a week and twice on Thursdays.

Zunino OPP AB R H HR RBI AVG
05/27/2017 @BOS 3 0 0 0 0 .148
05/29/2017 @COL 4 0 2 0 0 .163
05/30/2017 @COL 5 0 2 0 0 .175
05/31/2017 COL 3 1 2 0 1 .190
06/02/2017 TB 3 0 0 0 1 .184
06/03/2017 TB 4 1 3 1 7 .206
06/04/2017 TB 4 0 2 0 2 .216
06/06/2017 MIN 4 1 1 0 0 .217
06/07/2017 MIN 3 3 2 2 3 .229
06/08/2017 MIN 3 0 0 0 0 .223

 

Standings

 AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 43 18 .705 0.0
LA Angels 31 32 .492 13.0
Seattle 30 31 .492 13.0
Texas 27 32 .458 15.0
Oakland 26 33 .441 16.0

 

Injury

Jean Segura

6/1        10-day-dl            High right ankle sprain

Ryan Weber

5/13      60-day-dl            Right biceps strain

Hisashi Iwakuma

5/6        10-day-dl            Right shoulder inflammation

Evan Marshall

5/5        60-day-dl            Strained right hamstring

Mitch Haniger

4/25      10-day-dl            Strained right oblique

Evan Scribner

4/25      60-day-dl            Right flexor bundle strain

Felix Hernandez

4/25      10-day-dl            Right shoulder bursitis

Shae Simmons

3/30      60-day-dl            Flexor strain, right forearm

Shawn O’Malley

3/30      60-day-dl            Right shoulder tendinitis

Drew Smyly

3/29      60-day-dl            Left arm flexor strain

 

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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