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.
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