Game #13, April 14th, SEA @ KC 5:10 PDT, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO, Doug Fister vs Bruce Chen
Game #14, April 15th, SEA @ KC 5:10 PDT, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO, Erik Bedard vs Luke Hochevar
Game #15, April 16th, SEA @ KC 11:10 PDT, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO, Felix Hernandez vs Sean O'Sullivan
Game # 16, April 17th, SEA @ KC 11:10PDT, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO, Michael "El Gigante" Pineda vs Jeff Francis
Game # 17, April 18th, 7:10, DET @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: 710 KIRO, Max Scherzer vs Jason Vargas
Game # 18, April 19th , 7:10, DET @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: 710 KIRO, Phil Coke vs Doug Fister
Game # 19, April 20th, 12:40, DET @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: 71 KIRO, Rick Porcello vs Erik Bedard
Went to the game last night. I wasn't sure what the outcome would be with how the M's have played this year. Fister who gave up 5 runs in his last outing, was looking pretty good last night. He still had some moments where he was a little shaky but overall, the numbers tell you how it was. 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs over 6.1 IP. And unbeknown to everyone else, the Mariners hitters decided to come to play last night, aided by some unsteady Detroit pitching.
The Mariners scored 4 runs in the 1st inning to give Fister the early lead, one which he kept.
Ichiro had the biggest night, going 4-5 with a walk, 2 RBI, 2 SB's and 3 runs scored! The M's eventually won 13-3 on the strength of 15 hits along with 11 walks!
Only Ryan and Wilson came through it all without a hit but Ryan added an RBI after being walked and Wilson scored a run after walking 3 times in the game!
Chris Giminez had a good night, going 2-3 with 2 runs, 2 RBI and 2 BB. He did make one bad defensive play though he did not get an error from it. Saunders was also big at the bottom of the order, going 3-5 and scoring 2 of the Mariners runs!
Hoping they did not spend all of their offense last night and they can show up again this afternoon.
Bedard is 0-4. How long until he's DFA'd or shelved on the DL?
WAR? Prove it!
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Game # 20, April 21st, 7:10 OAK @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Brandon McCarthy vs Felix Hernandez
Game # 21, April 22nd, 7:10 OAK @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Tyson Ross vs Michael Pineda
Game # 22, April 23rd, 6:10 OAK @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Trevor Cahill vs Jason Vargas
Game # 23, April 24th, 1:10 OAK @ SEA, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Brett Anderson vs Doug Fister
Big win for the M's today on the back of King Felix (and a solo HR by Kennedy).
Felix was in form tonight, going 7.2 innings, with 8 Strikeouts, only 4 hits and 3 walks, all on 126 pitches!
This was Felix's 2nd win of the 2011 season, a much needed one. All he needed to carry the club to victory was given to him in the 4th inning when Kennedy hit his 2nd HR in as many days. Kennedy has been a bright spot in the lineup lately, hitting .316 on the season so far!
In other news, Peguero got his 1st major league hit tonight, an infield single of all things! He certainly runs well for a big guy (6'5''). His power in the minors is well documented so far and I am excited about it but with such a big looping swing, we are sure to see a lot of SO's from him as well (something that was a problem in the minors as well. Maybe they can shorten that swing a little bit. That should only sacrifice a little power but he could make more contact and the more solid contact he makes, the better. Also worth mentioning, he did get picked off from 1B after his single after he slipped a little.
Though we did win the game, aside from the HR and Felix's pitching performance, there was not too much to be happy about as the M's were only able to eek out 4 hits on the night (and 1 walk). Of course, part of this is because the Athletics starter McCarthy was on fire tonight as well, going the distance in the loss, giving up just the solo HR.
Pineda is starting tomorrow, so here is hoping he was paying attention. Pineda has been amazing so far, showing us just what we have been expecting. And at just age 22, I definitely have high hopes for him! Imagine, having 2 Felix's on our staff! They are saying that Pineda has been watching Felix and learning from him - a very smart move on his part. Having Pineda right after Felix is also a smart move, allowing him to get a good look at what it takes to get the opponents out. So I am excited for tomorrow and the future!
Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-21-2011 at 11:36 PM.
Is anyone watching the game tonight? Looks like we may have a copy of yesterdays game (though I hope we can drum up a little more run support for Pineda). The M's are up 1-0 so far as they head into the 3rd innng.
Well, Pineda has gotten some of that support he needed so far after the M's 3 more in the bottom of the 5th inning!
2nd Shutout win in a row now for the M's!!!
Pineda picks up his 3rd win of the season after tossing 6 scoreless innings. He only gave up 5 hits and 2 walks along with 5 strikeouts with 97 pitches. He was just on tonight and definitely commanded with his fastball which started at 97 MPH in the first and topped out at 98 MPH in the 6th!
Pauley, Laffey, Wright and league came in to finish out the game and keep the Shutout alive!
Bradley left the game early because of some back issues and was replaced with Saunders who though hitless, garnered a walk and subsequently scored a run. Ichiro was 2-4 tonight, his 8th multiple hit game of the season I believe. Figgins was hitless but with a walk and a run as well. Cust had 2 walks and an RBI and the Hot hitting Adam Kennedy was 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run! The bottom 4 in the order went 3-14 with 2 walks.
So the team continues to get walks and it helped tonight as they had yet another bases loaded walk! How many is that so far this season? They added a total of 7 walks tonight to add to their league leading 81 (88 now).
Noteworthy: Ichiro got his 390th SB of his career! So only 10 away from 400!
A very good showing by the Mariners hitters tonight who fought their way to a 4-0 win. But the story like last night is the starting pitching! I know that this was just his 4th start and all, but there is just too much talent in the kid and there are clearly immediate results to be happy about. The possibility of several years of Felix/Pineda makes me sleep happy!
Pineda now sports a 1.78 ERA over 25 innings spread over 4 starts. He did not work too deep into the game due to a high pitch count but the kid is only 23 years old so as they learned with Felix, you take it slow with him. But depending on how things go, I do not see them using the kid gloves with him as much as they did with Felix (who came up at age 19).
Game # 24, April 26th, 4:05 SEA @ DET, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Felix Hernandez vs Phil Coke
Game # 25, April 27th, 4:05 SEA @ DET, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Erik Bedard vs Justin Verlander
Game # 26, April 28th, 10:05 SEA @ DET, TV: Root, Radio: KIRO 710, Michael Pineda vs Brad Penny
Justin Smoak - from Bereavement
Dan Cortes - from Tacoma
In other news, Smoak has hit HR's in back-to-back games, including a 3-run HR tonight. Last night was his first game back after being on bereavement leave after the death of his father.
And the Mariner's win it!
Bedard picks up his first win of the season and lowers his ERA top 5.96 (down from 7.71) after a 7 inning, 1 run performance. He only gave up 5 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts. Wright came in and pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Laffey finished them off in the 9th with another scoreless inning. Detroit was only able to score in the 1st inning before being shut down!
The M's have now won 4 out of their last 6 games, outscoring opponent 25-18. Not amazing but not bad either.
The M's got to Verlander early, scoring an early 3 in the 1st inning off the Justin Smoak HR! They picked up another insurance run in the 5th to go up 4-1 but later piled on 6 more in the top of the 9th to put the game away!
The top 5 in the order did most of the damage, with each of them getting on base at least twice. Ichiro had 2 hits with an RBI and 2 runs. They said he was hitting .385 with RISP coming into the game, so that went up today I am sure. Figgins also had a couple hits and a walks and a SB and a run and an RBI. He is still only hitting .180 on the season but he has slowly been picking it up . . . up from .150 though, so it's not saying much.
Bradley did not have a hit but had a couple walks and scored a couple runs. He also reached base, twice on errors (2 of the 4 put up by the Tigers). Olivo had a 3 hit day while knocking in a run and scored a couple times as well.
The big player of the day of course (aside from Bedard) is none other than Justin Smoak. After his 1st inning 3-run HR, he collected another couple RBI off a single in the 9th inning to score Figgins and Bradley. He had 5 RBI for the night along with a pair of hits and a pair of runs. He is now hitting .302 on the season with 4 HR and 14 RBI. He is the 2nd Mariners hitter to be batting over .300 this season, right behind Ichiro. He definitely seems to be developing into the hitter we all hoped he could be. I'll be honest, I was not his biggest fan but seeing him day after day, I am real excited for him. I hope he will be part of the group of young good players that the Mariner's are starting to accumulate.
Now, if we can just get Ackley up here and acclimated to the Majors, we definitely will have a solid core to work with for the future. Ackley, Smoak, Felix, Pineda!!!
Then we have the bottom of the order, beginning with Cust. I am already done with him. He was 1-5 tonight and struck out 4 times! He is hitting .177 through the first 25 games and has collected only 13 hits. Yes, he has 16 walks, but we did not bring him here to take just walks. He was supposed to be the Power in the middle of the lineup yet what power have we seen from him. He has only 2 doubles and has yet to hit a HR this season! Let's just drop him while we still have time to pick up the pieces. Are you telling me that there is no one in the Minors (Peguero?) who could come up here and hit at least .180? I would rather see a young guy with potential struggling but getting his chance rather than a guy who clearly does not have it any more.
The bottom 3, including Kennedy, Ryan and Saunders combined for a 1-13 with a walk.
I was just looking at Smoak's gamelog for this season and realized that he has hit a HR in his last 3 games played! Of course, there was a week between the 1st and 2nd HR's but still, that is 3 in three. He is hitting .346/.452/.808 his last 8 games with 9 hits, 4 of them HR, 5 walks and 10 RBI! Keep it up Justin Smoak!
0And the M's sweep the Detroit Tigers! They win the game 7-2 after another great start by Pineda and a fine offensive showing by the M's hitters.
Pineda goes 6 innings while only giving up 2 runs. He only had 4 hits and 3 walks but had a career high 9 SO's! His ERA is sitting pretty at 2.01 right now. Not a bad start to his career as he now sports a 4-1 record!
Pauley was brought in for the 6th and 7th which were scoreless and Wright came in to finish out the 9th.
Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 6 games with another 2 hit performance along with an RBI double. Figgins also had 2 hits and an RBI and raised his BA up to .191. Still a long ways to go to get to respectable but he is headed in the right direction at the moment.
Olivo had a big day with a HR and scoring 2 runs. Smoak also added an RBI double to the mix. Only Bradley and Ryan came away with no hits. Ryan came in to relieve Wilson who I guess had some eye issues? Something stuck in his eye?
Olivo has had 7 hits in his last 3 games, good enough to raise his BA from .164 to .230.
Luckily, Smoak, after his 4 SO performance last night was benched in favor of Kennedy who was the DH today. He did a respectable job, going 1-3 with a walk and a run scored and guess what, no SO!
So the Mariner's offense has been quite good this series, with the big difference being the hitting with RISP. The Mariners scored 24 runs in their last 3 games, all wins.
Justin Smoak now has an 11 game on base streak to go with hit 6 game hit streak.
All in all, I am happy for the win and the sweep! Hoping they can keep it up when they head to Boston!
Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-28-2011 at 03:15 PM.
Hey Seattle, with the win today and the Rangers Losing, we are only like 4.5 games behind. I'm not kidding myself into thinking we could win the division, but it would be nice to stay close for as long as possible.