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9/21 vs TOR by TOM HAYDEN

80-72, 9.5 GB in AL WEST, 2.5 GB in AL WEST ——

Talk about A HUGE WIN. The Mariners narrowly defeated the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League Eastern Division on Wednesday afternoon in what was the series finale of a 3-game set with Toronto at Safeco Field. The Jays took the first 2 of the series in what were some frustrating games for the M’s, but things proved to be different on Wednesday afternoon at the Safe. It was a GREAT day for Felix “The KING” Hernandez as he was able to shut down the solid Blue Jays’ offense who had taken it to Mariners' pitching the previous night’s before in the series. This one was a pitcher’s duel for sure, as TOR RHP Aaron Sanchez also tossed a very good game. It was 2B Robinson Canó who came in clutch with a sacrifice fly out WALK-OFF in the bottom of the twelfth inning to plate Guillermo Heredia for a very important win indeed. The final score was 2-1 Seattle. With the very important win, our Mariners have advanced to 80-72 on the season, 9.5 games behind the Texas rangers who are in first place in the American league Western Division. For a Wild Card spot, the Mariners could’ve been out of it with a loss on Wednesday afternoon, but with the clutch win, the M’s are still right there in contention. Just 2.5 games back with 10 games left to go in the season! It’s almost like a NASCAR race. Multiple cars racing at very high speeds very close to each other with all eyes on the finish line. 10 laps to go. Let’s go get it.

On the Mound on Wednesday afternoon for a beautiful day at Safeco Field was RHP Felix Hernandez, who made his 23rd start of the season for the M’s. Hernandez went 7.0 solid innings giving up no runs on just 2 hits, YUP, just 2 hits! Felix walked 3 Jays and struck out 4 in his impressive outing. The King’s outing was a no decision, so he now maintains an individual W-L record of 11-6. Felix now has an ERA of 3.61 in just under 145 innings pitched to date. In relief on Wednesday afternoon, RHP Steve Cishek (3.07 ERA) went 0.2 innings giving up just 2 walks. Cishek earned himself his 7th hold of the season in this one. RHP closer Edwin Diaz (2.33 ERA) then attempted to earn himself his 17th save of the season in the ninth inning, entering the inning with a 1-0 lead over Toronto. Unfortunately, TOR RF Jose Bautista had planned otherwise as he smacked a solo home run in the inning to left field off of Diaz. Diaz suffered his 2nd blown save of the season in the 1.1 innings of work giving up 1 run on 1 hit while (earned) while striking out an impressive 3 Jays on the afternoon. RHP Evan Scribner (0.00 ERA) went 1.0 inning giving up 1 hit and a strikeout. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (7.11 ERA) tossed to 2 batters inn the eleventh inning giving up a hit and a walk. It was RHP Nick Vincent (3.72 ERA) whose performance had a lot to do with this win as he went the final 2 innings of the 12 inning ball game giving up just 1 hit while out striking out 2 Blue Jays on the afternoon.

Offensively in this one, the Mariners combined to put up 2 runs on 6 hits off of Blue Jays’ pitching. As a team, the M’s went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving a combined 12 on base throughout the day. Clearly, the Mariners could have done more damage for sure, but in the end it didn’t matter anyways because we still came out on top. LF Norichika Aoki (.274 AVG) continues to contribute as he went 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI single in the top of the third inning which scored Jesus Sucre to put the Mariners up early, 1-0. The RBI was Aoki’s 24th of the season. Contributing big time offensively was C Jesus Sucre (.474 AVG) who has really been a positive factor to this Mariners offense when he plays. Sucre went 3-for-3 at the dish with a run scored. Jesus connected for 2 singles and his 1st double of the season in the ball game. 1B Adam Lind (.234 AVG), and CF Leonys Martin (.246 AVG) each had a single in this one. The Mariners single run was the case all the way up until the bottom of the twelfth inning, as 2B Robinson Canó (.292 AVG) stepped up to the plate with runners on the corners and nobody out. Canó went 0-for-4 in the ball game, but an RBI from a sacrifice fly out in the bottom of the twelfth inning was the difference maker and the game winner! The RBI from Canó’s walk-off now gives him 90 on the season so far.

WHAT’S NEXT? :

Next stop is the beautiful twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota where the M’s will open up a 3-game weekend set with the 55-98 Minnesota Twins at Target Field. LHP James Paxton will open up the big series on Friday night in Minneapolis making what will be his 19th start of the season. Paxton (4-7, 3.72 ERA) and the M’s are set and ready to take on MIN RHP Kyle Gibson (6-10, 4.86 ERA)! Be sure to catch all of the series opener action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle Radio! First pitch start time is scheduled for 5:10 PM PAC, 8:10 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M’s #KeepFighting for the PostSEAson

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9/20 vs TOR by TOM HAYDEN

79-72, 9.5 GB in AL WEST, 3.0 GB in AL WILD CARD ----

The Mariners were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League Eastern Division on Tuesday night in Seattle by a final score of 10-2. The Mariners got the scoring started in this one, however, as it looked like it was going to be our night straight from the get go. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma made the start for the M's in this one, and looked like he was going to have another one of his nights of dominance. Unfortunately, Toronto offense took control in the fourth inning, putting up 8 runs on Kuma and the Mariners. With the loss, Seattle is now at a W-L record of 79-72 on the season, 9.5 GB in the American league Western Division. For an American League Wild Card spot, the M's trail these Blue Jays by 3.0 games now with just over 10 games to go in the rest of the season. 

On the mound on Tuesday night in Seattle, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma took the ball for what was his 30th start even of the 2016 season. Hisashi went just 3.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits (5 runs earned) while walking 1 and striking out 5 Jays on the night. Iwakuma struggled to keep the ball in the field also, as he gave up a pair of homers in the outing. Unfortunately, Kuma suffered his 12th loss of the season, but still has a solid individual W-L record of 16-12 on the season with an ERA of 4.04 in just under 200.0 innings tossed to date. RHP Nick Vincent (3.86 ERA) immediately came in for relief giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (both runs earned) while walking 1 in his outing. Vincent only faced 3 batters in the inning, having 0.0 innings on his line. RHP Cody Martin (4.18 ERA) then came into pitch for his first appearance since August the 22nd vs the New York Yankees. Martin looked pretty good, going 3.2 innings of the ball game giving up just 1 run on 3 hits (earned) while walking 3 and striking out 2 Jays on the night. Martin gave up a home run as well. LHP David Rollins (7.71 ERA) made his first appearance since September the 6th vs the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Rollins went 1.0 inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit (earned). Rollins gave up a homer. SHP Pat Venditte (6.30 ERA) then came into pitch the ninth, tossing a blank frame in the inning with 2 strikeouts! 

Offensively on Tuesday night at the Safe, the M's combined to put up 2 runs on 7 hits off of former Mariner LHP J.A. Happ, who earned himself his 20th individual win in this one, as well as LHP Aaron Loup. 2B Robinson Canó (.294 AVG) had himself a night going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBI for Seattle in this one. Canó opened up the scoring with his 2nd triple of the season in the bottom of the third inning, giving the M's a 2-0 lead early. The 2-RBI night now gives Robbie 89 on the season! That is all the Mariners would put up for runs however as they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving 8 on base throughout the night. LF Guillermo Heredia (.237 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles for a run scored in that lead-off spot. RF Franklin Gutierrez (.254 AVG) batted second in the lines in this one going 1-for-3 at the dish with a single. 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.259 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the plate with his 9th double of the season! SS Shawn O'Malley (.231 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the plate with a single for a run scored for Seattle. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The Mariners will now look to avoid being swept on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle for what will be series finale baseball between us and Toronto. HAPPY FELIX DAY as The KING will be making his 23rd start of the season in this one, looking to help the M's get a win they most definitely need. Hernandez (11-6, 3.51 ERA) and the M's are set and ready to take on TOR RHP Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 3.12 ERA)! Be sure to catch all of the series finale action on Wednesday afternoon on MLB Network or ROOT Sports NW for watching or you can also listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time is scheduled for 12:40 PM PAC, 3:40 PM ET! 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting for the PostSEAson! 

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9/19 vs TOR by TOM HAYDEN

79-71, 9.5 GB in AL WEST, 3.0 GB in AL WILD CARD ----

The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Monday night at Safeco Field in Seattle in what was the start of a crucial 3-game mid-week series with these Toronto Blue Jays. To be honest, there may have been more Blue Jays fans at Safeco Field on Monday night than there were Mariners fans in the 3-2 loss. Offensively, the Mariners struggled in solving TOR RHP Marco Estrada, as Estrada had a no-hitter going on the M's through 6.0 innings full. On the mound, RHP Taijuan Walker had himself a decent start, battling through a sore hand from being hit by a line drive there in the first inning of the ball game. With the loss, Seattle has fallen to a W-L record of 79-71 on the season, now 9.5 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers of the American League Western Division. For an American League Wild Card spot, the Mariners are still right there at 3.0 games in back of these Toronto Blue Jays. The next 2 games of this series are crucial for our Seattle Mariners. 

On the mound on Monday night in the great Pacific Northwest, RHP Taijuan Walker took the ball for his 23rd start of the season. Coming off of a GEM in his last start, Walker looked to keep things rolling against a red hot Toronto Blue Jays offense. By no means did Walker struggle, but he did give up 3 runs on 5 hits (all runs earned) while walking 4 and striking out an impressive 6 Blue Jays in his outing. Walker gave up a 2-run home run to TOR DH Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the third inning of the ball game. Unfortunately, Taijuan suffered a loss and now has an individual W-L record of 6-11 on the season with an ERA of 4.32 in just over 120.0 innings pitched to date. In relief on Monday night was RHP Drew Storen (5.70 ERA) who went 1.0 inning giving up 1 hit and striking out a solid 3 Jays in his outing. RHP Evan Scribner (0.00 ERA) went 1.2 innings giving up nothing but a walk and also striking out an impressive 3 batters in his outing. RHP Dan Altavilla (1.13 ERA) then tossed the entirety of the ninth inning for the Mariners giving up just 2 hits and nothing else. 

Offensively, things were very quiet on Monday night until the last inning for Seattle. The M's combined to put up just 2 runs on 3 hits off of Blue Jays' pitching. 2B Robinson Canó (.293 AVG) went 1-for-3 on the night with a single up the middle to center field to break up TOR RHP Marco Estrada's no-hit bid in the seventh inning. 1B Adam Lind (.233 AVG) connected for a single in this one in a 1-for-4 day at the plate for him. It was CF Leonys Martin (.249 AVG) who brought the power in the ninth inning, putting up his 15th home run of the year, a 2-run blast to right-center to cut Toronto's lead to 1 at the time. Martin went 1-for-3 at the plate in this one the 2-RBI night now gives him 44 on the season. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The Mariners will now look to take that ninth inning action and bring it into Tuesday night's game in what will be Game 2 of this 3-game mid-week series with the Toronto Blue Jays. It will be a pitcher's duel for sure, as RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will take the ball for us facing former Mariner LHP J.A. Happ (19-4, 3.27 ERA), who the Mariners will try to prevent from achieving his 20th win of the season on Tuesday night. Iwakuma (16-11, 3.87 ERA) will make his 31st start of the season on Tuesday night, the most by any Mariners' pitcher this season. Be sure to catch all of the Game 2 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle Radio! First pitch start time is scheduled for- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET! 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting towards the PostSEAson! 

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