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8/22 vs NYY by TOM HAYDEN

67-57, 5.5 GB in AL West ----

Just when you think games are over for the Mariners, they come back to show us fans that they simply aren't done. That's something they've really showed us this year, night in and night out (most of the time). On Monday night in Seattle, they really showed this to us as they put up 7 runs, all via the long ball, taking down a New York Yankees team that is in this AL Wild Card race right with us. That right there is what made Monday night's win so good. 3B Kyle Seager, and C Mike Zunino both connected for 3-run blasts, both giving the Mariners a comeback lead over New York. Mike Zunino, who spent the entire beginning of this season in AAA Tacoma has really turned things around since last year, and it's certainly fun to watch. Mike Z is my pick for Mariners Player of the Game in this one. On the mound, RHP Cody Martin made his second career start with Seattle, and did not have a bad outing at all. With another win, the M's are back to a solid 10 games over .500 at 67-57. Seattle is now just 5.5 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers in the American League Western division standings, as for a Wild Card spot, the Mariners trail the Baltimore Orioles by JUST 1 game. A BAL loss and a win on our part will put us in the second wild card spot!

Offensively on Monday night at Safeco Field, the Mariners started off the 3-game series strong notching 7 runs on 10 hits. All 7 runs came via HR by C Mike Zunino, 3B Kyle Seager, and DH Nelson Cruz. C Mike Zunino, who started off his season with the Rainiers down in AAA Tacoma, has really turned on the jets, batting a .333 AVG with 8 hits, 9 RBI, and 3 HR in his last 7 games. On Monday night, Zunino (.280 AVG) went 1-for-3 at the dish and connected for a CLUTCH 3-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving Seattle a 6-5 lead over New York. The homer was Zunino's 9th of the season, and the 3 RBI night now gives Mike a total of 21 on the season. 3B Kyle Seager (.288 AVG) was impressive again on Monday night as he went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of hits (single, HR), and 3 RBI! Seager connected for a 3-run blast in bottom of the fourth inning, putting the Mariners up 3-2 over New York at that time. The homer now gives K-Swag a total of 24 on the season, and the 3-RBI night now gives him 83 RBI, a team high! DH Nelson Cruz (.287 AVG) went 1-for-4 on Monday night, scoring 2 runs for Seattle. Cruz connected for his 32nd homer of the season and 78th RBI with a solo shot to right field to give the Mariners their 7 runs of the night. The craziest thing about the hit was the fact that Cruz actually put a large crack in his bat down the middle in the process of making contact. If you didn't already know, Nelson Cruz is a very strong man. Also contributing offensively on Monday night for the M's was 2B Robinson Canó (.294 AVG) as he went 3-for-4 on the night with 3 singles and 2 runs scored against his former ball club. RF Seth Smith (.262 AVG) went 1-for-3 at the plate on Monday night notching his 12th double of the season for the M's. 1B Adam Lind (.232 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the dish with a base hit in this one.

On the mound on Monday night, RHP Cody Martin made his second start of 2016 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Martin went a decent 5.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits (all runs earned) while walking 2 and striking out 5 Yankees. Martin struggled to keep the ball in the park, as the Yanks connected for 4 homers off of him. Martin's outing was a no decision, so he maintains an individual W-L record of 1-2 on the season so far. His ERA now stands at a 4.50. In relief on Monday night were RHP Nick Vincent (3.92 ERA), LHP Vidal Nuño (2.70 ERA), RHP Steve Cishek (3.24 ERA), and RHP closer Edwin Diaz (2.25 ERA). Vincent earned himself his third win of the season (now 3-3), tossing a blank frame with 1 strikeout in 1.0 inning of work. Vidal earned his 11th hold of the season in 0.1 innings of work, giving up only 1 hit. Cishek earned his 2nd hold of the season as he tossed a blank frame with 1 strikeout in 1.0 inning of work. Edwin Diaz was great out there again as he earned his 10th consecutive save of the season. Diaz struck out 1 and gave up a walk and a hit in his 1.0 inning outing in the ninth!

WHAT'S NEXT? :

We're on NATIONAL TELEVISION on Tuesday night as ESPN will be broadcasting game 2 of this 3-game mid-week series live from Safeco Field in the beautiful city of Seattle. RHP Taijuan Walker (4-7, 4.10 ERA) will make his first major league start since August the 6th vs LAA. Walker was sent to Tacoma to better improve his consistency, and Mariners manager Scott Servais said that he hopes Walker returns with quote "a chip on his shoulder" just as C Mike Zunino and LHP James Paxton did, both whom are having fantastic seasons in the bigs. Walker tossed a couple of outings down in AAA Tacoma, and looked great in both. There's no doubt in my mind that Walker isn't ready to shine come Tuesday in front of the national televised crowd against these New York Yankees. Walker, in what is his 18th start of the season, and the M's are set and ready to take on NYY LHP CC Sabathia (7-10, 4.49 ERA). With a win, our Mariners will jump to a season high 11 games over .500, and will secure a series win over the Yankees. Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW OR ESPN for watching, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio for listening. First pitch start time is scheduled for 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!

MARINERS 365 NOTES :

RHP Taijuan Walker has been recalled from AAA Tacoma. RHP Cody Martin has been optioned back down to AAA to replace him.

OF Guillermo Heredia has been recalled from AAA Tacoma and is in Tuesday night's starting lineup in left field.

OF/INF Stefen Romero has been optioned to AAA Tacoma.

RHP Tony Zych has been activated off of the 60-day disabled list, and is now in the bull pen, ready to go for the M's. Zych replaces RHP Drew Storen who was placed on the 15-day on 8/22.

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our Mariners #KeepFighting!

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8/21 vs MIL by TOM HAYDEN

66-57, 6.0 GB in AL WEST

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Out of all the baseball games I have watched, which is a lot, this one was definitely one of the strangest I have seen, especcially in the ninth inning. In what seemed like another great day for the Seattle Mariners, who stood 10 games over .500 entering Sunday's game vs the Brewers, was all turned around as Milwaukee put up 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning, getting themselves the series finale win by a score of 7-6. This loss was a bad one mainly because of the great day the Mariners were having offensively, as well as on the mound. After the loss, Mariners fans everywhere were bummed, but when you really think about it, they took 2-of-3 from the Brew Crew and are still just a game out of the Wild Card all thanks to the Houston Astros who beat the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, the team who sits right above us in this American League Wild Card race. With the unfortunate loss, the Mariners now have fallen to a  W-L record of 66-57 on the season, and are 6.0 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers in the American League Western division standings. For a Wild Card spot, don't sweat it, because the M's are still right there, just 1 game in back of the Baltimore Orioles who sit in that second wild card spot currently. 

On the mound on Sunday afternoon, LHP Ariel Miranda made just the 5th appearance in a game of his MLB career, making the start vs the Brewers. Miranda went a decent 5.2 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits (all runs earned) while walking just 1 and striking out a solid 5 Brewers. Miranda gave up a solo homer to MIL CF Keon Broxton in the top of the fourth inning. Ariel's outing was a no decision, so he now maintains a W-L record of 1-0 on the season. His ERA is now at a 5.49 in 19.2 innings pitched so far this season. Relief on Sunday was solid, as usual, of course until the ninth inning hiccup from RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, which is a rare occurrence. But hey, that's the game of baseball. RHP Steve Cishek (3.31), RHP Nick Vincent (4.01 ERA), and RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.35 ERA) each earned themselves a hold (Cishek- 1st hold, Vincent- 13th hold, Caminero- 7th hold), as they each struck out 1 Brewer in a combined 3.1 innings of work. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (7.20 ERA) then came into the game in the top of the ninth inning, looking to close things out, but unfortunately things didn't go as planned. Wilhelmsen suffered his 3rd blown save of the season and the loss in this one as he went 0.1 innings of the ninth giving up 4 runs on 4 hits (all runs earned) while striking out 1 Brewer in his outing. Wilhelmsen gave up a solo homer to MIL CF Keon Broxton to start off the ninth inning, and then gave up a 2-run home run to MIL 1B Chris Carter later in the inning. With the loss, Wilhelmsen now has an individual W-L record of 2-4 on the season in 40.0 even innings pitched. LHP Vidal Nuño (2.72 ERA) then finished off the rest of the ninth inning (0.2 innings) giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1 Brewer. 

Offensively on Sunday afternoon, the M's put up a solid 6 runs on 11 hits off of MIL RHP Matt Garza, RHP Jhan Marinez, and RHP Tyler Thornburg. RF Seth Smith (.261 AVG) had himself a day going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of hits for 2 RBI. Smith connected for 2 singles in this one, both for RBI in the third and fourth innings. Smith now has a total of 48 RBI on the season after the 2-RBI day. 2B Robinson Canó (.290 AVG) didn't get a base hit in this one going 0-for-5 at the plate, but he did manage to drive in 2 runs for Seattle, both via sacrifice ground outs. The 2 RBI day now gives Canó a total of 79 on the season. DH Nelson Cruz (.287 AVG) went 2-for4 at the plate on Sunday, also kicking in a run for the Mariners in this one. Nelson Cruz put the Mariners up 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning with an infield single. The RBI now gives Nelly a total of 77 on the season. SS Ketel Marte (.263 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of hits, also for an RBI in this one for his 23rd RBI of the season so far for the M's. Marte got this one started with an infield single in the bottom of the third inning, which scored Leonys Martin to put the M's up 1-0 over the Crew. CF Leonys Martin (.246 AVG) didn't drive in a run but did connect for his 11th double of the season and a single in a 2-for-4 day at the plate for him. Martin also scored 2 runs for the Mariners on Sunday. C Chris Iannetta (.218 AVG) had a base hit and scored a run for the Mariners. LF Nori Aoki also continues to bring up a .268 AVG as he went 2-for-4 on Sunday with a pair of hits while also scoring 2 runs for Seattle in this one. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The New York Yankees are coming to town! Get ready as our Mariners will now look to forget about Sunday's loss and get back to their August of success as they open up a 3-game mid-week series with the 63-60 Yanks. The Yankees are one of the teams that are trying to catch Seattle in the American League Wild Card race, so this series is a crucial one. Starting this one on Monday night for Seattle will be RHP Cody Martin (1-2, 3.14 ERA) who will be making just his 2nd start as Mariner in this one. The Mariners won when Martin started last, (8/17 vs LAA). Martin and the M's are set and ready to take on NYY RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA). Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio to catch all of the series opener action as the Mariners look to keep on climbing up in this Wild Card race. First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our Mariners #KeepFighting! 

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Offense backs Hernandez's dominant night, Mariners jump to ten games over .500

8/20 vs MIL by TOM HAYDEN

66-56, 6.0 GB in AL WEST ----

Dominant. A great word to describe Felix last night as he was able to pick up his eighth win of the season, and help the M's jump to 10 games over .500. Offense backed him up with a couple of homers, as well as impressive performances from Mike Zunino and Nori Aoki. Listen to this: our Seattle Mariners are now just 1 game behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Wild Card race. With a win on Sunday vs MIL, and a BAL loss, the Mariners will no longer be chasing a wild card spot, they will be sitting comfortably in that spot. The M's have now won 8 straight games at the Safe, and have a record of 14-5 in August. Their record of 21-12 since the All-Star break is the best in the American League. These are all facts, and they speak volumes. Wth this big win on Saturday night, our Mariners now sit a W-L record of 66-56 on the season, 6.0 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers in the American League Western division standings. For a wild card spot, the M's are only a single game out of that second spot. The Baltimore Orioles, as I said earlier, currently stand in that second Wild Card spot. 

Offensively on Saturday night, the Mariners combined to put up an impressive 8 runs on 12 hits in the big 8-2 win over Milwaukee. The Mariners did damage on MIL RHP Wily Peralta (now 5-9, 6.00 ERA), RHP Blaine Boyer, and RHP Rob Scahill. LF Norichika (.265 AVG) had himself a NIGHT, and got offense a goin' for the Mariners in this one. Aoki went 3-for-5 with a single and 2 doubles! Both of his doubles were for an RBI each, as well. With the 2 RBI, Aoki now has a total of 16 on the season. With the 2 double night at the dish, Nori now has 16 doubles total this season. 2B Robinson Canó (.293 AVG), DH Nelson Cruz (.285 AVG), and 3B Kyle Seager (.288 AVG) each had a base hit and scored a run for Seattle this one. Cruz and Canó's hits both came via double (Cruz now has 20 doubles, Canó now has 26). 1B Adam Lind (.235 AVG) connected for a ground-rule double in the bottom of the eighth inning for his 12th double of the season. Lind drove in a run for the Mariners with the base hit and now has a total of 49 RBI on the season so far. The M's gained on their lead over the Brew Crew in the bottom of the seventh inning when C Mike Zunino (.282 AVG) and CF Leonys Martin (.243 AVG) went BACK-to-BACK each launching solo homers off of MIL RHP Wily Peralta. The Mariners have homered more than once in now 3 straight games. Zunino now has 8 homers on the season, while Leonys Martin now has 14! Martin went 1-for-3 on the night with the homer and now has 38 RBI on the season. For Mike Z, he wasn't done after the homer for he launched his 5th double of the season an inning later to drive in a pair of runs for the Mariners. With the 2-RBI double, and a 3-RBI night , in all, Mike now has total of 18 RBI on the season in just 25 games played. SS Ketel Marte (.260 AVG) also contributed with a 2-hit night on Saturday, going 2-for-4 at the dish. 

On the mound on Saturday night, Felix Hernandez was simply dominant. Going 8.0 innings strong, the King earned himself his 8th win on the season so far for Seattle. Hernandez's command was there on Saturday night too, something that was lost for a little bit after he came off of the 15-day disabled list earlier this season. In his 8.0 innings pitched, Felix gave up only 2 runs on 7 hits (both runs earned) while walking just 1 and striking out 2 Brewers. Hernandez now has a W-L record of 8-4 on the season with a solid ERA of 3.26. In relief on Saturday night was RHP Steve Cishek (3.33 ERA), that's right, Steve Cishek, who was recalled off of the 15-day DL recently. Cishek made his first appearance since August the 1st vs BOS, where he blew a save and unfortunately suffered a loss. On Saturday, it was a different story, however, as he was able to take care of business in the 1.0 ninth inning of his outing. Cishek struck out 2 Brewers and gave up nothing else. 

WHAT'S NEXT? :

Our Seattle Mariners, who are now 10 games over the .500 mark will look to take care of this 3-game weekend series with Milwaukee as we get ready to play some series finale baseball on Sunday afternoon at the Safe. With a win, the M's will have won 9 straight games at home, and will have accomplished sweeping the Brewers for #StarWarsWeekend! Looking to help get this done will be LHP Ariel Miranda (1-0, 5.29 ERA), who will be making the 5th appearance of his career in this one. Miranda and the M's are set and ready to take on MIL RHP Matt Garza (4-5, 4.86 ERA). Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle for listening at 1:10 PM PAC, 4:10 PM ET time!

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

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