Canó's homer in tenth inning seals deal in Cleveland

2B Robinson Canó fist bumps SS Ketel Marte after hitting a 3-run Homerun in the tenth inning for his sixth of the year in yesterday's 10-7 win in Cleveland

4/21 at CLE by TOM HAYDEN


On Thursday afternoon the Mariners and Indians played rubber-match baseball at Progressive Field for the final game of the three game series. With the 10-7 win in 10 innings, the scorecards were certainly filled up with pencil marks as both teams combined for 22 hits on the day. Everybody in the M's starting lineup had at least one hit on Thursday. The story of this one was Robbie Canó's late 3-run HR in the tenth inning off of CLE pitcher Cody Allen with 2 on, 2 outs. Cano's HR certainly sealed the deal, but it was also a crazy ride leading up to that point. 

C Steve Clevenger had himself day as he made his third start behind the dish for Chris Iannetta took the day off. Clevenger on the day went 2-4, connecting for a 2-run HR in the second inning, his first as a Mariner. Clevenger also singled in this one. Defensively, Clevenger caught CLE Francisco Lindor stealing on base to end an inning late. 1B Adam Lind's bat also continues to heat up as he went 2-5 on the day with two solid singles. 2B Robinson Canó also had a day at the plate as he went 2-5 with 3 hits and 4 RBI. 

Defensively RHP Nathan Karns made his third start of 2016 on the mound and he tossed a decent outing. Going 5.1 innings Karns gave up 5 runs on 5 hits (4 earned), walked 4, but also struck out 5 on the day. RHP Nick Vincent, RHP Joel Peralta, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Tony Zych, and RHP Steve Cishek all tossed in relief for the rest of this one. Joaquin Benoit, with the M's up 7-5 in the eighth inning made things close again as he gave up a 2-run HR to pinch hitter Mike Napoli. This HR is what created the extra innings situation. Tony Zych however earned himself the win as he pitched in the ninth inning holding Cleveland to no runs and forcing extras, he is now 1-0 in 2016. RHP closer Steve Cishek earned himself his third save of the year as he impressed again late in the ballgame to help the M's win. 

The Mariners are back on Friday night as they are set to open up another three-game series on the road in beautiful southern California. The Mariners will take on the 7-9 Los Angeles Angels in an AL West showdown. Friday night, RHP Felix Hernandez will make his fourth start of 2016 (1-1, 1.00 ERA) as he will take on LAA RHP Nick Tropeano (1-0, 0.84 ERA). Keeping an eye on those numbers has me predicting that this one will be a tight game throughout, low scoring Game 1 matchup. The first pitch for this one is 7:05 PM PAC, 10:05 PM ET. Watch on ROOT Sports NW or listen on 710 ESPN Seattle. 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.