The Mariners ended what was a solid month of April for the team with a gem on Saturday night. Big in the news was Wade Miley's complete-game shutout; the first of his career.
In his fifth start of 2016, Miley came into the game with a 7.04 ERA having had some rough previous starts for the M's. Wade, after his outing on Saturday now has a 2-2 record with 23 Ks, and a decent ERA of 5.06 in 32 innings pitched for the year. On Saturday night Miley went the full 9 innings, striking out 4, giving up only 5 hits and no runs. In Miley's career, his numbers against Kansas City are great, therefore it was no surprise to see Miley throw the complete game shutout to the Kansas City Royals.
Offensively, the Mariners got things going real quick. RF Seth Smith, batting second in the lineup hit his 100th HR on Friday night to help Felix Hernandez and the M's get the win. His first at bat on Saturday night, a solo blast to RF to give the M's an early 1-0 lead. With Canó and Cruz both on base later in the first inning, 3B Kyle Seager connected for a 3-run HR for another blast to right field to put the Mariners on top early, 4-0. Kyle Seager and Seth Smith both connected for their 101st HRs of their careers in the first inning of Saturday night. Seager continues to bring up his low .159 AVG. as he went 2-3 on the night with 2 hits and the 3 RBI. Seth Smith continues to lead the Mariners club in batting average as he swings a solid .298 AVG. On "Nelson Cruz Bobble Head Night" at Safeco Field, DH Nelson Cruz walked twice, and got hit by pitches twice not officially recording an at-bat. Cruz however with the BB's and HP's recorded 2 RBI for the M's. Cruz is currently batting a decent .262 AVG. CF Leonys Martin recorded the next RBI of the night with a fielders choice RBI.
In the month of April, the Mariners played well. With a solid 13-10 record, the Mariners find themselves on May 1st only 0.5 GB of the 14-10 Texas Rangers. The M's have won 8 of their last 10 games, and have won 5-straight series. Seattle now looks to bring this in to the month of May, starting on Sunday as they look to sweep the Kansas City Royals.
RHP Taijuan Walker who has been lights out in his last 4 starts will make his fifth start of 2016. Walker, (2-2, 1.44 ERA) will look to help the Mariners complete the sweep of the Kansas City Royals who have lost 5 straight games. Walker will face KC RHP Ian Kennedy (2-2, 2.77 ERA). With both pitchers off to a great start be sure to tune in and check this one out. First pitch is at 1:10 PM PAC, 4:10 PM ET. Watch on ROOT Sports NW™ or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.