Wow. That's all I could say as I watched Game 3 of the 3-game series with the Athletics on Wednesday afternoon. The M's were down 2-0, then they put up 4 runs in the fifth inning making things 4-2. The same inning, Oakland put up 6 runs on Felix and the Mariners making things 8-4. From there, it was all Seattle.
RHP Felix Hernandez made his sixth start of 2016 on Wednesday. Hernandez (now tossing a 2.21 ERA) had a rough outing, in fact, his shortest outing against the Oakland Athletics since the year 2006. Felix tossed 4 innings of work giving up 8 runs on 9 hits (4 earned) and striking out only 1 Athletic. In relief, LHP Vidal Nuño (1.93 ERA), LHP Mike Montgomery (2.63 ERA) RHP Joel Peralta (2.25 ERA) and RHP closer Steve Cishek (0.89 ERA) together were fantastic on Wednesday giving up no runs, and only 2 hits, striking out 3. Mike Montgomery earned himself the win (1-0), and Steve Cishek; who is just flat out getting the job done lately, tossed his eighth straight save. 8 straight appearances, 8 straight saves. Incredible.
Offensively the Mariners bats were ALIVE. Combining for 16 hits as a team, everyone in the starting lineup recorded at least 1 or more hit. 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.281 AVG.) went 2-4 on Wednesday afternoon with 2 HR!! A solo HR in the sixth inning and a 2-run HR in the seventh inning. Lee, on the year now has 4 HR with the M's. DH Nelson Cruz went 3-4 with a 2-run BLAST and I mean BLAST in the fifth inning. Cruz's homer was stat casted at 446 feet, to the upper deck in center field of Oakland Coliseum. Certainly this was one of the furthest balls I've ever probably seen hit. I can't imagine what it was like to see that in person. Cruz, currently bats a solid .293 AVG with 16 RBIs to date.
The Mariners now head to Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas to take on the struggling 10-18 Houston Astros. The M's will open up what is a 4-game series with the 'Stros on Thursday night, 5:10 PM PAC, 8:10 PM ET first pitch start time. LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 5.06 ERA) will make his sixth start of 2016 coming off of a complete game shutout win last weekend against the Royals. Miley and the Mariners will face HOU RHP Chris Devenski (0-1, 1.45 ERA). Be sure to catch the start of this series by watching on ROOT Sports NW™ or listening in on 710 ESPN Seattle™!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.