Leonys Martin, Steve Clevenger come up big as Mariners complete sweep of the Reds

5/22 at CIN by TOM HAYDEN


Get out your brooms! The Mariners completed the 3-game sweep of the 15-29 Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon, and continue to play fantastic baseball. With the win, the Mariners now find themselves at 9 games above .500 with a record of 26-17. Seattle is still atop the AL West, 1.5 games above the second place Texas Rangers. On the road so far this year, the M's have yet to lose a series (7-0, with 1 spilt). Their record on the road is the best in all of Major League Baseball, as they are 18-7 when away from Seattle. The Mariners have also scored an MLB second best 173 runs since April 13th, and have allowed an MLB fewest 117 runs since that date. Also since April the 13th, the M's have the best record in all of baseball at 24-11. Here's how things all went down in the series finale with the Reds on Sunday, as the Mariners completed their third sweep of the year (Oakland, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati).

LHP Wade Miley made his ninth start of 2016 on Sunday and went a total of 6.0 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits (all runs earned) while striking out 6 Reds on the day. Miley earned the win, his fifth of the year (5-2 record), and now has an ERA of 4.50. In relief of Miley were RHP Nick Vincent (1.40 ERA) , RHP Joaquin Benoit (3.86 ERA) (first appearance since being on DL for right shoulder tenderness), and RHP closer Steve Cishek (2.82 ERA). Relief gave up no runs on no hits and struck out a combined 3 on the day. For Steve Cishek, he earned his twelfth save of 2016 as he shut the door in the ninth inning to boost the M's to their 26th victory of the year.

Offensively, the Mariners put up 12 hits on the day. One of the hits came from LHP Wade Miley, yes, Wade Miley who singled early in this one and then came around to score the first run of the ball game for the M's. Miley's batting average; a solid .333! Also contributing offensively was CF Leonys Martin. Martin (.252 AVG), went 4-5 on the day with 4 hits and has reached base successfully in 16 of his last 17 games. Be sure to vote for Leonys Martin for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego on Also spread the hashtag #VoteLeonys on social media! LF Nori Aoki (.234 AVG) also had a day going 2-5 at the plate with 2 hits. 2B Robinson Canó (.288 AVG) went 1-4 with 2 RBI (RBI single, Sac-Fly). C Steve Clevenger (.175 AVG) went 1-4 on the day and had the clutchest hit of the ballgame to give the Mariners a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning, eventually all they needed to get the win, and the sweep! SS Shawn O'Malley (.300 AVG), recently called up from AAA Tacoma, had a 2-hit day as well for Mariners offense.

The Mariners will now look to continue winning ways as they head home to Seattle, Washington to take on the 19-26 Oakland Athletics. Being 8-10 at Safeco, the Mariners will look to achieve a winning record both on the road and at home. One of the main focuses too at this time is getting separation from the 25-19 Texas Rangers, who stand close with the M's in the AL West. Looking to keep the Mariners moving starting Monday night will be RHP Taijuan Walker (2-3, 2.95 ERA). Walker and the Mariners will face OAK veteran LHP Rich Hill (6-3, 2.54 ERA). With Hill being a lefty, expect to see Dae-Ho Lee in the starting lineup at 1B in place of Adam Lind. Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW™ or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™! First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET.

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