What. A. Game. The Mariners came into this one on Tuesday afternoon coming off of a big 9-run game on Memorial Day, and showed no signs of cooling the bats down. The M's combined for 16 runs on 14 hits, and everyone in the lineup contributed. The Mariners also cranked 5 homers on the day, and now currently lead all of Major League Baseball with 77 HRs on the season. With the win, the Mariners find themselves with a record of 30-21 to end the month of May, and are tied with Texas Rangers for a first place spot in the American League West. We'll talk about the numbers May had to offer to the Mariners both offensively and defensively in this blog, as well as discuss Seattle's Game 2 victory over the 20-33 San Diego Padres.
Offensively the Mariners put up 14 hits on the day for 16 runs. Everyone in the lineup connected for a hit except for, surprisingly, 2B Robinson Canó. Canó (.291 AVG), however extended his on base streak to 29 straight games with a walk to start off his day. For Canó, the month of May has been a good one as he has connected for 18 extra base hits, 7 home runs, and 21 RBI. On the season, Canó has 15 HR (Tied with 4 others- MLB Best), 44 RBI (second in MLB behind BOS Ortiz who has 47). DH Nelson Cruz (.295 AVG) went 2-3 on Tuesday with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Nelson also had himself a solid month of May with 9 extra base hits, 6 home runs and 21 RBI. On the season so far Cruz has 35 RBI, with a HR total of 10. 3B Kyle Seager (.274 AVG) went 3-4 at the plate with 3 hits and 4 RBI while scoring 2 runs. Seager connected for his tenth HR on the season, a 3-run blast in the second inning off of SD RHP James Shields. Kyle Seager, who didn't have the best month of April, immediately turned things around in the month of May with 16 extra base hits, 6 home runs, 10 doubles and 20 RBI. Also contributing to the Mariners 16 runs were 1B Adam Lind (.259 AVG), who also has had a hot month of May. Lind on Tuesday went 2-5 at the plate with 2 hits for 3 RBI. Adam connected for his sixth HR of the season, a 3-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Mariners up big. In the month of May, Lind connected for 6 HR on 28 hits with 22 RBI with an on base percentage of .301 and a sluggage percentage of .434. RF Franklin Gutierrez (.243 AVG) connected for his fifth HR of the season in the fourth inning, a 2-run blast. Guti went 1-3 at the plate. The Mariners player of the game on Tuesday was awarded to LF Seth Smith who had himself a DAY! Smith (.269 AVG), went 2-4 at the plate with 2 homers to give him 6 on the season. A 3-run blast in the third inning and a solo blast in the fifth inning. In the month of May, Smith connected for 2 HR on 16 hits, with a total of 8 RBI in 16 at bats.
Here are the numbers for the heart of the Mariners Lineup: Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager for the month of May
On the mound, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma made his eleventh start of 2016 and went a solid 7.0 innings giving up only 4 runs on 5 hits (all earned) while striking out 5 Padres. Iwakuma retired the first 12 batters he faced through the first 4 innings of the ball game. With the fine performance, Hisashi earned himself the win, and now has a W-L record of 4-4 with an ERA of 4.41. In the month of May, Iwakuma went 3-1 with an ERA of 4.02 in 5 starts. In 31.1 innings pitched in the month of May, Kuma gave up only 14 runs on 34 hits. In relief of Iwakuma on Tuesday were LHP Vidal Nuño (1.02 ERA) and LHP Mike Montgomery (1.50 ERA). Relief combined to give up only 1 hit and nothing else in 2.0 innings of work. LHP Vidal Nuño has been contributing greatly to the Mariners success. In his last 15 appearances, Nuño has an ERA of 0.73. In 12.1 innings pitched, Nuño has given up only 9 hits and 1 earned run while striking out a total of 16 batters. LHP Mike Montgomery who has been pitching fantastic in his "new for 2016" bullpen position (was a starter for Mariners in 2015), has also been successful as of late. in Montgomery's last 15 appearances, he has an ERA 0.38 with 2 wins and 0 losses. In 24.0 innings pitched in his last 15 appearances, Montgomery has struckout 18 batters with only 1 earned run and 4 walks.
The Mariners will now look to keep things going smoothly as they get ready to play 2 more games with the 20-33 San Diego Padres; this time, in beautiful Southern California, in the great city of San Diego, at the fantastic Petco Park (Home of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game). RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86 ERA) will make his eleventh start of 2016. Hernandez and the M's will face SD LHP Christian Friedrich (1-1, 1.65 ERA). Catch this Game 3 action 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.