When you're down by 10 runs in the fifth inning, it doesn't look too good. In fact, it hasn't been since 2009 when the Oakland Athletics erased a 10-run deficit to get a win. Well, the Mariners did so on Thursday night for their first 10-run comeback in franchise history! The comeback began in the sixth inning as Dae-Ho Lee connected for a 3-run blast, and from that point on, it was all Mariners. With the win, Seattle has advanced to 31-22 on the season and are now tied with the Texas Rangers for a first place spot in the American League West. The next series...a HUGE one, as the M's take on Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Here's how things went for the Mariners on Thursday night:
LHP Wade Miley made his eleventh start of 2016 on Thursday night. Unfortunately, Miley had a tough outing going only 4.2 innings giving up 9 runs on 12 hits (all earned). Wade struck out 2 Padres and walked 2 and now has an ERA of 5.85 through 11 games. Miley was relieved by LHP Mike Montgomery (2.37 ERA) RHP Cody Martin (0.00 ERA) (2016 MLB debut after the DFA of RHP Joel Peralta), RHP Nick Vincent (2.25 ERA), RHP Joaquin Benoit (2.70 ERA) and RHP closer Steve Cishek (2.49 ERA). Martin earned the win in his first MLB appearance of the year (now 1-0) in 1.0 inning of work. RHP Steve Cishek earned his thirteenth save of the year as he closed out the amazing comeback in the ninth. RHP Joaquin Benoit earned his fifth hold on the year.
Offensively the Mariners put up 16 hits on the night, AND 16 runs! Having himself a night was PH 1B Dae-Ho Lee who actually wasn't a starter in this one. Lee (.301 AVG) went 3-3 on the night with 4 RBI. Lee connected for his eighth HR of the year with a 3-run blast in the sixth inning to get the comeback going. RF Nelson Cruz (.298 AVG) went 2-5 with 2 hits on the night and his eleventh HR of the year. 3B Kyle Seager, who continues to bring the HOT bat nightly (.295 AVG), went 3-5 at the plate with 3 hits, and 5 RBI. 2B Robinson Canó (.293 AVG) and CF Nori Aoki (.247 AVG) each had 2-hit nights. Aoki had an RBI and now has 9 on the season.
The Mariners next series is a BIG one. Seattle will start up a 3-game series in Arlington, TX with the 31-22 Texas Rangers, a team they have been battling for first place with this entire season. RHP Taijuan Walker (2-5, 3.31 ERA) and the M's will face well-known TEX RHP Yu Darvish (1-0, 1.80 ERA). This will be Walker's eleventh start of the season. Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle! First pitch start time- 5:05 PM PAC, 8:05 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.