Thanks to a couple of BIG homers from 1B Dae-Ho Lee, as well as some other fantastic offense on the night, the Mariners took down their AL West Rival Texas Rangers on Friday night in Seattle by a score of 7-5. With the win, the Mariners are now at a record of 34-27, and only 3.0 games in back of the Rangers who sit atop first place in the American League West.
On the mound, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma made his thirteenth start of 2016 on Friday night. Iwakuma went 7.0 innings giving up only 3 runs on 7 hits (all earned runs) while striking out 3 and walking 1 Ranger in his outing. Hisashi earned himself the WIN and now has a W-L record of 5-5 on the year with a 4.10 ERA. In relief of Iwakuma were RHP Nick Vincent (2.36 ERA) and RHP closer Steve Cishek (2.60 ERA). Vincent earned his tenth hold of the season as he gave up only 1 run (earned) on 2 hits while striking out 1 Ranger in his outing. Cishek earned his fourteenth save of the season as he went 1.1 innings giving up 1 run (earned) on 1 hit (a solo HR) while striking out 1 Ranger for his night.
Offensively the M's put up 7 hits on Friday night. Big performances came from 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.301 AVG) who connected for 2 HR on the night, 4 RBI. The first homer came with a solo blast in the second inning and the second homer came with a 3-run shot in the fourth inning. Lee now has 10 HR so far this season, and 24 RBI. 3B Kyle Seager (.285 AVG) connected for his eleventh HR on the season, also in the fourth inning for a solo blast to put the Mariners up big at that time. LF Seth Smith (.256 AVG) hit a sac-fly in this one for the other Seattle RBI. Smith now has 25 RBI on the season.
The Mariners and Rangers will play Game 2 of this 3-game weekend series on Saturday night, a 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET start time. LHP James Paxton, coming off of an impressive performance in his last start, will make his third start of his 2016 season. Paxton (0-2, 2.25 ERA) and the M's will face TEX RHP Colby Lewis (5-0, 2.74 ERA). Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.