What a beautiful night it was for some Friday night baseball under the lights at Fenway Park for two teams that have gotten off to some great starts to their seasons, our Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, coming into Friday night, and present, have some of the best offensive numbers in baseball, and the best ranks in the American League for batting. With this in mind, the Mariners opened up Game 1 of this 3-game weekend series at Boston with a bang, putting up 7 unanswered runs on the Red Sox early in the game until the fourth inning. With the win, the Mariners now have a record of 36-31 and trail the AL West leading Texas Rangers by 6.5 games. Here's how things went down on Friday night in the Mariners 8-4 win over Boston.
On the mound, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma made his fourteenth start of the season. Iwakuma went a solid 7.0 innings giving up 4 runs on 9 hits (all earned) while striking out 4 Red Sox on the night. 'Kuma earned himself the win, and now has a W-L record of 6-5 on the season, with an ERA of 4.18. Relieving Hisashi were LHP David Rollins (0.00 ERA, called up on Friday from AAA Tacoma along with RHP Jonathan Aro after the announcement of LHP Wade Miley's placement on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder impingement), and RHP closer Steve Cishek (2.56 ERA). Rollins went 1.1 innings giving up 0 runs on 2 hits, striking out 0 and walking 0. For Steve Cishek, he closed out the ball game for his sixteenth save of the season in 0.2 innings of work, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits while striking out 0 Red Sox on the night.
Offensively the Mariners put up 10 hits on the night, and started to show them off early. RF Franklin Gutierrez (.252 AVG) had a CAREER DAY as he went 3-5 at the plate with 2 home runs and a double (fifth double of season for Guti). Gutierrez connected for his sixth homer of the year in the first inning off of former Mariner LHP Roenis Elias for a 2-run blast. Franklin then connected for his seventh homer of the year not long after in the third inning, also off of Elias, in solo HR fashion. Gutierrez's 6 RBIs was a career high, and he now has 21 RBI so far in 2016. 2B Robinson Canó (.299 AVG) went 2-5 on the night with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Canó connected for his nineteenth HR of the season in the seventh inning of this one, a no doubter to right-center to pad the Mariners lead. COOL STAT: Robinson Canó has a .340 AVG at Fenway Park in his career, which is the highest among any active players in the Majors. He has over 120 hits in 86 career games at Fenway Park in Boston. SS Ketel Marte (.273 AVG) and LF Nori Aoki (.244 AVG) each had 2-hit nights to help contribute to Mariners' offense on Friday night. (Marte- 2-5, Aoki- 2-4 in plate appearances).
The Mariners will look to grab hold of a series victory on Saturday afternoon in Boston for Game 2 of this 3-game weekend series. RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his Major League debut on the mound for the M's in LHP Wade Miley's absence on the 15-day DL (left shoulder). Sampson and the Mariners will face BOS RHP Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.76 ERA). Be sure to catch all the Game 2 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. First pitch start time- 1:05 PM PAC, 4:05 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.