When your team has two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning and you're down by 2 runs, you can only hope for one thing; a walk-off homer. Well, Mariners fans all over Safeco Field and beyond had their hopes come true on Friday night as DH Adam Lind connected for a walk-off 3 run BLAST to deep right in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the M's a 4-3 win over the now 38-34 St. Louis Cardinals. With the win, the M's now find themselves at an even .500 of a winning percentage with a W-L record of 37-37, 10 games in back of the Rangers, 1 game in back of the Astros in the American League West standings.
Offensively on Friday night, the Mariners connected for 6 hits on the night. 3B Kyle Seager (.266 AVG) went 2-2 at the plate with 2 hits and 2 walks, scoring 1 run for the M's on that Lind walk-off homer. Seager also connected for his 17th double of the season in this one. The main story on Friday night offensively was DH Adam Lind (.234 AVG) who went 1-4 at the plate, obviously with 1 hit, the 3-run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning. With those 3 RBI, Lind now has 32 on the season, and the homer was also his 11th of the season. 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.276 AVG) connected for his 28th RBI of the season on Friday night also.
On the mound on Friday night, LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 0.00 ERA) made his Mariners debut, (recently acquired from TOR) and had himself a solid night for the M's. LeBlanc went 6.0 innings giving 0 runs on only 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3 Cardinals in his outing. Relieving LeBlanc were RHP Nick Vincent (3.06 ERA), RHP Joaquin Benoit (4.50 ERA) and recent call-up from AAA Tacoma, RHP Donn Roach (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Vincent got his 11th hold of the season in 1.0 inning of work giving up nothing while striking out 1 Cardinal. Benoit unfortunately suffered his second blown save of the season on Friday night as he went 0.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 0 hits (2 earned runs) while walking 3 Cardinals. It was RHP Donn Roach who got the win his 2016 MLB debut as he went 1.2 innings giving up 0 runs on 1 hit while striking out 1.
The Mariners will look to take the walk-off win positivity and strength into Game 2 of this series, set for Saturday night at Safeco Field. The Mariners and Cardinals will wear throwback jerseys to the ones they wore in the year 1984. RHP Nathan Karns (5-2, 5.17 ERA) will make his sixteenth start of the 2016 season facing STL RHP Mike Leake (5-4, 3.80 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the Game 2 1984 night throwback action on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 7:10 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.