ADAM LIND, WALK-OFF! That's the second time this year that we have heard that through the radio or the TV, signifying a walk-off win from Adam Lind. Also, it is the fifth time this season that anyone on the M's has hit a walk-off HR, which is the most out of any other team in Major League Baseball. I'll tell you one thing, this Mariners team is never boring to watch. They'll win in late innings, and lose in late innings. But that excitement they bring is why we all love the great game of baseball. On Monday night, CWS All-Star LHP Chris Sale, was in fact, Chris Sale, as the M's were only able to put up 1 hit on him through 8.0 innings (Franklin Gutierrez- Single in bottom of the first inning). On the mound for the M's, LHP Wade LeBlanc made his fourth start of the season as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Offensively, you should know the story by now, it's all about 1B Adam Lind's WALK-OFF 3-run blast to propel the Mariners to victory in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the win, the Mariners have jumped to a game over .500 with a W-L record of 47-46 on the season so far. In the American League West standings, the Mariners now only trail the Texas Rangers (55-39) by 7.5 games and the Houston Astros (50-43) by 3.0 games. For an American League Wild Card spot, the Mariners are 4.5 games back.
On the mound on Monday night in Seattle, LHP Wade LeBlanc took the ball for the fourth time this season. LeBlanc went a strong 7.0 innings giving up 3 runs on 9 hits (all earned). Wade gave up a solo HR to CWS Tim Anderson and a 2-run HR to CWS Todd Frazier. LeBlanc struck out 6 White Sox and only walked 1 in his outing. Relieving LeBlanc were LHP Vidal Nuño (3.16 ERA) and LHP David Rollins (4.26 ERA). Nuño went the eighth inning giving up no runs on no hits. Rollins (now has a 1-0 W-L record in 7 appearances so far this year) earned his first career Major League win on Monday night as he tossed a scoreless top of the ninth inning, giving up only 2 hits! Rollins have tossed a total of 6.1 innings so far this season for Seattle, with 4 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.74.
Offensively on Monday night, the Mariners only connected for 1 hit on CWS LHP Chris Sale. Sale was dominant in his outing. The only Mariner to get a hit off of him was RF Franklin Gutierrez (.250 AVG) who had himself a 2-hit night going 2-3 at the plate. It was in the bottom of the ninth inning when everything happened, and it all started with 3B Kyle Seager's 2 out single to center field, plating Robinson Canó. Canó and Cruz were both on base at the time. Cruz got walked and Canó reached via a fielders choice ground ball. For Kyle Seager (.287 AVG), his RBI single now gives him a team-high of 63 RBI on the season. It was then at that time when 1B Adam Lind connected for his fifth career walk-off homer, and second this season, to give the Mariners the win. Lind (.230 AVG) was a pinch-hitter in this one, connecting for the 3-run blast off of CWS RHP David Robertson. Adam Lind is the only player since BOS DH David Ortiz to hit 2 walk-off homers when trailing by 2 runs in a single season. Ortiz did so in the year 2006. Lind's 3 RBI on Monday night now gives him a total of 42 on the season. The HR was Lind's 14th on the year so far.
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The Mariners will look to keep the ball rolling as we are all set and ready to play Game 2 of this 3-game series on Tuesday night at Safeco Field in Seattle. LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44 ERA) will take the ball for his 17th start of the 2016 season so far. Miley and the Mariners will face CWS LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the Game 2 action on national television tonight, on MLB Network! Listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.