After what was a tough loss on Friday afternoon at Wrigley, the Mariners turned things around with a BIG game two win. The big reason for the W was LHP Wade Miley who was absolutely DOMINANT in his 19th start of the season so far for Seattle. Miley had a no-hitter going through 6 innings at Wrigley, and on the day allowed only a single Chicago Cub hit. He is certainly my pick for the Mariners Player of the Game. Offensively, CF Leonys Martin turned things up in the top of the eighth inning, helping out Wade Miley and the Mariners big-time. With the win, the M's have advanced to a pair of games above .500 with a W-L record of 52-50 on the season so far. Seattle trails the 61-44 Texas Rangers by 7.5 games and the 55-49 Houston Astros by 2.0 games in the American League Western divine standings. For a Wild Card spot, the Mariners are climbing the ladder. The M's are 4.0 games back in the wild card standings, only behind the 55-49 Houston Astros and the 57-48 Detroit Tigers.
Offensively on Saturday afternoon at a crowded Wrigley Field, the M's were able to put up 4 runs on 5 hits on CHC RHP Jake Arrieta, LHP Aroldis Chapman, and LHP Travis Wood. CF Leonys Martin (.250 AVG) had himself a day going 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of hits and a pair of RBI in this one. In the top of the eighth inning, Martin doubled off of Chapman, plating O'Malley and Aoki to give Seattle a 2-1 lead. The double was Martin's 10th of the season. With the RBIs, Martin now has 32 RBI on the season. Chapman also threw a wild pitch in the inning, allowing Leonys to score the third Mariner run of the day. LF Franklin Gutierrez scored the Mariners' fourth run of the night on a throwing error. RF Nelson Cruz (.286 AVG) connected for a 2-hit day in a 2-for-4 day the plate. SS Shawn O'Malley (.239 AVG) went 1-for-3 on the day with a base hit double for his 7th double of the season so far.
On the mound on Saturday afternoon, it was all LHP Wade Miley through 7.0 innings of work as he allowed only a single hit. Miley was throwing a no-hitter through 6.0 innings. As of late, it has been rumored that the Mariners will trade Miley prior to the trade deadline on August 1st. In my opinion, this made Miley even more ready to play on Saturday. In 7.0 innings of work Wade gave up 1 run on 1 hit (earned) while walking only 1 and striking out an impressive 9 Cubs in his fantastic outing. It was CHC 3B Kris Bryant who broke up the no-no in the botto of the seventh inning with a single to center field. Miley, of course, earned himself the win, and he now has a W-L record of 7-8 on the season with an ERA of 4.98. In relief of Miley on Saturday afternoon were RHP Edwin Diaz (1.90 ERA) who tossed the eighth inning and RHP closer Steve Cishek (2.74 ERA) who tossed the ninth inning for Seattle. Edwin earned his 12th hold of the season as he gave up only 1 hit, while walking 1 and striking out 2 Cubs. Cishek earned his 25th save of the season as he closed out the great ball game giving up only 1 hit and striking out 3 Cubs in his outing.
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The series finale! The Mariners now seek a series win on Sunday night in the rubber match of the 3-game series in Chicago at Wrigley Field. It's also FELIX DAY! RHP Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.45 ERA) and the M's are set to face recent call-up, CHC LHP Brian Matusz (0-0, 12.00 ERA). To be sure of a win, Hernandez has to come out sharp, something he hasn't done in his last 2 starts. In his last 2 starts he slowly got better inning by inning, and he was able to earn a win in his last start. Be sure to catch Felix's 12th start of the season as he takes on the Chicago Cubs of the north side on national television.... ESPN for #SundayNightBaseball! You can also listen to this game in 710 ESPN Seattle radio!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.