Craziness is a good word to describe this one, as the Mariners took care of the Detroit Tigers for the second night in a row. Fifteen innings is how long this one went and the Mariners battled in every way they could. Seattle used 8 pitchers in the game, clearing out their bull pen. LHP Wade LeBlanc made the start and went 5.0 innings. Offensively, my Mariners Player of the Game for Tuesday night is 3B Kyle Seager, who connected for game tying hits in the eighth and fifteenth innings of the game. It was C Mike Zunino, who truly wrapped up this win, however. The most important thing about the win is that the M's are now on a 5-game winning streak, their longest W-streak of the season!
On the mound on Tuesday night, the Mariners used a total of 8 arms, clearing everyone out of the bullpen. LHP Wade LeBlanc made his 7th start of the 2016 season as a member of the Mariners. LeBlanc went 5.0 innings giving up 4 runs on 10 hits (all earned) while striking out 2 and walking 3 Tigers in his outing. Wade gave up homers to DET 1B Miguel Cabrera, and RF J.D. Martinez, luckily both were only solo homers. LeBlanc's outing was a no decision, so he maintains a W-L record of 1-0 on the season and now has a 4.71 ERA. The difference in this one was simply, relief pitching. Why? Because relief combined to give up only 1 run on 6 hits in the next 10.0 innings of play. Relief pitching also struck out a whopping 11 Tigers in 10 innings of combined work. That's impressive, and a very very good sign. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (7.13 ERA), RHP Drew Storen (6.13 ERA), RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.27 ERA, recently acquired from PIT), and RHP Edwin Diaz (1.74 ERA) not a closer in this game, each had a pair of strikeouts pushing the Mariners further and further into this game until a victory! It was one of the newest member of the Mariners, LHP Ariel Miranda (6.00 ERA) who earned his first major league win in 1.0 inning of work, giving up 1 run on 2 hits (earned run). Congratulations Ariel!
Offensively on Tuesday night, Mariner offense combined to put up 6 runs on an impressive 16 hits! LF-RF Guillermo Heredia (.280 AVG) and 2B Robinson Canó (.295 AVG) each had 3-hit nights for Seattle. Robbie scored 2 of the 6 Mariner runs on the night, and put up his 27th double of the season. 3B Kyle Seager (.284 AVG) also had himself a 3-hit night with a homer and a pair of singles. Kyle put up an impressive 4 RBI on Tuesday night with the base hits, one of which, his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run BLAST in the eighth inning to keep the Mariners alive in this one. The homer tied the game up at 4 with Detroit, and that tie wouldn't change until the 15th inning, where it all happened. The 4-RBI night now gives Kyle Seager a total of 72 RBI on the season! Also contributing offensively on Tuesday night were 1B Adam Lind (.236 AVG) and RF Franklin Gutierrez (.251 AVG) who each had 2-hit nights. Adam Lind put up his 11th double of the season on Tuesday night. DH Nelson Cruz (.280 AVG) went 2-for-5 at the dish with a pair of hits for an RBI, his 71st RBI of the season. One of Cruz's hits came via TRIPLE for his 1st of the season, 12th of his career. It was in the bottom of the 15th inning when Kyle Seager notched an RBI single, tying things with the Tigers at 5 a piece. Then, the finisher, C Mike Zunino (.271 AVG) launched a sacrifice fly to center field with Adam Lind on third base, deep enough to plate him for the winning run! With the RBI, Zunino now has 12 on the season in just under 20 games this season!
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The Mariners will now go for a sweep on Wednesday night in Seattle as they host the Tigers for game 3 of this 3-game series. It will be RHP Felix Hernandez (6-4, 4.43 ERA) making his 15th start of the season. Hernandez and the M's will take on DET RHP Justin Verlander (12-6, 2.79 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the action and the potential for the Mariners' sixth straight win of the season on ROOT Sports NW for watching or 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.