Yes indeed, the Mariners have won 8 of their last 9 games, and 16 of their last 24 thanks to a BIG win on Sunday afternoon in Oakland, taking down the A’s 8-4. In fact, only the Chicago Cubs have a better record than our M’s since the All-Star break. On Sunday afternoon in Oakland, the Mariners came to work poised and ready to pick up another series win, and that is exactly what they did for the third straight series. Seattle is playing very good baseball right now, and it his being lead by a core group of guys each night, as well as relief and starting pitching. Getting the start on Sunday afternoon for Seattle was LHP Wade LeBlanc, who took the ball for his 8th start of the season with the M’s, and he once again, came out hard giving the chance for another win. The M’s have been successful with LeBlanc on the mound this year, for they have a winning record in times when he takes the hill. Offensively, 3B Kyle Seager had himself a day, helping to boost the Mariners to the series victory. With the win, the M’s have 62-54 on the season, and only trail the first place Texas Rangers (70-50) by 5.5 games in the American League Western division standings. For a wild card spot, Seattle is tied with Detroit, only 2.5 games in back of Boston!
Offensively on Sunday afternoon, the Mariners combined to put up an impressive 8 runs on 12 hits! 3B Kyle Seager (.284 AVG) is my pick for Mariners Player of the Game after he notched a pair of hits in a 2-for-5 day at the plate for 4 RBI! Seager drilled 2 doubles in this one for the 4 RBI. In the top of the third inning, Kyle doubled to right field, scoring Shawn O’Malley, giving Seattle a 2-1 lead. It was in the top of the sixth inning when Seager drilled another double, this one to center field, plating Mike Zunino, Shawn O’Malley, AND Nori Aoki for 3 of his 4 RBI! The double was the difference maker in this one for sure. With the 4 RBI day, Seager now has 77 on the season. As Kyle notched a pair of doubles on Sunday afternoon, he now has a total of 31 of those on the season! Also contributing offensively for the M’s on Sunday was SS Shawn O’Malley (.255 AVG) who went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. O’Malley put up his 8th double on the season, and also connected for an RBI single to center field, scoring Dae-Ho Lee in the top of the fourth inning. O’Malley now has 15 RBI in 61 games played so far this season. 1B Adam Lind (.232 AVG) who has been a contributor offensively this year for the Mariners, launched his 17th homer of the season in the top of the second inning to right field off of OAK RHP Zach Neal. Entering the game, Lind was 2-for-2 in career against Neal with 2 homers. He made that 3-for-3 with 3 homers in the early innings on Sunday, launching this one to right field at the Oakland Coliseum, 443 feet! Lind now has 46 RBI on the season in 95 games played so far. 2B Robinson Canó (.294 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the plate on Sunday with an RBI single in the top of the third inning, scoring Seager, and sing the M’s a 3-1 lead over Oakland. The RBI was Robbie’s 74th on the season. LF Nori Aoki (.254 AVG) also had himself a DAY going 3-for-5 at the plate with 3 hits for 1 RBI! Aoki RBI singled in the top of the eighth inning, scoring Leony Martin for the eighth Mariners run of the day, giving Seattle the commanding 4-run lead. with the RBI, Aoki now has 14 on the season in 87 games played.
On the mound on Sunday afternoon, LHP Wade LeBlanc made his 8th start of 2016 going 6.0 innings strong. LeBlanc gave up 3 runs on 5 hits (all runs earned) while striking an impressive 7 A’s and walking only one. Wade gave up 2 homers in his outing however, which kept this game interesting. LeBlanc earned his 2nd win of the season, and has yet to suffer a loss through 8 starts. He is now 2-0 on the season so far with an ERA of 4.68. In relief, the Mariners tossed RHP Drew Storen (6.05 ERA), RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.06 ERA), and RHP Nick Vincent (3.15 ERA) Relief combined to give up only 1 run on 4 hits (earned by Storen) while striking out a combined 3 Athletics on Sunday afternoon, capping off another win for the Mariners!
WHAT’S NEXT? :
Our red hot Mariners will now head to Anaheim, California to take on an Angels team that has dropped 10 straight games. The series is a 4-game set starting on Monday night and running through Thursday night. On Monday night, RHP Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.46 ERA) and the Mariners will take on LAA RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-9, 4.90 ERA). The start will be Felix’s 16th of the year, as he looks to catch a win in 2 consecutive outings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Be sure to catch all of the Game 1 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle! First pitch start time- 7:05 PM ET, 10:05 PM PAC!
MARINERS 365 NOTES:
INF Luis Sardiñas has been traded to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later, or cash.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.