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Seager's amazing diving stop saves Seattle in ninth, secures another Mariners' win

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

8/17 at LAA by TOM HAYDEN

ANGEL STADIUM, ANAHEIM, CA. ----

K-SWAG. THE HAWT CORNER. COMES IN CLUTCH AGAIN. Kyle Seager ladies and gentelmen. He has been getting it done very well as of late with both the bat and the glove over there at his third base position. The man can seriously play. It was in the bottom of the ninth inning, where the M's had themselves a 4-3 lead over the Halos. The Angels managed to load the bases on RHP closer Edwin Diaz, who unfortunately had trouble locating his pitches on Wednesday night. However, he was still able to close the game out thanks to a little help from, you guessed it, 3B Kyle Seager!  With LAA SS Andrelton Simmons up at bat and 2 outs on the inning, anything could've happened. Simmons smacked a 3-2 fastball down the third base line, over the bag, where KYLE SEAGER was there to make a diving stop and throw over to Dae-Ho Lee at first base to end the ball game a secure another W for our Seattle Mariners! Kudos to all you Mariners fans who stayed up to watch the greatness of what happened on Wednesday night in the ninth inning. Of course, with the great play securing the win, we all lose focus of who pitched and who put up runs for Seattle, and that's what i will get to later on in this blog. RHP Cody Martin made his first Mariners start on Wednesday night. Martin was a little shaky early, but overall had himself a decent outing. Relief got the job done on Wednesday night, and continue to impress besides Tuesday night's loss. With the win, the Mariners now only trail the first place Texas Rangers by 6.5 games in the American League Western division standings. For an American League Wild Card spot, our 64-55 Seattle Mariners are right there, now just 2.0 games behind the Baltimore Orioles who sit in that second wild card spot. The Orioles and Astros start up a series tonight as well as the Red Sox and the Tigers; each team in which happens to be around us right now in the standings. Teams will lose..while the M's just have to win, and before you know it, we'll be playing some pretty meaningful baseball come September and into October!

On the mound on Wednesday night for the Mariners, RHP Cody Martin made his first career Seattle start. Martin, a Gonzaga University alum, was recently called up from AAA Tacoma to replace an injured LHP James Paxton, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week. Cody went 4.1 innings on Wednesday night giving up 2 runs on 7 hits (runs earned) while walking 2 and striking out 2 Halos. After a shaky first inning where he gave up the 2 runs, he cooled down afterwards, and was able to keep Los Angeles at 2 for the time being. In relief on Wednesday night were RHP Drew Storen (5.86 ERA), LHP Vidal Nuño (2.78 ERA), RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.31 ERA), RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (6.52 ERA), and RHP closer Edwin Diaz (1.85 ERA). Drew Storen earned himself his 3rd win of the season on Wednesday night, tossing a blank frame with 1 strike out in 1.1 innings of work. Storen now has an individual .500 W-L record of 3-3 on the season. LHP Vidal Nuño continues to do a job night in and night out as he tossed a blank 0.1 innings of work, earning himself his 10th hold of the season. Caminero earned his 5th hold of the season as he gave up only 2 hits and struck out 1 Angel in an inning's work. Tommy Wilhelmsen earned himself his 9th hold of the season in also an inning of work, giving up only 2 hits. In the bottom of the ninth inning, closer Edwin Diaz hgad his first "hiccup" of the season giving up 1 run on 3 hits (run earned) while walking 1 and striking out 2 Angels on the night. With some help from 3B Kyle Seager, he earned himself his 8th save of the season on Wednesday night, 

Offensively on Wednesday night the M's combined to put up 4 runs on 10 hits off of LAA LHP Tyler Skaggs, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Jose Alvarez, and RHP JC Ramirez. The bottom half portion of the lineup really deleivered on Wednesday night as C Chris Iannetta (batted 7th), CF Leonys Martin (batted 8th), and SS Ketel Marte (batted 9th) each had an RBI for the M's in this one. Iannetta (.221 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the dish with a 2-hit night, while scoring a run for the M's against his former ball club. Iannetta connected for his 13th double of the season, and put up the RBI with a single to shortstop in the top of second inning, scoring Nelson Cruz. Iannetta now has 22 RBI on the season so far. Leonys Martin (.241 AVG) went 1-for-3 at the plate, also scoring a run for Seattle on Wednesday night. Martin drove Kyle Seager to the plate in the top of the second inning via sacrifice fly out for his 37th RBI of the season. Ketel Marte (.257 AVG) didn't notch a hit for the M's in an 0-for-3 night, but did notch his 21st RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly out in the top of the fourth inning scoring Chris Iannetta. Also contributing offensively on Wednesday night for Seattle was 2B Robinson Canó (.294 AVG) who had a 3-hit night going 3-for-5 at the dish. One of Robbie's hits was a double for his 28th of the season. RF Shawn O'Malley (.255 AVG) and LF Nori Aoki (.262 AVG, pinch hitter in this one) each had a base hit for the Mariners on Wednesday night also. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The 64-55 Mariners will now look to jump to 10-games over .500 as they take on these 50-70 Los Angeles Angels for series finale baseball, game 4 of this 4-game set in Anaheim. Looking to secure a series win for the Mariners will be RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7, 3.84 ERA) who is seeking his 15th win of the season on Thursday night. Kuma and the M's will take on LAA RHP Matt Shoemaker (6-13, 4.22 ERA). Be sure to catch Hisashi's 25th start of the season (team high in starts for pitching) on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on KTTH 770 radio as the Seattle Seahawks pre-season football game vs the Minnesota Vikings is airing on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! #GoHawks, too! First pitch start time- 7:05 PM PAC, 10:05 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue. 

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