71-68, 11.5 GB (third place) in AL WEST, 5.0 GB in AL WILD CARD ----
The Mariners came out a swingin' on Wednesday night in front of a nationally televised audience, defeating the first place Texas Rangers of the American League Western Division by a final score of 8-3! Offense was awake straight out of the get go, putting up 5 runs in the very first inning off of TEX RHP A.J. Griffin. Putting a career performance on Wednesday night in front of that nationally televised ESPN audience was 1B Adam Lind, who simply came to play. LHP Ariel Miranda also came to play in this one, taking care of business to secure an individual win for not only himself, but the Mariners, in a big way. With the win, Seattle has advanced to 3 games over .500 at 71-68 on the season. The M's trail these Texas Rangers by 11.5 games in the American League Western Division. For an American League Wild Card spot, our Mariners are going to have to climb a very possible to do so 5.0 game ladder. They are in seeking of that second Wild Card spot, where the baltimore Orioles currently stand.
Offensively on Wednesday night at the Safe, the Mariners combined to put up 8 runs on 8 hits off of Texas pitching. As I said earlier, 1B Adam Lind (.231 AVG) put on a SHOW on Wednesday night connecting for a pair of home runs in the big win. Lind went 2-for-3 at the dish with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI for the Mariners in this one! Lind connected for a GRAND SLAM in the bottom of the first inning, giving Seattle a 5-run lead over Texas. Lind would later come up to bat again in the bottom of the third inning, connecting for a solo blast! Entering the game on Wednesday night Adam had 52 RBI and 20 home runs. He now has 57 RBI and 22 homers so far on the season. Also contributing offensively for the Mariners in this one was LF Seth Smith (.263 AVG) who connected for his 13th homer of the season, and a homer in his second straight game for the Mariners. Smith went 3-for-3 on the night with that HR, a single, and also his 14th double of the season in the ball game! Smith's 1 RBI from the homer now gives him 51 on the season so far. SS Ketel Marte (.263 AVG) got things started for the M's in this one batting an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to score Seth Smith, putting the M's up 1-0 over Texas. Marte went 1-for-3 on the night and now has 28 RBI on the season. DH Nelson Cruz (.282 AVG) didn't record a hit going 0-for-3 at the dish, but did record his 85th RBI of the season on Wednesday night with a sacrifice fly out in the bottom of the second inning. 3B Kyle Seager (.292 AVG) and 2B Robinson Canó (.304 AVG) each went 1-for-3 at the plate, each with a single in this one.
On the mound on Wednesday night, LHP Ariel Miranda took the ball for his 8th appearance of the season and his 6th start. Miranda was impressive as he went 6.0 innings strong giving up just 3 runs on 3 hits (NO runs earned) while walking 3 and striking out 4 Rangers on the night. Miranda's only flaw was giving up a 3-run home run to TEX DH Carlos Beltran in the top of the sixth inning. Due to the great performance, Miranda earned himself his 3rd win of the season, and now has an individual W-L record of 3-1 with an ERA of 4.79 in just over 35.0 innings pitched this year so far for the M's. In relief on Wednesday night was RHP Nick Vincent (3.58 ERA) who went 1.0 inning giving up just 1 hit and a walk while striking out 1 Ranger. RHP Steve Cishek (3.29 ERA) tossed the entire eighth inning giving up just 2 hits. RHP closer Edwin Diaz (2.48 ERA) went the ninth inning giving just 1 hits while striking out 1 in his outing!
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The Series Finale! The Mariners and Rangers will face off for the last time this season on Thursday night in Seattle at the beautiful Safeco Field. With a win, the M's will grasp hold of a series victory. Looking to help get them there will be RHP Taijuan Walker (4-10, 4.60 ERA) who will look to move on from his last start, which was a tough one, and get a good outing going on Thursday night in this series finale. Walker and the M's are set and ready to take on TEX LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.57 ERA). Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle Radio as Walker gets set to make his 21st start of the season, and the Mariners look to gain in the American League Wild Card race!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting!