76-68, 9.5 GB in AL WEST, 2.5 GB in AL WILD CARD ----
Make that 6 STRAIGHT WINS! 6 straight ties our season high for a winning streak so far this year. What's so exciting is that the Mariners have the capabilities of extending that streak to 7 games on Tuesday night in Anaheim. On Friday night, offense came ready to go again. Offense leads ALL of Major League Baseball in runs scored so far in this great month of September. On Monday night in Anaheim, great combined pitching from LHP Ariel Miranda and relief helped contribute to Seattle's sixth straight victory. BIG offensive performances came from CF Leonys Martin, as well as 2B Robinson Canó who smacked one out for another homer to add to his list of success in 2016 so far. With just 19 games left to go, the Mariners are right in this thing, and very meaningful baseball is being played right now from this great team of the Pacific Northwest. With Monday night's win, our Mariners have advanced to a W-L record of 76-68 on the season, now 8.0 games over that .500 mark! The Mariners trail the first place Texas Rangers by 9.5 games in the American League Western Division. Seattle, now just 2.5 games back in the American League Wild Card, will look to make the run towards the PostSEAson for the first time since the year 2001. We just have to #KeepFighting.
Offensively on Monday night at the big A, the Mariners combined to put up an impressive 8 runs on 11 hits! CF Leonys Martin (.250 AVG) had a HUGE night going 4-for-4 at the dish with 3 DOUBLES, yes 3 doubles and a single. Martin entered the game with 14 doubles on the season, and he now has 17! 2B Robinson Canó (.301 AVG) also brought the bat going 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 singles and his 33rd home run of the season! Robbie launched a solo home run in the top of the third inning to now give him 87 RBI on the season. RF Ben Gamel (.167 AVG) went 1-for-1 in a pinch hit at bat, connecting for his 1st career home run! Gamel's homer came in the top of the eighth inning in 2-run form for 2 RBI on the night also for Gamel. Games now has 4 RBI on the season so far. LF Norichika Aoki (.268 AVG), also connected for a base hit gong 1-for-4 on the night with 2 RBI for the M's. Aoki connected for an RBI single to center field in the top of the seventh inning to plate both Leonys Martin and Mike Zunino, giving Seattle a 4-0 lead at the time. For Nori, he now has 21 RBI on the season so far for the M's. C Mike Zunino (.231 AVG) went 1-for-3 on the night with a run scored and an RBI for Seattle in this one. Mike Zunino connected for an RBI single to get this one started in the top of the second inning, plating Leonys Martin to give the M's a 1-0 lead over Los Angeles. For Mike Z, he now has 27 RBI on the season so far.
On the mound on Monday night in Anaheim, LHP Ariel Miranda took the ball making his 9th appearance of the season and 7th start. Miranda had a solid outing going 6.0 innings strong while walking 1 and striking out 3 Halos on the night. Ariel gave up just 3 hits for no runs! With the great starting performance, Miranda earned himself his 4th win of the season and now has individual W-L record of 4-1 with an ERA of 4.10 in just over 40.0 innings tossed so far on the year. In relief on Monday night, RHP Nick Vincent (3.59 ERA) went 1.0 inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits while (run earned) while walking 1 and striking out 1 in his outing. LHP Vidal Nuño (3.58 ERA) then came in to pitch going to 1 batter in the eighth inning, an walking him. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (7.12 ERA) went 1.0 inning giving up just 1 hit. RHP Dan Altavilla (1.69 ERA) then closed out the ball game for the M's due to no need of RHP closer Edwin Diaz in an 8-1 lead. Altavilla went the entirety of the ninth inning, tossing a blank frame!
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The Mariners will now look to extend their winning streak to a season-high 7 games on the season as we are set and ready for Game 2 baseball at the Big A on Tuesday night in Anaheim. A win tonight would clinch a series victory, and also help us to gain ground in that American League Wild Card chase. Looking to help get the M's this win will be RHP Taijuan Walker (5-10, 4.64 ERA), going out for his 22nd start of the season on Tuesday night. Walker and the M's are set and ready to take on LAA RHP Alex Meyer (0-2, 7.71 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle Radio! First pitch start time is scheduled for 7:05 PM PAC, 10:05 PM ET!
MARINERS 365 NOTES:
The Mariners have traded LHP Wade LeBlanc to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, per reports.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting towards the PostSEAson!