Sometimes you can forget how much walking a batter is a big deal in the game of baseball. It's putting someone on base, and if there was someone already on first base then it moves them over to second, someone on second to third, and someone from third to home for a run. Well, unfortunately Mariners RHP closer Fernando Rodney walked TEX Adrian Beltre with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday night. That's how this one ended against the Rangers in game one of the series.
To get to that point however, it was a great game! The M's were controlling their hits, and putting people on base, getting crucial runs on the board. Offensively, SS Ketel Marte, 3B Kyle Seager and LF Franklin Gutierrez each contributed with RBI's. Ketel Marte's blooping single to right is what got the Mariners all knotted up with the Rangers. His third RBI of the year.
Defensively, SEA RHP Taijuan Walker got the start on the bump. Walker went six innings full giving up three runs on ten hits. Taijuan struck out three Rangers on Monday night. Relieving Walker was freshly called up Edgar Olmos. Olmos went 1.2 innings, giving up one hit. Tom Wilhelmsen and Fernando Rodney finished up the game on the hill for the M's and Rodney, unimpressively gave up a run to end things in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Mariners will play game two on Tuesday night back in Arlington. Getting the start for Seattle, my no-hitter boy Hisashi Iwakuma (4-2, 3.86 ERA). Iwakuma will face TEX righty Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-4, 4.22 ERA). Catch this game on ROOTsports NW™ or listen on 710 ESPN Seattle. For viewers in Texas, watch the game on FSSW, listen on 105.3 The Fan!™.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.