Apr 14, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Roenis Elias Gets First Major League Win Over Texas Rangers


After making his first two big league starts, Roenis Elias was sitting at 0-1 despite two solid efforts. The Mariners offense, having been stymied for several games, were looking for a statement game. The bats woke up and Elias turned in his best start of the year so far, earning his first major league victory as the Mariners beat the Rangers 7-1.

Elias pitched 6 2/3 allowing only one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out five, lowering his ERA to 2.16 on the young season.

Offensively, driven to get the kid his first win, the Mariners got on the board in the 5th with a solo homer off the bat of Mike Zunino. In the 6th, the flood gates opened.

Six Mariners came in to score in the 6th as the Mariners batted the lineup and then some. In a payback of sorts from the baseball Gods, one of the runs scored was Dustin Ackley, who was ruled out at the plate on a force out. But catcher J.P. Arencibia bobbled the ball in the transition to try to turn a double play and Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon came out to argue.

After review, the play was overturned and Ackley was safe. Ackley has been the victim of this new “controlled catch” rule twice so far this season and gets a little retribution on this one. Rangers skipper Ron Washington was tossed from the game after coming out to argue the overturning of the call.

There were several positive notes. Kyle Seager had two hits, as did Michael Saunders who filled in for Logan Morrison who was scratched from the lineup prior to the start of the game with a tight hamstring. And of course, there was this bomb halfway up the hill in center off the bat of Zunino.

The Mariners continue the four-game series tomorrow. First pitch set for 5:05 pm PDT.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Abraham AlmonteCF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .216
Brad MillerSS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222
Robinson Canó2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .326
Corey HartDH 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 .167
Stefen RomeroPR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .133
Logan MorrisonRF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .150
Michael SaundersRF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .227
Kyle Seager3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .162
Justin Smoak1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .244
Dustin AckleyLF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .302
Mike ZuninoC 4 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 .282
Totals 39 7 12 6 1 1 7 0 10
Batting
2B – J Smoak (4, H Noesi)
3B – M Saunders (1, C Lewis)
HR – M Zunino (3, 5th inning off C Lewis 0 on, 1 Out)
SF – R Cano
RBI – R Cano (5), M Saunders (2), K Seager (2), D Ackley (7), M Zunino 2 (8)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Hart 1, D Ackley 2
Team LOB – 8
Running
CS – M Saunders (1, 2nd base by C Lewis/J Arencibia)
Fielding
DP – 4 (K Seager-R Cano-J Smoak, R Cano-B Miller-J Smoak, B Miller-R Cano-J Smoak, K Seager-R Cano-J Smoak)

Texas

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Shin-Soo ChooLF 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .289
Elvis AndrusSS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .294
Álex RíosRF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .280
Prince Fielder1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .176
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .375
Michael ChoiceDH 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .211
Jim AdduciPH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .375
J.P. ArencibiaC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .083
Mitch MorelandPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229
Robinson ChirinosC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .150
Leonys MartínCF 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .268
Josh Wilson2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Totals 30 1 7 1 0 4 6 0 16
Batting
2B – P Fielder (3, R Elias)
RBI – K Kouzmanoff (2)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – P Fielder 1, R Chirinos 1
GIDP – S Choo, A Rios, J Arencibia, J Wilson
Team LOB – 6
Fielding
E – A Rios (1, field); K Kouzmanoff (1, field); J Arencibia (2, field)
Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Roenis Elías(W, 1-1) 6.2 5 1 1 2 5 0 1.02 2.16
Yoervis Medina 1.1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1.23 1.23
Danny Farquhar 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.06 1.59

Texas

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Colby Lewis(L, 0-1) 5.1 8 4 3 0 4 1 1.50 5.06
Pedro Figueroa 0.1 3 3 1 0 0 0 2.06 8.44
Héctor Noesí 2.1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.90 8.10
Shawn Tolleson 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.24 1.59
HBP – K Seager (by C Lewis)
Pitches-strikes – R Elias 104-70; Y Medina 22-10; D Farquhar 23-17; C Lewis 89-56; P Figueroa 17-11; H Noesi 35-22; S Tolleson 20-10
Ground balls-fly balls – R Elias 10-4; Y Medina 1-2; D Farquhar 1-2; C Lewis 8-6; P Figueroa 4-1; H Noesi 5-1; S Tolleson 2-0
Batters faced – R Elias 24; Y Medina 5; D Farquhar 5; C Lewis 24; P Figueroa 6; H Noesi 8; S Tolleson 4
Game Details
Game Time: 3:01.
Umpires: HP–Paul Schrieber. 1B–Mark Carlson. 2B–Ted Barrett. 3B–Will Little.
Weather: 52 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to Center.
Attendance: 23,081.

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  • maqman

    Hopefully Noesi looked good enough in relief that they will start him. Elias sure doesn’t look like a AA pitcher. We’ll find out how good he is after he’s been around the league once but he’s been a big help while 3/5 of our rotation are still in rehab. Young lives up in the zone too much for my liking but maybe he was born lucky.