It seems like it’s been forever since Kyle Seager walked off with the win against Houston. It’s probably because we were hoping to see if the Mariners had not only snapped their losing streak, but could start a winning streak.
We were anxious. We had a taste of winning for the first time in over a week. And we wanted MORE!
I envisioned Lloyd McClendon having this chat with the team after that win Wednesday.
Roenis Elias was a little wild at times and a bit dominating at times. He struck out six in 5.2 IP, but he also allowed five hits, three earned runs and walked three. He earned the no decision because the Mariners were able to tag Neal Cotts in the 8th for his 3rd blown save of the year.
Yeah, it took a few innings, but the bats came alive again, striking for six runs as the Mariners held on for a 6-5 win against Texas Friday night. They had to hold on because Fernando Rodney decided to make it interesting in the 9th. It seems he forgot that a 3-run lead still qualifies for a save.
Rodney allowed two hits, a hit batter and two bases-loaded walks to cut the lead to 6-5 with only one out. With Adrian Beltre coming to the plate, in his first game back off the DL, it appeared the Mariners were gonna have to bat in the bottom of the 9th.
Beltre ripped a liner down the first base line. Justin Smoak dove like a cat reaching for a bird and snatched it out of thin air. He then stood up and touched first to double up Elvis Andrus for the game-ending double play.
Smoak did it at the plate too. His 2-run double in the 8th inning gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead. It marked the first runs the Mariners had scored in the 8th inning of any game this year.
After a Kyle Seager single brought in another run, Smoak scored on a wild pitch with what would end up being the winning run. So needless to say, your Sodo Mojo Player of the Game would have to be Justin Smoak.
- 2B – A Beltre (4, R Elias); A Rios (7, R Elias); J Arencibia (2, R Elias)
- S – L Martin
- RBI – M Choice (6), E Andrus (4), A Beltre (5)
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – L Martin 3
- GIDP – A Rios, D Murphy
- Team LOB – 7
- SB – L Martin (6, 2nd base off F Rodney/M Zunino)
- E – A Beltre (4, field)
- PB – J Arencibia
- DP – 2 (A Beltre-J Wilson-P Fielder, J Arencibia-J Wilson)
- 2B – R Cano (4, R Ross Jr
- RBI – R Cano 2 (10), J Smoak 2 (14), K Seager (8)
- 2-out RBI – R Cano 2
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Almonte 1, R Cano 1, C Hart 1, K Seager 1
- GIDP – R Cano
- Team LOB – 7
- CS – C Gillespie (1, 2nd base by R Ross Jr
- DP – 3 (R Elias-R Cano-J Smoak, K Seager-R Cano-J Smoak, J Smoak)
|Robbie Ross Jr.||6.0||6||2||2||0||5||0||1.19||2.45|
|Jason Frasor(HLD, 4)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.91||0.00|
|Neal Cotts(L, 1-2)(BS, 3)||0.0||4||4||4||0||0||0||1.75||7.88|
|Yoervis Medina(W, 1-1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.45||3.48|
|Fernando Rodney(SV, 4)||1.0||2||2||2||2||0||0||2.05||3.68|
- WP – A Ogando, R Elias, D Leone
- HBP – A Almonte (by R Ross Jr
- Pitches-strikes – R Ross Jr
- Ground balls-fly balls – R Ross Jr
- Batters faced – R Ross Jr
- Game Time: 2:55.
- Umpires: HP–Hunter Wendelstedt. 1B–Mike Estabrook. 2B–Gabe Morales. 3B–Mike DiMuro.
- Weather: 55 degrees, Clear.
- Wind: 6 mph, Out to Right.
- Attendance: 31,145.