Jun 15, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Luis Sardinas (3) tags out Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) on a steal attempt during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyle Seager End the Mariners Skid


The Mariners can breathe a sigh of relief as they end their 5-game skid and keep themselves above .500 and in 3rd place in the American League West.

Hisashi Iwakuma was dealing for 8 innings, striking out 6 and allowing one earned run while giving up only six hits to the Rangers.

On the offensive side, Kyle Seager decided to go 4-4, drive in 3 runs, and play solid defense to secure a Mariners victory.

All in all the Ms cashed in with 13 hits last night, each starter getting a knock aside from Robinson Cano and Brad Miller, though Cano did reach base via the walk.

What impressed most in last night’s game was the plate discipline. The Mariners walked twice, and only struck out three times. For a team that has recently struggled to force pitches in the zone, they worked counts last night and didn’t chase out of the zone or sit on fringe pitches.

The team now sits at 35-34, still over .500, and still ahead of the Texas Rangers in the division.

They also remain 1.5 games back in the Wild-Card standings.

 

BOX SCORE:

Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Martin, L, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .267
Andrus, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .262
Choo, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .258
Beltre, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310
Rios, A, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .322
Snyder, B, 1B 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .214
Gimenez, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .378
Sardinas, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .302
Murphy, DH 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .204
Totals 32 1 6 1 0 7 7 .264
Seattle AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Chavez, En, RF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .213
Jones, J, CF 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .284
Cano, DH-2B 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 .327
Morrison, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .135
Buck, 1B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .271
1-Gillespie, PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .271
Furbush, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Seager, 3B 4 1 4 3 0 0 0 .259
Zunino, C 4 1 1 0 0 2 3 .225
Ackley, LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .235
Bloomquist, 2B-1B 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 .279
Miller, B, SS 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 .176
Totals 33 5 13 5 2 3 18 .238

1-Ran for Buck in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Snyder, B (1, 2nd inning off Iwakuma, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Sardinas; Andrus; Martin, L; Snyder, B 5; Gimenez.
RBI: Snyder, B (2).
2-out RBI: Snyder, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Andrus.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING
CS:Andrus (5, 2nd base by Iwakuma/Zunino).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Gimenez-Sardinas, Sardinas-Andrus-Snyder, B).
BATTING
2B: Chavez, En (4, Martinez, N), Ackley (11, Martinez, N), Seager 2 (15, Martinez, N, Ross Jr.).
TB: Jones, J; Zunino; Chavez, En 3; Ackley 3; Bloomquist 2; Seager 6; Buck.
RBI: Seager 3 (42), Ackley (25), Miller, B (16).
2-out RBI: Seager 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morrison 2; Miller, B 2; Zunino; Chavez, En.
SAC: Bloomquist.
SF: Miller, B.
GIDP: Cano.
Team RISP: 5-for-14.
Team LOB: 8.
BASERUNNING
CS: Seager (3, 2nd base by Martinez, N/Gimenez).
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Martinez, N(L, 1-4) 6.0 9 2 2 1 3 0 4.44
Ross Jr. 1.0 4 3 3 1 0 0 5.34
Rowen 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 8.0 13 5 5 2 3 0 4.46
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Iwakuma(W, 5-3) 8.0 6 1 1 0 6 1 2.59
Furbush 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.86
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 0 7 1 3.37

Ross Jr. pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Martinez, N 97-63, Ross Jr. 17-12, Rowen 11-8, Iwakuma 106-68, Furbush 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Martinez, N 5-4, Ross Jr. 1-0, Rowen 2-1, Iwakuma 12-2, Furbush 0-0.
Batters faced: Martinez, N 27, Ross Jr. 7, Rowen 3, Iwakuma 29, Furbush 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rowen 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Phil Cuzzi. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Quinn Wolcott. 3B: Alfonso Marquez.
Weather: 60 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 3 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:46.
Att: 39,196.
Venue: Safeco Field.
June 15, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

Tags: Hisashi Iwakuma Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners