The Seattle Mariners have not only won four straight games, it’s how they are doing it that is starting to turn heads. The 7th homer in four games for the Mariners offense was a 3-run blast by Mike Zunino, which backed a less-than stellar outing by Hisashi Iwakuma as the M’s beat the White Sox 4-1.
At first glance, you would say Iwakuma pitched as he always does, scattering five hits and one run over 7 IP of work. But after the game, ‘Kuma admitted he felt off. His command wasn’t there on his off-speed pitches, evidenced by the low strikeout total (3), though he didn’t walk anyone.
The only blemish on the outing was a solo homer by Dayan Viciedo in the top of the 4th.
The Mariners added another run in the inning with a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales.
Robinson Cano stole his 9th base of the season in the 7th inning. Why I bother bringing that up is because that is now his single-season high in steals. His previous best was in 2011 when he swiped 8 bags in New York.
Cano has as many homers as he does steals. And while many point to the lower home run totals, Cano is posting his highest on-base percentage of his career (.401) and is leading the American League in batting (.335).
The Mariners have scored 28 runs in the four game streak. They had scored 28 total runs in the previous 12 games.
The Mariners look to secure the Series win tonight and push the winning streak to five games. They will honor former manager Lou Piniella by inducting him into the Mariners Hall of Fame prior to the game.
Chi White Sox
|Alejandro De AzaLF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.243|
- HR – D Viciedo (16, 4th inning off H Iwakuma 0 on, 2 Out)
- RBI – D Viciedo (44)
- 2-out RBI – D Viciedo
- Team LOB – 4
- CS – A Nieto (1, 2nd base by H Iwakuma/M Zunino)
- E – C Gillaspie (11, field)
- PB – A Nieto
- HR – M Zunino (18, 5th inning off J Quintana 2 on, 0 Out)
- S – D Ackley
- SF – K Morales
- RBI – K Morales (25), M Zunino 3 (43)
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Ackley 3, K Seager 1, C Denorfia 1
- Team LOB – 8
- SB – R Cano (9, 2nd base off R Belisario/A Nieto)
- DP – 1 (M Zunino-C Taylor)
Chi White Sox
|José Quintana(L, 6-8)||5.2||7||4||2||2||4||1||1.24||3.04|
|Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 10-6)||7.0||5||1||1||0||3||1||0.97||2.86|
|Charlie Furbush(HLD, 16)||0.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.22||3.86|
|Yoervis Medina(HLD, 19)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.12||2.29|
|Fernando Rodney(SV, 32)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.20||2.31|
- IBB – R Cano (by J Quintana)
- Pitches-strikes – J Quintana 94-57; R Belisario 25-16; Z Putnam 8-6; H Iwakuma 90-66; C Furbush 13-9; Y Medina 3-3; F Rodney 11-8
- Ground balls-fly balls – J Quintana 5-10; R Belisario 2-1; Z Putnam 2-1; H Iwakuma 9-9; C Furbush 1-0; Y Medina 0-0; F Rodney 2-1
- Batters faced – J Quintana 27; R Belisario 6; Z Putnam 3; H Iwakuma 25; C Furbush 3; Y Medina 1; F Rodney 3
- Game Time: 2:43.
- Umpires: HP–Hunter Wendelstedt. 1B–Mike DiMuro. 2B–Marvin Hudson. 3B–Toby Basner.
- Weather: 74 degrees, Mildly Cloudy.
- Wind: 1 mph, Out to Center.
- Attendance: 23,223.
Tags: Seattle Mariners