Aug 7, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) is greeted by Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley (13) after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Offense Continues To Roll, Win Fourth Straight

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.

Down 1-0 in the 5th, Chris Denorfia led off the inning with a walk and Logan Morrison reached on an error. Mike Zunino the took Jose Quintana deep to right to put the M’s on top.

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.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Chi White Sox

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Adam EatonCF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
Leury GarcíaCF 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .186
Alexei RamírezSS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .289
José Abreu1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
Adam DunnDH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .216
Dayan ViciedoRF-LF 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 .239
Conor Gillaspie3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
Gordon Beckham2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .221
Alejandro De AzaLF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
Moisés SierraPH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .231
Adrián NietoC 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .274
Totals 32 1 6 1 1 0 6 0 6
Batting
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
Running
CS – A Nieto (1, 2nd base by H Iwakuma/M Zunino)
Fielding
E – C Gillaspie (11, field)
PB – A Nieto

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Austin JacksonCF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 .271
Dustin AckleyLF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 .255
Robinson Canó2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 .335
Kendrys MoralesDH 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .213
Kyle Seager3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .278
Chris DenorfiaRF 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .077
Logan Morrison1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Mike ZuninoC 4 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 .211
Chris TaylorSS 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385
Totals 32 4 9 4 1 2 6 1 14
Batting
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
Running
SB – R Cano (9, 2nd base off R Belisario/A Nieto)
Fielding
DP – 1 (M Zunino-C Taylor)

Pitching

Chi White Sox

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
José Quintana(L, 6-8) 5.2 7 4 2 2 4 1 1.24 3.04
Ronald Belisario 1.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1.39 6.08
Zach Putnam 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.17 2.29

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
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 Details
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.

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