Aug 23, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley (13) celebrates with designated hitter Kendrys Morales (21) after hitting a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Continue Playoff Push

Again the Seattle Mariners fall behind 3-0 to the Red Sox and again they use a big inning to mount a come back against the 56-73 Sox.

Led by a 3 run homerun by Dustin Ackley, the Mariners continue their strong playoff push beating the Sox 7-3 extending to 12 games over .500 at 70-58.

Chris Young got the start for the Mariners and it didn’t go quiet how he expected it. Young only lasted 3 and 2/3 inning, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs and 5 walks. It might not have been Young’s best outing in his young Mariner career, but Chris has been the biggest surprise of the season and continues to be a consistent pitcher for this very good Mariners rotation.

Down 3-0 in the top of the 4th inning, the Mariners used 7 hits to score 7 runs and take the lead 7-3

Kendrys Morales started the top of the 4th with a single to right field.  Kyle Seager followed with an infield single to short to bring the tying run to the plate in Chris Denorfia up to the plate.

On the 8th pitch of the at bat, Denorfia doubled to deep left field bringing in Morales from second and Seager ended up on third base. After an Endy Chavez strike out, Chris Taylor smoked a single to right field scoring Seager, the Mariners were then down 3-2.

A wild pitch by Brandon Workman tied the score at 3-3, Chris Taylor used his speed to steal third base, Jesus Sucre singled to left field scoring Taylor and giving the Mariners the lead 4-3.

After a single from Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley came to the plate and tacked on 3 more runs with 370 foot homerun to deep right field.

A 4 run lead was enough for the best bullpen in baseball, the bullpen went 5 1/3 inning giving up a combined 2 hits, 1 walk and 11 strike outs.

Tom Wilhelmsen got the win for the M’s, going 1 and 1/3 inning giving up 0 hits with 3 strike outs. Yoervis Medina finished the game off going two strong innings givnig up only 1 hit and striking out 5.

If you are scoreboard watching, which this late in the season this thick in a playoff run, I expect that you are. The Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 12-4, extending the Mariners lead in the second wild card spot to 1.5 games.

 

BOX SCORE:

Seattle AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jackson, A, CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 .264
Ackley, LF 4 1 1 3 1 0 0 .252
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .328
Morales, K, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .225
Seager, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .275
Denorfia, RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .245
Chavez, En, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .277
Taylor, C, SS 4 1 1 1 0 3 2 .333
Sucre, C 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .216
Totals 36 7 10 6 1 8 9 .246
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Holt, SS 5 1 1 0 0 3 2 .289
Pedroia, 2B 5 0 3 0 0 1 1 .284
Ortiz, D, DH 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .265
a-Johnson, K, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .210
Cespedes, LF 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 .252
Napoli, 1B 3 0 0 1 1 3 3 .263
Nava, RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .261
Middlebrooks, 3B 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 .190
Betts, CF 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .233
Ross, D, C 4 0 1 1 0 3 2 .195
Vazquez, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Totals 32 3 9 3 6 13 18 .243

a-Struck out for Ortiz, D in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Denorfia (11, Workman).
HR: Ackley (9, 4th inning off Workman, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Chavez, En; Sucre 2; Ackley 4; Jackson, A; Taylor, C; Morales, K; Seager 2; Denorfia 2.
RBI: Denorfia (18), Taylor, C (5), Sucre (2), Ackley 3 (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morales, K.
Team RISP: 5-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING
SB: Ackley (8, 2nd base off Workman/Ross, D), Taylor, C (1, 3rd base off Workman/Ross, D).

FIELDING
E: Ackley (1, throw), Jackson, A (5, fielding).
DP: 2 (Cano-Taylor, C, Seager-Cano-Morales, K).

BATTING
2B: Pedroia (32, Young, Cr), Ross, D (7, Young, Cr), Cespedes (29, Young, Cr), Betts (4, Medina).
TB: Middlebrooks; Pedroia 4; Cespedes 2; Ross, D 2; Nava; Betts 2; Holt.
RBI: Cespedes (84), Ross, D (14), Napoli (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Middlebrooks 2; Ortiz, D; Napoli 2; Cespedes; Pedroia.
SF: Cespedes; Napoli.
GIDP: Middlebrooks.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 11.
BASERUNNING
SB: Betts (2, 2nd base off Young, Cr/Sucre).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Cespedes (Seager at home).

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Young, Cr 3.2 7 3 3 5 2 0 3.17
Wilhelmsen(W, 2-2) 1.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 2.11
Furbush 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.75
Farquhar 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.62
Medina 2.0 1 0 0 0 5 0 2.23
Totals 9.0 9 3 3 6 13 0 2.93
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Workman(L, 1-8) 3.1 10 7 7 1 3 1 4.93
Wilson, A 3.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.26
Tazawa 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.04
Badenhop 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.55
Totals 9.0 10 7 7 1 8 1 3.94
WP: Farquhar, Workman.
Balk: Farquhar.
HBP: Cano (by Wilson, A), Ortiz, D (by Furbush).
Pitches-strikes: Young, Cr 93-52, Wilhelmsen 25-16, Furbush 12-7, Farquhar 19-11, Medina 34-21, Workman 84-60, Wilson, A 41-31, Tazawa 9-7, Badenhop 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Young, Cr 2-2, Wilhelmsen 0-0, Furbush 0-0, Farquhar 1-1, Medina 1-0, Workman 4-0, Wilson, A 4-3, Tazawa 1-0, Badenhop 3-0.
Batters faced: Young, Cr 22, Wilhelmsen 5, Furbush 3, Farquhar 4, Medina 7, Workman 20, Wilson, A 12, Tazawa 3, Badenhop 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wilhelmsen 3-0, Farquhar 1-0.
Ejections: Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross ejected by 1B umpire Vic Carapazza (8th)
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Vic Carapazza. 2B: Pat Hoberg. 3B: Larry Vanover.
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:28.
Att: 36,905.
Venue: Fenway Park.
August 23, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

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