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This is becoming the Kyle Seager show. It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago, we had a writer stating that he believed Seager needed some time in Tacoma to find his stroke. Maybe Kyle reads our posts?
For the 2nd time in four games, Kyle Seager hit two home runs. For the 2nd time in four games put the Mariners on his back and took them to victory, this time 6-5 over the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers jumped out to a 5-0 lead off Brandon Maurer by the end of the top half of the 4th. But the Mariners were able to get one back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI double by Robinson Cano. They would add another in the 6th thanks to a wild pitch thrown by Matt Harrison.
In the 7th, Seager homered to right off Shawn Tolleson who threw a 4-seam fastball up and in. Then in the 8th, Alexi Ogando started off with back-to-back strikeouts of Cano and Corey Hart. But Justin Smoak doubled and Dustin Ackley singled to bring Seager to the plate again.
This time, Seager homered to deep right off a changeup that ran inside to put the Mariners ahead 6-5. Kyle’s 5th homer in the last four games.
Fernando Rodney came in for the 9th and the Mariners fans both at Safeco and at home, clenched their butt cheeks, waiting to see how long he would drag it out this time.
Thankfully for those that forgot their Xanax, Rodney pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning striking out Josh Wilson on three straight fastballs to start it off. Michael Choice flew out to right after a six-pitch at bat of nothing but fastballs. Then Rodney got ahead of Elvis Andrus 0-2 with fastballs and struck him out with his first changeup of the day to seal the win.
The series win over Texas marks the first series win since the opening series against the Angels. The win also brings the Mariners to 10-14, 4.5 games back of both Texas and Oakland. A game and a half behind the Angels.
The team now hops on a plane to head to New York. They have an off day tomorrow before opening a three-game series in the Bronx against the Yankees. Be sure to check out the Yanks Go Yard preview show tomorrow night at 8 PM PDT as I join the guys from YGY to preview the upcoming return of Cano to New York.
Also, I will be appearing on Sea Talk Intentional tomorrow night at 7 PM PDT, instead of the usual Sunday night broadcast. Be sure to tune in.
2B – M Choice (1, B Maurer); A Beltre (5, B Maurer); M Moreland (5, B Maurer)
RBI – M Choice (8), M Moreland (9), L Martin 2 (11)
2-out RBI – M Choice
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – P Fielder 1, A Beltre 1, J Wilson 1
Team LOB – 6
SB – L Martin (7, 2nd base off B Maurer/J Buck)
2B – R Cano (5, M Harrison); J Smoak (6, A Ogando)
HR – K Seager 2 (5, 7th inning off S Tolleson 0 on, 0 Out, 8th inning off A Ogando 2 on, 2 Out)
RBI – R Cano (11), K Seager 4 (13)
2-out RBI – K Seager 3
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Gillespie 1, K Seager 2
Team LOB – 6
E – S Romero (1, field)
WP – M Harrison, L Luetge
HBP – C Hart (by M Harrison)
Pitches-strikes – M Harrison 95-54; S Tolleson 24-13; A Ogando 25-17; B Maurer 77-49; L Luetge 24-15; C Furbush 13-9; T Wilhelmsen 17-11; D Farquhar 20-13; F Rodney 12-9
Ground balls-fly balls – M Harrison 9-4; S Tolleson 0-0; A Ogando 1-2; B Maurer 8-4; L Luetge 2-0; C Furbush 0-1; T Wilhelmsen 1-1; D Farquhar 3-0; F Rodney 0-1
Batters faced – M Harrison 24; S Tolleson 5; A Ogando 7; B Maurer 19; L Luetge 5; C Furbush 3; T Wilhelmsen 4; D Farquhar 4; F Rodney 3
Game Time: 3:10.
Umpires: HP–Gabe Morales. 1B–Mike DiMuro. 2B–Hunter Wendelstedt. 3B–Mike Estabrook.
Weather: 52 degrees, Cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In From Right.