Robinson Cano Stays Hot, Mariners Fall To Rangers

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There is no bat in the Seattle Mariners lineup that is hotter right now than that of Robinson Cano. The $240 million man was 2-for-4 with his 2nd home run of the season and a double but it wasn’t enough as the Mariners fell to the Rangers 4-3 Wednesday.

In the short five-game road trip, Cano batted .500 (11-22) with three doubles, the homer and 5 RBI, raising his average 25 points to .326. Cano now leads the team in average, runs, RBI (tie) and steals (tie).

But it was another free agent from this past offseason that one-upped Cano’s efforts on Wednesday.

Shin-Soo Choo, who many wanted Seattle to go after this past season, was 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored. His solo shot off Chris Young in the bottom of the 5th was the difference.

Young (3-2) struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Daniel Robertson led off the bottom of the 1st with a walk, Elvis Andrus took a 2-1 fastball over the wall to left to open the scoring. Nine pitches in and down 2-0.

But Young would settle in allowing only a single and a hit batter (Choo) over the next three innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners had tied it up for Young in the 4th when James Jones led off with a triple and Michael Saunders singled him home. Cano followed that up with his homer to center, tying the game.

The Mariners now return home for their longest homestand of the season. The M’s are 15-10 since snapping “The Skid” and look to improve on their 8-10 record at Safeco. The Astros come to town first, followed by the Angels and Tigers.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
James JonesCF311001001.314
Michael SaundersRF311100000.262
Robinson CanóDH412210101.326
Kyle Seager3B401000202.237
Justin Smoak1B400000102.232
Nick Franklin2B-SS400000100.174
Dustin AckleyLF300001100.259
John BuckC200001000.219
Brad MillerSS200000100.156
Stefen RomeroPH100000002.209
Willie Bloomquist2B000000000.178
Totals3035313708

Batting

2B – R Cano (11, N Tepesch)

3B – J Jones (2, N Tepesch)

HR – R Cano (2, 4th inning off N Tepesch 1 on, 0 Out)

S – M Saunders

RBI – M Saunders (13), R Cano 2 (27)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Jones 1, K Seager 1, J Smoak 1

GIDP – J Smoak, S Romero

Team LOB – 4

Texas

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Dan RobertsonLF310001001.111
Elvis AndrusSS411210000.249
Shin-Soo ChooDH322110100.310
Adrián Béltre3B402000000.268
Álex RíosRF402100012.301
Mitch Moreland1B300001001.286
Chris GiménezC300001002.000
Michael ChoiceCF400000104.194
Leonys MartínCF000000000.282
Luis Sardiñas2B301000003.313
Totals31484232113

Batting

HR – E Andrus (2, 1st inning off C Young 1 on, 0 Out), S Choo (5, 5th inning off C Young 0 on, 0 Out)

RBI – E Andrus 2 (11), S Choo (13), A Rios (25)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Rios 1, M Choice 1, L Sardinas 2

Team LOB – 7

Running

SB – A Rios (8, 2nd base off T Wilhelmsen/J Buck)

CS – D Robertson (1, 2nd base by C Young/J Buck)

Fielding

E – A Beltre (6, throw)

DP – 2 (L Sardinas-A Beltre-M Moreland, A Beltre-M Moreland)

Pitching

Seattle

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Chris Young(L, 3-2)6.17443121.203.53
Joe Beimel0.10000101.292.57
Dominic Leone0.10000001.191.53
Tom Wilhelmsen1.01000001.232.05

Texas

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Nick Tepesch(W, 1-0)6.15332411.033.09
Robbie Ross Jr.(HLD, 1)0.20000001.534.71
Neal Cotts(HLD, 5)1.00001201.394.34
Joakim Soria(SV, 8)1.00000100.632.25

HBP – S Choo (by C Young)

Pitches-strikes – C Young 99-58; J Beimel 5-3; D Leone 5-2; T Wilhelmsen 19-13; N Tepesch 112-71; R Ross Jr

Ground balls-fly balls – C Young 6-11; J Beimel 0-0; D Leone 0-1; T Wilhelmsen 3-1; N Tepesch 12-3; R Ross Jr

Batters faced – C Young 29; J Beimel 1; D Leone 1; T Wilhelmsen 4; N Tepesch 26; R Ross Jr

Game Details

Game Time: 2:47.

Umpires: HP–Jeff Kellogg. 1B–Tom Woodring. 2B–D.J. Reyburn. 3B–Dan Bellino.

Weather: 82 degrees, Partly Cloudy.

Wind: 12 mph, Right to Left.

Attendance: 43,654.

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