Dustin Ackley And Mike Zunino Coming Out Of Slump? Mariners Beat Mets


For the better part of the 2014 season, Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino have been maintaining a batting average in the low .200’s. On Monday, both contributed mightily in the Mariners 5-2 win over the New York Mets.

Zunino struck out three times, but his solo homer in the 3rd broke a 1-1 tie. Ackley had three hits an RBI but made the most noise defensively.

Ackley robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a home run in the 6th, timing his jump perfectly to pull the ball back over the fence, much to the gratitude of Dominic Leone who had just come into the game.

Kyle Seager did what we expect him to, collecting two hits and 2 RBI in the win.

Roenis Elias got the start for the first time since July 9th – because of the All-Star break – and looked to have benefited from the extra rest. Elias pitched 5.1 IP striking out eight and walking two before being pulled with what is being called forearm cramping.

Skipper Lloyd McClendon says he removed Elias simply as a precaution and doesn’t believe it’s anything to be concerned with.

The Mariners bullpen was solid once again, with only an unearned run allowed in the 9th off Danny Farquhar.

Erasmo Ramirez has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will pitch Tuesday for the M’s. Justin Smoak was optioned down to Tacoma. No starter has been named yet for Wednesday, though the team announced that they will push Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back by a day to face the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday and Friday.



NY Mets

Curtis GrandersonRF500000402.235
Daniel Murphy2B501000102.288
David Wright3B502100103.280
Éric Campbell1B400000103.327
Lucas DudaDH401000200.258
Travis d’ArnaudC402000101.228
Chris YoungLF301001002.202
Kirk NieuwenhuisLF000000000.259
Juan LagaresCF411000104.287
Rubén TejadaSS311001103.234


RBI – D Wright (50)

2-out RBI – D Wright

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – E Campbell 1, R Tejada 1

Team LOB – 10


DP – 1 (R Tejada-D Murphy-E Campbell)


Willie BloomquistSS523100212.279
James JonesCF401000103.284
Robinson Canó2B401000101.334
Kyle Seager3B402200001.280
Stefen RomeroRF402000003.199
Endy ChávezRF000000000.262
Justin Smoak1B300001000.208
Corey HartDH311001002.213
Brad MillerPR-DH010000000.204
Dustin AckleyLF403100100.239
Mike ZuninoC411110304.206


2B – W Bloomquist (6, J Niese); R Cano (23, J Edgin); C Hart (7, D Matsuzaka); D Ackley (17, D Matsuzaka)

HR – M Zunino (14, 3rd inning off J Niese 0 on, 0 Out)

RBI – W Bloomquist (13), K Seager 2 (66), D Ackley (31), M Zunino (36)

2-out RBI – W Bloomquist, K Seager

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – W Bloomquist 1, J Jones 2, S Romero 1, C Hart 1

GIDP – S Romero

Team LOB – 8


SB – W Bloomquist (1, 2nd base off J Niese/T d’Arnaud)

CS – D Ackley (3, 2nd base by J Niese/T d’Arnaud)


E – R Cano (4, field)


NY Mets

Jonathon Niese(L, 5-5)6.011442611.263.13
Josh Edgin0.21000000.841.62
Daisuke Matsuzaka1.12110201.333.61


Roenis Elías(W, 8-8)5.15112801.274.41
Dominic Leone(HLD, 7)0.22000001.252.16
Charlie Furbush(HLD, 13)0.20000101.173.72
Brandon Maurer(HLD, 2)1.11000101.405.24
Danny Farquhar1.01100201.192.68

WP – J Niese, R Elias, D Farquhar

BALK – R Elias

Pitches-strikes – J Niese 93-63; J Edgin 4-3; D Matsuzaka 26-18; R Elias 90-57; D Leone 17-10; C Furbush 10-7; B Maurer 21-14; D Farquhar 26-19

Ground balls-fly balls – J Niese 13-2; J Edgin 0-1; D Matsuzaka 1-1; R Elias 3-7; D Leone 1-1; C Furbush 0-0; B Maurer 1-1; D Farquhar 1-0

Batters faced – J Niese 28; J Edgin 3; D Matsuzaka 6; R Elias 23; D Leone 4; C Furbush 2; B Maurer 5; D Farquhar 5

Game Details

Game Time: 2:53.

Umpires: HP–Doug Eddings. 1B–Cory Blaser. 2B–Jim Joyce. 3B–Marvin Hudson.

Weather: 73 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 4 mph, Out to Right.

Attendance: 21,943.