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.



Chi White Sox

Adam EatonCF100000000.304
Leury GarcíaCF301000202.186
Alexei RamírezSS400000101.289
José Abreu1B401000000.302
Adam DunnDH400000001.216
Dayan ViciedoRF-LF411110100.239
Conor Gillaspie3B301000000.313
Gordon Beckham2B300000001.221
Alejandro De AzaLF200000001.243
Moisés SierraPH-RF100000100.231
Adrián NietoC302000100.274


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


CS – A Nieto (1, 2nd base by H Iwakuma/M Zunino)


E – C Gillaspie (11, field)

PB – A Nieto


Austin JacksonCF402000202.271
Dustin AckleyLF300000105.255
Robinson Canó2B301001010.335
Kendrys MoralesDH300100101.213
Kyle Seager3B400000103.278
Chris DenorfiaRF310001101.077
Logan Morrison1B412000000.221
Mike ZuninoC411310002.211
Chris TaylorSS413000000.385


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


SB – R Cano (9, 2nd base off R Belisario/A Nieto)


DP – 1 (M Zunino-C Taylor)


Chi White Sox

José Quintana(L, 6-8)5.27422411.243.04
Ronald Belisario1.12000201.396.08
Zach Putnam1.00000001.172.29


Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 10-6)7.05110310.972.86
Charlie Furbush(HLD, 16)0.21000201.223.86
Yoervis Medina(HLD, 19)0.10000101.122.29
Fernando Rodney(SV, 32)1.00000001.202.31

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.