Just what the doctor ordered.
A night after being stymied by Jerome Williams, the Mariners jumped on A.J. Burnett often and were backed by arguably the best start of the season by Hisashi Iwakuma. The offense staked ‘Kuma to a 2-0 lead before he took the mound and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Phillies.
With a runner at 1st and two down, Medina gave up a single to Marlon Byrd. After Byrd took 2nd uncontested, Medina uncorked a wild pitch to score Chase Utley from 3rd. Domonic Brown then doubled to score Byrd and Medina hit Carlos Ruiz.
The Mariners got on the board early with Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley leading off against Burnett with back-to-back walks. Then, with Robinson Cano batting, Jackson and Ackley initiated a double steal putting them at 2nd and 3rd with no one out.
Kyle Seager added a solo homer in the 6th, which proved to be the game-winner. Mike Zunino singled in two in the 8th for more cushion.
It wasn’t an outstanding performance offensively, as the Mariners were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. This could have been a blowout. However, the win only kept the M’s tied with the Tigers for the 2nd wild-card spot.
The M’s sit 6.5 games back of the Angels and 6 back of the A’s in the AL West.
2B – A Jackson (28, A Burnett); D Ackley (25, A Burnett)
HR – K Seager (19, 6th inning off A Burnett 0 on, 0 Out)
RBI – R Cano (69), K Seager (78), L Morrison (25), M Zunino 2 (47)
2-out RBI – L Morrison, M Zunino 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 1, K Seager 2
Team LOB – 8
SB – A Jackson 2 (13, 2nd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz, 3rd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz), D Ackley (7, 2nd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz), R Cano (10, 2nd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz)
CS – L Morrison (2, 2nd base by A Burnett/C Ruiz)
2B – R Howard (14, H Iwakuma); D Brown (19, Y Medina)
RBI – D Brown (54)
2-out RBI – D Brown
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Brown 1, C Asche 1
Team LOB – 6
WP – Y Medina
HBP – C Ruiz (by Y Medina); R Cano (by A Burnett); M Zunino (by A Burnett)
Pitches-strikes – C Furbush 15-10; Y Medina 11-6; F Rodney 5-3; H Iwakuma 96-74; A Burnett 125-72; M Hollands 1-1; C Jimenez 27-16
Ground balls-fly balls – C Furbush 1-0; Y Medina 1-0; F Rodney 0-0; H Iwakuma 9-5; A Burnett 12-4; M Hollands 1-0; C Jimenez 2-0
Batters faced – C Furbush 3; Y Medina 3; F Rodney 1; H Iwakuma 28; A Burnett 34; M Hollands 1; C Jimenez 5
Game Time: 3:06.
Umpires: HP–Kerwin Danley. 1B–Ron Kulpa. 2B–Mark Ripperger. 3B–Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 82 degrees, Cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to Left.