Again the Seattle Mariners fall behind 3-0 to the Red Sox and again they use a big inning to mount a come back against the 56-73 Sox.
Led by a 3 run homerun by Dustin Ackley, the Mariners continue their strong playoff push beating the Sox 7-3 extending to 12 games over .500 at 70-58.
Chris Young got the start for the Mariners and it didn’t go quiet how he expected it. Young only lasted 3 and 2/3 inning, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs and 5 walks. It might not have been Young’s best outing in his young Mariner career, but Chris has been the biggest surprise of the season and continues to be a consistent pitcher for this very good Mariners rotation.
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Down 3-0 in the top of the 4th inning, the Mariners used 7 hits to score 7 runs and take the lead 7-3
On the 8th pitch of the at bat, Denorfia doubled to deep left field bringing in Morales from second and Seager ended up on third base. After an Endy Chavez strike out, Chris Taylor smoked a single to right field scoring Seager, the Mariners were then down 3-2.
After a single from Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley came to the plate and tacked on 3 more runs with 370 foot homerun to deep right field.
A 4 run lead was enough for the best bullpen in baseball, the bullpen went 5 1/3 inning giving up a combined 2 hits, 1 walk and 11 strike outs.
Tom Wilhelmsen got the win for the M’s, going 1 and 1/3 inning giving up 0 hits with 3 strike outs. Yoervis Medina finished the game off going two strong innings givnig up only 1 hit and striking out 5.
If you are scoreboard watching, which this late in the season this thick in a playoff run, I expect that you are. The Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 12-4, extending the Mariners lead in the second wild card spot to 1.5 games.
a-Struck out for Ortiz, D in the 9th.
2B: Denorfia (11, Workman).
HR: Ackley (9, 4th inning off Workman, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Chavez, En; Sucre 2; Ackley 4; Jackson, A; Taylor, C; Morales, K; Seager 2; Denorfia 2.
RBI: Denorfia (18), Taylor, C (5), Sucre (2), Ackley 3 (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morales, K.
Team RISP: 5-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Ackley (8, 2nd base off Workman/Ross, D), Taylor, C (1, 3rd base off Workman/Ross, D).
E: Ackley (1, throw), Jackson, A (5, fielding).
DP: 2 (Cano-Taylor, C, Seager-Cano-Morales, K).
2B: Pedroia (32, Young, Cr), Ross, D (7, Young, Cr), Cespedes (29, Young, Cr), Betts (4, Medina).
TB: Middlebrooks; Pedroia 4; Cespedes 2; Ross, D 2; Nava; Betts 2; Holt.
RBI: Cespedes (84), Ross, D (14), Napoli (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Middlebrooks 2; Ortiz, D; Napoli 2; Cespedes; Pedroia.
SF: Cespedes; Napoli.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Betts (2, 2nd base off Young, Cr/Sucre).
Outfield assists: Cespedes (Seager at home).
WP: Farquhar, Workman.
HBP: Cano (by Wilson, A), Ortiz, D (by Furbush).
Pitches-strikes: Young, Cr 93-52, Wilhelmsen 25-16, Furbush 12-7, Farquhar 19-11, Medina 34-21, Workman 84-60, Wilson, A 41-31, Tazawa 9-7, Badenhop 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Young, Cr 2-2, Wilhelmsen 0-0, Furbush 0-0, Farquhar 1-1, Medina 1-0, Workman 4-0, Wilson, A 4-3, Tazawa 1-0, Badenhop 3-0.
Batters faced: Young, Cr 22, Wilhelmsen 5, Furbush 3, Farquhar 4, Medina 7, Workman 20, Wilson, A 12, Tazawa 3, Badenhop 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wilhelmsen 3-0, Farquhar 1-0.
Ejections: Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross ejected by 1B umpire Vic Carapazza (8th)
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Vic Carapazza. 2B: Pat Hoberg. 3B: Larry Vanover.
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, In from RF.
Venue: Fenway Park.
August 23, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media