Kyle Seager Leads Mariners To Delayed Win Over Texas
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager continues to prove why he was deserving of an All-Star selection this season. Seager was 3-for-5 with a 2-run homer as the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 in Arlington Saturday night.
Or should I say Sunday morning? The start of the game was pushed back just over three hours due to rain. But with Sunday’s forecast not looking promising either, officials decided to wait it out and get this one in at least. The game ended around 1:15 am local time in Texas, or just under 12 hours from the start time of today’s game.
The Rangers got on the board first, in the 4th off Chris Young. An RBI double and a sac fly gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. But the M’s played long ball once again to tie it up in the 6th as Seager hit his 23rd homer of the season, a two-run shot to tie it up.
The Mariners would finally break through again off reliever Neal Cotts in the 8th. Chris Denorfia – in for the injured Dustin Ackley – led off with a walk. After Robinson Cano flew out, Seager singled Denorfia to third.
Kendrys Morales then singled in Denorfia, giving the M’s a 3-2 lead. Logan Morrison then singled Seager home for the insurance run. Brad Miller was 4-for-4 in the win.
Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect 9th for his 43rd save of the season. He is now just two saves shy of the Seattle franchise season-record of 45 saves by Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2001.
The Mariners remained two games behind the Oakland Athletics for the top AL wild-card spot, but improved their lead in the 2nd spot over the Detroit Tigers to 1.5 games with the win and the Tigers loss.
2B – B Miller (12, S Patton)
HR – K Seager (23, 6th inning off N Martinez 1 on, 1 Out)
RBI – K Seager 2 (88), K Morales (40), L Morrison (28)
GIDP – K Seager, M Zunino
Team LOB – 9
SB – B Miller (4, 2nd base off P Klein/T Telis)
E – B Miller (17, field)
2B – R Rua (1, C Young)
S – L Sardinas
SF – M Choice
RBI – R Rua (3), M Choice (33)
Team LOB – 9
SB – L Martin 2 (25, 2nd base off C Young/M Zunino, 2nd base off C Young/M Zunino)
|Danny Farquhar(W, 2-1)||2.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.11||2.45|
|Fernando Rodney(SV, 43)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.28||2.58|
|Neal Cotts(L, 2-9)||1.0||3||2||2||1||0||0||1.36||4.18|
WP – N Martinez
IBB – A Beltre (by C Young)
Pitches-strikes – C Young 95-58; C Smith 12-11; C Furbush 2-1; D Farquhar 24-13; F Rodney 10-7; N Martinez 93-58; P Klein 22-17; N Cotts 18-11; S Patton 9-4; M Kirkman 3-2
Ground balls-fly balls – C Young 2-7; C Smith 3-1; C Furbush 1-0; D Farquhar 1-2; F Rodney 1-2; N Martinez 6-10; P Klein 1-0; N Cotts 1-3; S Patton 2-0; M Kirkman 1-0
Batters faced – C Young 23; C Smith 4; C Furbush 1; D Farquhar 7; F Rodney 3; N Martinez 24; P Klein 4; N Cotts 7; S Patton 4; M Kirkman 1
Game Time: 3:00.
Umpires: HP–Larry Vanover. 1B–Angel Hernandez. 2B–Vic Carapazza. 3B–Paul Nauert.
Weather: 75 degrees, Overcast.
Wind: 4 mph, Left to Right.