Throwback Thursday: Kyle Seager Walks Off
An eight game losing streak early in the season put a damper on any fan’s mind. After losing three to the Texas Rangers, being swept by the Miami Marlins, and losing two to start the series against the Astros, the season looked like it was going down hill before we even got started. Thankfully, Kyle Seager decided to put a jolt back into the Mariners season with the best offensive game of his young career.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Kyle Seager wasted little time emptying the bases and sending the Mariners fans home happy. Seager, who was coming off a personal skid had this to say. (Courtesy of ESPN.com)
"“It (his swing) has felt better the last couple of days and today it showed up. Thankfully.”"
This was his second home run of the game and he drove in all five of the Mariners runs which is a career high for him. Chris Young was on the mound to start the game, he went seven innings, giving up three runs, all earned while striking out six and walking five.
Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney combined to go two innings, giving up two hits, two walks, and two strike outs. Fernando Rodney ended up getting the win with the walk off.
21 games into the season and the Mariners had six starting players hitting under .250, Abraham Almonte, Brad Miller, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, and Dustin Ackley. Thankfully. that didn’t last with Almonte and Franklin being traded, Smoak being sent down, Chris Taylor taking over for Miller and Seager finding his swing.
This was a good win for the Mariners, I remember thinking to myself that it could be the start of a very long season, which it was, but a season that I didn’t want to end. After this game the Mariners ended up going 9-2 in the next 11 games and propelling themselves back into the thick of things.