Mariners Game Recap: Beard Hats the Lone Highlight on Friday Night

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Apr 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison (20) breaks up the double play as Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) holds the ball during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

LoMo Does the Little Things Right in Loss 

Logan Morrison is the spiritual leader of the M’s, and tonight he attempted to wake up the rest of his drowsy teammates. LoMo went just 1 for 4 on the night with a pair of strikeouts, but that does not tell the whole story. Morrison broke up a double play with a hard slide in the bottom of the 5th inning. The M’s had ended the previous 3 innings with double play balls, and LoMo hustled to make sure that the streak did not extent to 4. He played great defense at first base, and had it not been for a great jumping catch by Shin Soo Choo, Morrison may have hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th.

The Mariners do not have the look of a motivated squad right now, but LoMo has consistently played with a competitive edge this season. Apart from a few mental lapses last series in Los Angeles, Morrison has been steady at first base. He is currently hitting just .176, but he has had a pair of home runs stolen in the last week and a half.

Good things will happen for LoMo if he can keep the mindset he had tonight, and in turn good things will happen for the Mariners. Morrison is the emotional leader and has some striking similarities to Jay Buhner, but he needs to start producing the way Buhner did in the mid 90’s.

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