Mariners Game Recap: M’s Find their Groove Against Angels

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May 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz (23) hits a single during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

75% of the Mariners’ Hits Left the Yard Tonight

The M’s were nothing if not efficient on Monday evening in Anaheim. Seattle only had 4 hits on the night, but 3 were home runs. The Mariners are living on the home run ball this season, and tonight’s game is the perfect example.

Nelson Cruz has been the best player in baseball in 2015, and he sparked the M’s offense again tonight by hitting a solo home run in the top of the 7th inning. Cruz finished the game 1 for 4, but his one hit was key to the Mariners’ victory. The 34-year-old right fielder is now hitting .340 with 14 home runs and 26 RBI’s this season. He is putting together an MVP calibre season in his debut campaign in Seattle.

Logan Morrison is beginning to heat up after starting the season in a terrible slump. His poor numbers were not due to anything other than bad luck, and tonight’s solo home run is proof that LoMo’s hard work is starting to pay off. Morrison is hitting .222 with 4 home runs and 7 RBI’s this season. Over his last 5 games, LoMo has hit .391 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI’s. Things are definitely looking up for the Mariners’ first baseman.

Seth Smith was an unheralded addition this offseason to the M’s, but he has been one of the best hitters in the M’s lineup over the first month of the season. Smith’s solo home run in the 8th inning proved to be the game winning run tonight against the Halos. After tonight’s 1 for 4 showing, Smith  is hitting .274 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s. He is expected to be the M’s leadoff hitter against right-handed pitching until Austin Jackson‘s sprained ankle heals.

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