Mariners Game Recap: Wade Miley Shuts Out Royals

Apr 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) throws against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) throws against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Wade Miley pitched his first career shutout as the Mariners bested the Royals in Seattle.

The Seattle Mariners (13-10) beat the Kansas City Royals (12-11), 6-0 on Saturday night at Safeco Field. The Mariners have now won five series in a row. Wade Miley got the well deserved win for the Mariners after pitching a complete game shutout, and Yordano Ventura took the loss for the Royals.

Buzzing from exciting Felix Day the night prior, the Mariners started off Saturday night’s game with a statement.  The first inning saw the second Seth Smith home run in two days, and a three-run home run by Kyle Seager. Mariners scoring did not slow down there, as they tacked on runs in the 4th and 6th innings.

Kansas City’s starter Yordano Ventura could not seem to find a groove all night. He exited giving up a career high six walks, allowing three hits, five earned runs and only one strike out. Dillon Gee came on in relief for Ventura. In three innings, Gee gave up another two walks, securing a season high eight walks earned by the Mariners. He also gave up another run by hitting Nelson Cruz with a pitch on the elbow

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On the other side of the ball, Wade Miley was phenomenal. He pitched the first shutout of his career, throwing 114 pitches, no walks with four strikeouts. More importantly, Miley avoided the long inning that has plagued him in most starts this season. Everything was working for Miley tonight, and the Royals scarcely stood a chance.

On top of having an impressive five game winning streak and a season high eight walks, the Mariners seem to be firing on all cylinders. There was a lot of good things to be excited about this game, including a good night from Seager. Tonight he went two for three, including his home run from the first, with a walk. He also had a nice leaping grab in the 9th for the second out. While Seager’s batting average does not currently inspire a ton of confidence, nights like these remind us what type of player he truly is.

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Looking ahead, the Seattle Mariners (13-10) will host the Kansas City Royals (12-11) Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm from the corner of Edgar & Dave as the M’s try for their first sweep of the season.  Taijuan Walker (2-0, 1.44 ERA) will have the ball for the Mariners, and Ian Kennedy (2-2, 2.77 ERA) will be on the bump for the Royals. Tomorrow’s game will be televised locally on Root Sports Northwest, and MLB.tv subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices.

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