Mariners Greatest Hits: Second Baseman Robinson Cano
By Adam Levi
September 4th, 2014
2014 was one of Cano’s worst years in terms of power since his early days with the Yankees. His 14 home runs tied his lowest total of his career in one season and was the least he’s hit since 2008. His 82 RBIs were also the fewest he’s driven in since that 08′ season.
Nevertheless, Cano did manage to squeak out a couple of magnificent games that year. This late 2014 example happens to be the day he had his most RBIs of the season.
Coming into this early September matchup, The Mariners were just a half game back of sitting in an AL Wild Card spot.
The M’s came into the four-game series with their slumping division rivals, the Texas Rangers, on a three-game win streak -Texas had lost six straight.
After he crushed a line drive to deep center that was caught steps in front to the warning track in the 1st, Cano would make sure to put the ball in play his next two at-bats.
In the 2nd, after the Mariners had already scored a couple of runs off singles, driving in runners who had been walked, Cano extended the 2-0 M’s lead with a base-knock to bring in the hustling, Jesus Sucre, and Austin Jackson.
In the 3rd, he would deliver another blow to the Rangers, this time smashing a double that split the gap between the centerfielder and rightfielder scoring two runs, extending the Mariners lead to 9-0.
Cano’s RBI parade cooled down in the later innings and he was eventually swapped out for Brendan Ryan in the 7th. Cano Finished the day with 4 RBIs off two big hits and he scored a run.
His performance was overshadowed by the Mariners 10-2 rout of the Rangers, but it was arguably his best outing of his inaugural season in Seattle.