Mariners Greatest Hits: Third Baseman Kyle Seager
By Adam Levi
June 2nd, 2014
In 2014, the year he was first nominated to the AL all-star team, won the Gold Glove for third basemen, and finished 20th in the AL MVP voting, he put on many epic displays of his skill.
From multi-hit games to multi-extra-base-hit games to multi-home run games, Seager did it all in the first two months of the 2014 season. But, it was on this game in early June that he did all of that (minus the multiple home runs).
With Felix Hernandez on the mound this evening in Yankee Stadium (easily the park he’s pitched best in over his storied career) the Mariners didn’t need to score that many runs on their opponent, but Seager wanted to make sure his team would coast to a victory.
In his first at-bat, Seager used an awkward bounce of the ball caused by it hitting the base of the center-field wall to hustle out a triple; it was his 5th three-bagger of his career. Mike Zunino brought in the third baseman in the next plate appearance.
After getting a taste of a rare triple, Seager was ready for another three-bagger in the 4th. This time he got fairly lucky.
Brett Gardner almost made a spectacular sliding grab along the left field foul line, yet the ball popped out of his glove, almost landing in Derek Jeter’s grasp. Amazingly it slipped out of his hands as well and Seager -who had been running the bases the entire time- capitalized on Jeter’s casual stroll to the ball which he must’ve thought was foul and ended up at third for the second time. Seager would score a few batters later for his 2nd run of the day.
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With that hit, he became the 13th Mariners player in history to record multiple triples in one game. He was only the 5th to do it since 1996.
Following a lineout in the 6th, Seager would step to the plate and smack his third extra-base hit of the game; this time it was a double to right.
Seager ended the day in the ninth as the Mariners were running up the score against their American League rivals with his biggest hit of the night: a three-run homer that pushed the M’s tally to 10 runs compared to the Yankees two.
Seager would not have many games where he would have such a complete performance like he did on this day, but he did put on a couple more shows that were also pretty spectacular.