It was a busy day for Seattle sports fanatics as the Mariners, Sounders FC, and OL Reign played last night. Two of the three teams were able to come out with a win, while one was able to take one point after a draw. And on top of that, it is starting to feel and look like summer as the weather turned up a notch.
The Mariners win in comeback fashion, again
The M’s have made games interesting as of late, but only after the fifth inning or so. Last night, Seattle started “chaos ball” in the sixth inning and put two runs on the board. That opened the door to a comeback where the M’s scored two in the seventh, one in the eighth, and one in the ninth to walk it off.
Yesterday’s comeback was highlighted by Kyle Seager’s clutch two-RBI double, Mitch Haniger’s 3 for 4 day, Evan White’s solo home run, and Ty France’s 2 for 4 including a sacrifice fly and a walk-off hit to lead the M’s to a 6-5 win over the Astros.
Yusei Kikuchi didn’t have the best outing but he kept us in the game. He went seven innings and allowed five runs.
The Sounders blow out Minnesota to start the season
Across the street from T-Mobile Park, the Sounders kicked off with 7,042 fans in attendance. The Seattle Sounders made it to the MLS Cup final last year and lost 3-0, so they are preparing for another big year with winning the MLS Cup at the top of the list.
If you don’t follow Sounders FC, you could consider them as the equivalent of the Braves, Yankees, Dodgers, etc. They are at the top of the food chain despite only being in the league since 2009.
Seattle went into halftime 0-0 but were able to get on the score sheet early in the second half, and were able to keep control of the game for the remaining minutes. The Sounders netted three more goals to make the final score 4-0.
The OL Reign open the season with one point
The OL Reign are a relatively new team in the growing National Women’s Soccer League. Founded in 2012 as Seattle Reign FC, the OL Groupe from France became a majority owner and rebranded the team to OL Reign in 2020 .
The Reign hosted the Houston Dash at their home stadium, Cheney Stadium. The team hadn’t played at home for 566 days because last summer, they were playing in a bubble style tournament.
It was clear that both teams were rusty after not being on the pitch for so long. But, the Reign were able to come out with one point after drawing 0-0.
Overall, it was a great day for Seattle not only becuase of three solid results, but the weather was fantastic! I spent some time working outside because it was so warm and sunny. It’s only April 17th but the weather is starting to look a lot like summer.