The Seattle Mariners have been on a rough six game losing streak, but that finally came to an end last night. The young Mariners team was able to win game one of the series against the Oakland Athletics in a tight ball game.
Yesterday’s win was a really good sign for fans since many of our key players had outstanding games which led to a 4-2 victory. Let’s take a quick look.
Seattle Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic was back in the lineup after a day off
Mariners top prospect, Jarred Kelenic has been struggling and Scott Servais decided to give him a day off a couple of days ago. Apparently that day off really helped Jarred Kelenic because he homered yesterday.
In the top of the fifth inning, the young outfielder got a 1-0 94mph fastball at the top of the zone and he absolutely smashed it. The ball nearly reached the second deck!
Kelenic also walked and accounted for two runs in yesterday’s game, which was half of the total runs scored.
Mitch Haniger keeps chugging along for the Seattle Mariners
Mitch Haniger’s average has dropped as of late, but he’s still been one of the best players on the team. He had a clutch RBI double in the first inning which set the tone for the rest of the game. Mitch recorded another hit later in the third inning and ended up scoring on Kyle Lewis’ home run.
Mitch Haniger has been hitting second in the lineup since Scott Servais likes Kelenic at the top of the lineup, so we will see how it works as we get more players back from the injured list.
Kyle Lewis hits his fourth home run of the season
The 2020 AL Rookie of the Year is off to a slow start but he looked great in the series opener. Lewis finished one for two and hit a long home run in the third inning. Frankie Montas left a 97mph fastball in a very dangerous spot with two strikes and Kyle Lewis didn’t miss it. The Seattle Mariners center fielder also walked twice.
The Seattle Mariners pitching staff had a phenomenal game
The Seattle Mariners pitching was roughed up in the series against the San Diego Padres, so it was great to see some good pitching against a very good Athletics team. Yusei Kikuchi went six innings and allowed just one run on four hits and two walks.
Although Kikuchi’s strikeouts were significantly lower than what we expect, he did a fine job of forcing the Athletics to ground out 10 times. Yusei left the game early after suffering back cramps, according to the latest news, so Rafael Montero was called upon in the seventh inning.
Montero has been struggling in high leverage roles but was able to shut down the Athletics offense in the seventh. Scott Servais kept Montero in the game for the eighth and that didn’t work out too well. Rafael Montero walked Tony Kemp, and gave up a double to Seth Brown.
After the one run allowed by Montero, Erik Swanson came in. The “new” Erik Swanson walked Mark Canha, and then proceeded to strike out the side.
And with Kendall Graveman out, Keynan Middleton came in to close the game and he had no problem. Overall, the pitching staff was fantastic and if you allow just two runs to the first place Athletics, that’s definitely positive!