Let’s take you all back in time two weeks or so. There were tons of people complaining about the Mariners. “Oh, they haven’t done enough”, “This offense is worse than last year”, and “I can’t see this team having a winning record”.
I have a couple of thoughts. A) you are all dumb and B) stop talking because of reason A. Anyone who thought that sounds ignorant and unintelligent. This brings me to the end of the Mariners first homestand of the season.
The Mariners beat up on the Astros, Rangers, and Royals to go 7-2
Sure, the Royals aren’t very good. No one expects them to make the playoffs, and it’s exactly the type of team that the Mariners should beat up on and defeat in a series. It’s baseball though, and it doesn’t always happen. A team like the one that the dum-dums mentioned above wouldn’t have fought back, put up a hit parade, and look like a playoff team during a three-game sweep.
They beat up on the Royals, even when things started going bad. After being up 5-1 early on Saturday, they found themselves down 7-6. A lot of teams would just give up. Not this team. They decided to score a touchdown and won 13-7.
Oh, and Ty France was a major part of that with his 5-hit game. The dude is hitting like .375, and I feel like I published my Why Ty France is gonna win the batting title article at the perfect time. The energy in the stadium after his home run was insane. Fans were going crazy, and I loved it.
Then, Sunday rolled around after one of the longest 9-inning games I can remember that Saturday night. It would’ve been easy to come out flat, having spent all your energy and momentum the night before. Instead, Ty France just kept hitting by launching his 5th homer and collecting RBIs 18 and 19.
The Royals fought back, and the game was back and forth. They tied it in the 9th, and scored in the 10th. Seattle answered. The Royals threatened in the 12th with the bases loaded, but came up empty. The Mariners had an opportunity to walk it off, and Winker came through.
We can’t forget the opener, either. Julio roped a 2-run double, which was followed up by a 2-run triple by Kelenic. Julio and Kelenic delivering… I have a feeling we are going to see that a lot over the next year or two… or 15?!
Flexen delivered a gem, throwing just 84 pitches in 7 innings, with his sole mistake being a bomb to Salvador Perez (which, of course it was). Brash was pinched a bit in game two (the ump seemed off all game), and other than a bad Yohan Ramirez, the bullpen was outstanding. Robbie Ray finished it off with a good game three start.
The Mariners are now 10-6, having gone 7-2 on the homestand and sweeping Kansas City. Things are looking bright in Seattle, and it’s a great time to be a fan. Go Mariners!