Mariners vs. Diamondbacks: Rojas gets his revenge, Kirby's back, and Haniger comes up huge

With a strong showing against the Diamondbacks, the Mariners climbed to the top spot in the AL West with another series win
Arizona Diamondbacks v Seattle Mariners
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Best Moment: Mitch Haniger Grand Slam

Seattle loves Mitch Haniger and he loves it. It shows in the way that he plays baseball and the more the season goes on, the more it feels like his dismal 2023 season was an anomaly. Sure, he doesn't have the highest OPS on the team but his ability to step up in big moments remains unchallenged.

In the bottom of the sixth inning of the first game in the series, the Mariners were protecting a one-run lead. After loading the bases with no outs, Haniger saw a lazy four-seam fastball that got too much of the plate and sent it 389 feet, putting Seattle up 6-1 and sealing the deal.

The Mariners scored just 11 runs over the three games so it wasn't the greatest offensive product we've seen this year but it makes explosive moments like these all the more better. When all is said and done, it was enough for the Mariners to earn the series win, sitting atop the AL West as they prepare to welcome the Atlanta Braves to town.