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Mariners drop a 21 on Rangers to win series

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm with 11 Comments »
May 30, 2012 9:45 pm

That little 21-8 drubbing the Seattle Mariners laid on the Texas Rangers tonight did more than give them a series win – it evened out the season series, 5-5.

After making a little offensive history, the Mariners were all smiles in the clubhouse.

“A little above normal,” said Justin Smoak, who hit two home runs and had six RBI. “When everybody’s getting hits and scoring runs, it’s a lot of fun.”

Seattle scored eight runs in back-to-back innings for the first time in franchise history – and just the eighth time in major league history

“You’re seeing their potential,” manager Eric Wedge said of his team. “They’re putting together games like this back-to-back, and they did it against potentially the best team in baseball.”

“We did every thing right tonight, it was one of those nights when every thing we hit dropped in,” said Kyle Seager, who batted third and had four hits, scored four times and had a pair of RBI.

“Every at-bat means something, and we don’t give them away,” he said. “Even when you’re sitting on 21 runs, you try and put up a good at-bat.”

Rookie Jesus Montero had a single, double and home run by the third inning.

“I needed a triple for the cycle, but I said ‘That’s not going to happen.’ I had one in AAA last year, but the ball hit the top of the wall and bounced away from the outfielder,” Montero said.

“I’d need guys running into each other to get a triple up here.”

Blake Beavan won his third game and Hisashi Iwakuma, appearing for just the fifth time in 53 games, earned a three-inning save.

Seager had four hits – two doubles – and has seven hits in his last two games. Michael Saunders has back-to-back three hit games and is now hitting .247. Seager leads the team with 28, but Montero and Smoak each have 27 now.

        

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    Thank you, baseball gods.

  2. I’m amazed that Iwakuma can come in and get people out, no more than he has pitched. No wonder he got off to a rough start.

    That first hit by Seager was a little parachute, but it did the job. After that, liners. I sure do like what he’s doing up there.

    Anybody want Smoak to go down to Tacoma with Delabar?

    OK, that’s enough of that. Better not get too frisky; there are a lot of games left. But 2 of 3 from Texas in consecutive series; that’s pretty good. Weren’t they two of their previous 14 in Texas before they won those last two games?

  3. One other thing–the M’s must be the Angels’ favorite team so far this year. Hope they can take a chunk of the Angels too before the season is over.

  4. Timeout-I haven’t seen much from the Smoak haters for the last 10 games or so…and this will probably keep them quiet for a while longer. Keep playing the kids and good things will happen!

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Z knows what he is doing…if only he had more authority and money during his tenure. SS and CF will be positions to fill as this organization attempts to move from being merely competitive to formidable.

  6. I unfortunately slept through this one. Sounds like it was fun for once!

    Not to be a spoilsport, but giving up 8 runs is still reason for concern. We aren’t going to score more than 8 very often!

    Re Smoak haters: I’m still not sold, though I’m sure glad he’s hitting at the moment.

  7. wabubba67 says:

    Moo–They were ahead 18-0 at one point. Pitchers start to groove pitches when they are given a huge lead. At that point, they don’t care about their ERA…only their pitch count and getting the game over with. Jack Morris made a career of pitching that way.

  8. poliver says:

    Larry, The Mariners had 17 runs in the first 2 innings back in 1996. It was during the month the Super Sonics were in the playoffs because I switched to the Sonics during the Mariner commercials. Please check because the Mariner-Texas game yesterday was not the first game with big innings.

  9. elkhorn says:

    In 1996 the Mariners only had two games scoring over 16, one was against the Twins the other against the Rangers. Neither had 8 runs two innings in a row.

    Perhaps you were transposing the Sonics score in your mind.

  10. waabubba, I disagree. You’re describing a poorly disciplined pitching staff. 1 or 2 runs; heck even 3 or 4 I’d say you’ve got a point. But 8????

  11. wabubba67 says:

    Keep the pitch counts down when you have a big lead and dare the other team to hit. Save meaningful pitches for when the game is reasonably close. Again, look at Jack Morris’ career ERA…always higher than his talent would indicate because he directly challenged hitters with a huge lead…but he could also pitch a 10 inning 1-0 shutout when needed. It’s basic baseball. The occasional double or home run given up won’t hurt you in that situation.

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