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Tuesday morning’s notes and links: Seager’s big night

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on June 3, 2014 at 3:55 am with No Comments »
June 3, 2014 11:32 am
Kyle Seager capped his big night Monday with a three-run homer in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Kyle Seager capped his big night Monday with a three-run homer in the ninth inning. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Kyle Seager and the Mariners made the most of their one-day trip back to New York.

Seager matched a club record Monday night by getting four extra-base hits in a 10-2 rout at Yankee Stadium. He had two triples — two very different triples — a double and a three-run homer while scoring three runs and driving in three more.

Seager called it a night that “I’ll remember for sure.”

He led off the second and fourth innings with triples. The first was a drive to deep center that sliced away from Jacoby Ellsbury and caromed off the wall. The second was a blooper to left that Brett Gardner nearly caught at the line.

The ball bounced out of Gardner’s glove but shortstop Derek Jeter nearly corralled it before it hit the ground. But Jeter committed a mental mistake — apparently those do happen — when he then retrieved the ball and jogged a few steps with his back to the infield.

Jeter believed the ball was foul, while Seager kept running and wound up at third.

“It was a weird play,” Seager said. “I hit it and took off running. When I turned the base, I saw (Gardner) sliding, and I saw the umpire say, `Fair ball.’ So I kind of kept going. I didn’t realize that Jeter almost caught it, that it bounced up to him and he almost caught it.

“I just kept running, and I guess he thought it was foul, and his momentum took him down the line.”

The Mariners turned both triples into runs while building a 2-0 lead for Felix Hernandez. Seager became the first opposing player to hit two triples at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.

Seager’s double started the eighth, although he got no farther, before his three-run homer in the ninth closed the scoring. The homer came against Alfredo Aceves and rocketed so quickly and decisively out of the park that right fielder Ichiro Suzuki never turned.

That failure to turn and take a step or two toward the wall is generally viewed as a no-no. Players tend to regard that as showing up your pitcher.

“That was another weird one,” Seager said. “Two change-ups away, and I was basically in battle mode. I got the barrel to it.”

Here’s the list of previous Mariners with four extra-base hits in a game:

Mike Blowers on May 24, 1995: two doubles, one triple, one homer in a 15-6 victory over the Red Sox.

Ken Griffey Jr. on July 1, 1998: three doubles, one homer in a 9-5 victory over the Rockies.

Mike Cameron on May 2, 2002: four homers in a 15-4 victory over the White Sox.

Adrian Beltre on May 28, 2007: two doubles, two homers in a 12-5 victory over the Angels.

Raul Ibanez on June 11, 2007: one double, one triple, two homers in an 8-7 victory over the Indians.

Adrian Beltre on July 6, 2007: two doubles, two homers in a 7-1 victory over the A’s.

 

 

Cano returns

Second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a bruised hand. He had two walks and a  single in five plate appearances — and again drew the wrath of Yankees fans for his off-season departure as a free agent.

“Fans are fans,” he said. “You can’t control that. And I’m on the other team now. I understand that.”

Cano also made it clear that he’s moved on by admitting he doesn’t track his former club.
“To honest with you, no,” he said. “We’re on the other side (of the country). We don’t pay attention to what they’re doing. You might see the score, but I don’t really pay attention to what they’re doing or not doing.”
Links to note
Our friend Buster Olney from ESPN.com passes along a few links of note to Mariners’ fans.
***From Elias, Felix Hernandez has the lowest ERA of any active pitcher against the Yankees in New York.
***Opponents are attacking Robinson Cano with fastballs, according to the FanGraphs.com, a must-check site for all fans — not just the stat-inclined. My reaction to this is pitchers are trying to tempt him with fastballs outside the zone. For the most part, Cano is resisting that temptation.
***Buster also notes the Mariners have the fourth-best run differential in the American League and a 22-15 record since April 23.
Worth noting
***The Mariners need to make a roster move today to accommodate their planned recall of right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who is starting tonight at Atlanta. Struggling infielder Nick Franklin, who is batting .128 and hitless in his last 16 at-bats, is a leading candidate for demotion. Other possibilities are outfielders Stefen Romero and Cole Gillespie.
***One point in Gillespie’s favor is he’s out of options. The Mariners would need to designate him for assignment and risk losing him in a waiver claim. Franklin and Romero could each simply be optioned to Tacoma.
***Keep an eye on Taijuan Walker’s rehab performance tonight for Tacoma at El Paso. The Mariners pushed him back one day to put him in line to possibly — again, possibly — replace Ramirez on the next cycle through the rotation. Then again, Ramirez could hold the spot by pitching well tonight against the Braves.

Around the farms

***Triple-A Tacoma suffered another one-run loss in falling 3-2 at El Paso (Padres), but the Rainiers will start rehabbing Taijuan Walker in Tuesday’s series finale in hopes of avoiding a sweep. Mike Curto has the details.

***Double-A Jackson got a grand slam from Dario Pizzano in rolling to a 9-5 victory over Huntsville (Brewers).  From the Generals’ website.

***Hi-A High Desert lefty Tyler Pike got roughed up in his first start since pitching six innings in a combined no-hitter. The Mavericks lost a 13-7 slugfest to Bakersfield (Reds). From the Victorville Daily Press. 

***Lo-A Clinton right-hander Carlos Misell yielded just one unearned in seven innings in a 10-1 romp at Beloit (A’s). From the LumberKings’ website.

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