After losing our last series to Texas, I was optimistic about facing the Royals. Not only because they have the worst record in the American League but the Mariners generally have done well against them. As I wrote in my last entry, the first game went well. Too close for comfort, but well.
It’s been two games since then and I’d much rather talk about the second game of the series :]
The results were:
8/5: 11-6 Mariners
8/6: 2-8 Royals
Let’s start with 8/5:
Our second game against the Royals was a batting clinic game that was much needed for the Mariners. We haven’t scored 2 digits in so long yet we’ve lost by 2 digits plenty of times in the last couple weeks. So that night felt good for us Mariners fans.
It must have felt great too for the new member of our family, Luke French. It was his debut as a Mariner after being acquired from the Tigers for the Jarrod Washburn trade.
I admit, he wasn’t exactly superb (5 innings, 4 ER and 2 SO) but the combination of Royals SP Davies horrible night (8 ERs in 3 IP) and his new teammates helping him out, French was able to earn his first comfortable win as a Mariner. Congrats and welcome Luke!
As far as offense, it’s one of those games where everyone contributed and each person on the lineup had at least one hit. Our first 3 men in the lineup did an outstanding job each batting at least 2 hits (Branyan had 3), Branyan and Lopez with 3 RBIs each, Ichiro with 2 runs and 1 RBI.
By the end of the night, the Mariners had 16 hits and reached a season high in runs.
Mmmm….felt so warm and fuzzy inside watching (
forcing them to watch) that game with my girlfriends ( that had no clue about what was going on) under the blankets drinking a bottle of Apricot Ale.
If only that carried over to the next night……
…the warm and fuzzy part actually did carry over. Apart from the fact that the Mariners had to put away our brooms pretty much after the 1st inning, it was a memorable night for our Mike Sweeney.
Sweeney, a former and long-time Royal hit his 100th career homerun in Kauffman Stadium that night in front of all his former and current teammates and fans.
How memorable is that? It really pulled me aside from being livid with Vargas.
I’m a crazy ball of emotional and almost cried when the Royals fans gave him a standing ovation.
Awwwwww, warm and fuzzy. ♥
We lost 2-8 yes, and it was rather disturbing because Chen was 0-6 with a 5.28 ERA and I think we all assumed we would be alright. True, Vargas was not all that much better with a 3-5 record with a 5.08 ERA but it was slightly better.
Another Mariner that deserves special mention is Adrian Beltre. It was his second game after returning from the DL and he went 4 for 4 scoring the other run of the game. If only the rest of the team could have helped him out!
Of course it would have been nice to sweep the Royals, but it was a great series all-in-all.
Our next series is against the much anticipated (personally) Tampa Bay Rays! We’re putting Felix (12-4) out on the line today against Niemann (10-5).
I’m upset I won’t be able to make it up there to sit right by third base :]
On a non-Mariners note, I was glad to see Brad Thompson suspended for three games and fined for throwing a pitch near New York Mets 3rd baseman David Wright’s head.
“Major League Baseball vice president Bob Watson said Thursday the pitch in the sixth inning a day earlier was intentionally aimed near Wright’s head. It came one inning after the Mets’ Nelson Figueroa hit Cardinals star Albert Pujols near his elbow, loading the bases.
The suspension had been set to start Friday, when the Cardinals play at Pittsburgh, but the players’ association appealed and any penalty will be delayed until after the disciplinary process.” -ESPN
This is a picture of David Wright getting beaned against the St.Louis Cardinals in late June 2009. Poor David, please stop trying to ruin his pretty, pretty face.
Ok so a little bit of a false alarm. I didn’t think I was going to have any easy access to internet let alone from my own laptop but turns out my host has wireless internet and the first thing I thought?
Sweet, I can blog during down-time ♥
So here I am in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I have jetlag of +3 hours so I was wide awake on my vacation at 6:30am. Unfortunate but this gives me time to blog while my host sleeps in so it’s a wonderful thing! :]
I know this is off-topic but my flight from Detroit to Portland was hell. I had a great window-seat exit row but had an extremely obese woman sitting next to me and her muffin top was spilling over the arm-rest and into my seat. Not only that but she kept wanting to look outside the window and mercilessly leaned over me to do so. Couldn’t breathe! Although I’m used to flying 9+ hours on a plane back and forth from Tokyo to Seattle, this flight of a mere 4 hours seemed never ending. I’m sure you guys have had horrible flight experiences. Just thought I’d share.
The most amazing thing that happened to me yesterday apart from the fact that I’m back home and spent the whole day with best friends, it was when I was scrolling down the comcast remote and when I selected “MLB Baseball“, it was the Mariners vs Royals game. Wow, how nice is it to be able to watch your favorite team on TV without having to log into GameDay or paying for MLB Extra Innings? Wow I’m going to be so spoiled for the next month. Sounds ridiculous I’m sure. :]
I didn’t watch the entire game; I actually started watching in the top 4th and the Mariners were down by 1. Rowland-Smith was our SP and definitely didn’t do a repeat on his last start where he went hitless for 6 innings. He struggled by giving up 5 runs within the first 4 innings and he was done. As I’ve mentioned before, the Mariners relief pitchers make me extremely nervous but Kelley, Batista and Lowe did a great job. Kelley gave up the 6th run to the Royals but ended up with the win. Aardsma came out to close the game and succeeded despite loading the bases for himself.
a little help from Ichiro. He blasted a homerun in the first inning, went 2 for 5 with 3 runs, but the biggest oomf that saved the Mariners was this…….
In the bottom 9th with 2 outs bases loaded, Buck hit a slicing foul ball towards right field, right in the corner where absolutely no one but Ichiro could see. It was quite a long dash for Ichiro but as soon as the ball dropped, we saw a blow of dust and a glove rising from the corner. Ichiro had caught that insanely difficult catch and rescued Aardsma from a blown save. Ichiro isn’t an 8 time Gold Glover for no reason, huh? I wonder if he was on the Web Gems last night? He should’ve! He’s amazing!
We definitely can’t forget the man that gave the Mariners the one run lead which ended up to be the only one we needed.
Russell Branyan! He’s been in a little slump as of late but turned that around for himself and for the team last night. Branyan hit a line drive between Butler and Callaspo scoring Jack Wilson. Branyan went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Good job, Russ! :]
As far as watching the game (on TV, yay!), it’s always been so fun to watch the Mariners take on the Royals because of all the former Mariners players that they’ve acquired throughout the years.
They were all great players for the Mariners and it’s always so nice to see their smiling faces. Not only that, but Olivo and Yuni both went 2 for 4 last night scoring half the runs that the Royals produced.
Miss you boys! So much! ♥
With all that said, I’m happy I managed to write up an entry this morning. Busy day ahead but turns out my friends are having a party for me at Buffalo Wild Wings where they have TVs in every corner, and at 4pm which is exactly when the Mariners start.
Am I completely ridiculous and horrible for thinking that?
*=Missed the most by me. Hehe. ♥
Oh boy, the time has come to crawl out of my fantasy world where I’m determined that the Mariners still have a shot at winning at least the Wild Card race.
I know that sounds completely ridiculous but I’m sure everyone knows the feeling of purposely being a teeny tiny bit ignorant about watching your favorite team fall out of contention.
So here I am, finally (and forcefully) waving the white flag. When the Mariners traded away Jarrod Washburn, that was pretty much the GM waving the flag but me being stubborn, I knowingly ignored that. Oh to find out your team has become a “seller”.
Mariners, you broke my heart again!
Thank your lucky stars I’m going on vacation so I don’t have too much time to sulk and be depressed. However, I will be back in Seattle for vacation so you guys had better be ready for some Diamond Girl power at Safeco Field. ♥ I’m so excited I can actually watch the Mariners on FSN every game!
What really forced me to admit to the team becoming a seller was the four game series against the big, bad Texas Rangers. It was a four game series and after the 3rd game I thought maybe we can at least tie the game but that didn’t happen.
This is the result of the series:
7/30: 1-7 Rangers
7/31: 4-5 Rangers
8/1: 7-2 Mariners
8/2: 2-4 Rangers
I guess I can find solace in knowing we didn’t get swept but losing 3 games is kind of a sweep.
It’s hard to criticize the Rangers, 1. because they’re better than the Mariners and 2. because I’ve always liked the Rangers. I don’t know what it is about them (yes, apart from the fact that I ♥ Kinsler, Hamilton and Saltalamacchia :]) but I always find myself cheering them on when the Wild Card rankings really start to matter (they always start showing the wild card rankings right after the All Star game…too soon!).
For the fourth game, Snell, our newest member from the Pittsburgh Pirates made his first start as a Mariner.
Considering his win-loss ratio from when he was a Pirate and the fact that he was playing against the Texas Rangers, I suppose his performance was fairly solid. He gave up 2 runs which were both homers and struck out 4.
Personally, I’m not quite sure if I was satisfied or not. I mean, he’s better than Olson (most are, and please don’t get me started on Olson. I’m highly irate and dangerous when I hear his name) but my expectations were probably set too high for him. I think he did well against the Rangers, it was just a tough loss that night and it wasn’t his fault. Again, our RPs messed it up. Thanks to White, we threw away what could have been a tied series against our arch nemesis.
The 3rd game was very nice. Felix got his 12th win despite his struggle. Jose Lopez and Ken Griffey Jr. both went 3 for 5. When Felix pitches, Lopez averages a .338 with 8 doubles, 5 homers and 18 RBIs.
Felix and Lopez = BFFs. :]
How can I forget Ichiro? Although he went 0 for 4 in the first game of the series (wow!), he had at least 2 hits a game for the rest of the series. With his batting average, I feel it’s the best decision to put a higher average player to bat 9th. I’m guessing that would help produce more runs for the team. That seems pretty obvious but perhaps I’m too naiive.
Ichiro is also well on his way to 200+ hits for 10 seasons in a row.
What an amazing feat.
Just like President Obama told Ichiro that made him giggle like a kid, he’s a future Hall of Famer for sure. It won’t be anytime soon since there’s apparently no slowing down for #51 but in the years to come, I’m excited to see him inching closer to his entrance to Cooperstown. ♥
So the next three series are against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately we won’t be facing the amazing Zack Greinke or Gil Meche (I believe he’s on the DL) but I’m crossing my fingers that I get to see the Royals in their baby blue uniform that makes them look like softies (see below). Note, I’m not making fun of that, I actually ♥ it. I like the Royals, mostly because there are a few former Mariners so I’ll be able to enjoy watching the game without getting livid and/or stressed out. Hehe. :]
On a personal note, I’m going on vacation and leaving Mo-Town tomorrow morning for Portland, Oregon and then to my second home-sweet-home, Seattle, Washington. For the next week while I’m in Portland I highly doubt I’ll be blogging at all but once I’m home in Seattle, I’ll be back. :]
Wait, the Pacific Northwest doesn’t look like that. More like this:
Till I’m back, best of luck to all your teams!