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.
Honestly, I don’t even know where to start…or what to say, even. I was working out at the gym with my blackberry on a 30 second refresh mode on mlb.com and was fairly content when the score was 2-0 in our favor for what seemed like a long time. Bottom 8th, we score another run, 3-0. I get off the treadmill and I was even confident enough to exit out of mlb.com to go lift some weights.
I leave the gym, I get back to my place and while I’m cooking dinner I check my phone just to make sure the game was over….
And I clearly remember raising my eyebrow and saying, “what?” out loud.
Frick frick frick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We LOST 3-5??
How, why, who, when, what?
I had such a mixture of anger and sadness that I don’t even remember what I ate for dinner last night.
But you know what? Now that I slept on it, I have to tip my (pink, of course) Mariner’s cap to the Orioles for taking advantage of our weakest link: our relief pitchers.
Afterall, that’s the key to winning any game, take advantage of the opposing team’s short-comings. And the Orioles did just that.
….two nights in a row.
I hope this shows the GM and Wakamatsu that they are in dire need of good relief pitchers. You can’t just blow a SP’s hard earned win in the 9th inning with only 3 outs left.
Poor Vargas :[
Well with that in the past now, let’s hope the Rangers series won’t be too painful to watch!