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.
Congrats Ichiro! Omedetou gozaimasu! :]
I was definitely up till 12:30am last night watching the Mariners on Game Day and I’m very, excited I did.
I got such great sleep! :]
I say PHEW, for this blog title because I’m relieved that at least we’ll tie the series even if we lose today. I know, a little pessimistic for my taste but Texas has such an amazing team that any game we win against them is an honor…
….and we won TWO! :]
……….and hopefully THREE within the next few hours :]
Crossing my fingers!
You know, I was just complaining to my Dad yesterday that Johjima doesn’t play as much as I’d like him to. We call him double-play-Johjima (if you watch him closely enough you know that’s his favorite way to put two outs on his own team) but it’s all out of love ♥ Hee hee.
Acquiring Johnson seemed a little questionable for me but wow he won the game for us last night! Can’t complain about that :]
But of course, kudos has to be given to Washburn, Branyan, Ichiro and Aardsma as well. After Washburn’s last amazing outing, I was confident he was going to do well…and he did!
I don’t like being mean (…well, kind of :] ) but I was never a huge fan of Eddie Guardado so it was somewhat pleasing to see him come out against his former teammates just to lose :]
Anyway, it’s just so nice to see the Mariners putting up a great fight against the amazing Rangers. After last season, my hope for the Mariners
diminished a little bit but hey we’re showing the world that we can truly kick some *** and it’s not completely ridiculous anymore for an M’s fan to think we just might have a chance at the pennant :]
Being in Detroit challenges my faith for the Mariners at times, due to the fact that by the time most games start at 7:05PM PST, it’s already 10:05PM over here and by the 4th inning, it’s bedtime.
So I always have to make a decision based on the 4 innings they’ve already played if I’m going to stay up or not.
And all I can say is, thank the lord I didn’t go into another sleep deficit just to watch the M’s open the flood gates for the Orioles!
Sheesh, how does 3-2 become 4-12???
I guess I’m happy for Bedard since he struck out 8 but his low pitch count was obviously costly. The RPs got a break the night before when Washburn threw a heck of a game but apparently that just wasn’t enough time. Boy, Kelley and Jakubauskas got feasted on. I really think we should keep Olson in the rotating lineup and throw Morrow back to do RP. But, who am I to say.
As far as offense, Ichiro added one to his ever-growing hit count which was great and Guteirrez is really proving that he’s deserving of a starting lineup spot (both offense and defense!). I hate hate
hate to say this because I do love Ken Griffey as much as the next person in Seattle but he cannot be batting cleanup with a .218 average. I’m sorry but he just can’t, if we want to maintain strong offense and insurance runs for the pitchers.
Even the crappiest team (
Orioles) have to win some games, huh?
Well, rather lose a game (hopefully not two) to the birds than to the big, bad and mean Rangers that are coming to town!
It’s alright, we’ll win tonight and win the whole 4 game series against the Rangers and everything will be absolutely peachy! Oh, to be optimistic!