Timely hitting — hell, hitting in general — has been a problem for the Mariners in their recent nose dive. Monday night in Anaheim, they were given a first-hand tutorial in what a professional at-bat during a playoff stretch run looks like. The lesson came courtesy of three-time National League Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols.
Author: Anthony Dion
So far, the Mariners haven’t risen to the occasion. Fighting for its first postseason berth in 13 years, Seattle failed to take advantage of a struggling Athletics squad, which limped into Safeco Field having lost four of five and 13 of 18 games. Sunday, a first-inning Sam Fuld solo home run was enough to carry the A’s to
The enigma that is Fernando Rodney further aggravated Mariners fans in an exhilarating, playoff-like environment at Safeco Field Saturday. One night after picking up his club-record-tying 45th save, Rodney handed the Athletics a much-needed win, 3-2, with four free passes in the 10th inning.
The Mariners awoke July 27 in third place in the American League West, trailing the division-leading Oakland Athletics by 11½ games. That must seem a distant memory to the fading A’s, who arrived in Seattle Friday to open a big three-game series clinging to a 1½-game lead over the Mariners. Make that a half-game lead.
For a few brief moments Tuesday, the Mariners had the 11,345 patrons at Safeco Field elieving a comeback was possible in a game in which they were overmatched from the start. Instead, a Jonathan Villar RBI single with two outs in the ninth against Yoervis Medina lifted the Astros to a 2-1 victory and dispatched
The return of one starter and the re-emergence of another carried the Mariners to an electric 4-1 win over the Astros in front of a paltry crowd of 15,617 at Safeco Field Monday night. The Mariners stayed a half-game ahead of Detroit for the second American League wild-card spot and closed to one game behind Oakland
Kendrys Morales hit two of the Mariners’ four home runs Friday a 7-5 victory over Texas at Globe Life Park in Arlington, their fifth win in six games. Batting in the fifth spot behind Kyle Seager for the second time in three games, Morales homered twice from the left side, his first homers in two weeks.
Among the myriad issues over the last week in dropping five of seven, the Mariners kept failing to score first. Not since a 5-0 win over the Rangers six games ago had Seattle opened with a lead. The run was snapped Tuesday in a 6-5 cruiser-turned-nail-biter over the Athletics at the O.Co Coliseum in Oakland.
Over the recent 2-4 homestand, the Mariners were forced to flush a pair of ugly defeats, removing them from their memory to focus on the next game. Seattle will have to repeat that process after a 6-1 loss to the Athletics in Oakland Monday.
Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals aren’t making it easy for the Mariners. Strasburg outdueled Roenis Elias in leading Washington to a 3-1 win in the second game of a three-game interleague series in front of 32,894 at Safeco Field Saturday. The Nationals remained undefeated against the Mariners, winning for the 11th consecutive time.