On the way home from work tonight, I was brainstorming recap titles for tonight’s loss. Before you write me off as too much of a killjoy, I was also mulling over the tweets Dave Sims sent out last night, especially those referring to the youth and learning curve of the current Mariners. That made sense, I thought. I can take this rollercoaster if it means we’ll eventually see a well put together team.
Of course, then I turned on the radio, where the Mariners were in the middle of a whopping 6-run inning. That’s more runs than they’ve scored since last Monday’s 6-1 win against Texas, and more runs than they’ve put up in the past two games combined. In fact, the last time the Mariners scored 6 runs in an inning, it was during an 8-7 win on Opening Day weekend in Oakland.
Here are just a few highlights from tonight’s streak-breaking, loss-snapping, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming game:
- Because this game was played at Rangers Ballpark, there were home runs. John Jaso took Scott Feldman deep to center field, while Josh Hamilton hammered a first pitch fastball from Jason Vargas.
- Still, only 4 of Seattle’s 10 runs were scored on hits. The other 6 came from productive outs, major, multi-run errors by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, and a wild pitch from Mark Lowe.
- Against Vargas, Kelley, Luetge, and Wilhelmsen, the Rangers went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The last time the Mariners kept a team from scoring RISP was last Monday against Texas. Coincidentally, that was also the last time the Rangers went o-fer with RISP.
- Although this was Vargas’ shortest appearance since a 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, it was also his most effective since a 10-3 stunner in Colorado. He went 6.2 innings for 5 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, a home run, and just 2 strikeouts.
- Tom Wilhelmsen was Wedge’s Closer Of The Day, inducing two flyouts, one groundout, and a base hit bobbled by Seager.
- Not only did the Mariners put the brakes on a 5-game skid, but they stopped the Rangers’ 4-game winning streak.
Next game: @ Rangers | May 30 | 5:05pm