I don’t know how I ended up watching a football game tonight, but it was one of the more entertaining games of the season.
The Seahawks took on the Cowboys, who handed over two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the first two quarters. By the fourth quarter, Dallas regained a little momentum, putting up a touchdown and two-point conversion of their own, but the Hawks came back to win it 21-8.
Okay, so it doesn’t sound like the most impressive football game, even though I’ll take a Seahawks win any day. But the Mariners defeating the Rangers 21-8 in Arlington? That’s worthy of a highlight reel.
Unlike last night’s 10-3 win, this game wasn’t fueled by errors or productive outs. Instead, it was a hit parade modeled after the Rangers’ recent 34-run series against Toronto. With the exceptions of late-game pinch hitters Mike Carp and Munenori Kawasaki, each Mariner put up at least one hit and one run. Michael Saunders had his second 3-hit night in a row, Kyle Seager went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and base hits, and Justin Smoak earned the Mariners’ Player of the Game award with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.
Backed by more run support than he’s received in his entire career, Blake Beavan put up just 2 hits and 2 strikeouts in 6 innings. He held the Rangers scoreless through 5, and backed by a 17-run lead, allowed 6 hits and 5 runs in the 6th.
Wedge’s Closer of the Day was Hisashi Iwakuma, who made his first relief appearance since May 16. After 3 innings, 5 hits, 3 earned runs, and a walk, Iwakuma earned his first save of 2012.
During the game, my Twitter feed exploded with record-setting, -tying, and -breaking facts from MLB and Mariners club history. Here are just a few…
- Tonight marked the second-highest scoring game in Mariners history, preceded by a 22-6 beatdown of the Detroit Tigers in April 1999. The last time Seattle scored more than 20 runs in a single game was 12 years ago, in a 21-9 away game against the Anaheim Angels.
- The Mariners scored as many runs in this game as they did during their entire homestand from May 21 – 27.
- In 8 runs, the Rangers failed to hit a single home run. It was their first homer-less game since a 3-1 win in Seattle last Tuesday.
- From Value Over Replacement Grit: “The Mariners have set a modern-day American League record for the highest “same run” total scored in consecutive innings (home or road), as well as the Major League record for a road team.”
- Via Mariners PR guy Jeff Evans: Kyle Seager made the list of just three MLB player to record consecutive 2-double games. The other members? Joey Votto and Yonder Alonso.
- Also from Evans: “21 runs scored are most in the Majors this season, and most since the Yankees scored 22 [on] 8/25/11 vs. Oakland.”
- Dave Cameron boosted my confidence in the Mariners’ offense (I know, as if the 21 runs hadn’t already) with this tweet: “Five of the nine Mariners who started tonight’s game posted a wOBA of .500 or better.”
- And finally, this fact was uncovered by Needle Ball’s own Steven Mataya: “With today’s game, the Mariners went from 22nd in MLB in runs scored to 10th!”
Tomorrow, Steve Delabar will take a trip to Tacoma. By Friday, when the Mariners open their second road series in Chicago, Triple-A threat Stephen Pryor is scheduled to join the team—and, hopefully, make his major league debut.
Next game: @ White Sox | June 1 | 5:10pm