The Seattle Mariners won their third series in a row against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yesetrday, concluding a 6-3 road trip. There was a lot of good things that happened over the last three series, including a 42-28 positive run differential against our opponents, that has me excited for the boys to return to Safeco today.
Today’s game featured a 32-minute 1st inning, in which the Angels and Mariners scored a total of 7 combined runs. The first inning for the Mariners saw a whole lot of good things. Norichika started things off with a lead off walk. Seth Smith got his first hit of the day, on a single to left field. Robinson Cano flies out to advance the runners, and Nelson Cruz scores Norichika on a single + error to off season defensive acquisition, shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Kyle Seager was up next and lets just say I’m pretty pleased with of myself for what happened next:
That’s right folks, Kyle Seager hit his second career home run against Matt Shoemaker and made the score a very satisfying 4-0 lead. Once Leonys Martin strikeouts to end the inning, the ball is turned over to Wade Miley. Miley was coming off his worst start of the young season in Cleveland, so this start was important to build confidence and momentum. Miley gets the first two batters out before allowing a single to Mike Trout and a 2-run home run to Albert Pujols (breaking an 0-26). Kole Calhoun then walks and is doubled home by Geovany Soto. Thankfully that was the last run he would give up until an 8th inning home run to Yunel Escobar. Even with the home run in the 8th, Miley remained fairly dialed in after the first inning:
Mariners offense was homer happy Sunday afternoon, seeing 2-run dingers from both Leonys Martin
and Seth Smith:
That last home run put the icing on the cake of a wonderfully productive road trip, and the Mariners win the game 9-4. One could only hope that the momentum created in the last nine games, will be sustained at home. Here is to a wonderful home stand, boys. Can wait to cheer y’all on in person. See you at Safeco, everybody!
P.S – Let’s not forget about the bullpen: