Today is just a summary of the last series (5th series we’ve won in a row!!!). These games saw so many great things, and I will for sure not do them any justice by describing them so quickly. Life comes at you fast and so do baseball games. First pitch t-minus 10 hours!
SEATTLE MARINERS v. KANSAS CITY ROYALS:
Game 22: Felix Hernandez v. Kris Medlen. It was usual Felix started game. The Mariners were struggling to score. Felix was hustling to keep his team in the ball game. It was the first King’s Court/Felix Day at home since eclipsing Randy Johnson’s Mariners all-time strikeout record. It was also beard hat night. It turns out, beards are a good look:
The only offense that the Mariners needed (and got) came from Seth Smith’s 100th home run in the fourth inning. Felix pitched 7 and 2/3rd innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 walks and no runs. Felix Hernandez earned the win. Medlen took the loss.
Final Score: Mariners 1, Royals 0
Game 23: Wade Miley v. Yordano Ventura. Miley was just coming off his best start of the season, took that budding confidence, and said “I’m going to pitch a complete game shut out and make you feel sorry about all the words you said to me prior to the first inning on April 24th”. Yeah, that’s what he said. Wade pitched like an angry man and shut down the Royals in an efficient 9 innings (114 pitches).
Mariners offense also put on a show, chalk full of OBP and dingers. A day after his career 100th home run, Seth Smith blasted #101 on a first pitch fastball for a Mariners lead in the first. Not more than 10 minutes later, Kyle Seager hits a 3-run jack to right center, Kyle scores Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind. The Mariners tack on runs in the 4th and the 6th, to run the score to 6-0. However I would argue that the season high 8 walks drawn by Mariners batters is even more encouraging than the home runs. Anyone can That would be all they needed for the night. Back to back shutouts for the first time since September 2015. Manny Acta was excited:
Final Score: Mariners 6, Royals 0
Game 24: Taijuan Walker v. Ian Kennedy. Mariners offense could not seem to string much together against Ian Kennedy, only getting one run against the righty. Which was weird. Ian Kennedy of four years ago? Maybe. Ian Kennedy of 2016? Sure. Yeah, alright. As far as Tai’s start, sometimes pitchers have good starts and sometimes they have okay starts. Today was just one of those okay starts. Walker only went 5 innings, giving up seven hits and 3 runs (2 earned). The lone Mariners run came off a Chris Iannetta single in the 6th. Tony Zych has an impressive inning, striking out the side in the 6th. Joel Peralta and Mike Montgomery also pitched scoreless innings. Zidal Nuno also saw an inning of action. He gave up a solo home run to Eric Hosmer.
Final Score: Royals 4, Mariners 1
Even though we did not pick up the sweep on the defending World Champs, tons of fans came out to see the Mariners play this weekend:
Next up: Mariners @ Athletics, 7:10 PM, Nathan Karns v. Kendall Graveman.