In case you have not heard, the Seattle Mariners have a phenomenal road record. Before completing this most recent road trip, the Mariners had won all of their road series (5), save for a spilt in Houston. Finishing this road trip, the Mariners have now won seven road series. The last time they have won more than seven road series was 2000-’01, in which they won 28.
Seattle Mariners at the Baltimore Orioles – The Conquered
Game 1: Wade Miley v. Ubaldo Jimenez
We were fresh off getting swept by the the Angels and were looking to gain some confidence back. The Orioles were sporting the the best record in the AL. The 2016 Seattle Mariners promptly dismantled any doubts or disbeliefs that had been formulated with this 10-0 rout of the Orioles. A trend of Mariners hitters knocking a starting pitcher out of the game before completing the 6th inning, continued with Ubaldo Jimenez. Out of the Mariners 10 runs, he was responsible for 7 of them. Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager were responsible for bringing in all of those runs.
Final Score: Mariners 10- Orioles 0
Game 2: Taijuan Walker v. Chris Tillman
Matt Weiters had a three-hit night, including a back-to-back home runs with Mark Trumbo. Tai gave up four runs, three earned. Chris Tillman, the most consistent Orioles opening day starter since Mike Mussina, was strong against the Mariners. He pitched six innings and 1/3 innings, his sixth quality start in a row. He did surrender two runs, a home run by Leonys Martin and a sacrifice fly by Chris Iannetta.
Final Score: Mariners 2- Orioles 5
Game 3: Nathan Karns v. Tyler Wilson
Nelson Cruz again starting scoring in this game, seeing as hit is quite fond of hitting in Baltimore. The Orioles did get that run back on a Pedro Alvarez double in their half of the second inning. They would not score again until a terrifying moment in the 8th when Joaquin Benoit loads the bases, and only gave up a groundout RBI to Adam Jones before retiring the side.
In addition to another consistent outing by Nathan Karns, the Mariners offense was once again the story in this game. After Nellie’s run-scoring single, Seth Smith made the game 2-1 on a single of his own in the 5th. One inning later, Adam Lind popped a fly ball over the left field wall for a three-run home run. After the aforementioned Joaquin Benoit return to the rotation, the score was 5-2 going into the eighth. But by the grace of the baseball gods and all that is new power-hitting Leonys Martin, the Mariners took some stress off the game with 2-run home run to center field. Steve Cishek came in and pitched a shut down ninth inning to secure the win.
Final Score: Mariners 7 – Orioles 2
Seattle Mariners at the Cincinnati Reds – The Vanquished
Game 1: Hisashi Iwakuma v. Dan Straily
After a 45-min rain delay, the 1st game against the last place of everything Cincinnati Reds started. Kuma did not look sharp early, giving up three runs in four innings. He held on through six to earn the win, not giving up a run after the 4th inning and striking out six.
The player of this game was the Cincinnati bullpen. It was no secret that this bullpen was the worst in MLB coming into this game, and because the Mariners were only able to get one run off starter Dan Straily, the bullpen was a welcome sigh of relief. Going into the 7th inning, the score was 3-1 in favor of the Reds. This team had none of your doubts or disbeliefs, they started to chip at the lead and they never looked back. Seth Smith, Robinson Cano, Dae-Ho Lee, Ketel Marte, Nelson Cruz and Dae-Ho Lee again all contributed to the run parade.
Final score: Mariners 8- Reds 3
Game 2: Felix Hernandez v. John Lamb
Twas “Dual Griffey Bobblehead” Day, but more importantly it was Felix day and the Mariners were out to win their 7th consecutive road series. Win they did. Aside from some cringeworthy moments in the 3rd and 5th innings where Felix loaded the bases for Joey Votto, but then got Joey Votto out both times, he looked like vintage Felix. He finished 6 innings pitched with 0 runs, 3 walks and 4 hits allowed.
The Mariners offense helped Felix out this game, scoring four runs off Reds starter John Lamb. Leonys Martin again came through with a solo home run in the second, but the real muscle for today’s game came from the beautiful Franklin Gutierrez:
In the words of Manny Acta, “Oh Guti you so fine.”
Final score: Mariners 4- Reds 0
Game 3: Wade Miley v. Alfredo Simon
This game started with Wade Miley loading the bases in the first inning, and in the process gave up three runs. The Mariners were playing from behind for the second time this series, but for some reason, that was not scary at all.
Of all people to get the Mariners offense going, it was none other than Wade Miley. He started off the third inning with a lead off single, which is promptly followed by a single from Leonys Martin. Norichika Aoki grounds out to shortstop Zack Kozart, who forces Martin out at second and advances Miley to third. With Mr. “MLB leading RBI leader” himself at the plate, Miley scores easily on a single. One wild pitch by Pasta later, Norichika advances to second and is brought home on a Nelson Cruz groundout.
Miley gave back a run in the top of the fourth on a home run by Adam Duvall, but that was the last run that any Mariners pitcher would surrender for the rest of the game. The next inning, Lenoys Martin (sound familiar) hustled out a bunt single that was originally called out. After him, Norichika singles on a ball that was deflected off of 1st baseman Joey Votto’s glove, Leonys Martin gets to third and if brought home on a Robinson Cano sac fly. Nelson Cruz puts a notch in his OBP with a walk. Kyle Seager ties the game with a single that scores Norichika. Adam Lind gets intentionally (???) walked to bring up Steve Clevenger. Clevenger always seems to be the unlikeliest of heros, but once again he excited all of the PNW with the (eventual) game winning single that scored Nelson Cruz.
Final Score: Mariners 5- Reds 4
A few last notes before the Mariners come home to face the Oakland Athletics tomorrow night at Safeco Field:
- 5-1 on this road trip
- Leonys Martin has a .133 wRC+ in the month of May, and has hit 8 home runs on the season (tying a career high)
- +48 run differential (2nd in the AL to Boston)
- MLB high 18 road wins
- Won 9 of 11 series (4 out of the last 5)
- The Seattle Mariners offense is in the top 10 of these categories: BB%, K%, K/9, and BB/9. C the Z.
- 26-17 and 1st place in the AL West