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June 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Eric Wedge says this win tonight and on trip is a huge one for his team

There have been a few moments where we’ve thought the Mariners might have turned soMe kind of corner towards becoming a better club.
This road trip could go down as one of them. The 64 runs scored by Seattle in nine games is obviously not something we’re accustomed to seeing. And the M’s had five games of eight runs or more, so this obviously was not just the lone 21-run outburst in Texas.
Tonight, it was an 8-6 win over the Angels, for Seattle’s first series victory here in three years.
“It was a big win and it was a good road trip,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We played a lot of hard-fought games on this road trip and the guys stepped up time and time again. Different types of wins, different types of ballgames. But when you look at what this club did here on this particular road trip, it’s a big step for us.
“A big step for us as a ballclub. A lot of different individuals continuing to get better and finding ways to win ballgames.”

Aming those ways tonight was notching all eight runs with two out. Kyle Seager had the biggest hits, among them a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth that gave Seattle the lead for good.
“I think in spring training, we had a feeling that we were going to be better offensively this year,” Seager said. “We had a lot of younger guys who got a lot of experience last year and we’ve got some veteran guys who can hit. So, I mean, we have a lot of confidence in each other and I think that’s been a big part for us so far.”
We havent always seen it from the veteran guys. But Ichiro delivered tonight with that key RBI single in the sixth and then that huge solo homer in the eighth.
Seager told me he didn’t really change his approach with two out. But there is a bit of a different mindset.
“I think, especially with two outs and guys in scoring position you’re definitely battling and trying to put the ball in play and hope something happens,” he said.
Seager agreed with Wedge that this series ewas big for the team.
“This was definitely a good road trip for us,” he said. “We took two out of three here and in Texas and that’s a good sign for us. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now and that’s been good.”
Stephen Pryor helped out big-time with those two double-plays induced in the sixth and seventh.
Who can forget that 3-6-1 double play in the sixth with a brillinat play by Brendan Ryan to get one out and then make the laser throw to first to a sretching Pryor?
“I had to bust my butt to get over there,” Pryor said.
So, how tough was that?
“It’s not hard,” he said. “We did it so much in spring training as far as PFPs and stuff, and drills. So, it’s kind of reaction. You’ve just got to get over there and make sure you know where the bag’s at. That’s the important thing.”
The Mariners knew where the bag was at. And where the plate was at.
We’ll see whether they remember once they head home to Safeco Field.

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