The Mariners loaded the bases with two out in the fifth to chase Aaron Laffey and bring on Brandon Lyon to pitch. Miguel Plivo promptly singled up the middle to bring home two more runs to make it a 7-2 game, the M’s leading.
Those runs also put Seattle back into positive run differential for the season at +1.
They are at +8 against Toronto so far, were at +7 in the Royals series, -4 against the Yankees, +1 against the Rays and +8 in Kansas City. That’s how you make up a whole lot of run differential in a big hurry.
8:39 p.m.: Toronto scored twice in the third inning off Jason Vargas on a two-run double by Brett Lawrie to cut Seattle’s lead in half. But then the Mariners got a run back in the fourth whe Trayvon Robinson doubled for his second hit of the game, took third on a Brendan Ryab single and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout.
So, it’s now 5-2 for the M’s in the fifth.
7:45 p.m.: Once again, the Mariners have jumped all over an opposing starter, scoring four times off Aaron Laffey the first two innings for a 4-0 lead.
Dustin Ackley homered to right on the firs pitch Laffey threw in the first inning. Then, in the second, Mike Carp singled with one out, Miguel Olivo doubled to left and Trayvon Robinson singled to bring in another run. Brendan Ryan singled after that for a third M’s marker and then Ackley brught a fourth run in with a fielder’s choice groundout.
7:05 p.m.: Jason Vargas, as you all know, did not get traded earlier today. He starts tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays with a chance to thank his team for sticking with him. You’ll remember that, after one-hitting the Royals over eight innings last Thursday, Vargas expressed his wish to remain in Seattle.
He got his wish.
He’ll take on Aaron Laffey, one of the indirect side returns for the M’s in the Cliff Lee deal with Texas two years ago. The Mariners acquired four players in that deal and one of them — Matt Lawson — was shipped off a year ago last spring to get Laffey. Lawson is now out of baseball.
Laffey was later waived by the M’s.
July 31, 2012 at 9:13 PM