April 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Late home runs propel Mariners to first series victory this season
This one was a pitchers’ duel all the way and in the end, it was the Mariners prevailing, 2-1, on a Michael Morse home run to left off Angels starter Jason Vargas in the bottom of the eighth. That gives the Mariners three wins in four games here and their first series victory of the 2013 season.
It also marks the first time the Mariners have won consecutive games since April 1 and 2.
You have to feel a bit for Vargas, who pitched his heart out against his former club. But you could also feel for Morse up to then, I suppose.
Remember, Morse had six home runs the first nine days of the season, but had not gone deep since April 9. In between, you had that broken finger and all the pains experienced by Morse and his ballclub since.
Jason Bay also had a huge home run in the seventh, tying the game at a time the Mariners desperately needed a offensive boost of some kind.
The Mariners had gotten another strong pitching performance by Hisashi Iwakuma, who tossed six innings and allowed just an unearned run while striking out eight. He came out after 92 pitches because the Mariners have to be mindful of that blister on his finger. He’ll get some extra days’ rest between starts now and that will be mighty welcome.
Carter Capps did a good job in relief over two innings, turning the ball over to Tom Wilhelmsen for a shutdown ninth.