Dustin Ackley takes a seat tonight, with Jason Bay getting a start. Otherwise, it’s the same players who scored 10 runs last night, including Brad Miller. According to research by the Mariners, Miller is just the 22nd player dating back to 1916 with a pair of games with four-plus RBIs after just 17 games in his career. Miller drove in four against the Red Sox on July 9. The only other player to do so this year is Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers. Miller has 12 RBI after 17 games. The only Mariner with more is Alvin Davis (17 in 1984).
Miller was also part of an MLB first last night, according to Elias: Never before in MLB history had a rookie hit two homers in a game, and another rookie hit for the cycle. Houston rookie Brandon Barnes did the latter feat.
If the M’s homer tonight, it will be 24 games in a row, matching the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. Players who homered during that streak included Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Duke Snider.