It was another Mariner win Friday night, something that feels far from routine but that should no longer be a surprise for a team that is beginning to rank as one of the more pleasant surprises in the Major Leagues through the first half of the season, especially considering the ugly start.
As the story notes, Mariner starter Chris Young thought he was living right at times during the game as the Indians threatened throughout his five innings on the mound and hit a number of balls hard. But more often than not, those hard-hit balls found gloves, and Young ultimately did enough to improve to 7-4 on the season.
“That’s a good-hitting club and I probably got a little lucky tonight,” he said.
The other highlight was the first homerun since May 30, 2013 for Endy Chavez, this one coming in the seventh to give the Mariners a little cushion.
“It feels great, especially in a tight game,” he said. “I’m glad to hit a home run in that situation and put us in a better situation to win the game. … I was just trying to be aggressive, put an aggressive swing on. I was looking for something in, then he threw the slider in, and I was able to get a good swing. I hit a line drive, and from the beginning I was running hard trying to get to second. Then I saw the ball go into the stands, and I said, ‘OK, I’ll take it.’”
It added up to the third win in four games for the Mariners on this homestand and sixth in the last seven games.
“We’re playing well,” Chavez said. “Good pitching and defense, that’s good for us. The bullpen has been solid, and we’re swinging it pretty good.”
Here are a few notes:
— Chris Young improved to 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA (12 ER, 49.1 IP) with 34 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .178 (31×174) batting average his is eight starts at Safeco this season…entered the game with the 2nd lowest opponent batting average among AL starters. In his career at Safeco Field is 8-1 with a 2.84 ERA (23 ER, 73.0 IP) in 12 starts. Is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA (12 ER, 40.1 IP) over his last 7 starts (since May 26). Gets his 7th win of the season – had not won 7 games in a season since going 7-6 in 2008 with San Diego.
—Kyle Seager has hit safely in the last 8 home games (since 6/14) at .613 (19×31) w/ 7 R, 6 2B, 3 HR and 16 RBI. Recorded his 6th three-hit game of the season and his 3rd in his last four games…has four 3+ hit efforts in his last seven games… also his fourth consecutive multi-hit game (24th multi-hit game of the season). Has 8 RBI in his last four games…this is the 2nd time this season Seager has had four consecutive games with at least 1 RBI (last:4/23-4/27/14 with 8 H, 5 HR, 11 RBI) (4-game streak is career-high for Seager). Hitting .420 (21×50) with 8 runs, 7 doubles, 3 home runs & 16 RBI over last 13 games (since June 14).
— Endy Chavez has hit in last four games…during streak, is batting .500 (8×16) with 2 3B, 1 HR and 5 RBI. Hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning…it had been 265 plate appearances since his last home run (last: May 30, 2013 at San Diego). Hitting .366 (15×41) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run & 5 RBI in last 11 G (since June 15).
— Logan Morrison is hitting .353 (12×34) with 5 runs, 1 double, 3 home runs and 8 RBI over his last 9 games. Extends to a season high 4-game hit streak, over which he is batting .571 (8×14) with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB.
— Brad Miller has reached base safely in his last eleven games (since June 16), going hitless in only one game. In his last 11 games is hitting.389 (14×36) with 7 runs, 3 home runs, 6 RBI and 5 walks. Miller has had an RBI in each of the last three games.
— Michael Saunders goes 2×4 with one double, and one run in his first game since coming off the 15-day DL. Over his last 19 games is hitting .328 (22×67) with 12 runs, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 16 RBI.
And here is some video (sorry for the shakiness, but just go ahead and listen if you want) of Mariner manager Lloyd McClendon afterward:
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