Yankees legend Derek Jeter got gifts from the Mariners in a pregame ceremony honoring his Hall of Fame career. He also got a gift from umpire Chris Segal on a fifth-inning walk (the 3-2 pitch looked to catch a lot of plate). Still, Jeter got on base three times and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth…More
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Good evening everyone. We’re counting down to first pitch as the Mariners and Yankees get ready to start a three-game series. Seattle, 3-0 head-to-head this season, sends Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound. New York (31-31) counters with leftie Vidal Nuno after the dream matchup between Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka was ruined by a recent Yankees’ rainout….More
I’ll be pinch-hitting for Ryan Divish on our Mariners’ game coverage the next couple days. Not the reporter you might have expected and not the pitching matchup we all expected coming into this one, either, as a Yankees rain-out pushed Masahiro Tanaka‘s start to Wednesday. Tonight’s we’ll see Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma versus New York leftie Vidal…More
Not a bad night for the Mariners battery. Felix Hernandez came one out from a complete game shutout and catcher Mike Zunino homered and knocked in all three runs in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels. Zunino continues his impressive growth, working his way to a hitter’s count for the two-out, two-run single in…More
Quick note: Joshua Mayers here to cover the game in place of the usual suspects. I’ll be sure to avoid Sounders/soccer references as best I can while on pinch-hit duty. Pretty spectacular pitching matchup here in the third of a four-game series between the Mariners (25-26) and Angels (29-22). Seattle will have ace Felix Hernandez (6-1,…More
Final — Kansas City 6, Seattle 5. Long night. Controversial call on the check swing, too.
10:44 p.m. — Seager nearly scores in the 10th, but Alex Gordon throws him out after an Endy Chavez fly out. We keep going.
10:09 p.m. — Extra inning it is.More
UPDATE 5:46 p.m. — Wedge quotes added after the jump…
Good afternoon everyone. I’m over here from Sounders duty for another pinch-hit assignment.
The Mariners open their final homestand of the year today against the Kansas City Royals after going 3-7 on the latest road-trip. Brandon Maurer (4-8, 6.95 ERA) will be on the mound for Seattle facing fellow right-hander Yordano Ventura (0-0, 1.59).
The Royals are in town for three games and then the division-champion Oakland A’s visit for the final three games of the season after an off day Thursday.
I’ll update this post with any pregame notes from manager Eric Wedge. I’ll also get a game thread going closer to first pitch.More
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FINAL — Mariners 6, Rays 4. Here is the last bit from my story:
The rally began in the eighth inning began when Kyle Seager hit a ball to deep left-center field that popped out of the glove of a sprinting Desmond Jennings, denying what would have been a great catch by the center fielder. Seager ended up on second and Kendrys Morales followed up with a walk, setting up the big hit one out later by Smoak.
The first baseman crushed a line drive to right field off Joel Peralta (2-6) that just eluded the diving effort of Wil Myers, scoring Seager and pinch runner Abraham Almonte. Closer Danny Farquhar made sure the advantage wasn’t blown in the ninth, earning his 13th save in front of 14,796 fans.
10:15 p.m. — Tampa loads the bases but can’t find the go-ahead run as Zobrist grounds out to Seager to end the inning.
10:04 p.m. — The Rays got two on with nobody out to start the eighth inning when James Loney walked and Wil Myers singled. Capps got a big first out by picking off pinch runner Sean Rodriguez at second base. Pinch hitter David DeJesus then hit a heart-stopping deep fly to left field that was caught by Michael Saunders at the wall. Pinch hitter Luke Scott just scored Myers from first base. We’re tied 4-4.
9:37 p.m. — Two on here against Medina in the seventh inning, and Carter Capps is warming up, but Young strikes out! Big moment there.More
Good afternoon everyone. I’m filling in on Mariners duty this afternoon as the Mariners are back in town to start a six-game homestand.
Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.92 ERA) is on the mound for Seattle, and he could take over the team lead in wins tonight against Tampa Bay. The right-hander is tied with Felix Hernandez, who has been stuck on 12 wins for a while.
The Rays counter with right-hander Alex Cobb, who is having a fine year (8-3, 2.82 ERA).
I’ll update this post with any pregame notes from manager Eric Wedge and I’ll also get a game thread started in a separate post closer to game time.
UPDATE 5:05 p.m. — Here is a transcript of Wedge’s pregame meeting with reporters:
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(On Ibanez being back in the lineup after his big hit last night…) “I thought that was the best ball he’s hit in a while, but he’s hit a couple balls like that lately. Obviously he’s had a tremendous year, and when you impact the ball game like he did last night, you want to give him a chance to get back in there. It’s a fine line for us. We know we have a lot of young kids up here that want to play, need to play, but you have to also respect the major league season and what Raul has done for us, and Kendrys Morales as well as a few of the other veterans.”
(On what he’s expecting from James Paxton’s MLB debut Saturday…) “I’m excited, excited to watch him. I know he’s excited to pitch, as well he should be, but it’s always fun to watch a debut, especially when it’s a starting pitcher. He’s been up here now for a few days and had a chance to get acclimated. He has a chance to do that here at home now, too. I look forward to watching him pitch.”More
The Mariners announced after Wednesday’s game that they will select Taijuan Walker from Class AAA Tacoma to start Friday against the Houston Astros. It will serve as the MLB debut for the right-handed pitcher. The official roster move will be made Friday prior to the game. Walker has long been one of the top pitching prospects in…More