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Mariners vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 2

Bats Keep Pace, Top Snakes in 10

The Headline: the offense never rests as the Seattle Mariners get the win in this 10 inning nail biter.

Seattle Mariners 12, Arizona Diamondbacks 9
When: 9:40 ET, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Where: Chase Field, Arizona
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home — Brian Gorman, 1B — Todd Tichenor, 2B — Larry Vanover, 3B — Tony Randazzo
Attendance: 21,568

Love ‘em

1. Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Seager

Kyle Seager remains one of the most frustrating Mariners on the season, but at least he’s a consistent frustration.

Seager is enjoying a great breakout year in which he’s hitting .260/.320/.446 with 8 home runs and a team leading 39 RBI. Despite his strong play, his splits are painting a depressing picture. .591 OPS at home, .902 OPS on the road.

But, like I said at least he’s consistent. Seager was 2-6 tonight, hitting his ninth home run of the season while driving in 4 Mariner runs.

2. Mariners Keeping Pace

This was a back-and-forth contest, and for a team that’s had trouble scoring runs past the fourth inning it was nice to see them keep pace all game long.

After the fourth inning, Seattle was in an ugly 2-5 hole. In turn, they exploded for a 6 run fifth. Once again down in the eighth, they fought back and tied the game at nine a piece.

Then came the big one. Top of the tenth, tie game, and Seattle launches a three run assault against the Arizona ‘pen. Mariners win, 12-9.

3. Bats and more Bats

As is customary through this 2012 season, the offense was the talk of the town in tonight’s win.

Seattle scored 12 runs tonight on 15 hits. Four players had multi hit games (Ichiro Suzuki, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan) while three had home runs (Seager, Justin Smoak, Ryan).

Only two starters (Franklin Gutierrez, Erasmo Ramirez) didn’t record a single hit.

Hate ‘em

1. Erasmo Ramirez

I won’t stop campaigning for the return of Ramirez to the bullpen until it happens. Naturally, my platform was solidified by the horrific start that befell the Mariners tonight.

Ichiro

Ichiro rounds first base after getting his 2500 career MLB hit (Photo: Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Ramirez didn’t even make it through the win-qualifying fifth, getting through just four innings on 78 pitches. In that time he had 5 Ks, but also 1 walk and 7 hits resulting in 4 earned runs.

How much longer does this have to last?

I hear Walker, Hultzen and Paxton knocking.

2. Bullpen Finally Gets Solved

After a rough start to the season, the Mariner bullpen has been incredibly solid through June. All good things have to come to an end.

Though it didn’t cost them the game, the ‘pen was roughed up pretty badly tonight. While some pitched well, others did not.

Hisashi Iwakuma was the first victim, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk in just 0.2 innings. Then came Lucas Luetge—who had a 0.00 ERA though 16.2 innings—giving up 1 run.

Not bad for the 19th of June.

Nice performances by The Bartender to get the save, and Charlie Furbush tonight though. The D-Backs had no chance in the 8th and 9th inning with 4 strikeouts for Furbush.

3. Ichiro

Earlier today, I wrote a piece about why the M’s should trade Ichiro Suzuki. Despite his night at the plate, I feel no different.

The reason I am frustrated is Ichiro continues to give false hope to Mariner fans everywhere. He was struggling mightily in the leadoff role before getting an off day Tuesday.

However, I don’t think the 4-5 performance we saw tonight was the result of a well rested righfielder.

Despite raising his batting average to .262 on the season, don’t be fooled.

Ichiro still needs to go. Case in point, that base running error in the 10th.

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