M’s Dominate Roadtrip, Take Series from Rays
The Headline: the Mariners win the pitching duel and take their second series in a row.
Seattle Mariners 2, Tampa Bay Rays 1
When: 1:40 ET, Sunday, June 22, 2012
Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay
Umpires: Home — Ted Barrett, 1B — Marvin Hudson, 2B — Brian Runge, 3B — Tim McClelland
1. Shutdown Pitching
For the second game in a row, Seattle won 2-1.
It was certainly a pitchers duel, but the Mariner arms were that much better today.
Blake Beavan was masterful, pitching 8 dominate innings. He allowed Tampa Bay’s sole run on 4 hits while striking out 5 and walking none.
Closing the game in the ninth was Tom Wilhelmsen who picked up his 1oth save of the season.
2. M’s Dominate the Road
Seattle kicked off their first roadtrip of the second half in a big way.
Playing seven games in total, the Mariners won five of them.
The bats were deadly against Kansas City, outscoring the Royals 31-19.
The offense was a bit more quiet against the Rays, but the pitching picked up the slack allowing just two runs between Seattle’s two wins.
Back-to-back series wins on the road is a good way to start any half of the season.
3. Star Wars
Being the huge nerd that I am, I have to pay tribute to the marketing team at Tropicana Field.
Today was Star Wars Day at the Trop.
It’s always a beautiful day when two of the greatest things in life—baseball and Star Wars—are joined hand in hand.
They even had someone dressed as Darth Vader taking pictures with players on the field.
Note to Safeco Field marketing crew: you should be taking pointers from these guys.
1. Heading Home
Seattle’s been playing great on the road, but the trip is over. Time to head home.
Coming up the Mariners face a 10-game homestand.
They’ll face off against the New York Yankees—leading the AL East—the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Most times heading home is a good thing, but the M’s have been horrific at scoring runs in Seattle.
Chances are the homestand doesn’t go nearly as well as the roadtrip.
2. Quiet Bats
This was a pitchers duel until the end, but for the second game in a row the offense was quiet.
Averaging 6.8 runs over the first five games of the roadtrip, Seattle scored just four over there last two games.
The batters accumulated just five hits today with zero walks.
Lucky for the Mariners, opportune hitting helped them achieve a series win.
3. Today’s Lineup
I don’t even know where to begin.
Then there’s Chone Figgins—no statistical reasoning necessary—as a starter.
I’m not sure what Eric Wedge was thinking today, but this was probably the worst lineup he could have used.