Twice is always nice
So, it’s been a few weeks since my last installment of My oh My! and I apologize for that. I packed, moved, went on vacation and then unpacked. It’s been a hectic month actually.
But enough about me, let’s talk some Mariners baseball!
Today’s play of the week comes from this afternoon’s matchup against Minnesota. Nick Franklin went yard twice as the M’s finally took one from those pesky Twins.
After a pretty good run that started before the All-Star break, the Mariners “cooled off” a bit this past week as their struggles against the American League Central continued.
Cooled off was in parenthesis because the M’s still had a winning record this week, taking two of three from the Indians before splitting the series with the Twinkies.
That brings the M’s record to 15-8 on the month with two more to go against the tough Red Sox at Fenway.
But back to the lecture at hand: Nick Franklin.
The first shot
The first one was the big one, the one that put the M’s up.
A three-run shot on a 1-1 92 MPH fastball that was left a little high, but just right for the uppercut swinging little man.
The homer broke a 2-2 game that was tied earlier by Michael Saunders.
After Sunday’s game Nick Franklin moved into the lead in RBI’s by all rookies this year, and has the most HRs by any rookie American League second basemen.
He now has 10 HRs and 32 RBIs on the year, not bad for not even getting the call up until May.
Do we dare speak of a Rookie of the Year award for the young Mr. Franklin?
The second homer
As I said above, I have just moved into a new place and don’t have my TV set up yet, so I didn’t get to watch today’s game.
And as that is the case, I can’t find any video of the second homerun by Franklin. All I know is it was a 1-run shot that added some insurance to the M’s score line.
The play of Franklin has been one of the most surprising by any player on this roster this year, sans the first couple months of Hisashi Iwakuma‘s pitching.
I am falling in love with the play of this kid, him and Brad Miller too. I truly believe all the hype that was placed on these two in the minor leagues is true, and the M’s are in for a bright future.
Once again, I’m sorry about missing the past few weeks, and for not getting any video of both homeruns, but here is the link to the mammoth first shot by Franklin courtesy of mariners.com.