Seattle bats erupt, win another series
The Headline: The Seattle Mariners make this one look like a football game, as they put up a 21 spot on the Rangers. Blackjack!
Seattle Mariners 21, Texas Rangers 8
When: 8:05 ET, Wednesday, March 30, 2012
Where: Rangers Ballpark, Arlington
Umpires: Home — Jim Wolf, 1B — Derryl Cousins, 2B — Ron Kulpa, 3B — D.J. Reyburn
1. Seattle Wins Another Series vs. Texas
If only the Seattle Mariners could play this well all the time!
For the second time in ten days, the Mariners have taken a series from the AL West leading Texas Rangers. Seattle now moves to 23-30, 9 games back from the division lead. It’s still a long way out, but every little bit counts in a 162 game season.
2. Hit Parade
The offense has been great in Texas, outscoring the rangers 33-15. Even with the bats coming in hot, 21 runs is absolutely ridiculous.
The M’s had as good of a night at the plate as any team could hope for. The boys scored 21 runs on 20 hits, 1 error, 6 walks, 3 home runs and 1 stolen base. For those of you counting at home, that’s a .426 average on the night.
3. Seager, Montero, Smoak Unstoppable
The Mariners have been struggling to score runs, and the middle of the order has been a big part of that. Tonight, three young players showed what they can do batting third, fourth and fifth—compared to say, Ichiro Suzuki batting cleanup.
Kyle Seager was 4-6 on the night with 4 runs and 2 RBI. Jesus Montero had an amazing night, going 3-4 at the dish with 2 walks, 4 runs, 4 RBI and a home run. Justin Smoak kept his hot streak rolling, as he had 3 hits, 1 walk, 6 RBI and 2 home runs.
1. Texas Actually Making this a Game… Kinda
This one seemed a lot more relevant before Seattle’s 4 run eighth inning, but I decided to keep it on.
The fact of the matter is that, despite Seattle’s 21 run explosion, Texas still managed to put 8 runs on the board on 13 hits. If the Mariner bats weren’t so hot this game most likely would have fallen to the Rangers.
2. Liddi Replaced
I know that eighth inning at bat was just junk time for Alex Liddi, but I think Eric Wedge should have gone ahead and kept the rookie in the game.
With Seattle dominating 21-7 in the eighth, Wedge went ahead and let Mike Carp pinch hit for Alex Liddi. The rookie was 1-3 on the night with a walk, and it seems harmless to let the rookie finish out a fun game and get one more solid AB in.
3. A Glimpse of What Could Be
Between Jesus Montero, Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak the Seattle Mariners have three of the best offensive prospects in the game. So far this season, those three are hitting a combined .238/.288/366.
Since beginning the series in Texas, those three are hitting .382 with 3 home runs.
There’s a lot of debate about how much of an impact Safeco really makes—Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki never had issues—but nights like tonight definitely shed some light. If the rumors are true about Seattle brass moving in the fences I certainly hope it’s true.
Seattle recorded its most runs in a game since Sept. 30, 2000, when it posted a 21-9 triumph over the then-Anaheim Angels. The club record of 22 runs was set in a win over the Detroit Tigers on April 29, 1999.
Seattle’s previous season high for runs in an inning was six, set in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s victory. Beavan improved to 2-2 in his career versus the Rangers. Holland fell to 6-2 against the Mariners.
Brandon League is clearly NOT the answer as closer for the M’s in 2012.