It’s safe to say that Raul Ibanez will be nominated for AL Player of the Week after his performances over the past seven days.
And when you’re hot, you’re hot. And Raul Ibanez is definitely hot.
Five homeruns on the week for the Mariners veteran back-up outfielder, and it all started at the house that Jeter built.
Using the old adage of Lou Piniella, Raul got the start against the Yankees in game one. After going deep, he got the nod again in game two.
And he didn’t disappoint, hitting two home runs, including a second inning grand slam.
It’s always nice to have a plethora of options for a Mariners play of the week, it doesn’t always happen with this team, but I’m going with the twin bombs by Ibanez against the Yanks.
The first one
With the M’s already up two in the first inning, Ibanez got a 0-1 breaking ball that he liked, and put some good wood on it.
Raul go ahold of it and knocked it into the bullpen area. Not the monster shot that he hit the night before, but a Grand Salami against your former team is a nice gesture to the team that refused to re-sign you.
The Mariners went on to score seven runs in the first inning, and walked all over the Yankees for a win by the score of 12-2.
Putting up a 7 spot before the Yankees even stepped into the batters box was pretty much an automatic win with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound.
Three runs were all that were needed, but c’mon, putting up a double digit run margin against the Yankees is always cause for celebration.
The second one
Ibanez was at the plate in the 5th inning with a runner on, and facing a 2-2 count.
No breaking ball this time, Ibanez got the fast ball, a 91 MPH heater on the outside part of the plate.
As a veteran hitter, Ibanez didn’t try to pull the ball, just got the barrel on it and tried to put it into play.
Well, he failed on that one. Instead he got an opposite field two-run homer to go with his 1st inning grand slam.
Two homeruns, 6 RBI’s, two swings of the bat.
Offense doesn’t come much faster than that in the game of baseball.
The greatest part of this video is the fact that it includes the Mariners TV broadcast call, the M’s radio call, and the call from WCBS Radio in New York City.
The three different calls is a nice touch.
A link to the video is here courtesy of mariners.com.