As the Mariners finished off their second series win of the week Sunday morning, even in the loss, it made me think that I should include more than just the customary one play this week.
There were just too many to chose from really.
And with the team finally resembling the product we were promised out of Spring Training I figured this might boost morale for all.
So without further ado, I bring you the highlights from this past week.
Saunders back with a bang (x2)
Does anybody like story book endings?
Well Monday night was the epitome of a story book ending for two Mariners Players.
Joe Saunders really wasn’t returning from any place except the road, where he has plain stunk this year.
It looked like he was back in past years’ form, until Sunday rolled around. But he did look masterful in his outing against Baltimore, keeping his perfect Safeco Field record intact.
The fact that we all blamed the early season woes on Michael Saunders being out played off too, as he finished the week with 3 homeruns, the one Monday, and two on Saturday in Toronto.
Here is the link to the video for Saunders’ two homerun day in Toronto.
Besides the offensive explosion this week, the M’s got a few more than quality starts from 4 guys this week.
The above mentioned Saunders went the distance for the win Monday night. Aaron Harang finally got in the win column on Wednesday night. Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma were both lights out up in Toronto.
All in all, M’s starters went 4-2 on the week, including 2-1 on the road.
Here is the link to the video of Saunders’ complete game Monday night.
Rounding second and heading for third
No, that flash across your screen Wednesday night was not the one and only Flash Gordon, it indeed was Jesus Montero legging out his first career Major League triple.
As former Mariner Adam Jones went back to the wall for an almost routine out on a Montero fly ball, he misplayed it.
Jesus put his foot on the gas and reached speeds not seen in this stadium since the great Ichiro left town.
About half way between first and second, Montero saw that Jones had not maid the play.
Damned if he was going to stop at second, he made the turn and pushed his legs harder than I think he ever has in his entire life.
Diving head first into third base, hanging on for dear life with his finger nails as he over-slid. When he finally rose to his feet, he flashed that million dollar smile to his teammates, pumped his fists, and tried to catch his breath.
I’m happy for the guy, but I think I’m happier for myself and anyone who saw this live, because his running style is a mirror image of Phoebe from Friends.
Unfortunately, I can’t find a video of this anywhere.
Back to Baysics
With yet another injury to Franklin Gutierrez, the M’s are in need of some talent out in the outfield.
He’s back hitting the ball like he was before he went to Shea. I don’t know how long this will last, but it has been nice to see this kind of production out of a guy who barely made the team in the first place.
Bay was an extra base hit and RBI machine this past week.
Here is a link to the video from his homerun in Toronto.
The Ack Attack is back, for a limited time only
Dustin Ackley is the guy most Mariners fans want to see succeed the most I think. I know I do.
He sure picked the right moment to hit his first homer on the year too, a full count, bases loaded jack off of RA Dickey.
The knuckler had already surrendered a solo shot to Michael Saunders in the first, and after a single and two walks, was struggling to find his stuff by the time Ackley came up.
Not this time though, Ackley worked the count full, and picked up on a knuckler that he could handle, and somehow got enough juice on it to send it over the wall in left center.
Hopefully this will finally give him that extra boost of confidence, as he has been turning it around the past couple weeks.
Here is the link to the video of the Grand Slam.