Texas Rangers vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ’em & hate ’em game 1

Offensive surge drops Rangers

The Headline: Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo come alive as the Mariners top the Rangers.

Seattle Mariners 6, Texas Rangers 3
When: 10:10 ET, Friday, September 21, 2012

Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 60
Umpires: Home — Dana DeMuth, 1B — Doug Eddings, 2B — Kerwin Danley, 3B — Paul Nauert
Attendance: 17,893

Love ’em

1. Offense

The bats really came alive for Seattle in this one, and we don’t get to say that too often during home games.

The stars of the night had to be Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo. Together they combined for 5-8, three runs, two RBI, one double and one home run.

Miguel Olivo

Olivo’s eight inning home run was the perfect cap to this game. Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports

The bomb was Olivo’s, coming in the eighth inning. It was a great final cap to a strong offensive effort.

2. Gutierrez

You can never say too much about a great leadoff man. Unfortunately, the Mariners have been lacking one all season long.

I’m not saying Franklin Gutierrez is that guy, but if he keeps having games like this he could be. The fleet footer center fielder was 1-3 tonight with a walk.

His lone hit was a triple off the center field wall. He later scored on a wild pitch by Texas start Martin Perez.

3. Pitching Effort

Outside of the offensive game, this was a great team pitching effort.

Starting the game was Hisashi Iwakuma. He went a solid seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Stephen Pryor entered in the eighth and pitched a nearly perfect inning—giving up one hit.

To finish things off was closer Tom Wilhelmsen. He allowed one hit in the ninth on his way to his 28th save of the season.

Hate ’em

1. Ackley Out

Dustin Ackley left the game of the fourth inning due to a stiff neck. His status is currently day-to-day. At this point in the season, I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept him out longer than necessary.

Ackley hasn’t had the breakout season we were all hoping for, but he’s still done some damage all season long. Let’s hope he gets healthy and finally breaks through next season.

2. Seager and Montero

These two are too often on the same page with each other. What I mean by that is if one has a good game the other does too. Of course inversely if one has a bad game so does the other.

That was the case tonight as they both had 0-for nights at the plate. They also combined for two strikeouts, zero walks and three men left on base.

Another solid night from the three and four hitters.

3. Saunders

I’ve been rooting for Michael Saunders all season long. Sometimes he’s made it easy, sometimes he’s made it hard. Lately, it’s been hard.

Saunders looked absolutely over matched tonight. He was 0-3 at the plate with three strikeouts and one walk. He also left two men on base throughout the night.


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