Texas Rangers vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ’em & hate ’em game 3

M’s falter, lose out on sweep

The Headline: the Mariners drop this one by a hair, and though the failed to complete the sweep they still win the series

Seattle Mariners 2, Texas Rangers 3
When: 4:10 ET, Sunday, September 23, 2012

Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 60
Umpires: Home — Kerwin Danley, 1B — John Tumpane, 2B — Dana DeMuth, 3B — Doug Eddings
Attendance: 19,024

Love ’em

1. Saunders and Guiterrez

I talk a lot about the importance of  a strong tandem of leadoff men.

Hitting first and second, Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez put on a clinic Sunday. They did everything right, going a combined 5-10. Unfortunately, no one behind them could do anything so they never scored any runs.

At least parts of the lineup are starting to come together, especially with Dustin Ackley—the usual leadoff man—hurt.

2. Strong ‘pen effort

The bullpen was asked to carry the final three innings of this one, and they did a pretty solid job.

Carter Capps pitched two scoreless innings while striking out one. He’s struggled when pitching more than an inning, so it was good to see him not give up any runs.

Shawn Kelley and Lucas Luetge combined for a near perfect ninth.

3. M’s vs. Rangers

While the Rangers will ultimately win the season showdown 10-9, the Mariners have held their own against the division rivals all season long. They actually win their home stands 5-4.

All-in-all these two teams have made for some exciting games. From shutouts to 21 run explosions, these two teams have seen it all this season.

With the Rangers looking to once again capture the West, Seattle’s winning ways means the much more as we look to next season.

Hate ’em

1. Seager quiet

Once again in this series Kyle Seager‘s bat was silent, going 1-4 with no runs or RBI. He finishes the series 3-12 with no extra base hits, walks, runs or RBI.

Seager has been abysmal down the stretch. While he’s managed to bring his average up through September, he’s done nothing to drive in runs. Sunday’s contest represented his 11th game in a row without an RBI.

It was also his seventh without a run scored and fourth without an extra base hit.

2. Scoring woes

While the Mariners managed to nine over the entire weekend season, it doesn’t mean they’re still not struggling to bring in runs.

Jason Vargas

This sums up the Mariners season pretty well. Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports

The majority of their runs have been produced through home runs and strong running. In reality, the Mariners are an abysmal 1 for their last 40 with runners in scoring position.

While they’re still finding ways to score, this is not how you want things to look in September.

3. Same old same old

Honestly, it was difficult to think of a third thing to dislike about this game.

It’s not that there isn’t plenty to complain about, but this all feels normal. The Mariners lose, the offense stinks, big deal. That’s normal at this point.

So I guess my final complaint is that this team has been a challenge to watch all season long. They’ve had their bursts of greatness, but for the most part they’ve come up short.

Here’s hoping September goes fast and 2013 is a great new year for Mariner baseball.


Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a fifth-inning single for the Rangers, who were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Seattle has homered in 13 consecutive games and has gone deep 25 times in their last 21 home games.

Rangers CF Josh Hamilton missed his sixth consecutive game with equilibrium and vision issues that are related to a sinus infection and his availability for the start of Monday’s four-game series against Oakland is unknown.


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