If Monday night’s game was the perfect representation of the 2012 Mariners winning a baseball game, Tuesday night’s game was the perfect representation of the 2013 Mariners winning a baseball game.
Some good starting pitching, some great relief pitching, and more power than you can shake a stick at!
One of the bigger question marks going into 2013 was: how will Iwakuma look as a #2 starter? Well, obviously it’s only the one game, but by giving up only 2 hits and 0 walks, while generating 7 strikeouts in 6 innings, I’d say it’s time to start breathing a little bit easier. We’ll see if this lasts, or if it’s just a byproduct of facing a cold-hitting A’s team, but I’m inclined to be encouraged, especially when you take this in conjunction with his second half last season. THAT pitcher, if he manages to stick around for the duration of his 2-year contract, could be in line for an even BIGGER pay raise.
What’s got everyone as giddy as a schoolgirl is Michael Morse. Yes, he’s going to strike out. Yes, he’s going to ground into double plays. Yes, you are going to worry whenever a fly ball falls in his direction. But, he’s going to mash some fucking dingers, and by gar it’s been a while!
Two homers for Morse last night. His first two homers of the season, his first two homers since re-signing with the Seattle Mariners, and his 4th and 5th homers ever in a Mariners uniform. Here’s to hoping this is a trend.
Kyle Seager, bumped up to the 2-hole with Guti getting the day off, went 3 for 3 with two doubles. Michael Saunders went 1 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. Kendrys Morales went 1 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. In fact, the top of our lineup – one thru four – went a combined 7 for 15 with the aforementioned 2 doubles, 2 homers, and six of the seven RBI. That’s a Major League one thru four, if you ask me!
On the downside, Ibanez got the start and went 0 for 3 with a walk. Ackley and Ryan, at the very bottom of the lineup, went a combined 0 for 8 with a walk and a strikeout. Fortunately, they weren’t needed for their offense. Also fortunately, it’s the second game of the season, so let’s not get on them too early, huh?
Another game tonight. It’s like these things happen every day or something. We’ll get to see if Joe Saunders is able to come out on fire – like a Jason Vargas used to do for us – or if it’s going to take him some time to get into a groove.