May 7th – Another Mariners Comeback, Another Series Win

Another member of the Long Hair crew pitched for the Mariners today. Dillon Overton had a pretty good outing all things considered. There’s like ten thousand injuries so if you think about it he’s like the Mariners’ eighth starter.

The Rangers scored all their runs with out a hit. I think the first run was on a sac fly after a pass ball and the second run was on a bases loaded fielders choice. Bergman came in  relief for Overton and only gave up a sac fly as well. So of course the Mariners find themselves down 3-0 without the Rangers getting a hit to score a run.

It seemed like it was going to be one of those days where the bats just weren’t going to be there but they woke up late in the game. In the 7th Mariners had the bases loaded no outs. Segura drew a walk driving in a run and Valencia got a two out pinch hit single to knock in two which tied the game up at 3.

Enter in Kyle Seager…

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In the 8th inning he hits a clutch solo HR to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead and Diaz shuts the door striking out the side. M’s win series against the Angels and the Rangers this home stand and head to Philly and hopefully start off the road trip on a good note.

May 6th – When Does a Shampoo Sponsor Make a Deal With the Mariners?

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When I saw the line up earlier today before the game I was like ohhhh shit, It’s about to go DOWN.

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As the starting pitching has gone overlooked as of late, this line up has been producing pretty damn well. You can’t put the “Long Haired Bash Brothers” going back to back in the line up and not expect them to go off. Ben Gamel and Taylor Motter combined for two runs and three RBI’s in the 7th inning just by themselves.

Gotta give credit where credit is due though, the pitching staff has really picked up the slack for the all of the injuries the Mariners have had thus far. Chase De Jong added another quality start for the staff with a line of 6 innings 4 hits 1 run and 3 strikeouts.  Equally as overlooked, the bullpen has been shutting down as well other than a couple mishaps.

It’s been reassuring with the success they’re having despite all the injuries. Whatever they’re feeding them down in AAA keep it going.

Mariners scored seven runs in the 7th to bust the game wide open and have a chance to take the series tomorrow before another Roooooad tripppppp.

Final Score: 8-2 Mariners

May 5th – Lose in the 13th on Odor HR, go 0-13 with RISP

 

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In the first inning, FOR THE THIRD DAY IN A ROW, a ball up the middle hit our pitcher in the leg. With the news about Paxton and Hernandez already on the DL I would appreciate it if opposing batters would cut it out.

Ben Gamel almost made a nice play in the Right Field corner but the ball went off his glove and into the stand for a ground double, scoring a run. He would make up for it later with a diving catch. I’m really starting to think he dives for a ball every game just to get his hair some slow motion replay air time.

Cano would tie it up with a solo shot in the 4th but other than that Darvish shut the Mariners line up down. He was pretty pissed with the Ump’s strike zone but still managed to only allow one run over seven innings. Mariners had their chances but I believe they went 0-13 with runners in scoring position through out the whole game and you’re obviously not going to win with that stat. Which sucks for Gallardo cause it over shadowed his quality start.

More injuries happened to the bullpen in extras and I think they might set the record for most players on the DL in May. It’s getting ridiculous.

Roughed Odor (best name in baseball) hit a two run shot in the 13th off Pagan and Texas wins. Hopefully tomorrow’s game doesn’t last FIVE HOURS.

Final Score: 3-1 Rangers

May 4th – Angels Stink, Mariners Take the Series.

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Not gonna lie though, before the 8th inning yesterday I was just thinking to myself “can we just beat the Angels one time this year?”… They’ve had huge 9th inning comebacks, they beat James Paxton and they erased a four run lead yesterday like it was no big deal. Then the Mariners comeback in the 8th yesterday and win big today to take the series.

They got off to another quick start with the red hot Cano + Cruz duo continuing to be ridiculous and smash everything thrown at them. Cano hustled from first on a Cruz double to give them the early lead 1-0

Miranda’s only rough spot was the 2nd inning. His pitch count was high after the 1st and in the 2nd he allowed a two out double by Graterol made it 2-1 in the 2nd . His pitch count was in the 40’s after that inning, but after that inning he made it from the 3rd to the 7th no problem. He had a final line of 7 innings, 2 runs, 2 walk and 5 strikeouts. Getting starts like that from Miranda will be huge with Hernandez out.

In the 3rd, The Mariners continue to prove that they don’t care if there’s two outs in an inning. You better get that last out cause they’ll string together two out hits that are brutal for pitchers. They added three runs with two outs and took the lead 4-2 and then as the game went on they added more runs and then added more runs and then added more runs.

But today was about a monster game from Ben Gamel. He went 3 for 3 with 2 walks, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs. And just to have the camera show off his hair flowing in slow mo he makes a diving catch in the 9th. This dude is a STUD and HE’S FILLING IN FOR THE MARINERS OTHER YOUNG STUD OUTFIELDER WHO’S ON THE DL. He’s had a great stretch since being called up with game winning hits and big at bats. Having someone on base for Cano and Cruz regularly is good news going forward too.

Onto the Rangers.

Final Score: 100-3 Mariners.

May 3rd – Mariners blow it in the 8th yesterday, win it with a comeback in the 8th today.

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Segura with a 4 RBI night; HR + game winning hit.

Mariners start off the game strong with a seven pitch 1st inning by Iwakuma and a solo shot by Cano. The duo of Cano and Cruz continue to stay ON FIRE to start May. Cruz hit a ball so hard that in the 4th inning that it hit off the wall and it was still just a single. When you hit the ball a thousand miles per hour I guess you don’t have time to round first.

Iwakuma was ROLLING through the Angels line up but in the 5th Simmons hits a liner back at him off his knee cap. He lets a couple runners on but gets out if it. In the bottom of that inning the offense gets him some more run support. Zuzino started it off with a double, Dyson with a sac bunt and Segura followed that up with homer to deep left to make it 3-0. The inning wasn’t over yet as Nolasco, who was clearly scared to face Cano and Cruz, intentionally walks Cano and tried to pitch around Cruz. Cruz wasn’t having any of that shit and singled home Gamel who had previously doubled to make it 4-0

If you’re fed up with the Mariners having disaster innings and Servais mis-using the bullpen, stop reading.

Sitting for the long  bottom of the 5th clearly affected Iwakuma after getting hit in the knee. Trout took him deep after a walk to cut the lead in half and that was the end of his night. Servais then brings in Pagan for his major league debut and he looked pretty shaky. The only out he got was a HR that Heredia make a ridiculous catch on to rob (early candidate for catch of the year).

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He clearly didn’t have it but Servais left him out there to blow the four run lead.

Weird moment on a sac bunt by Maldonado on the Angels. After he was tagged out pretty routinely by Valencia he started to mouth off a little bit. Everyone on the Mariners was pretty confused and the benches did clear for a split second. At the time I was hoping they would fight cause I at least wanted to beat the Angels in something and beating their ass literally would of been amazing. A two run single followed and Mariners trailed 6-4.

THE COMEBACK: With two men on and two outs Motter draws a huge walk to load the bases. Dyson is showing that he might be the best nine hitter in the league with his big hits and today he continued to do so. Dyson doubles in two to tie the game 6-6. Segura comes up and finishes it off with a game winning two run single and Diaz gets the save after a blown save last night (and a bad blown save against the Angels earlier this year). .

Final Score: 8-7 Mariners

May 2nd – That One is on Servais

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As the teams new ace, the days that Paxton starts are the days to look forward too this year. The Angels know his pitch hand strong so they stacked eight righties and one lefty (remember that for later) against the the left handed pitcher. He had to pitch inside a lot to the righties and it got him in some trouble with his pitch count and some situations he had to pitch his way out of.

In the 2nd inning there was two on with no outs, he got out of that by striking out the side (beast). In the 3rd he had to work his way out of a base hit, a pass ball and a walk. Still managed to get out of it (beast). After getting some run support in the bottom of the 3rd from some aggressive base running and timely hits by Cano and Cruz, the Angels generated an unearned run on poor execution by Segura trying to double up Simmons on a line drive. In the 5th Trout finally ended his slump against Paxton and with a double and Pujols singled him in. Paxton was only able to get through 5 1/3  even though he didn’t pitch bad. His pitch count was at 105 as he was pulled.

Valencia hits a Solo HR to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th inning.

ENTER IN SCOTT SERVAIS DOING WEIRD SHIT LEFT AND RIGHT.

He’s done this a couple times this year where he will bring pitchers in and they will pitch 1/3 of an inning no problem….and then he takes them out for no reason! Vincent and Rzepcyznksi both pitch 1/3 of an inning. Why? Beats me. Then to make it more confusing he lets Zych pitch 1 2/3 innings.

Heres where it gets STUPID though. The one lefty in the Angels starting line up today, Kole Calhoun, is due up with two outs one on in the top of the 8th. Now Pazos, a left handed pitcher, is warming up in the pen…so he’s coming in right? WRONG. He brings in a righty (Diaz) to face a lefty (Calhoun) who promptly hits a two run homer to give the Angles a 4-3 lead.

The teams bails Servais out in the bottom of the 9th when Cano singled Dyson in to tie the game and push it to extra innings.

FUNNY HOW THINGS WORK OUT: Pazos finds himself pitching against Calhoun in the the top of the 11th. The lefty on lefty matchup that could of easily happened 3 innings earlier and prevented extra innings. Of course he gets Calhoun out. Can’t make this shit up.

Trout walks, Pujols doubles and Gamel takes a bad gamble diving for the ball. Angels score ah whatever cya tomorrow.

Final Score: 5-3 Angels.

Crosby takes a crosscheck to the head. Buccigross tweets that it’s probably not a leg injury…

So Crosby takes a crosscheck pretty clearly to the head there, crawls around on the ice coming back to life again (obvious concussion sign number 2),  and then skates off the ice hunched over with ALL OF HIS WEIGHT ON HIS KNEES.

One of ESPN’s few remaining hockey “experts” after they cleared house last week tweets this gem out.

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uhhh….do ya think? Hot take there Buccigross.

Thats not even the weirdest part about it, you can see at the bottom of the tweet that he said that at 7:06. I’m on the west coast and the game started at 4:30ish so that means he tweeted that out in the middle of the 3rd period. Crosby got hit five minutes into the 1st period and it took him like two hours to come up with that “educated guess”?

Earlier today on NHL.com, turns out crosschecks to the head do in fact lead to concussions.

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I wonder how proud of himself he was to see this on NHL’s Website, just walking around like he totally nailed it.

Also:  Yesterday on Around the Horn Ramona Shelburne called the Vezina trophy the “VAZEENA” trophy. ESPN hockey coverage continues to be…well ESPN hockey coverage.