When we were looking at what would be necessary to bring the dormant hibernating carcass of the Mariner offense back to life, one of the things that floated to the top was a reversal of fortune for Kyle Seager. We are hopeful that Wednesday’s Epic 11-Pitch At-Bat Home Run kicked off that process. Indeed, Seager had two singles Friday to bring his average up to .197.
But right up there was Robinson Cano‘s Missing Doubles.
Cano is a guy who hits 40 doubles per year. It’s imprinted in his DNA.
The fourth of the year (video link) was not only welcome, then, but a crucial part of the re-animation process. That it tied the game in the 5th, when things might have started to slip away mentally, was that much better.
Then came Justin Smoak. I’m not as down on him as many, but I admit he doesn’t rake as much you’d like your first baseman to.
We don’t know how many doubles are imprinted in Smoak’s DNA, but I certainly hope it’s more than last year’s 19. So his fifth of the year (video link) is maybe modest progress. It was also crucial, as it was the key to a four-run 8th.
Then Smoak came through with the glove, with the other kind of doubling, to bail out struggling “Rodney Danger” (Fernando Rodney), who had already yielded a pair of runs to let Tejas back within 6-5. This one will embed, so click on the box and then the arrow.
And there was one last kind of doubling: doubling down.
And that was The Hand that Holds the Pencil (love that, whomever came up with it — not me): once again putting “Almonte 8” (Abraham Almonte) on the top line.
In other words, his value is essentially that of a random ball machine lobbing balls into the field of play. Except worse.
Roenis Elias: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. About what we ought to expect probably.
- Oh Baby! Jesus Montero has two home runs in two days after returning from paternity leave. Five on the year and .638 SLG.
- Matt Brazis of Boston College made a splash entering pro ball in 2012, but leveled off last year. He turned in a strong showing for High Desert in an extra-inning loss: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.
- Clinton continued to struggle on offense, as the LumberKings could manage only two hits: one each from Austin Wilson and Tyler O’Neill.