Game 47 + Minors Rewind: Full Court Press

-fadf3274dd59c329 == M’s score early and often while Felix shuts down Astros ==

The Mariners had at least one baserunner in each of the first seven innings.

Felix Hernandez had the changeup working.

And another game with the offense and pitching both going strong at the same time.

So what if it was against Houston.  Games against Houston count, too.

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The 6-1 win put Seattle over .500 for the first time since May 13.  The 2014 team has yet to get more than three games over .500, though a sweep of this Houston series would put them there.

Easier said than done, especially with inconsistent Brandon Maurer going Saturday (but ultra-consistent Hisashi Iwakuma going Sunday).

This one was never much in doubt, with Robinson Cano getting things rolling with a single in the 1st, followed by a Justin Smoak double and then Kyle Seager delivering a two-run single.

Cano now has multi-hit games in eight of his last 12.  And he only has three strikeouts during that period.

Those two runs would hold up, but the Mariners kept adding more anyway.

Cole Gillespie walked, then hustled to third on Mike Zunino‘s single, setting up a sac fly run. Then …

A two-run homer from … Willie Bloomquist!

His first since 2011!  Also against Houston, by the way.

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Felix: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Can’t add much to that.  He was back in Hall of Fame mode.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Erasmo Ramirez had quite the mixed bag start.  He gave up six runs, but only three were earned. He gave up nine hits, but zero walks.  He went 7.1 IP with 5 K.

 

  • In that same game, Abraham Almonte got his first AAA homer of the year, and Ty Kelly had one too (also his first).

 

  • John Hicks rocked for Jackson, with his second homer in as many games.  He helped get the win for Victor Sanchez, who was once again not sharp: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

 

  • It wasn’t that long ago that James Jones and Leon Landry were both at High Desert … and Landry was better.  Things have changed.  Jones is now with the big club, and Landry is stalled in AA.  But he got four hits Friday, and maybe that will be a turning point.

 

  • Deeeeej!  Two home runs in High Desert for the 2013 top-round draft pick, D.J. Peterson..  The second one was Grand Salami Time.  He’s been scuffling a bit, so a bust-out is nice.

 

  • But no bust-out for Tyler Pike:  2.0 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.  The Next Generation Starters are not lighting up the world so far this year.
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One thought on “Game 47 + Minors Rewind: Full Court Press

  1. I always hope it is because the prospects are working on something (circle change, curve, etc.) and are throwing them over and over just to get the feel for them regardless of results. But we don’t know. Maybe we should draft a pitcher in June??? (Typically I would prefer a hitter this high in the Draft).

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