== M’s put the brakes on the Royal parade ==
Kansas City, you may have known, had won 10 in a row before losing the last game of its set with Detroit just before Seattle came to town.
And that had put them at the forefront of the Wild Card race, and even briefly ahead of the Tigers in the American League Central.
So this was a crucial series for the Mariners. If a second team started to run away from the Wild Card pack, then the playoff hopes of rest of the teams in said pack would start to dwindle.
And if KC was going to get reined in (or “reigned” in?) — then the Mariners hit the right time on the schedule to visit Kaufmann Stadium.
And at the forefront was Chris Young, with one of his patented virtually-strikeout-free performances (7.0 IP, 2 K). But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t throwing strikes, only that he was getting to three with very many hitters.
Young survives by winning the balls-in-play battle, usually in the air. On Saturday he had 20 balls-in-play, 17 of which were outs, and 12 of those were in the air.
Yoervis Medina and Fernando Rodney closed things out, though Rodney had to issue a walk just to add his usual dose of uncertainty.
The offense was just barely adequate, as old buddy Jason Vargas mowed matched Young in zeroes and in lack of strikeouts (both finished with two).
Finally, though, Kyle Seager broke through with a double in the 8th. Seager leads the team in ISO and XBH%.
Dustin Ackley isn’t near the lead in either, but he delivered the single that brought his Tar Heel mate home, and that’s all that was needed.
- Baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
- Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
- Brazilian fever in the low minors! Daniel Missaki for Pulaski: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K.
- And Luiz Gohara in Arizona: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
- Rehab fever in Tacoma! Michael Saunders homered in his second game of rehab. Justin Smoak doubled, and Corey Hart singled. Yes, Corey Hart.
- Victor Sanchez took the loss for Jackson (6.1 IP, 4 ER).
- High Desert was helped by four Modesto errors, but D.J. Peterson did pick up his 22nd double.
- Clinton got a big boost from a nine-run 2nd inning. First baseman Jeff Zimmerman collected two triples.
- Everett lost in the 9th as Kody Kerski gave up two unearned runs.