Lee Fans 10, Mariners win again 8-3

Cliff Lee struck out 10 Los Angeles Angels tonight and pitched 8 strong innings as the Mariners won for the third straight game and now are 6 1/2 games out of first. Lee faced off against Scott Kazmir tonight, and outside of a shaky first where Lee committed an error there was no doubt who was in charge of this match between AL West rivals. Coming off two come from behind victories against the Tigers, the Mariners appear to be playing their best ball of the year recently. Tonight the Mariners were able to combine for 11 hits spread throughout the lineup, with everyone getting a hit except Mike Sweeney who has hit plenty in the current comeback for this club.

  In the third inning Ichiro got on with a 2-out single followed by a walk to Figgins setting the table for Franklin Gutierrez who proceeded to drive in a run with a base-knock making it 2-1. Bradley came up with runners on 1st and 2nd and ripped a drive into left that Figgins and Gutierrez were running on, amazingly Guti scored all the way from first as Bradley was held to a single but got the runs in. Yesterday I mentioned the key to this resurgence was going to be Figgins and Jose Lopez and sure enough Lopez unloaded for a solo shot in the 4th to put the club up 4-2.

  In the 5th inning the Mariners once again tore-up the bases on a line drive by Figgins to right that scored Ichiro all the way from first landing Figgins on third. Milton Bradley drove in Figgins with a sac-fly giving him a 3 RBI night down in Disneyland. The Angels managed to pick-up a run in the 5th off Lee but after that it was lights-out by the Lee as he dominated the Angels with pinpoint accuracy all night long.

  The “Paper boy” Josh Wilson delivered again in the 9th with an RBI double to keep his hitting streak alive at 9 games. Having Josh Wilson producing at the bottom of the order has made a big difference lately as the Mariners try to claw their way back up to .500 by the All-Star Break. The AL West is wide-open this year and with a sweep in Anaheim the Mariners could find themselves back in business. Felix Hernandez will take the mound in the day game tomorrow,  he is due for a dominant performance of his own. Lets keep our fingers crossed as this series is crucial if we are going get back in this thing. http://jeffsmariners.com

Mariners lose again 6-3

The Texas Rangers minus their home-run leader Nelson Cruz, once again beat the Mariners today 6-3. Watching this game was not as painful as last nights 12 inning melt-down, but it was not pretty either. Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee were supposed to be the anchors of this ship, but without any offense we are adrift in what looks like another storm. As was pointed out by Fox Sports who carried this game, you need to go up to the plate with an idea of what you are looking for. We seem to have a lot of guys who appear to be clueless or perhaps Wak needs to include this training into the “Belief system”.

  Jack Zduriencik has built a ballclub around Pitching, defense, and speed. It is obvious that strategy will not carry us even in the AL West which is wide open. We were able to ride on the back of hot-hitting Franklin Gutierrez earlier in the season, but now he too looks clueless striking out when the chips were down again today with 2 on and no outs in the 9th.

Milton Bradley continues to raise his average, but he and Gutierrez  let a ball drop between them in the 2nd that was catchable and cost us 2 runs.This homestretch is going to be a crucial and tough one if we wish to avoid sinking into Davey Jones’s locker. After Texas we have both Tampa Bay and the Angels and if we don’t get on course this season could be a major let-down. Maybe it’s time for Wak to impose some discipline in the dugout and let the fading Griffey know the high-school shenanigans need to be put on hold till we start getting back to fundamentals.http://jeffsmariners.com

Mariners edge Royals 6-5 coming home at 500

The Mariners picked up a nice win today 6-5 and amazingly come back home at 500 and right in the thick of the AL West race after a road trip that was trying on the nerves. The top of the order Ichiro and Chone Figgins combined for 5 hits including a clutch 2 run triple by Chone Figgins in the 5th against former Mariner Gil Meche. Jack Wilson also contributed with his bat as well as a spectacular leaping throw in the bottom of the 8th that should add to his legacy with another ESPN highlight clip.

Ryan-Rowland Smith relied on his breaking ball to get to the bottom of the 6th before getting tagged for 4 runs with 2 outs to tie the game. It seemed like Wak waited to long to bring in a reliever considering how important getting this victory was to the Mariners. But indeed we did get the victory after adding a run in the top of the 8th following Milton Bradley’s lead-off double and the execution of the Mariners, first by Sweeney moving the runner over and then the sacrifice- fly by Rob Johnson. The bullpen crew were able to hold the lead today, with League, Lowell, and Aardsma all shutting down the Kansas City Royals who had a lineup today that included 5 ex-Mariners including Willie Bloomquist from Port Orchard.

So now our crew gets to enjoy a day off before opening up against division Rivals the Texas Rangers on Friday with Cliff Lee on the mound. You can say what you want about this season but to me it is apparent that our team is resilient and have a “don’t give up attitude”. It seems all of us Fans have a lot to learn as many including myself have been all to eager to second-guess our team, perhaps it is all the years of disappointment. Either way I plan on heading down to the Safe Friday and supporting our crew, see you there! http://jeffsmariners.com

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