hit a 432 foot 2-run homer in the bottom of the eighth tonight to give the Ma
riners a win over the visiting Angels who are fighting to keep pace with the Rangers in the AL West. The last thing the Angels needed was to lose a game to and his band of rookies coming off a series loss to the Rangers this weekend. But the Mariners put it all together tonight with good starting pitching by , great defense, solid relief pitching and timely hitting to snap a three game losing streak with the victory in front of a smallish crowd of 16,990 at the Safe.
Ichiro scored the first run of the game after doubling in the first coming home on a sac-fly by who had a big night himself going 3-3 spraying line drives all over Safeco Field. It was nice to see Ichiro extend his hitting streak to 12 games tonight with a pair of doubles boosting his average to .275 and leaving him 47 hits short of another 200 hit season.The second Mariners run came in the second inning as delivered an RBI sac-fly of his own to score who led-off the inning with a double from third. I would have never said this three weeks ago but it looks to melike Kyle Seager may be our starting third baseman next year leaving in an even more precarious situation.
But the big hit of the night came off the bat of Mike Carp who absolutely crushed the first pitch thrown by up into the Hit it Here Cafe in the bottom of the eighth after Dustin Ackley led-off the frame with a double. Carp has been in a bit of a slump lately along with the rest of the young guns so it was nice to see him deliver this blow tonight. It was also great to see come in and pitch a strong eighth inning to get his second win of the year. Wilhelmsen threw some real heat tonight touching 98 mph and had perhaps his best outing of the year which bodes well for a bullpen that is anything but set.
Apparently Eric Wedge had called for a team meeting before tonight”s game to try to inspire his guys after being swept this weekend by the White Sox. And apparently it worked and hopefully we can somehow help spoil the Angels chances this season by winning this 4-game series. I may make it down to the Safe Wednesday night before I head out of town for vacation in Southern California. My posts may be spotty starting Thursday but I will be in Angels Stadium next Tuesday the 6th wearing my Mariners colors amidst a sea of red so look for me on Root, I”ll be the guy in a scuffle with a mob of Angels fans! Go M”s! http://jeffsmariners.com