Seattle Destroys Texas, Top Five Expansion Teams All Within Two Games

canoJune 14: Seattle 5, Texas 4

The score was tight, but Seattle out-hit Texas all day. Every Mariner got a knock, led by Alvin Davis and Ken Griffey, Jr. with three apiece. Kyle Seager homered in his third straight game.

It was knotted at four in the bottom of the ninth before Robinson Cano drilled a walk-off dinger off Jeff Zimmerman.

                  R  H BB
TEX 022 000 000 - 4  9  4
SEA 020 001 101 - 5 16  1

HR: A. Beltre (9), R. Cano (5), K. Seager (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    7.0  4  4  1  1  4  
F. Garcia   7.0  4  4  1  3  7 

TEX 32-32, SEA 29-35

June 15: Seattle 12, Texas 4

The next day, the hits were tight but the score was not. Texas starter Fergie Jenkins was fine for four innings, but all of a sudden there was no stopping the Mariners bats after the fifth inning. Jenkins got rung up for four runs in four innings, C.J. Wilson gave up five in 1.2 innings, Neftali Feliz got dinged for a run in one-third of an inning, and Alexi Ogando was smoked for three runs in one inning.

Backup Raul Ibanez continued to provide massive pop when called on. After just 11 games played, he has four doubles, a triple, and four homers.

                   R  H BB
TEX 001 010 020 -  4 10  5
SEA 100 035 12x - 12 11  7

HR: M. Hargrove (5), J. Hamilton (7),
A. Rodriguez-SEA (12), K. Griffey, Jr. (11), R. Ibanez (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  4.0  4  3  0  2  4  
E. Hanson   7.0  2  2  2  2  7 

TEX 32-33, SEA 30-35

June 16: Seattle 14, Texas 3

It was a similar scene the next day as the Mariners bats stayed white hot. Again every batter had at least one hit. Backup Mike Cameron had the best day of them all with two singles, a double, and a homer. The one time up he wasn’t credited with a hit, he still reached on an error and came around to score.

Costly Ian Kinsler errors were in the middle of two terrible innings for Texas’s Nolan Ryan.

Texas was alone in first coming in to the series and Seattle in fifth. After the sweep, Texas has fallen into a three-way tie for first with Toronto and Kansas City, Seattle is just a game behind them in fourth, and the Astros just a game behind them in fifth. It’s a completely different race than in the Original Division, where five games separate first and second place.

                   R  H BB
TEX 101 001 000 -  3  5  6
SEA 130 064 00x - 14 16  6

HR: M. Cameron (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     4.1  9  5  1  4  6  
R. Johnson  7.0  3  3  0  6  7 

TEX 32-35, SEA 31-35
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