Seattle Has No Trouble Taking Care of Toronto in 2 Game Set

johnsonAugust 8: Seattle 7, Toronto 2

Randy Johnson already holds the Rhubarb record for strikeouts in a game with 16, and he nearly matched it with an overpowering 15 strikeout performance against the big swinging Blue Jays. He has a rather ridiculous 37 more strikeouts than any other pitcher. The Big Unit lowered his ERA to 3.40, third best in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 200 032 - 7 13  2
TOR 000 200 000 - 2  5  5

HR: A. Davis (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  8.0  2  2  0  5 15  
D. Stieb    7.0  4  4  1  2  3 

SEA 60-50, TOR 49-61

August 9: Seattle 10, Toronto 5

Juan Guzman had a nightmarish inning in the second as his shortstop made an error and the Mariners pounded eight hits and eight runs, including dingers by Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Seattle stretched their division lead to four games as they won their 10th consecutive series (not including a two-game set that they split). Toronto has tumbled down to fifth place after being in first at the season’s mid-point.

                   R  H BB
SEA 080 000 200 - 10 12  0
TOR 310 010 000 -  5  9  5
HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (20), A. Rodriguez (22),
R. Alomar (2), K. Gruber (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  7.0  6  4  2  5  3  
J. Guzman  1.1  8  7  2  0  1 

SEA 61-51, TOR 49-62


			

Seattle Extends Division Lead With Sweep of Anaheim

August 3: Seattle 6, Anaheim 3

Seattle put up five runs in the fourth inning on two walks, two singles, and two doubles. Freddy Garcia was nails again and has a 2.02 ERA in his last nine starts.

Tim Salmon made the final score look a little better for Anaheim with a three-run bomb in the ninth.

                  R H BB
SEA 010 500 000 - 6 9  7
ANA 000 000 003 - 3 4  6

HR: T. Salmon (8)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia       7.0  0  0  0  4  6  
A. Messersmith  3.1  6  6  0  5  3 

SEA 57-50, ANA 40-67

felix

August 4: Seattle 14, Anaheim 0

Seattle’s bats abused Anaheim starter Dean Chance for 10 runs. Phil Bradley collected four hits with a dinger and Kyle Seager knocked four hits that included a double and a triple.

Felix Hernandez didn’t need to have his best day of the season with Seattle scoring all those runs for him, but he did. He also didn’t need to pitch a complete game, but Seattle skipper Lou Piniella told the press after the game, “He was fired up to stay in and go after the shutout, and I felt he deserved the chance to stay in there and try to get it if that’s what he wanted to do. It’s been a tough year for him so it was nice to see his efforts get rewarded today.” The shutout, Hernandez’s first of the year, lowered his ERA to an even 5.00.

                   R  H BB
SEA 050 023 301 - 14 16  6
ANA 000 000 000 -  0  2  6

HR: P. Bradley (3)

starters       IP   R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  9.0   0  0  0  6  8  
D. Chance     5.0  10  8  0  5  3 

SEA 58-50, ANA 40-68

August 5: Seattle 3, Anaheim 2

The finale featured Jered Weaver vs. Jamie Moyer, the starting pitchers with the two best ERAs in the Expansion Division. Fittingly, it was a tight, low-scoring affair. Both hurlers are having their innings pitched watched closely so only pitched six innings apiece. Moyer emerged with slightly better results, giving up two runs compared to Weaver’s three. But Moyer owes a lot of that outcome to reliever Michael Jackson. After Moyer started the seventh inning by walking the bases loaded without recording an out, Jackson came in and popped out Torii Hunter and doubled up Troy Glaus to let Moyer off the hook.

Five of Seattle’s eight hits were doubles.

The Mariners are 22-6 since the All-Star break and have a 2.5 game cushion ahead of second place Kansas City.

                  R H BB
SEA 200 010 000 - 3 8  3
ANA 020 000 000 - 2 6  7

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer   6.0  2  2  0  6  4  
J. Weaver  6.0  3  3  0  2  4 

SEA 59-50, ANA 40-69

Errors Do In Chicago In Seattle

July 31: Seattle 4, Chicago 3

Chicago starter Ed Walsh relies on his fielders about as much as any pitcher in the league, and they let him down in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. Outfielders Minnie Minoso and Chet Lemon started the frame with back-to-back boners. Singles from Ken Griffey, Jr. and Kyle Seager brought those two runners home, and then Minoso made another error that allowed another two runs to score. The fielders cleaned it up from there, and Walsh never did allow an earned run, but the Seattle hurlers managed to barely make those four runs hold up.

Randy Johnson was good, but loaded the bases with just one out in the eighth. Michael Jackson moonwalked to the mound and picked up the Unit with back-to-back strikeouts. But then in the ninth, Jackson gave up a two-run homer to Robin Ventura that got the Sox within a run with no outs. In came Arthur Rhodes, who got in a pickle with runners on the corners and only one out, but he got Frank Thomas on a lineout and Lemon on a groundout to squeeze out the win for Seattle.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 002 - 3 8  7
SEA 400 000 00x - 4 9  0

HR: R. Ventura (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    8.0  4  0  0  0  3  
R. Johnson  7.1  1  1  0  6  5 

CHI 55-48, SEA 55-49

August 1: Chicago 3, Seattle 1 (10 innings)

Jamie Moyer and Thornton Lee put on a show. Moyer allowed no earned runs in his eight innings, but an Alvin Davis error helped Chicago score one. The only mar on Lee’s day was back-to-back doubles from A-Rod and Kyle Seager that got the Mariners their only run against Lee.

J.J. Putz was on the mound for Seattle in the tenth and started things off with two walks. Luke Appling drove in both runners later in the frame to win it for Chicago.

                    R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 2 - 3 7  9
SEA 010 000 000 0 - 1 6  1

HR: none

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee    9.2  1  1  0  1  3  
J. Moyer  8.0  1  0  0  4  4 

CHI 56-48, SEA 55-50

hansonAugust 2: Seattle 3, Chicago 0

Just as in game one, the Mariners got all their runs in the bottom of the first and they were unearned. This time it was a Frank Thomas error combined with three Seattle singles that gave Seattle the game and series-winning runs.

Erik Hanson had a career day as he twirled his first shutout and held the strong Original Division lineup of Chicago to just two hits.

The teams split their six games together for the season.

Chicago was white-hot coming out of the All-Star break against other Original Division teams, but has been slowed down to just two wins in their last six games, all against Expansion Division teams.

Seattle’s Expansion Division lead grew to two games.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0 2  3
SEA 300 000 00x - 3 4  5

HR: none
starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  8.0  3  0  0  5  5  
E. Hanson  9.0  0  0  0  3  3 

CHI 56-49, SEA 56-50

Seattle Stays Atop Expansion Division With Series Win in Cleveland

Ichiro SuzukiJuly 28: Seattle 7, Cleveland 5

Each team smacked a dozen hits and two homers. Cleveland errors by Lou Boudreau and Joe Jackson helped Seattle score two unearned runs that tilted things Seattle’s way.

                  R  H BB
SEA 022 001 011 - 7 12  3
CLE 000 013 010 - 5 12  2

HR: I. Suzuki (7), K. Seager (14),
L. Doby (9), A. Rosen (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson     6.0  4  4  2  1  5  
S. Coveleski  6.0  5  4  1  3  2 

SEA 53-48, CLE 47-53

July 29: Seattle 4, Cleveland 3

Freddy Garcia continues to surprise in the Mariners rotation and has a 3.09 ERA in his last 11 starts. After twirling five shutout innings, Garcia faltered and the first four Naps batters reached in the sixth inning. Mark Langston came in and nicely limited the damage.

Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis each clubbed a solo homer in the eighth to help the Mariners claim the game and the series.

                  R H BB
SEA 020 000 020 - 4 9  2
CLE 000 002 010 - 3 4  4

HR: E. Martinez (11), A. Davis (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia  5.0  2  2  0  4  2  
C. Kluber  7.1  4  4  2  1  8 

SEA 54-48, CLE 47-54

July 30: Cleveland 7, Seattle 1

Felix Hernandez continues to fight it for Seattle and saw his ERA swell to 5.32. He’s yielded nine homers in his last six starts.

The Seattle batsmen swatted nine singles and took seven walks from Vean Gregg, but no extra base hits, and they stranded 16. The Naps lined two homers and six doubles.

Vean Gregg’s excellent season rolled on with a one-run complete game. His ERA in his last seven starts is under two, and he moved into the top 10 ERAs in the league at 3.41.

The teams split their six games for the year.

                  R  H BB
SEA 010 000 000 - 1  9  7
CLE 300 002 02x - 7 13  4

HR: T. Hafner (13), J. Romano (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  6.0  5  5  2  3  9 
V. Gregg      9.0  1  1  0  7  8 

SEA 54-49, CLE 48-54

Seattle Wins Battle For First In Kansas City

July 25: Seattle 5, Kansas City 3

The two teams tied for first in the Expansion met for a three-game series that would end with the tie broken one way or another. Seattle took the first game by bunching up their hits against Bret Saberhagen, who had been scorching hot in his prior six starts. Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis each had a single and a double.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 012 020 - 5 10  1
KC  000 102 00x - 3  6  4
HR: M. Sweeney (9), H. McRae (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez   7.0  3  3  2  2  3  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  5  5  0  1  4 

SEA 51-47, KC 50-48

US PRESSWIRE Sports ArchiveJuly 26: Seattle 7, Kansas City 1

Seattle sucked the drama out of the series pretty quick as they claimed the set in a not-so-close second game. Davis reached base safely four times to lead a parade of Seattle runners against Danny Jackson.

Hal McRae swatted a single and two doubles hitting second for the Royals, but the next five batters in the order combined for zilch hits against a wicked Randy Johnson. The Big Unit pitched his fourth nine inning start and lowered his ERA to 3.60, 13th best in the league.

                  R  H BB
SEA 210 040 000 - 7 12  5
KC  100 000 000 - 1  7  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  9.0  1  1  0  2  5  
D. Jackson  4.0  6  5  0  3  3 

SEA 52-47, KC 50-49

July 27: Kansas City 1, Seattle 0

The pitching was fierce for both sides in the finale. Mark Gubicza, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland combined to blank the Mariners. Holland put the first two batters on in the top of the ninth but then struck out the next three. Jamie Moyer lowered his ERA to 3.37, eighth in the league.

Ken Griffey had three of Seattle’s six hits, all singles. The Royals as a team collected only three hits, but Kevin Seitzer’s lead-off double in the fourth preceded a Mike Sweeney single later in the inning to plate the only run of the game.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
KC  000 100 00x - 1 3  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    6.0  1  1  0  2  1  
M. Gubicza  5.2  0  0  0  1  1 

SEA 52-48, KC 51-49

Seattle & Toronto Split, Mariners Tied With KC For 1st

July 22: Seattle 4, Toronto 2

Seattle pounded 13 hits, including three from Robinson Cano and a dinger from Edgar Martinez, and Erik Hanson reeled off his third straight solid start.

                  R  H BB
SEA 201 001 000 - 4 13  1
TOR 000 100 100 - 2  9  5

HR: E. Martinez (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  7.0  2  1  0  2  5  
D. Stieb   7.0  4  4  1  0  3 

SEA 50-46, TOR 42-53

delgadowtfJuly 23: Toronto 17, Seattle 1

Seattle needed a spot start from Mark Langston, and it looked like a good game to have their sixth starter going since his opponent, Juan Guzman, has pitched more like a seventh or eighth man most of the year. But Guzman had it all working and cruised through eight innings, while Langston saw the first five Blue Jays batters in the third inning reach against him, at which point he was pulled. Mike Moore then came on and let the next six batters reach as well. Twelve Jays had traipsed around the bases before Moore finally got out of the inning.

Roberto Alomar reached safely five times and had two doubles, and Carlos Delgado, Jose Bautista, and Devon White all reached four times. Delgado swatted two jacks and moved up to 10th in the league in wOBA and runs created.

                      R  H BB
SEA 001    000 000 -  1  8  1
TOR 20(12) 100 02x - 17 19 10

HR: P. Bradley (2), C. Delgado-2 (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Langston  2.0  7  7  1  4  2  
J. Guzman    8.0  1  1  1  1  7 

SEA 50-47, TOR 43-53

Seattle Slugs Houston

arodJuly 19: Seattle 5, Houston 4

Seattle’s Felix Hernandez has had a maddening season after being expected to be the #1 starter. Luckily for Seattle, Randy Johnson, Jamie Moyer, and Freddy Garcia have all stepped up and been better than expected and pitching has been a strong suit for Seattle overall. But Hernandez has scuffled along to a 5.45 ERA coming into this game, when it looked like he was finally going to put together his first great game of the season.

Seattle’s offense backed up Hernandez with five runs, including a walk and two doubles by Edgar Martinez, plus a solo homer from Ken Griffey in the top of the ninth that looked pretty meaningless since it only stretched the Seattle lead from 4-0 to 5-0.

Hernandez took the hill in the bottom of the ninth with his first complete game and first shutout in his sights, but once again things didn’t come easily for Felix. Moises Alou and Lance Berkman started the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles. Bob Watson then grounded out, but Alou came home to spoil Hernandez’s shutout. Then Jim Wynn spoiled things even more with a two-run bomb, and all of a sudden Houston was within two runs with just one out.

Out came Felix, in came Arthur Rhodes, and it looked like even the victory was going to be spoiled for Felix. Art Howe singled, Dickie Thon grounded out for the second out, Morgan Ensberg walked, and Craig Biggio drove in Thon to get Houston within a run with runners on the corners. (Griffey’s homer did not look meaningless any longer.) Out came Rhodes, in came Michael Jackson, and Seattle breathed a sigh of relief with a fly-out from Jeff Bagwell. The win brought Seattle’s record to a game over .500.

                  R  H BB
SEA 001 010 201 - 5 12  6
HOU 000 000 004 - 4  8  3

HR: K. Griffey (18), J. Wynn (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  8.1  3  3  1  2  6  
J.R. Richard  6.2  4  3  0  5  4 

SEA 47-46, HOU 42-49

July 20: Seattle 4, Houston 2

It was lefty-on-lefty action with Randy Johnson and Mike Cuellar facing off. The Big Unit increased his already huge league lead in strikeouts by recording 10 more Ks–his ninth start reaching double digit strikeouts. He also walked six, including three in the seventh inning that loaded the bases and earned Johnson the hook though he was yet to allow a run. Two of those runs came around and were charged to Johnson, but the Seattle hitters were slugging against Cuellar. Ichiro Suzuki scored after leading off the game with a triple, and Alex Rodriguez drove a two-run bomb for the winning runs in the sixth.

                  R H BB
SEA 110 002 000 - 4 6  5
HOU 000 000 200 - 2 5  7
HR: A. Rodriguez (20)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  6.2  2  2  0  6 10  
M. Cuellar  6.0  4  4  1  3  3 

SEA 48-46, HOU 42-50

July 21: Seattle 5, Houston 3

Then the Mariners really brought out the lumber in the finale. Martinez, Griffey, and A-Rod all took Nolan Ryan deep in the first five innings. Jamie Moyer’s charmed season continued on the hill for Seattle as well. The M’s are on a 16-4 run that has them nipping at the heels of the division leading Royals.

                  R H BB
SEA 021 020 000 - 5 6  7
HOU 001 001 010 - 3 9  0
HR: E. Martinez (9), K. Griffey (19),
A. Rodriguez (21), J. Bagwell (19)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    7.0  2  2  1  0  3  
N. Ryan     4.1  5  5  3  4  5 

SEA 49-46, HOU 42-51