Seattle Splits 4 Game Set With Texas, Is 1/2 Game Out of First

a-rodSeptember 18: Seattle 1, Texas 0 (11 innings)

It didn’t look to be a marquee pitching match-up with Charlie Hough and Erik Hanson toeing the rubber, but they turned in a marquee duel. Hanson tossed eight shutout frames while giving up three hits. Hough pitched the whole shebang for Texas, and gave up just three hits in his 10.1 innings. It was still scoreless in the bottom of the 11th when Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez sent a rocket to the seats to walk off a thriller.

The loss officially ended Texas’s chance for the division title.

                     R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 00 - 0 5  2
SEA 000 000 000 01 - 1 3  4

HR: A. Rodriguez-SEA (27)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   10.1  1  1  1  4  8  
E. Hanson   8.0  0  0  0  2  8 

TEX 69-82, SEA 80-71

September 19: Texas 6, Seattle 0

Yu Darvish was filthy for Texas and whiffed 12 while throwing eight shutout innings. Every Ranger got a hit, and Julio Franco and Toby Harrah both reached safely four times.

                  R  H BB
TEX 020 001 120 - 6 13  5
SEA 000 000 000 - 0  7  3

HR: R. Greer (8), F. Howard (16)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish  8.0  0  0  0  3 12  
F. Garcia   6.0  3  3  1  2  3 

TEX 70-82, SEA 80-72

September 20: Seattle 5, Texas 3

Felix Hernandez made his fifth straight decent or better start, a supremely encouraging development for Seattle as they wrestle with Kansas City to the season’s conclusion. After this victory, Seattle and Kansas City held identical 81-72 records.

Nelson Cruz played his 22nd game of the season and drilled his eighth and ninth home runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 000 201 - 3  6  3
SEA 300 002 00x - 5 10  2

HR: A. Rodriguez-TEX (38), N. Cruz-2 (9),
A. Davis (17)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry      5.0  5  5  3  2  1  
F. Hernandez  8.0  3  3  1  3  5 

TEX 70-83, SEA 81-72

September 21: Texas 8, Seattle 4

About the only way the Rangers will hurt you is with the home run, and Frank Howard, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Hargrove all went pachinko in this one.

This one did look to be a marquee pitching matchup between Nolan Ryan and Jamie Moyer, pitchers with two of the best ERAs in the Expansion Division, but only Ryan lived up to the promise. In his last start of the year, Ryan gave up zero earned runs and whiffed eight. His final season line is rather good: 28 games, 194 innings, 3.29 ERA, 1.3 HR/9, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.9 SO/9.

Moyer got bonked for six runs in five innings, and Ryan took over Moyer’s spot for the best ERA in the Expansion at 3.29 compared to Moyer’s 3.30.

The teams now head to Arlington for a three-game series.

                  R  H BB
TEX 302 010 020 - 8 12  3
SEA 000 030 001 - 4  4  3

HR: F. Howard (17), A. Beltre (20),
M. Hargrove (10), R. Cano (15)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    4.2  3  0  0  3  8  
J. Moyer   5.0  6  5  2  0  2 

TEX 71-83, SEA 81-73
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3 Cruz Missiles Help Seattle Take Series v. Detroit, But M’s Lose Division Lead

cruzSeptember 15: Seattle 5, Detroit 0

The Mariners rotation has overall been a strength, particularly on days Randy Johnson or Jamie Moyer are going, and the team is right in the thick of the Expansion Division title chase. But when Seattle fans are feeling greedy, they can’t help but wonder where they’d be if Felix Hernandez had been pitching to his potential this season. King Felix gave them a glimpse in this game on his way to his second shutout, which pulled his season ERA down to 5.35. It will be bad news for Kansas City if Hernandez has found his game for his remaining two starts, one of which is scheduled to come against the Royals.

The Tigers got their hits in against Hernandez, including three off the bat of Norm Cash, but never could score. Recent addition Nelson Cruz continues to crush for Seattle and drilled a single, double, and homer and drove in three.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 000 - 0 9  1
SEA 000 002 03x - 5 8  2

HR: N. Cruz (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle       7.1  3  2  0  2  5  
F. Hernandez  9.0  0  0  0  1  5 

DET 69-79, SEA 78-70

September 16: Seattle 7, Detroit 4

All seven Seattle tallies came on three home run ding dongs against Tommy Bridges, courtesy of Edgar Martinez, A-Rod, and Cruz.

Jamie Moyer did not have his best stuff, but Jeff Nelson and Shigetoshi Hasegawa backed him up with 3.1 shutout innings.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 013 000 - 4  8  3
SEA 203 000 20x - 7 11  0
HR: S. Crawford (2), E. Martinez (14),
A. Rodriguez (26), N. Cruz (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  6.2  7  7  3  0  2  
J. Moyer    5.2  4  4  1  1  1 

DET 69-80, SEA 79-70

September 17: Detroit 11, Seattle 2

Schoolboy Rowe continues to deal for Detroit. “Where’s that Schoolboy been all year?” wondered Sparky Anderson after the game. With five starts under his belt, Rowe’s ERA sits at 2.01.

The Mariners were tasting a sweep as they took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, but Miguel Cabrera launched a three run homer against Randy Johnson to take the lead for Detroit, and the Tigers ran up the score with multiple runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. Ty Cobb lashed a single and two triples, and Cabrera had his best day of a mostly disappointing season and took a walk, singled, doubled, and homered. Charlie Gehringer poked four singles, and Johnny Bassler couldn’t be stopped, taking a walk and collecting four hits that included a double.

Nelson Cruz made it three straight games with a homer.

                   R  H BB
DET 000 030 233 - 11 17  3
SEA 010 100 00x -  2  5  1
HR: M. Cabrera (8), N. Cruz (7), R. Cano (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe     9.0  2  2  2  1  8  
R. Johnson  5.0  3  3  1  2  5 

DET 70-80, SEA 79-71

The loss dropped the Mariners one game behind Kansas City in the Expansion Division. With just 12 games left in the regular season, here are the teams’ remaining games:

        Seattle    Kansas City
9/18    v TEX      v CLE
9/19    v TEX      v CLE
9/20    v TEX      v CLE
9/21    v TEX      off
9/22    @ TEX      @HOU
9/23    @ TEX      @HOU
9/24    @ TEX      @HOU
9/25    v KC       @ SEA
9/26    v KC       @ SEA
9/27    v KC       @ SEA
9/28    off        off
9/29    v HOU      @ ANA
9/30    off        @ ANA
10/1    v HOU      @ ANA

Possibly a slightly easier schedule for Seattle, but they’re mighty close. Of course those three games against each other loom large.

With Sweep, Minnesota Moves Into Tie For 2nd and Seattle Backs Into Tie For 1st

September 12: Minnesota 5, Seattle 4 (10 innings)

The Mariners made a spirited come-back capped off with a Kyle Seager blast that forced extra innings, but Minnesota wrapped it up quickly in the bottom of the 10th with a Stan Spence walk, Rod Carew single, and Joe Mauer grounder that allowed Spence to score from third.

                    R H BB
SEA 001 100 011 0 - 4 9  3
MN  200 002 000 1 - 5 6  5
HR: K. Seager (18), K. Puckett (7)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson   6.0  4  4  1  3  8  
G. Mogridge  7.2  3  2  0  3  2 

SEA 77-68, MN 78-67

killerSeptember 13: Minnesota 14, Seattle 7

The hits just kept coming for both teams, 35 base knocks in all. But the Twins had more base-runners and were more efficient at bringing them home and turned the game into a blow-out. Seven different players in the game reached base safely three times, and Harmon Killebrew led everybody with four safe reaches (three singles and a walk).

                   R  H BB
SEA 210 000 040 -  7 16  0
MN  420 403 01x - 14 19  5
HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (25), N. Cruz (4)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Langston  3.0  9  9  0  4  3  
D. Leonard   7.1  6  6  2  0  5 

SEA 77-69, MN 79-67

September 14: Minnesota 3, Seattle 1

Seattle needed a win to maintain sole possession of first place in the Expansion, but the well pitched contest went Minnesota’s way again, and Kansas City moved into a tie for first with the Mariners. The Mariners seem to be completely different teams when facing the two divisions. They have a terrible, league-worst interdivision record of 12-33, but have beat up on their own division to the tune of a league-best 65-37.

Goose Goslin led a balanced Minnesota attack with a double and a homer. The sweep kept Minnesota’s hopes alive and moved them into a tie for second place with Oakland, seven games behind Boston. Minnesota and Oakland each have three games remaining against the Red Sox.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 001 000 - 1 7  2
MN  001 101 00x - 3 9  2

HR: G. Goslin (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   6.0  3  3  1  0  1  
C. Pascual  7.2  1  1  0  2  6 

SEA 77-70, MN 80-67

Kansas City Claims Big Series Win Against Seattle to Stay Within Striking Distance

September 9: Kansas City 6, Seattle 4

The Royals jumped on Freddy Garcia for three runs in the second inning. Willie Aikens, Danny Tartabull, Hal McRae, and Jose Offerman started the inning with four straight hits. KC tagged on two more against Garcia in the third that ended Garcia’s day.

Kevin Appier took care of most of the Mariners. Alvin Davis got to Appier for two home runs that drove in all four of Seattle’s runs.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 020 200 - 4  5  1
KC  032 100 00x - 6 12  2
HR: A. Davis-2 (16), J. Mayberry (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia    3.0  5  5  0  2  1 
K. Appier    7.0  4  4  2  1  5 

SEA 76-66, KC 74-68

sabesSeptember 10: Kansas City 4, Seattle 3

The Royals hung on to win a nail-biter in the second game despite knocking just five hits. They bunched up three of those hits along with a couple of walks in the sixth innings to plate three runs. All three of Seattle’s runs came on an Edgar Martinez dinger.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 300 - 3 8  2
KC  000 013 00x - 4 5  4

HR: E. Martinez (13)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez   5.2  4  3  0  4  5  
B. Saberhagen  7.1  3  2  1  2  6 

SEA 76-67, KC 75-68

September 11: Seattle 5, Kansas City 1 (12 innings)

The Royals were in a position to catch Seattle in first place with another win, and the massively important game brought plenty of drama as the score remained locked at one through 11 innings. Lefties Jamie Moyer and Danny Jackson were superb. The low-scoring tension was broken in the top of the 12th when the Mariners opened up a lead against Jeff Montgomery. A Robinson Cano homer drove in three runs that went a long way to helping Seattle keep sole possession of first place, though KC is now just two games behind them. The two teams still have three games together coming up at the end of the month.

                      R  H BB
SEA 100 000 000 004 - 5 13  7
KC  001 000 000 000 - 1 11  2
HR: R. Cano (13), F. White (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    6.0  1  1  1  1  3  
D. Jackson  8.0  1  1  0  4  8 

SEA 77-67, KC 75-69

Seattle Claims First Half of Huge Home-and-Home Series With Kansas City

moyerSeptember 6: Seattle 5, Kansas City 2

The top two teams in the Expansion Division met in Seattle for the first half of a big home-and-home series with the Mariners owning a two-game lead over the Royals. They extended their lead to three games in the first game. Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles, and Alvin Davis collected a double and a triple later in the game. Jamie Moyer improved his Expansion Division-best ERA to 3.11.

                  R  H BB
KC  000 020 000 - 2  5  3
SEA 200 101 01x - 5 10  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  6.0  4  4  0  2  4  
J. Moyer    8.0  2  2  0  3  3 

KC 72-67, SEA 75-64

September 7: Kansas City 7, Seattle 5

Mark Gubicza only lasted 2.2 innings, but the Royals managed to even the series thanks to some strong relief pitching from Joakim Soria, Bud Black, and Kelvin Herrera, and two taters from Mike Sweeney against a wild Randy Johnson.

                  R  H BB
KC  310 100 200 - 7 11  9
SEA 004 000 100 - 5  7  5

HR: M. Sweeney-2 (12), A. Davis (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza  2.2  4  4  0  3  2  
R. Johnson  6.1  7  6  2  7  9 

KC 73-67, SEA 75-65

September 8: Seattle 6, Kansas City 4

Jose Rosado was ineffective in the rubber match and allowed the first three Mariners batters to score in the bottom of the first. A-Rod collected a single and two doubles for the victors, and the teams took off for Missouri with Seattle leading the division by three games.

                  R  H BB
KC  001 012 000 - 4  9  6
SEA 300 120 00x - 6 10  4

HR: W. Aikens (4), R. Cano (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado   4.2  6  6  1  3  4  
E. Hanson   6.0  4  4  1  5  7 

KC 73-68, SEA 76-65

Seattle Crushes Houston To Slip Back Into First

September 3: Seattle 5, Houston 0

Erik Hanson was filthy for Seattle and J.J. Putz and Shigetoshi Hasegawa followed his seven shutout innings with one shutout frame each. Phil Bradley led off the game with a dinger.

                  R H BB
SEA 200 012 000 - 5 9  6
HOU 000 000 000 - 0 3  2

HR: P. Bradley (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson     7.0  0  0  0  1  5  
J.R. Richard  5.0  5  4  1  6  3 

SEA 72-64, HOU 58-78

MAC EDGAR MARTINEZ G2CSNAP08 1C S BBA USA ORSeptember 4: Seattle 6, Houston 1

Freddy Garcia turned in another strong start for Seattle the next day that kept the Houston bats quiet. Edgar Martinez smacked two singles and a round-tripper.

                  R  H BB
SEA 200 003 001 - 6 13  3
HOU 000 001 000 - 1  6  1

HR: E. Martinez (12), N. Cruz (3), M. Alou (27)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   6.0  1  1  1  1  5  
M. Cuellar  5.2  5  5  2  2  2 

SEA 73-64, HOU 58-79

September 5: Seattle 6, Houston 5

Houston put up a better fight in the finale, but in a way that just made the eventual loss even more disappointing. Cesar Cedeno, Morgan Esnberg, Johnny Edwards, and Jose Cruz all reached in a row in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Houston a 4-2 lead.

Seattle scratched across the tying run in the top of the seventh and then went up for good in the eighth on consecutive hits by Kyle Seager, Dan Wilson, Phil Bradley, and Martinez.

The Astros have dropped 11 of 13 and are giving the Angels some stiff competition for last place.

The Mariners climbed back into first place with the sweep, just one game ahead of KC as we await the results of the Royals two-game set with Texas. Then Seattle and Kansas City meet for six straight crucial games between September 6-11.

                  R  H BB
SEA 002 000 121 - 6 12  5
HOU 010 300 001 - 5  8  1
HR: A. Rodriguez (25), A. Davis (13), C. Correa (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  7.0  4  4  1  1  6  
N. Ryan       6.1  3  3  1  5  9 

SEA 74-64, HOU 58-80

KC Edges Into First, Boston Pads Their Narrow Lead, and All the Action From Aug. 31-Sep. 2

August 31: Kansas City 6, Texas 3 (13 inn.)
September 1: Kansas City 5, Texas 2
September 2: Kansas City 6, Texas 5

The Royals pulled off their second straight series sweep, after which they found themselves with a half-game lead atop the Expansion Division. Game one was a doozy. DH Willie Aikens crushed a home run in his first plate appearance of the season, and then added another dinger in the sixth to boost KC to a 3-2 lead. Jeff Montgomery got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth for KC, but a pinch-hitting Al Oliver doubled and Julio Franco knocked him in to send the game to extras. In the top of the 13th, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Wilson started things with back-to-back walks, and later in the inning Danny Tartabull, Hal McRae, and Jose Offerman knocked three hits in a row. Aikens added a double and another homer later in the series. The Royals are streaking, having won 11 of their last 13, and it looks like a two-horse race in the Expansion Division between KC and Seattle. Third-place Texas is 10 games out of first.

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August 31: Boston 7, Oakland 4
September 1: Boston 4, Oakland 1
September 2: Oakland 2, Boston 0

It was a big series in Oakland as the top two teams in the Original Division met with just two games separating number one Boston from the A’s. Oakland got out to a 4-2 lead in the first game (Jimmie Foxx homered for both teams), but Ted Williams slammed a three-run dinger in the top of the eighth to put Boston up for good. Boston ensured they would be remaining alone in first after the series by taking game two as well. Smoky Joe Wood was wicked for Boston, holding Oakland to one run, which was Wood’s 11th straight start without allowing more than three runs. Oakland’s Chief Bender and Rube Walberg handled most of the mound duties in the finale as the A’s kept the Sox off the scoreboard. Boston flew out of Oakland with a three-game lead.


August 31: Minnesota 8, Cleveland 4
September 1: Minnesota 2, Cleveland 1 (11 inn.)_
September 2: Cleveland 10, Minnesota 1

The Twins had their aces Johan Santana and Walter Johnson going in the first two games and took advantage with wins. The Minnesota bats backed Santana with 14 hits in the first game. Johnson and Corey Kluber dueled magnificently in the second game. Both pitchers had allowed one run through nine innings, which was the end of the line for Kluber. In the top of the 11th, Stan Spence doubled against Doug Jones and Mickey Vernon knocked him home with a single. Johnson went the full 11 innings for Minnesota and lowered his ERA to 2.65.


August 31: Anaheim 1, Seattle 0
September 1: Seattle 7, Anaheim 4
September 1: Anaheim 6, Seattle 5
September 2: Anaheim 4, Seattle 2

The first-place Mariners visited last-place Anaheim for four games, a golden opportunity to stave off the hot Royals, but the Angels have been a much-improved team of late and Seattle dropped three of four.

Anaheim’s Rod Carew led off the bottom of the first with a walk and came around to score the game’s only run. Starters Freddy Garcia and Jered Weaver battled tooth and nail.

The Mariners claimed game two in large part thanks to multi-run homers by Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in the fifth.

Cruz homered again in the third game, which was knotted at five runs apiece after eight and a half innings. Brian Downing ended the contest with a solo jobby in the bottom of the ninth off Michael Jackson. Game four was tied through seven and a half innings until Tim Salmon drove a two run bomb.


August 31: New York 5, Baltimore 3
September 1:  Baltimore 5, New York 3
September 2: New York 8, Baltimore 5


August 31: Detroit 9, Chicago 3
September 1: Detroit 10, Chicago 3
September 2: Chicago 4, Detroit 3


August 31: Houston 2, Toronto 1
August 31: Toronto 4, Houston 3
September 1: Toronto 6, Houston 3
September 2: Toronto 7, Houston 2

Ray Halladay and Mike Cuellar dueled in the opener. Josh Donaldson collected three hits that included a triple in his debut.

In the second game, Carlos Correa knocked a two-run homer in his debut Rhubarb plate appearance. For Toronto, Carlos Delgado walked in his first four plate appearances and then homered in his fifth and final PA, which came in the ninth and put the Jays up by a run. Shawn Green later homered in the ninth to give the Jays a two-run cushion that they ended up needing after Craig Biggio led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo jack of his own. Morgan Ensberg made it to third base as the tying run, but Tom Henke closed out a two-inning save for Toronto.