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

Seattle Stays Hot Against Anaheim

grifrod

July 15: Seattle 11, Anaheim 2

Angels starter Dean Chance was humming through four innings, but things went awry after Robinson Cano led off the bottom of the fifth with a game-tying solo jack. Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki both doubled in the inning and Edgar Martinez added a single. Then in the sixth, shortstop Jim Fregosi made an error that allowed Alex Rodriguez to reach, Kyle Seager singled, and Cano tripled, and the Mariners were off to the races. Cano was a double short of the cycle.

Randy Johnson allowed just one run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.86, fourth best among qualified starters in the Expansion Division.

                   R  H BB
ANA 001 000 010 -  2  9  5
SEA 000 033 32x - 11 12  3

HR: A. Rodriguez (17), R. Cano (9), R. Ibanez (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   5.1  6  5  1  2  4  
R. Johnson  7.0  1  1  0  5  8 

ANA 32-56, SEA 44-45

July 16: Anaheim 5, Seattle 2

Two All-Star pitchers, Jered Weaver and Jamie Moyer, had a nice duel that saw Seattle clinging to a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth. Seattle’s All-Star fireman Arthur Rhodes came in to finish the game but didn’t record a single out. Bobby Grich started the ninth off with a single, Brian Downing walked, Mike Trout reached on a Ken Griffey error, and Troy Glaus bashed a round-tripper to knock Rhodes out of the game.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 104 - 5 5  4
SEA 010 000 100 - 2 5  2

HR: B. Grich (8), T. Glaus (14), I. Suzuki (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver  7.0  2  2  1  2  3  
J. Moyer   8.0  1  1  1  2  8 

ANA 33-56, SEA 44-46

July 17: Seattle 6, Anaheim 3

Second, third, and fourth hitters Martinez, Griffey, and Alvin Davis all reached safely thrice in the contest. Griffey’s two run shot in the bottom of the first gave Seattle a lead they held the rest of the way.

                  R  H BB
ANA 100 000 200 - 3  6  5
SEA 200 103 00x - 6 11  5

HR: B. Downing (5), K. Griffey (17), K. Johjima (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  5.1  6  6  2  5  3  
E. Hanson   6.2  3  3  1  5  6 

ANA 33-57, SEA 45-46

July 18: Seattle 11, Anaheim 5

The Mariners put the game and the series out of reach early, as Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan walked seven while getting just three outs. In those first three innings, the Mariners scored 11, A-Rod homered twice, including a grand slam, and Suzuki and Cano added homers as well. Seattle has won 14 of their last 17 and improved to .500.

Ryan’s ERA ballooned to 6.01, and he could be wildly pitching himself out of a rotation spot. Frank Tanana made his case to replace Ryan in the rotation with five shutout innings in this one.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 010 004 -  5  9  3
SEA 362 000 00x - 11 11  7

HR: T. Glaus (15), I. Suzuki (6),
A. Rodriguez-2 (19), R. Cano (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    1.0  7  7  1  7  2  
F. Garcia  7.0  1  1  0  0  4 

ANA 33-58, SEA 46-46

Seattle Continues Roll, Toronto Continues Slide

July 12: Seattle 6, Toronto 1

Erik Hanson put together a strangely effective complete game for Seattle. He issued nine free passes to Toronto hitters, but somehow allowed just one run. Toronto accrued six singles but no extra base hits and stranded 11.

Raul Ibanez doubled and homered to raise his slugging percentage to .515. Ibanez has only 109 plate appearances, but is slugging at a rate similar to elite mashers like Jim Thome and Jimmie Foxx.

                  R H BB
TOR 000 010 000 - 1 6  9
SEA 100 010 04x - 6 8  6

HR: R. Ibanez (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman  6.1  2  2  0  4  3  
E. Hanson  9.0  1  1  0  9  2 

TOR 39-47, SEA 41-45

grifmartJuly 13: Seattle 5, Toronto 3

Edgar Martinez was the man for the M’s and collected half of his team’s hits in his first four hit game of the season. His day included three singles, a dinger, two runs, and two RBI.

                  R H BB
TOR 000 011 100 - 3 7  2
SEA 100 210 01x - 5 8  0

HR: L. Moseby (9), S. Green (16),
E. Martinez (8), K. Seager (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.0  4  3  2  0  3  
F. Garcia    6.0  3  3  2  1  3 

TOR 39-48, SEA 42-45

July 14: Seattle 8, Toronto 6

The Blue Jays bashed three homers in their effort to avoid a sweep, but it wasn’t enough. Toronto is scoring by far the most runs in the Expansion Division at 5.1 per game, but their struggling pitching and defense are giving up even more, a league-worst 5.6 per game.

Felix Hernandez was not particularly sharp for Seattle, but the Mariners hitters all had at least one hit and piled up eight runs to complete the sweep. The Mariners are on a 10-3 stretch and have the best run differential in the Expansion Division.

On the other side, Toronto now has seven straight losses since the All-Star Break. After being tied for first with Kansas City at the break, they’ve quickly slid down to fourth place and seven games back.

                  R  H BB
TOR 000 201 021 - 6  5  6
SEA 100 004 03x - 8 11  5

HR: F. McGriff (15), C. Delgado (18),
G. Zaun (1), R. Cano (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key        5.0  5  5  1  4  5  
F. Hernandez  7.2  5  5  2  5  8 

TOR 39-49, SEA 43-45

Ball Jumps Out of the Yard, Seattle Takes 3 of 4 in Texas

Seattle MarinersJuly 8: Seattle 4, Texas 1

Four of the five runs in the game were scored on homers. Seattle’s starter Freddy Garcia gave up only a solo dong to Texas Alex Rodriguez in eight excellent innings. Garcia walked none and struck out nine, and has a sparkly 2.77 ERA over his last seven starts.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 121 - 4 6  3
TEX 010 000 000 - 1 5  1

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (14), K. Johjima (5), A. Rodriguez-TEX (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   8.0  1  1  1  0  9  
Y. Darvish  7.1  3  3  2  2  7 

SEA 38-44, TEX 37-45

July 9: Seattle 5, Texas 3

Both teams got all of their runs in a single inning. Seattle’s third was their money inning against Gerald Perry. Dan Wilson got hit by a pitch, Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis singled, Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez doubled, and Ken Griffey, Jr. went yard for the second straight game.

Ivan Rodriguez knocked in all three Texas runs on a bomb in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
SEA 005 000 000 - 5 11  3
TEX 000 000 030 - 3  4  3

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (15), I. Rodriguez (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  7.0  3  3  1  2  8  
G. Perry      8.0  5  3  1  3  4 

SEA 39-44, TEX 37-46

July 10: Seattle 5, Texas 4

Six homers flew out of the ballpark in Arlington in this one. For what I believe was the first time, the same dude homered for both teams in the same game. A-Rod didn’t just homer once for each team though–he knocked two dingers for each team. Griffey, Jr. spanked a homer for the third straight game.

The Texas A-Rod is having an odd year – he’s now tied for third most homers in the league, but is hitting just .221/.294/.418.

                  R H BB
SEA 300 000 011 - 5 9  4
TEX 000 201 010 - 4 4  6

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (16), A. Rodriguez-SEA 2 (16),
A. Rodriguez-TEX 2 (19), R. Palmeiro (15)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  7.0  3  3  2  6  9  
N. Ryan     7.0  3  3  2  4  6 

SEA 40-44, TEX 37-47

July 11: Texas 5, Seattle 0

Fergie Jenkins turned out to be what Texas needed to manage a win over Seattle. Jenkins was just filthy. Coming off his first start of the year in which he allowed no earned runs, he one-upped himself by tossing his first shutout in impressive fashion. He issued no walks, and was just two singles and an A-Rod error short of perfection.

With seven round-trippers in the series, the Rangers passed the Yankees for most dongs in the league.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 2  0
TEX 010 200 20x - 5 7  0

HR: R. Palmeiro (16), J. Hamilton (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    7.0  5  3  2  0  3  
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  0  4 

SEA 40-45, TEX 38-47