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Nothing could rain on this hit parade

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Well, that was fun. The Mariners shut out the Orioles and they scored 10 runs in the process. Let's keep this short and sweet and get to drinking celebrating!

After being swept by the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Angels this weekend, the Mariners realized losing wasn't very much fun and decided scoring runs might be a solution. And, boy, did they score runs.

The middle of the order carried the day. Here's a chart:


AB R H RBI
Smith 3 3 1 0
Cano 4 3 3 2
Cruz 3 2 3 5
Seager 4 1 2 3

Beautiful.

Despite a shaky first inning, Wade Miley pitched a gem, keeping the Orioles hitless through four and finishing the night with 6.0 innings and just 2 hits.

The Mariners got the scoring started in the first, when a one-out single from Nelson Cruz sent #AllStarDad and #CanoForMVP home. After scoring zero runs in the last 10 innings, this had to feel good. Both pitchers got into their rhythms after the first, and for the next three innings, it looked like it might be a close game. But everything changed when the fifth inning began.

Aoki singled, Smith walked, and then:

Whee!

Yay!

Wow!

And just like that it was 7-0.

They tacked on another three in the top of the sixth, this time on a single from Smith, a double from Cano, and a beautiful dinger from Cruz—his eighth of the season.

Despite worrying us this weekend, the bullpen held it down, as Vidal Nuño and Steve Johnson combined for three hitless innings. Who needs a bullpen when you have ALL of the runs? I guess we'll all have to wait a bit longer for an answer to that question.

The last series sucked, but tonight was awesome. The Mariners defeated the team with the best record in the AL10-0 and only allowed them to reach base seven times. This team has been bad—so bad—but so far this season it's not, regardless of what happened against the Angels.

Baseball is fun right now, let's treat it that way.

A couple more highlights:

  • Ketel Marte showed off his incredible coordination yet again:
  • Seth Smith called Cano off of an infield popup, resulting in this face:
  • And the outfield did its thing:



Go M's

(gobiz? Am I doing this right?)