Prior to Friday night, the Seattle Mariners were in fulfilling their long con. They had succeeded early and we all got on our high horses and started to legitimately get excited about things like playoffs, winning, and happy memories. Then most of June transpired and the Mariners just sat there with a shit-eating grin on their face wagging a Dikembe Mutombo finger as if to say we all should have known better.
But then the past two days happen. On Friday, Adam Lind hit a walk-off three run home run to get the win. Tonight’s 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals was just as exciting, in that weird way that a game can be exciting with a majority of the runs scored early in the game.
After the bats were mostly silence last night, the Mariners got after Cardinals’ starter Mike Leake early. The Mariners scored three runs off of four hits in the first inning and then added two more runs on two hits and an error in the second. These Mariners don’t just need dingers to score! They can play that “National League” style of small ball when hitting singles over and over again result in runs.
The Cardinals weren’t ready to kick the bucket just yet, however. Nate Karns didn’t have the best night. He slogged through a third inning where the Cardinals scored their first run. Then in the fifth inning, he hung a fastball to Aldemys Diaz, and suddenly it was 5-4, and the game was much more exciting.
Weirdly enough, that home run was hardly the most exciting thing that happened that inning. Instead, that honor belongs to the absolute bonehead of a human being that was no doubt staggering around The Pen high-fiving his bros and informing them all of the great thing he was about to do.
But here is the thing, charging on the field is stupid, regardless. But it is especially stupid when you do it DURING THE RUN OF PLAY. Kudos to the security guard for giving some extra-oomp to his spear in the take down.
Alright, back to the game. After Karns was showed an early exit through five innings, the Mariners turned to a bullpen that pulled exactly the performance they needed to. Mike Montgomery was stellar, throwing 2.1 innings and striking out four. Edwin Diaz came in and torched the Cardinals with some high heat, and handed the ball off to Steve Cishek who closed the door.
The Mariners won this game by doing all the little things right. They got timely hits early on when they needed those timely hits. When the starting pitching struggled, the bullpen held its end of the bargain and kept the Cardinals at arms length the rest of the evening. The defense was mostly stellar throughout the entire game, starting with Nelson Cruz (of all people) and closing it out with Kyle Seager’s glove.
This has been a bizarre season so far. The Mariners have had plenty of painful series where, despite the season seemingly doing so well, they decide to drop multiple games to the likes of the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics. Well, now we are finally getting one of those series to actually go our way.
Tomorrow, the Mariners will go for the sweep on the Cardinals. Perhaps, most importantly, they have finally secured their first series win of the month of June.
Guess who just got back today
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven't changed that much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy
They were askin' if you were around
How you was, where you could be found
Told 'em you were livin' downtown
Drivin' the same old Mariners crazy
The biz are back in town