All was right in the Mariners' world tonight. It was fun, and it felt like a step in the right direction. It's late, we're all tired, so I'm going to make it quick.
Sometimes, in the middle of a downward slump, a pleasant surprise pops up. For the Mariners tonight, it came in the form of one Wade Miley. From the start, things were looking up. First-inning woes be damned, Miley retired the side in order and took it from there. After a week of watching the wheels fall off of the starting rotation night after night, tonight was a breath of fresh air. Miley threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Boomstick added to his All-Star campaign, with two home runs, marking his first multi-homer game this season.
Details on Cruz's second homer, which had a 1-iron trajectory pic.twitter.com/jdLXoIeouw— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 8, 2016
Nelson Cruz kicked off the scoring barrage in the bottom of the first when he smashed a two-run homer to left center field, plating Cano in the process.
A quiet second and third inning brought back bad memories of offensive stagnation, but in a strange twist, the bottom of the lineup came in clutch in the fourth.
Steve Clevenger came up with two outs and the bases loaded, and promptly doubled to right field to score Cano and Dae-Ho Lee.
Up next was Shawn O'Malley. He tripled. He is so very fast.
And just like that the Mariners had a more-than-comfortable 6-0 lead. Miley continued to shut it down, and Cruz tacked on an insurance run on a solo dinger in the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, Lonnie Chisenhall homered off of Joaquin Benoit to give the Indians their only run.
In other news, something terrible happened to Yan Gomes (rhymes with shmesticular shmontusion) and Juan Uribe tried to take a fan's hotdog. Wheeee, baseball!
Tonight was fun, the Mariners looked like the team of yester...week(?), and things felt really, really good. Let's ride this wave right through to Texas this weekend.