Mariners reach .500 with offensive explosion, sweep Phillies

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Mariners catcher Carlos Ruiz tips his cap. Image courtesy of USATODAY.com

Mariners reach .500 with offensive explosion, sweep Phillies

The Seattle Mariners made a rare visit to the City of Brotherly Love and they brought the lumber with them. While it was pretty evident that a decimated pitching staff could not hold the Philadelphia Phillies down, the M’s offense found a way to light up that score board by just “eking” out a game 1 win and crushing the Phillies spirits in game two. The back to back wins put the M’s at 17-17 and in the mix for the playoffs.

Seattle Mariners at Philadelphia Phillies May 9th,W 10 – 9

Seattle Mariners at Philadelphia Phillies May 10th,W 11–6

The return of Ruiz

There was a time that Mariner’s catcher, Carlos Ruiz was the toast of Philadelphia.  As a key member of the back to back World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009, Carlos Ruiz watched the video tribute, tipped his cap in thanks and earned a standing ovation from a notoriously prickly Philadelphia crowd.

Ruiz was signed by the Phillies as a 16-year-old in 1998 and spent 18 years in the organization. He hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage in 1,069 games with the Phillies. While Ruiz is currently on the back 9 of his career, he was a hero in Philly holding the type of reverence that a Mariner like Dan Wilson does here in Seattle.

Hair Raid

On Tuesday, the Mariners were down by four on two separate occasions and yet they found a way to pull out the win off the backs of two well-coiffed individuals.  Outfielder Ben Gamel and utility player Taylor Motter.  Motter and Gamel were known luscious locks moreso than their ability to hit or defend. Well, they are starting to change people’s minds.

Motter delivered the game-winning hit with a run-scoring double in the top of the ninth, while Gamel tallied four hits, including an RBI double and a two-run homer. He also threw out what would have been the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth at home plate, setting up Motter to play the hero.

“Our cleanup hitter is not in there for most of the night, our second baseman has to come out the game and our young guys continue to grind it,” manager Scott Servais said. “It took us a while, but we got our pitching straight at the end of the game and our guys out of the ’pen did a nice job. Awesome win. Guys did not quit at any point in the game.”

SSU player of the series

It should be known that M’s 2nd baseman Robbie Cano, has been fighting a quad injury. Regardless, Cano knocked 2 homers powering this team kicking and screaming to back to back wins.

DATE OPP R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG
05/10 @ PHI 2 4 0 0 1 3 1 .296
05/09 @ PHI 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 .277

Standings

 

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