The Texas Rangers hosted your Seattle Mariners for a 3 game series this weekend that had some poor results for the home team. The Mariners’ season may be over, but they still can play the fun role of spoiler, which they definitely did their best to do this weekend.
The M’s took 2 of 3 from a Texas team that is desperately holding off the Houston Astros for the AL West title. A spot they’re going to need, as securing a wildcard slot in the AL is looking incredibly difficult. But the Mariners are making them earn it, and making sure no one overlooks them down the stretch.
Friday night was James Paxton’s turn to the mound for the M’s. Paxton would only last 4.1 innings, but he held the Rangers to just one run, and Danny Farquhar earned the win in his place. Ketel Marte had a great night, continuing to show his potential. A two run double perfectly placed down the 3rd base line drove in 2 runs and set him up for Seager’s bloop single that drove him in later that inning.
Saturday’s game did not go smoothly for the Mariners, with Vidal Nuno not having a good game. The Mariners ended the night using EIGHT pitchers, most for only 1 or 2 outs at a time; the benefits of September’s roster expansion. The one benefit of this game was that it allowed alot of different youngsters get a bit of experience, once the game was lost. Cole Hamels was in playoff form, and the Rangers offense had a ball against Nuno and Ramirez specifically.
Sunday was KING Felix Day, with our liege putting in a rough outing on his caliber, being bothered by some shoulder tightness. He was still good enough for his 18th win, and a shot at 20 on the season.The offense came alive in support of their King, and ran up 9 runs, a rarity for this team. Franklin Gutierrez and Robbie Cano both contributed with dingers and Kyle Seager had a busy night as well.
SSU Player of the Series
Kyle Seager – Kyle had a nice series, continuing to be his steady reliable self. Is it competition from his newly promoted brother that keeps him rolling? Who knows, but we’re lucky to have him!
Next Side Up
The Mariners enjoy a day off on Monday as they travel north to Kansas City. They open a 3 game series a Kauffman Stadium at 5:10 PM PST on Tuesday afternoon, with Hisashi Iwakuma taking the mound against Jeremy Guthrie.
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